Mars

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Mars Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
308 Reviews
3.6
308 Reviews
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Mars President and CEO Paul S. Michaels
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 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
  2.  

    Great culture and career opportunity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Hackettstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Team Member in Hackettstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great culture/atmosphere
    Plenty of opportunity for career advancement
    One of the top rated companies to work for
    Well being of employees very important

    Cons

    Current position does not have great work/life balance
    Pay not as competitive as it once was

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more feedback on performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good Company, great work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Logistics Representative in Hackettstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Logistics Representative in Hackettstown, NJ

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Ability to work from home once a week. Free chocolate. Awesome 401K.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING is compared to how we do against Hershey. Ambiguity is a good thing, basically, people will just assume that you understand a lot from the first day. Lots of cliques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heed the advice of "do what we do best" and forget about benchmarking everything to Hershey.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best privately owned conglomerate.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D in Greenville, MS
    Current Employee - R&D in Greenville, MS

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

    Pros

    Legendary 5-principled work culture, open office, overall engaged work force, decent benefits, opportunity for associate development, last but not the least great products.

    Cons

    Talent retention challenges, management misjudges team strength, interdepartmental disconnect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Decline and fall of a great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Many in Hackettstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Many in Hackettstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Successful brands, lots of support, good pople.

    Cons

    The "professional" management who replaced the family destroyed a vibrant culture by instituting a destructive personnel development system. Management changed from Mars Centurions to temporary mercenaries. Lack of focus on results rife due to focus on cosmetics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the family back. Fire the J&J crowd.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, culture takes some getting used to.

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

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

    Pros

    Mars promotes a open, collaborative environment where top level management to the entry level associated are treated as equals. There are plenty of opportunities to move to different (lateral) positions during your career. The benefits are good for a company of this size, but not the best. Finally some of the of the most interesting and nicest people you'll meet are those who've been with the company 30+ years.

    Cons

    Mars seems to only recognize associates who are extroverts. Introverts, results \ performance based associates are typically overlooked for advancement if they lack the "schmoozing" trait. This results in many people whom you might work with being completely superficial about building friendships \ relationships. If it is discovered that you may or may not have any influence over someone's advancement, the relationship building seems to die off quickly with the more ...ambitious associates.

    Diversity is woefully sad \ absent. While there are some examples of women and minorities being promoted, minorities are pitifully underrepresented in middle \ upper management (if existent at all). Diversity of thinking \ thought is promoted, yet Mars management heavy culture produces managers who are all white males, uniformly dressed in the same color shirts, and are slow to think outside of the box. It literally is a group-think culture.

    Mars is middle management heavy. Which makes navigation much more complex than it should be. Which means that an idea, project plan or a proposal must be run through a gauntlet of managers first if to be given the green light. If one manager is absent or disapproves of your approach, plan for a delay. Until there is a consensus, your project is going nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an active plan to actually create diversity within upper management (meaning people of color). Align management so that it empowers associates to make decisions and take chances without fear of failure.

  8.  

    Transportation Planner

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars

    Pros

    They offered work life balance. It was an ok company.

    Cons

    Hearing that the moral within the company is down

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Culture and Values

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Mount Olive, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Mount Olive, NJ

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

    Pros

    Management really encouraged you to take time to talk to anybody in the company you wanted. Managers didn't have private offices. I never felt weird talking someone with a title. They also paid really well and had great benefits. The free chocolate was nice too.

    Cons

    The structure of the company was really complicated and ever changing. Some of the offices and plants are in really out of the way locations.

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    I learned a lot, but it's a very political company

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

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

    Pros

    The offer good benefits, great products, and opportunities to learn.There is a lot of opportunity to lateral into other positions to learn additional skills.

    Cons

    The culture is very different. You have to promote yourself and the job you are doing to a bunch of people that don't have anything to do with your job. It's the only way to get rated decently. They also dock you 10% of your pay, even if you work extra hours as a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the direct line manager to rate their people and don't make it such a political game within the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company really cares about their associates.

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

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

    Pros

    It's a fun atmosphere. They are focused on their associates engagement and it's a top priority to them. Work/ life balance is above average.

    Cons

    They are a lean company which tends to put a lot of hats on people. This can drive engagement down. People have a ton of stuff on their plate and with the pay scale being on the lower end of the averages, causes good associates to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review sale rise and job descriptions and make sure there are no gaps in both.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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