Mars

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Mars Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
326 Reviews
3.6
326 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A fun place to work obviously, work-life balance was excellent, teleworking is by department (in 26 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 11 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful enriching experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to understand a drastically diverse cultural setting. Lots of opportunities to grow with your own initiative. Great place for a self-lead individual.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities. Focus is now on college grads rather than experienced professionals. Difficult to watch newbies surpass you in career grade as you put your heart into the work being done. Company is lacking passion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the engagement scores and be careful of only reading the Gallup numbers. Grow and refresh your learning and development area, use people that have vision and energy around learning AND engagement. Don't look at raising a skill set as 'overhead' rather properly investing in your associates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good work balance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars

    Pros

    great company to work with, people are very friendly and willing to help

    Cons

    office is too big, everyone sit in one office

  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great brands and a global business. The place is very busy and operates with lean staffing. Lot's of opportunity to grow skill set.

    Cons

    People are stretched thin and decision making is by committee and that causes delays. People are stressed with more to do then time allows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategy and tactics needs for focus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    This is a great company to work for that believes in quality and mutuality for their associates.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Area Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Retail Area Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Gives their associates great opportunities to build and grow their own development and take control of their careers.

    Cons

    As a whole this company is not good at developing their associates. If your someone that doesn't thrive in a hands of management culture, this company will be difficult to assimilate to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Working at Mars Inc.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars

    Pros

    On a 2 yr project as a Lead Consultant for Mars, I really enjoyed my time there. It's an excellent place for a long term job. They treat their Associates like family and encourage internal promotions.

    Cons

    Great if you are in the business management, sales, finance or engineering sectors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars

    Pros

    freedom, quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency

    Cons

    no cons, it's a great company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    QA Technologist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Good company to work for,good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management, Low pay,poor work life balance.

  9.  

    Great company with strong brands and principles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leading global food manufacturer
    Above average pay/benefits
    Strong values/principles
    Egalitarian, great culture & working environment
    Strong brands
    Big supporter of sustainability
    Many learning & development opportunities
    Great, professional people

    Cons

    Open office working environment and punctuality bonus (or loose 10% of daily pay) may not appeal to everyone
    Performance development process needs to be simplified
    Too much emphasis on Gallup engagement scores
    Too much focus on what's politically right versus what's right for the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more innovation/speed to market, organizational agility & manufacturing flexibility

    Recommends
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Work with great people
    A lot of challenges and opportunities to learn and grow
    Family owned which means we can make decisions focusing long term success

    Cons

    The US Chocolate unit is not living the best part of Mars Culture. Not putting People first. Poor in process and lack of clear accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put People first. It is people who deliver the numbers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    This is a company that is deep rooted in their principles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I would have to say the overall company culture and for the most part the people that you work with

    Cons

    Like any large organization, the ability to maintain these principles as they continue to grow and also making sure that learning and development continue to play a big part in the overall organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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