Kraft Foods Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
653 Reviews
3.2
653 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There can be great work/life balance, it all depends what group you are in (in 52 reviews)

  • Great people who is willing to learn with you and sincerely try to get things better (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • There is diminishing respect for work-life balance - which used to be more tolerable when bonuses were good (in 27 reviews)

  • Long hours no work life balance normally in rural areas (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lots of process red tape and jaded culture more focused on documentation than improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    good people in general, very employee work life balance friendly for example giving 20 PTO days to start, and being flexible in the use of those days.

    Cons

    Development and promotion of entry-level/associate employees is inconsistent at best (non-existent at worst). They recently stopped doing tuition reimbursement for MBAs for R&D employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to understand the end to end implications of using old generation equipment in terms of quality, uptime, maintenance costs, etc.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The Company is disorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hard working job and lot of learning

    Cons

    To many doubles standards in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Frustrating environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay. Flexibile work hours, but (unwritten) high expectations to put in heavy hours. Beautiful new corporate HQ. Ehnically diverse.
    Career opportunities exist if you're willing to play "the game".

    Cons

    Highly, highly political work environment. A lot of energy wasted on internal conflicts.
    Claims of work-life balance are over-rated.
    There are good people there but the company (i.e. management) doesn't know what to do with them. Much of the work is activity based.
    Benefits aren't the best. Only one option for healthcare provider. Coverage costs are high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try being "Leaders". Most managers at Kraft are focused on doing a good job of "reporting up". I would say try being more honest but you'd probably lose your jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Cultural Overview

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    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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots to learn, but fit will make/break you

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Northfield, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Northfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Kraft is an awesome place to learn a more general management style of brand management. Cross-functional talent is above average, resources are generally pretty good compared to many companies. Compensation is great and if you're on the better end of the talent spectrum, you'll be rewarded handsomely.

    Success requires a strong general management skill set first, consumer skill set second. Unless you're going into communications long term - this is going to set you up for the best long term future. There is still a lot of investment happening in brands, so there is plenty of opportunity to do the sexy stuff too.

    The definition of people who are a "good fit" for Kraft is somewhat narrow - if you are type A with above average intelligence, have executive presence and are action oriented, you'll succeed.

    Cons

    If you don't fit or are challenged with analytics, Kraft will chew you up and spit you out pretty quickly as an ABM.

    There is diminishing respect for work-life balance - which used to be more tolerable when bonuses were good. Bonuses for many folks have been bad the past few years and it isn't looking good for this year either. Makes the long hours less appealing.

    After some improvements in removing unnecessary process, it's (process) now coming back stronger than ever before. People are starting to die on the vine from the process.

    I'm not sure the company is headed in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the preparation for project Gemini, a lot of resources and people were cut. However the work was really never prioritized or cut (enough). Now significant process (IBP and IDEA) is being added. People are burning out.

    Decide what this company is and resource/prioritize appropriately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people that work there are great. Managers understand employees. Pay was very good. Able to move throughout departments.

    Cons

    Lots of forced OT. Challenging, but no one bothered you unless you did not get your work done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    bland, bureaucratic, stifles creativity and individuality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the training is good and the people are smart.

    Cons

    it's a restrictive environment with heavy-duty politicking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance considerations. No email on weekends for instance.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Assoc Director

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

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and great people to work with

    Cons

    Horrible managers. They do not develop or guide employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of managers who do not manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Kraft Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, talented people but a poltical atmosphere.

    Cons

    New mgt out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Kraft Foods

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    Former Employee - Operations Technician in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Operations Technician in Columbia, MO

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, competitive salary

    Cons

    12 hour shifts can get quite old over the years.
    Policies being change on individual bases
    peer to peer review system not active

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review current policies and procedures for employees dealing with attendance and give a more fair system for those who are single or head of household

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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