Mars Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
281 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A fun place to work obviously, work-life balance was excellent, teleworking is by department (in 22 reviews)

  • Creative, open office environment (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Demanding schedules which can put strains on appropriate work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Store management and especially Senior Management love their power (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful people work there, however,when management changes, so does the entire company because it's so lean.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Hackettstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Hackettstown, NJ

    I worked at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Because it is privately held, the business information is shared across the organization, and everyone is in it to win it! They pay really well because there are no RSU's. Bonuses are healthy when the company makes its numbers. The work was wonderful and challenging, not one boring day in six years! Very global with opportunity to learn about foreign business perspectives. The opportunities to contribute to the success of the business were phenomenal!

    Cons

    The pace of snack marketing is fast, and yet it is the leanest company I have ever worked for. You had better have someone in management watching your back, because it is so competitive, especially around bonus time. They grade on a strict bell curve which causes managers to throw other managers' direct reports under the bus during calibration sessions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around? Is there anyone left that's not afraid to stand up to senior management? Is there anyone left with any experience, or over 50? You trained everyone that disagreeing with management means your days are numbered....good luck making the numbers with the fear-filled folks left!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to make decisions and own output. Entrepreneurial and a culture of continuous development. Pay is very competitive.

    Cons

    Lean organization makes it difficult to prioritize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure the Five Principles are seen through actions, not words.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work overall.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hackettstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hackettstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    A fun place to work obviously, work-life balance was excellent, teleworking is by department. Lots of fun event days, big on volunteering and sustainability. Some really great people there. Good pay.

    Cons

    You have to "punch the clock" which is antiquated. A huge focus on employee satisfaction leads to extra fluff work at times. Big on culture, office politics and ways of working through the business. Lots of recent changes and reorganization happens often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Difficult but rewarding as Mars continues to change the old wasteful Doanes culture to the more modern and sustainable culture that is the essence of Mars.

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    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Miami, OK
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Miami, OK

    I have been working at Mars full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mars promotes from within, trains heavily, and provides a comfortable benefits package that is competitive with most companies.

    Cons

    Site specific cons are constantly changing plant management as they advance their careers and move to other locations every couple years, lack of accountability in performance and daily routines, and implementation of new processes that don't stick because of the previous two things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make all associates accountable for their performance, communicate change better from top down, be more involved at the line level, and follow up on new processes to ensure they are working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company for a long term career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Applications in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Regional Applications in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Mars as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, benefits not seen these days, associate minded, easy to switch positions, open office with no offices for anyone ever, opportunities to travel and work from home.

    Cons

    Work can be unrewarding at times, open office can be distracting but should be manageable and helpful for most people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with each associate, mentor them and ensure they are enjoying their work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun working environment (Subsidiary of Mars). The Five Principals rock!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Mars part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Still family owned, good salaries offered. Lots of great community events within and outside of the company. Benefits offered were decent.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism unfortunately, promotions were not understood. The hours and shifts available were not in balance with family obligations or commitments. Lots of fear of losing their jobs so many of us became silent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could improve their visibility and transparency. Everyone should be given the chance to be promoted based on their performance and peer relationships not who they become buddies with in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    good people, weak leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual environment. Good benefits. Peers were top-notch.

    Cons

    Leadership turnover is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving senior executives 3 year contracts -- it is promoting and allowing short term focus and avoidance of dealing with tough issues. MAJOR issues with their talent management and ability to hold SENIOR leaders accountable -- my director was caught lying about a direct report's performance and she is still there, while junior managers have been let go after one bad performance review, even if they had extenuating circumstances. Top talent is leaving in droves, long-timers just say "keep your head down...wait it out...this happens all the time..." Sad, as most folks there are great; they just have major leadership issues, too much turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great potential to be top CPG Company but not happening in near future with current mgt

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Planning Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Planning Manager in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Strong brands, great people outside of senior management- hard working, bright, passionate

    Outstanding benefit package
    Opportunity to volunteer and make a difference in community
    Excellent training if job function allows time for it

    Cons

    I heard about the culture from numerous people but thought recent "hunt for talent" initiative would change the culture... Sadly, not the case.

    Management is in over their heads- focus seems to be very short term: make the number- get your bonus. This behavior is reckless and showcases the immaturity of the management team. In addition to lack of strategy and financial discipline, I have witnessed horribly bullying, gossiping amongst peers to the point of people crying in the stupid open offices and licking themselves in the bathroom to avoid the gossip and immature behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is needed- now. The Mars family needs to step back into day to day operations for a period of time if they want the mars of the future to resemble the company their grandparents built. I can't recommend Mars to anyone I know in the industry with current mgt and lack of discipline & bullying behavior. Sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity to work with the best

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Company culture, family ownership, strong principles....and we make the best Chocolate !!

    Cons

    Times are changing - getting bigger and losing the private/family business feeling. Political b/s is growing bigger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dare to be different ... dont drift into just being everyone else as we get bigger. Make sure the talk and reality match each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Reviews are true! Very accurate!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    You can bring your pet to work with you.

    Cons

    Overworked staff having to work off the clock to stay up to date. You are issued a company iPhone and you will respond at all hours on or off the clock. Worst mistake of my career going to work here too much to write and too little room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    worry less about "bringing in the year" and more about the bullying going on in the company. Horrible place - stay away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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