Kraft Foods Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
645 Reviews
3.2
645 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There can be great work/life balance, it all depends what group you are in (in 51 reviews)

  • Great people who is willing to learn with you and sincerely try to get things better (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours no work life balance normally in rural areas (in 25 reviews)

  • long hours equates to a good employee which isn't necessarily true (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great to work for and funny people to have by your side, I enjoy coming to work everyday. Other places dont match up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Good money, fun people, learning, safe, easy, hard, fast, slow

    Cons

    a lot of people involved in your daily job functions, over protective of everything, to many people with to many thoughts on one subject

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good, Solid Company to Grow In

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Kraft is an organization that is not afraid to commit to change with purpose. Great people to work with and learn from, and great products.

    Cons

    Company culture is not consistent across the organization, and sometimes (as a whole) Kraft wants to change often, I assume, as a result of the fast-paced industry it operates in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort in understanding the consumers and employees alike.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I worked as a Senior Sales Representative in Nabisco Sales portion or the Kraft Company.

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Brand Manager  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Brand Manager in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time

    Pros

    The benefits of the company were great. The company was a professional environment to work with as per management. The other team members were all dedicated workers.

    Cons

    Having a chance for promotions was a big let down. The Kraft company hired a professional and I spent 25 years with another national company. I was led to believe that a promotion was possible and then younger college graduates were hired as inters and they were offered the next opportunity. This happen two different times to me. The second time around I was being interview for the next opening and as soon as this was over the managers drove to the next candidate and hired them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advise is that management allow new employees to discuss opportunities with management. This should really make a difference when the company has hired an experienced, educated, knowledgeable, and skilled employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Management is horrible along with the policy.

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    Current Employee - General Laborer  in  Newberry, SC
    Current Employee - General Laborer in Newberry, SC

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

    Pros

    The insurance and benefit package is ok. They give us a bonus every year. There is much overtime if you want it.

    Cons

    The management is very hard to get alone with. The policy is horrible. We start work at 7:30 never know when you will get off like we don't have families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send all of the management team back to training. Stop overworking your employees. Stop changing the policy and procedure to benefit you guys. They should benefit everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    no wonder they are hurting for workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    I have nothing to say

    Cons

    they like to force you to go on other shifts. if people want to go one a different shift they will apply for it. Alo of over time. They want you to not have free time even the weekends. Its eat,work,sleep repeat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't force people on different shift they want the shift that they are on for a reason no wondor you are hurting for workers

  7.  

    Long hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kraft Foods

    Pros

    Nice people work there nice pay

    Cons

    All you do is work no weekends no family time and it's mostly 12 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have weekends off

  8.  

    Horrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Foods full-time

    Pros

    There are no pro about this company

    Cons

    if you need a job work here

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company too focused on stock market not consumers!!

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Pay is OK and very safety focused!!

    Cons

    Trying to cut too many corners to make a profit! Lost focus on making a quality product for the consumer!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the values from years ago and make a quality product for the consumer and not money for the stockholders! Stop taking from the little man and stop adding upper management! Hire more and pay the working man more and stop being slave drivers with the current employees!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    There are opportunities for improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. I have great co-workers at my location (production facility). Company is community minded.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement unless you're willing to relocate. Local management inconsistent- - they'll roll over and bend to the whim of whoever yells the loudest about unfair treatment or policies. We keep reducing head count and expecting the remaining employees to take on more responsibilities but not necessarily compensating them for it. "Continuous Improvement" projects are implemented with little consideration to the impact on the department. Corporate driven training sessions are frustrating. It is hard to sit through an online training session while the presenter flies through the material and clicks through screens so fast you have no idea what he or she just did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and treat them fairly. Stop piling more work on those who already have so much to do they can't get it all done within normal business hours. Find different, more reliable ways to train on new programs/systems so users get the tools they need from the start.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Entry level job with a high turnover is the reason to start at Kraft.

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II  in  Tarrytown, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Tarrytown, NY

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

    Pros

    (1) Kraft is a household name with experience in a number of different food products. (2) Their salary is relatively competitive with other major players in the food industry. (3) Their initial offer starts with 4 weeks of vacation (which you'll never be able to take if you do your job correctly).

    Cons

    The Tarrytown facility suffers from a huge moral problem (incurring high turn-over). The distance between R&D and the rest of the business causes feelings of isolation, lack of loyalty, and systemic abuse of resources. For example, after the Kraft split in 2012, the Chicago branch received a concert from Lifehouse while the Tarrytown facility got a happy hour (a glass of champaign and hors d'oeuvres). The company as a whole seems to have a negative vibe, a starting point and not a company worth investing a career in. Kraft acknowledges their goal to "retain talent", but fails to understand that 'throwing money at them' is not the same as respecting their personal lives. Among other issues, a company-wide survey indicated that employees did not trust management in decision-making nor did they feel management embodied the pillars of Kraft.

    What I discovered during my time was that the outside-work activities are not encouraged by upper management, there is both little and inadequate on-boarding support (as compared to my experience at Nestle and PepsiCo ) expectations of 20-30% travel were wildly under-declared (I traveled nearly 80% of the past year), differing levels of education are marginalized causing position-overlap among vastly different salary grades; overall, science is immaterial to an R&D position with Kraft focusing more on ideas to market (e.g. Technical experts make a pittance compared to climbing the managerial ladder).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to retain talent, proper respect for long hours/hard work and a clear strategy are necessary. The environment felt like upper-management was constantly making post-apocalyptic decisions in regards to everyday affairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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