Kraft North America

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Updated February 4, 2015
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  1. Great Company and people. Need to focus on growth, not short term cost cutting

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft North America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people work with, very helpful and friendly. Company encourages cross-functional experience and rotations of jobs. Decent work life balance. Most people are allowed to work remotely if you need to, but not a norm for people to work from home every day. Early stage of the career, upward movement is easier. Compensation is not bad, PTO combines sick days and vacations days, you can take your PTO for any reason.

    Cons

    After the split, the company struggles with growth, a lot of pressure to cut cost. Christmas lunch became only dessert and drinks.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long term growth by Investing in standard production equipments and processes to simplify material specification to achieve scale, lower cost and reduce downtime. Invest in advertisement on new products so that they can grow. Stop chasing short term cost cutting that compromises quality.

  2. I thought we were in grade school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft North America

    Pros

    Good pay for the amount of long hrs and hard work.

    Cons

    Old women who like to tattle, make trouble and not do their own work. People worry too much about others and not them selves.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe be on the floor more and not let people spend time in the office about things that don't concern them!

  3. beam me up Scotty, No intelligent life here!

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    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Kendallville, IN
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Kendallville, IN

    I worked at Kraft North America part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good wages for a non union facility and plenty of overtime for full time employees. Benefits are fairly good but expensive.

    Cons

    Safety is not as big of a concern as it should be as 42% of the workforce is out on ltd or std. Crews are forced to work 12 hour shifts for 29 days straight (with no cleanup) resulting in many injuries. No sign of lean manufacturing practices despite six sigma "geniuses" everywhere. 61% of product went to "animal feed" (scrap) and nothing done to prevent the loss. Refuse overtime and be fired. Mention "union" and be fired. Nuts running the asylum.

    Advice to Management

    Kraft corporate needs to clean house or close the plant. Execute lean manufacturing practices to cut down on injuries, downtime and scrap. Unionize this facility as you have others. Stop discrimination against highly educated employees and stop promoting the inept employees. Remember-Surround yourselves with the best and brightest!

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  5. Fleet Lead Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Fleet Lead Coordinator in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Fleet Lead Coordinator in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at Kraft North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation was very good. One of the best Private Fleets to work for. Local management was very good. Very appreciative of the employees.

    Cons

    Corporate culture above our regional managers was very unresponsive. Loaded down with acronyms and catch phrases that seem take the place of any real decisions and actions. The only company value at this point seems to be to cut head count.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about being a company of makers and do or make something. All of these programs are only hindering the process. Upper management needs to either get real and learn about the business and people they manage. Or, shut it down and go home.

  6. Line technician operator

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    Former Employee - Line Technician Operator in Lowville, NY
    Former Employee - Line Technician Operator in Lowville, NY

    I worked at Kraft North America full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Good vacation schedule.

    Cons

    Management did not support employees. More emphasis was put on product than ensuring employees were properly trained. Managers did not have an understanding of what employees jobs were and had little knowledge of how employees ccompleted maintenance. Never had a set schedule. Hours changed between shifts because the company could not maintain its workforce.

  7. Great place to work with decent salary for a manufacturing plant.

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    Current Employee - Line Operator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Line Operator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, overtime if needed, excellent benefits, union plant.

    Cons

    some forced overtime, future of the Chicago plant is uncertain at this time. Some plants have been shutting down since takeover of Mondelez International.

    Advice to Management

    take more input from hourly employees.

  8. pick load and deliver orders

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    Former Employee - Driver/Warehouse in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Driver/Warehouse in Edison, NJ

    I worked at Kraft North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great pay good benefits nice people to work with

    Cons

    long hours and not caring about employees state of mind

  9. Process Technician

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    Current Employee - Process Tech in Kirksville, MO
    Current Employee - Process Tech in Kirksville, MO

    I have been working at Kraft North America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for work

    Cons

    Difficult to have a family life with shift schedule.

  10. The Tarrytown location was a wonderful place to work.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analytics Manager in Tarrytown, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Analytics Manager in Tarrytown, NY

    I worked at Kraft North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance was cherished here. People had a great work attitude.

    Cons

    Closing the Tarrytown office was a mistake. Most of the people did not relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Should have left the Tarrytown office open. Now ou've lost all of those talented people.

  11. Industrial Electrician

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft North America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for with lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Would like to see more aligned work detail on a daily basis instead of having to contact many people to get work instruction.

    Advice to Management

    Give supervision time in their positions instead of moving postions so often.

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