Kraft Foods Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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. 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
  3. Please don't eat the marshmallows!

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    Former Employee - Technician in Kendallville, IN
    Former Employee - Technician in Kendallville, IN

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

    Pros

    Lots of manditory overtime for full time workforce. For those with no life this might be a plus. I don't know where you could do (forced) grunt work and make 50K per year.

    Cons

    The cons are that you will be working with "Cons". Many of our employees were had previously convicted of crimes and one (a technician) was convicted of child pornography and was still employed as a tech while awaiting room at a Federal Prison-this despite a stout "sexual harrassment" policy that was largely ignored-unless you are "old" and management needs an excuse to get rid of you. Management discriminates against age, education and experience by hiring people-who in some cases-can't even read (a requirement in this kind of work) and promoting them to managerial positions. Kraft Kendallville is a bottomless money pit that produces tons of scrap product and little else. A large portion of the full time work force is on long term disability-many due to injuries sustained in-plant. For years these injuries were masked from the record by offering personal and vacation days and finally disability and FMLA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close this facility and move it to a better climate (Texas-Mexico) and cut your losses. Reward Knowledge, experience and age rather than descriminate against it. Build safety into a new facility as well as ease of sanitizing the new facility. Quit putting "band aids" on a facility that was built in 1935 and go build an ultra modern facility such as Campfire Marhmallows has done. Address "Lean" issues in particular "labor intensive" slave-like conditions--unless your desire is to run a prison camp. Address serious scrap issues and "inputs".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 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
  6. 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

  7. No longer a good place to work in my opinion.

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    Former Employee - Production Operator
    Former Employee - Production Operator

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

    Pros

    The pay wasn't bad. Production employees were given opportunities to cross train in other production areas. There were several paid holidays.

    Cons

    They talk about work life balance, but there was no such thing. Production employees are expected to put their lives on hold. After Obama Care was passed insurance rates and deductibles went up, while actual benefits the insurance paid out, went down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to remember that without the folks in production, there's no need for management. The production people truly are the life of the business and should be treated with more appreciation and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Don't work in the Sales Finance department- it is very unprofessional and rude.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Northfield, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Northfield, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    good salary, PTO is 20 days

    Cons

    unfriendly and negative atmosphere, bullying, lot of competition among co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who have a good attitude and want to take the time to train you, someone with mental stability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    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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