Kraft Foods

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Kraft Foods Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
700 Reviews
3.1
700 Reviews
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Kraft Foods CEO John Cahill
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work Experience

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Great teamwork and cooperation. Great tuition reimbursement program. Many opportunities for career advancement and personal growth. Great leadership!

    Cons

    Long hours are often required depending on the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help empower the employees that work in the plants to have more buy-in and input when investing and installing capital projects. Without their full support and input, the project will have a high likelihood of success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Kraft Foods

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Steady hours, 401K, Medical,

    Cons

    Medical benefits are high deductible. Insurance is out of pocket. Almost all hourly employees start as part-time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Working at Kraft Foods is a Rewarding experience for any open minded individuals interested in general food production.

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    Current Contractor - Laborer in Lowville, NY
    Current Contractor - Laborer in Lowville, NY

    I have been working at Kraft Foods as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    diverse work enviroments and tasks.
    Extra Hours most times of the year, especially the later half.

    Cons

    Temporary employees can struggle for hours early in the year if production demand is low.
    With a large ammount of employees one isn't garunteed to enjoy working with everybody
    some tasks are rather demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Business Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    spirit of entrepreneurship empowers SBU's

    Cons

    Functional silos often inhibit collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage more collaboration with staff functions such as R&D

  6.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is a Dynamic company

    Cons

    The salaries could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good pay no job security

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Scientist in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Good pay, good experience to put on resume

    Cons

    No job security for contracts. Few contractors hired. Gossiping. Red tape when it comes to fixing equipment or purchasing products essential to job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of being in "meetings" all day, try to figure out how to make Kraft an efficient organization. Departments act like mini-companies. Other companies are slowly encroaching on your business!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun, enjoyable, but demanding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Friendly and approachable workers
    Relaxed and stress free work environment

    Cons

    Very Bureaucratic and hierarchical
    Inter- department communications needs to be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, people, culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities, great office, open environment, flexibility, and challenging work.

    Cons

    No cons to discuss at the moment.

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

    Kind of a let down.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Pay is decent when you are full-time.

    Cons

    But if you're part-time then you must wait until your seniority is next in line to become full-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop picking your favorites and be fair towards everyone.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lacking strong executive leadership and long term vision for growth

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Northfield, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Northfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good and like most large corporations they offer equity as part of their compensation. I've met some amazing people at Kraft. Sadly many have left the company for better opportunities and less stress. Benefits for most part are consistent with other large CPGs and the headquarters has recently been remodeled which is nice if you like more modern open floor plans.

    The location on the north side of Chicago is great especially if you live on the North suburbs or Northshore where there are great schools for kids. Commuting to downtown isn't the best but they do provide a shuttle to the train station.

    Cons

    In the time I've been here there has been constant leadership changes, layoffs and employees are constantly worried about resources and budget cuts. Each business unit is given a lot of autonomy as long as they make their financial numbers so they have each developed their own way of doing things and the culture can vary greatly depending on the leadership in charge of that team.

    The focus has been very financial without a strong vision of where the company is headed, and little investment is being made to real innovation because it requires a longer term focus than the next few quarters. Many functions like consumer insights and innovation teams were cut back to bare bones after the corporation split and they are so short staffed that work life balance or personal development are seem impossible to attain.

    I'd like to say that I have hope that with a new CEO, John Cahill and leadership things will improve but he's been in place for over two months and has yet to have a town hall or employee meeting to speak broadly to employees beyond the executive levels. Most employees have never seen him or heard him speak which is just bad leadership even if he hasn't figured out a vision or direction. Many employees seem to be frustrated by his lack of visibility especially since he has been on the board since the company split with Mondelez over three years ago so it's not like he's that new to the corporation. The previous CEO was very personable, approachable and inspiring so it will be interesting to see how this shakes out in the near future.

    Kraft's current health benefit program is run by Aetna and we had problems with them not paying our medical providers in a timely manner, and the network being limited so had to often go out of network for quality specialists. My medical expenses tripled since I left my previous company because of this. We even had one provider say they won't take Kraft employees any longer because the insurance was horrible to work with.

    Employee investment and development is minimal - with the short term focus and all the layoffs there isn't much incentive to invest in an employee's long term development.

    Kraft also lags when it comes to being conscientious and understanding how they can be profitable and still focus on being a good citizen, investing in more sustainable business practices and processes, and providing more nutritious food options that consumers are demanding. They are aware of the trends but not acting at the same pace as their peers and have not developed the agility to act quickly against them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be visible, communicate a clear vision for growth, hold the leadership and businesses accountable not only for short term financials but also for investing in a balance of short and longer term initiatives/innovation and developing their people. Figure out a path to be more concentious or you'll loss employees and consumers who are increasingly more demanding about employee welfare, sustainability, and healthy nutrition. Start developing more agile capabilities and invest in more consumer understanding so you can design products that consumer wants and need and stop launching products that don't last in market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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