Kraft Foods

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Kraft Foods Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
34 Reviews
3.6
34 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There can be great work/life balance, it all depends what group you are in (in 55 reviews)

  • good benefits good ways to make extra money health rewards (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • There is diminishing respect for work-life balance - which used to be more tolerable when bonuses were good (in 29 reviews)

  • Long hours no work life balance normally in rural areas (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tremendous career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time

    Pros

    Culture of people with high values all trying to do the right thing. Demanding workplace with challenging goals and fair compensation. A great training ground for most any function. Kraft name on your resume carries weight in the CPG space.

    Cons

    Challenging industry/environment with a goal of low growth but high bottom-line and cash flow performance. Results in intense cost pressure that in some cases has gone too far and impacted top-line results. Lack of significant, sustained innovation adds to growing cost pressure. Significant outsourcing across most functions results limits entry-level opportunities for college grads. Entry level now is spending 3-5 years in functional roles at other CPG's that Kraft has outsourced.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive experience......excellent company to work for.

    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Benefits, employee discount, computer system

    Cons

    Management changes occur too frequently

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work little reward

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    The administrative staff is very helpful.

    Cons

    Not enough money for all the time spent just securing one large account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more incentive bonuses to you sales staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Analytics Professional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. Dedicated employees. Company store is a nice perk

    Cons

    Healthcare sucks. Work life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cultural Overview

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Distribution in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director Distribution in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great product lines and full of talented people within the business. Company is viewed as a industry leader in supply chain and sales.

    Cons

    Politics and consultants continue to bury this company. The inability to grow volume and avoid the burn the furniture mentality will hurt this companies long term growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Customer Service Ethic, But...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multiple in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Multiple in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    When I started back in the day in customer service, all my co-workers, our management, and I all believed the customer is always right, and we had pretty much 360 degrees of flexibility to make whole any customer (end user, a grocery store, sales rep) who had bad product. Other departments I worked in really believed as I did that co-workers were customers too (very important for IT-DBM-Telecom people, for example) 99.44 percent of the time some of the best co-workers and bosses too. Really bright and original thinkers seem to find greener pastures quickly and don't stay around too long, though, I noticed.

    Cons

    Dealing with HR about anything was downright Orwellian. I had it easy, though -- my current boss is a very business savvy fellow who is a veteran of the civil rights movement and a pro-feminist male and was run out of there largely for the latter reason. It is amazing the kinds of things HR does to people, and/or allows corrupt managers to do, pretty much the "anything heavy that can be used a weapon" ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the gatekeeping ability of people in HR - the things that take place on the shop floor might make you leap with joy, but others will make you sick. Doing company-wide statistical audits on disciplinary actions on an annual basis, allowing upper management to take over a non-compliant department until the problem is fixed, and providing an escalation path beyond local HR will remove $$$ in civil liability, I can assure you. People are not as scared of your legal department as you apparently think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Kraft-was directionless and unethical

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RMS in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - RMS in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility-if one meets certain 'characteristics.'

    Cons

    Unethical, questionable HR tactics, company direction changed with the wind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a direction and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Heart of a Start-up, backing of a powerhouse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Open work space, Autonomous and employee friendly environment. The company has strong history and very diverse work culture. Goals are clearly defined and everyone works as a team.

    Cons

    Being a big company, it has lot of people in the same level for lot of years. Difficult to grow up the chain because of stagnancy at one point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people are consistently performing above average ( 2-3 reviews), please identify them and work with them to ensure you have the talent pool interested in working at Kraft long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Benefits and Bonus

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kraft Foods offers good benefits and bonus structure. Corporate campus is redesigned for open floor configuration and has flexibility to work remotely or anywhere within the building.

    Cons

    Recent restructuring efforts are creating discomfort among employees. After company split from Mondelez Intl. rumors of acquisitions are in the air.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimize restructuring efforts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Salaries are low

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked on an interesting client.

    Cons

    Not as buttoned up as other agencies I worked at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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