Hill's Pet Nutrition

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Hill's Pet Nutrition Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
54 Reviews
2.4
54 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work - Life balance, some opportunity for promotion, friendly coworkers (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, nice equipment, paid uniforms (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is very quick to blame the organization for their failure and lack of leadership (in 4 reviews)

  • Lots of changes in senior management; quarterly goals very well defined - long-term vision unclear (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Micromanaged

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    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Topeka, KS

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission and the people

    Cons

    Too much red tape, typical corporate poilitics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    CSR Dallas Tx

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative Driver in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative Driver in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Nice co workers and Good Equipment Yes broke down but Lease trucks not there Fault

    Cons

    Fair pay Micro managed to the Death of people. Double standard on all Rules. Go here even with bad conditions and if you damage your fired. LOL No Kidding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rules Great but make them real not from behind a desk. Speed Gauge Is Just a Joke go over 2 miles an hr get written up. Your kidding, Oh yes Bonus is just a Joke every time we got close they raise Level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are offered a job at Hill's do your homeowork before accepting. This is a toxic work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition

    Pros

    Hill's does offer competitive pay and benfefits. The office is nice enough and there is an on-site cafeteria. The parking is good for a business that is located downtown.

    Cons

    Hill's is a high stress environment, mostly caused by the lack of cohesiveness between work groups and the fact that they are getting beaten to the puch by the competition at every turn. It is an environment where everyone is looking out for themselves and individuals and departments do not work together. I would consider this the worst working environment that I have ever been a part of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Blue Buffalo and Iam's are starting to own the market. You need to figure out a way to make customers loyal or you will not be a amjor player for much longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Cash Cow for Colgate

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Manager in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k with Colgate is very profitable, great people who really care in the middle management and below

    Cons

    Very toxic environment to work. People are leaving as fast as they can due to this and the concern over the future of the company and none of the positions are being backfilled. There isn't a strategic plan and it there is it is never communicated because that would required senior management to actually talk to people below them. Poor decisions over the past couple of years to achieve short term results have caused this company to spiral out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and value your people. The passion and talent is there but after being ignored for so long everyone is shutting down and just trying to get out. Some how you has to show that you care and start listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not best in class, just ok

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Account Manager
    Current Employee - Business Account Manager

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits coming from the Colgate family of companies. 401k, profit sharing, awesome insurance, vacation time, etc. Decent work/life balance. People are very nice and try to do a good job. The products are high quality and have a small loyal customer base.

    Cons

    Hill's does not have the highest-quaity talent which hurts the products and the company. Poor training. Marketing has made bad decisions for a long time and I do not think Science Diet will recover. No leadership from management or director level, very disorganized HQ. Hill's biggest customers are not in line with the strategy of the company and do not prioritize them as a vendor. Lots of fire drills, lack of long term plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a long term plan that aligns industry trends to company strategy and finally a very clear execution plan. If each account is doing something different it hurts the image of the brand because shoppers see different price points and promotions everywhere. Hire better leadership and providing training to young talent would allow this to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Absolute Best Products, Best People, Very Political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Director in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, products you can believe in, great people, reasonable work / life balance

    Cons

    Extremely political, short term mindset, management is not really interested in listening to employees despite their belief they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees a voice who deeply care about this company and truly know what is going on operationally. Express a genuine desire to listen and don't shoot or discount the messenger..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Yesterdays news

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition

    Pros

    Salary and benefits above average. Certain diets perform well on your pets. Being part of Colgate is a double edge sword.

    Cons

    This is a company that continues to lose market share to their competition. Hills sat on their laurels for many years incorrectly marketing their products and became yesterdays news. Their most senior management does not understand the business, only the p&l. This company's marketing team is a revolving door. Senior management is very quick to blame the organization for their failure and lack of leadership. Company morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time will show all of the changes you have made in the last 3 years will fail due to your lack of understanding the customer and lack of commitment to play well with others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Half the company it use to be... and still could be

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition

    Pros

    There are quite a few very talented employees here. They're just being over worked.

    Company benefits can't be beat!

    Cons

    The vast majority of the employees are working a lot of hours, either at work or at home. They've gotten rid of so many employees to look better for the Colgate shareholders that there are long hours and pressure to perform on everyone. "This is the way it's going to be. If you don't like it you can pack your bags." It's more of a shell of the great company it use to be. Way to much influence and control on the part of Colgate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sad to say but they've stopped listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    How the Mighty Fall

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, 401K, Training, physical facilities, are all very good. Hills makes incredible pet foods for a wide variety of disease conditions and well pets. Trying to stay up to date with new "all natural" foods.

    Cons

    Influence of Colgate Palmolive managers and leadership, cost saving measures and the overall toxic corporate environment have made Hill's a very poor place to work. Colgate is rapidly changing Hill's into a consumer products company vs. a veterinary company. most of the veterinarians have already left for greener pastures. Marketing now has no veterinarians at all for the first time in the history of the company. If you are looking for a cut throat, toxic environment where you stab your co-workers in the back so you can get promoted then Hill's is the place for you! The influx of Colgate management is literally killing Hill's. These people come in for 2-4 years, make horrible decisions and then leave Hill's. Their replacements come into a mess and make it a further mess because they have absolutely zero experience with out business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove all Colgate directors and above who have no interest in building their long term careers at Hill's. Hill's should be a career destination and not just a stepping stone. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER put people into positions if they have no experience in that area of the business. Get Kostas out Now! He has limited leadership skills, could care less about most things but his own personal career advancement. He leads by fear and intimidation. Does not want to understand what we have done historically and so we are making the same mistakes we have made in the past. All of the cost cutting measures are killing everyone's desires to work hard. Head count cuts continue with many people living in the fear that their positions will be cut next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Living in a Silo

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Scientist in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, competitive pay, tuition reinbursement

    Cons

    No communication among business teams, managers do not listen well. Rare career opportunites to move up ever though they encourage it. It often goes to those who manaagement favors the most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and recognize them for hard work. It often goes unrecognized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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