Kraft Foods
3.4 of 5 607 reviews
www.kraft.com Winnetka, IL 5000+ Employees

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There can be great work/life balance, it all depends what group you are in"
    in 49 reviews
  • "Great brands, tremendous resources, collaborative environment with sharp and focussed people"
    in 33 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours no work life balance normally in rural areas"
    in 24 reviews
  • "long hours equates to a good employee which isn't necessarily true"
    in 15 reviews
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    Kraft is a great place to work if you take advantage of the opportunities

    Systems Project Leader (Current Employee)
    Glenview, IL

    ProsSeverence package, collaboration, social networking tooks, innovation, fun events, opportunities for growth, ability to move from job to job within the company, cafeteria, cleaners, company store, free fitness center, management open door policy, PTO (paid time off) instead of vacation vs. sick - you start out with more than anywhere else I know of, great coworkers who usually help each other, employees have great business knowldge, most people care and are deeply passionate about their work, some groups allow working from home 1-5 days per week, mobile workforce program, the internet is open - facebook, myspace, web mail sites are open for use, laptops are issued and can connect remotely with ease, flat screen tvs in some break rooms and for conference room listings, everyone is usually very friendly and welcoming, tuition reimbursement for properly accredited schools for classes related to your job, good 401 matching, many personal interest groups such as latino council, asian council, even gay/lesbian/bi/transgender group, benefits can include a same sex co-habitating life partner

    ConsThe outsourced help desk is not the greatest but they are ge tting better and issues are being addresses little by little, too much work and not enough time to do it, some teams get many awards while other groups work just as hard or harder and do not get recognized, a lot of reorganization means few promotions unless someone changes roles

    Advice to Senior Managementif we go out of our way to help you, our group, or the company, please recognize us. Some managers go out of their way to develop you and others do not so sometimes it is up to you to find opportunities that will develop you

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive Experience!

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Northfield, IL

    ProsI have had more responsibility in my first 5 years (post-undergrad) than most anyone I know. A person who is results-oriented and displays strong leadership skills will have a successful career and the opportunity to work on highly visible projects.

    ConsKraft is a very marketing-driven company. I worked in operations and that can be frustrating since many operation decisions were trumped by marketing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on restoring product quality and identifying cost savings by eliminating inefficiencies across the value chain in order to achieve profitable growth!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great marketing training ground, slow advancement to brand manager

    Associate Brand Manager (Current Employee)
    Glenview, IL

    ProsMany great brands with considerable marketing activity, smart people, variety of opportunities within company, good compensation, strong reputation within industry

    ConsSlow advancement for junior marketers, company culture is becoming more internally competitive and political and less collaborative, top down decision making

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower brand managers to manage own brands, focus on development of new talent, more clearly communicate with individuals at all levels of organization

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    Great internships for undergrads

    R&D Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsKraft's R&D (GTQ) offers excellent internships for undergrads that allow you to get real experience and take ownership for a critical research project. Very well organized program and great compensation.

    ConsSometimes they force interns onto people who are really not interested in having an intern work for them. This can be especially frustrating and intimidating to young undergrads who are in their first professional experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore cross-talk between organizations could be particularly beneficial especially in helpfing interns connect and grow their business acumen. Otherwise great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Kraft Jack's Pizza

    Generl Laborer (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat pay for general labor (starting at $12.35/hr), great in advancement with the company, employee discount on Kraft brand pizzas (Jack's Pizza, DiGorno, etc. $1 per pizza up to 12 a week when they sell between $5-$10 per pizza at the store)

    Cons12 hour rotating shifts (work monday and tuesday, off wednesday and thursday, work friday,saturday, sunday. then opposite the next week),

    Advice to Senior Managementfor the time i was there, i'd have to say that there wasn't much to complain about. it was just the 12 hour schedules that kinda sucked because you don't really have a whole lot of time to do some of the things you would like to do with family and friends.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    nice stop

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Northfield, IL

    Prosget get your foot in the door for management. Great compensation

    Conshuge work load. even though the compensation is great. You have to bust ur bottom to get it.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees. Appreciate their hard efforts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I was miserable at Kraft.

    Senior Associate Brand Manager (Former Employee)
    Glenview, IL

    Pros1.) Respected brand management training ground
    2.) The marketplace still puts somewhat of a premium on being "trained" at Kraft

    Cons1.) Very political
    2.) Morale is low due to several years of average financial performance
    3.) The culture is both stale and passive aggressive (the worst of government bureaucracy combined with the pressure of working for a publicly traded company)

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell off the business units that you have no competitive advantage in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Summer

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsKraft Foods have a lot of good things going for them. Nice work place, decent people, but if you work with union workers your life will be hell.

    ConsBig company, too many complications. A lot of plants have union works, much pain to work with. Some plants are old and need new stuff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement need to be around more often. Most of you guys are nice but some are a pain to deal with.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many chiefs & not enought indians

    Warehouse Driver (Current Employee)
    Pensacola, FL

    ProsGreat benefits & pay,fairly recession proof

    ConsGood ole boys club & lazy management

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    Winter Haven, FL

    ProsYou get to set your own schedule and work at your own pace. Your territory is yours to manage and you set the rules at the customer level. Great benefits and company car proves to be useful and you can take it anywhere.

    ConsHours seem to be long and you continue to work once you get home. Job is practically 7 days a week as you must always call your help and tell them what to do and if there is a problem stores will call you no matter what time of day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the biscuit business and focus on the actual Kraft portfolio!

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