Heinz

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Heinz Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
322 Reviews
2.0
322 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge depending on the department in which you work (in 33 reviews)

  • All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Going through the process

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    work-life balance:great
    friendly environment
    great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours
    low pay
    time off policies

  2. 17 people found this helpful  

    Ripped the soul out !!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Very few left - which is sad to say.
    You work with very skilled individuals, creative, highly intelligent - who sadly are beaten and ground down daily to just hit a number.
    Brand

    Cons

    Managers do not manage.
    They do not motivate.
    They bring in a sales number. & Micromanage you every day of the month until that number is hit.
    When that number is looking like it is at risk , they run to do deep deals which then mortgages the next months numbers - short sighted method of managing a worldwide huge brand.
    No Development plans.
    No training plans.
    Cost Saving - run by graduates / brazilians
    Putting inexperienced people in roles, and letting them sink or swim - not exactly a great people policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up. Go home. Ruin another PLC. Start treating people like they matter. A Meritocracy is the advancement based on intellectual talent measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented. - so, by the fact everyone is leaving because you are making them leave , & then promoting people with no/little experience is not a Meritocracy, it's plugging holes with cheap heads - sorry to say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 17 people found this helpful  

    Believe it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I'm a former employee based on the 3G takeover. I loved working at Heinz prior to that time. It was an amazing company with great colleagues, decent benefits, good salary and bonus structure and lots of freedom to do good work. The 3G takeover was a sad day in the long and great history of Heinz based on what I saw transpire and what I've heard from colleagues who stayed after I left. Read the other reviews carefully as much of the discussion on the poor practices are TRUE. Buyer Beware....

    Cons

    Too many to discuss here-- the work-life balance went out the window. Friends have told me people are required to work late in to the evening; even week ends for R&D. Crazy!! We all worked hard but there's a limit to what is reasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the other Glassdoor comments and hold the mirror up to yourself and the leadership team. The picture isn't pretty!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 13 people found this helpful  

    Understand the owners and you will understand the work culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement if you know the right people and act like you are happy working there. Read Bloomberg Businessweek article: Jorge Lemann He is...the world's most interesting bilionaire.

    Cons

    Cash is king...people are not. Work/life balance is nonexistent. Read: bloomberg Businessweek article: Jorge Lemann He is...the world's most interesting billionaire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote or move people into positions where they have no or little experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Best Food Company, Growing a Better World

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Heinz is doing fabulous things with Sustainability and Consumer Responsibility.

    Cons

    Employees must work hard but benefits and rewards are great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employee rewards coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 22 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a GREAT company until 3G got their hands on the company, now it's a complete disaster!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, great people, advancement opportunities, bonuses, merit increase & recognition for doing great work

    Cons

    The new owners (3G) have no idea of how to run a food manufacturer. They have literally destroyed what was a great company in 12 months. They fired a lot of talented people with tremendous industry knowledge & replaced them with rookies to the industry. Reason being, they want to cut salaries to save money, instill their own "culture" on these newbies, work everybody to the bone & don't pay them for their efforts. They talk about Meritocracy, but to date, nobody has seen any financial reward. You might get a title change or promotion that requires a ton of more work, but they aren't "showing you the money". Cut costs, close factories, hire the cheapest talent you can find, all to pad your Brazilian pockets more & more every day.

    Very, very disappointing to see what you have done 3G to Heinz in less then 12 months. HJ Heinz must be rolling over in his grave at how you have taken one of the worlds most powerful brands and destroyed it. No wonder you are losing all your talented people, only reason people are still there is they probably don't have an option right now. Wait till they get that option, they will fly the coop faster then you can say Meritocracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up what you say in your Meritocracy talk and pay the people who perform and make your quarterly numbers. Be honest with you employees, you know how bad things are, why aren't you owing up to it and more importantly, fixing it!! Get back to focusing on the customer, they are the ones who pay you salary. You have lost touch with what made Heinz a great company & fun place to work, so stop with all the cost cutting and take care of your employees and customers before there is nothing left. Very sad shell of what used to be a great company. Is it time to burn the furniture to save on the heating bills?

    Done with my rant, you get the picture, fix it now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 12 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great, could be great still but lots of issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Opportunities but only if you have"energy"translation, you are YOUNG with no commitments outside work. And you need to be in the inner circle, translation, Brazilian.

    Cons

    Some leadership are rude and arrogant. Suspected immigration violations. Mismanagement of elements of supply chain may bring the company's US operations down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be respectful towards others at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 17 people found this helpful  

    A dying company and a shell of what it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros currently. None whatsoever

    Cons

    The new senior management is clueless about the United States CPG industry. Clueless. We are losing distribution and accounts left and right. Most of our customer relationships went from #1 to dead last in the industry. New management and HR fake reviews on this site and ask others to fake reviews. Nearly all of the top talent has left or been fired only to hire incompetent college grads. There is no work-life balance. The company is horrific. A once grand place is gone forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEAVE. Bring back the old Heinz leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Career Development Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to grow your career. Talented people. Experienced leaders. Beloved brands. History. Vision and Values are clear and integrated into everything we do. Culture is a big priority.

    Cons

    Everyone has a lot on their plates. This is a fast-paced environment that is incredibly demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward and invest in your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 22 people found this helpful  

    It will never be a fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hand out Senior titles to Juniors in lieu of a pay rise
    Great brands

    Cons

    Rewarded for staying late - even if you do nothing
    Blindly throw Juniors in to big roles and watch them fail
    People are very much a cost to be squeezed
    Meritocracy - often mentioned, never followed
    Brazilians will always get the big jobs
    No work life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about what you're offering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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