Mars Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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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. Very good and customer focused business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars

    Pros

    Innovative culture where an individual can contribute based on their limitations and not on title.

    Cons

    75th%ile compensation drives the company to feel entitled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget your core values and reward leadership and not showmanship!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great work environment, very people-focused

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation, with lots of support systems in place for employees. Open office environment fosters collaboration, and lots of company events to keep employee engagement high.

    Cons

    Very role-based culture, which can be difficult for some personalities

  3. Working for MARS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good management drive and goal focused company

    Cons

    harder to climb the ladder

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Good company with good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    people are very nice and they celebrate a lot of holidays.

    Cons

    no cons, because everything is good for me

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great place to grow and develop personally, although directionally challenged at the leadership level.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN

    I worked at Mars full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great for personal development and role development. Worked with a lot of people who are energetic and passionate about what they do. Mars touts their 5 principles and sometimes follows them. Work life balance is important, but can lead to lackadaisical attitude toward project completion.

    Cons

    There is a push to always be positive, although your thoughts are "always welcome". This includes an annual focus on Gallup engagement survey. Although encouraged to express your opinion you must make sure to be a team player as it is ambiguous as to how this will affect your position and team in the big picture. Mars tends to make major restructures called "revitalizations" about every other year and due to the fact that the company must maintain the view of non-discrimination, they'll separate with anyone regardless of performance. Goals are strictly bottom line to the corporate OGSM and they will sacrifice success at field level and the financial betterment of the field sales team to ensure that the corporate leadership makes it bonus. Be prepared to work for your salary and not much more. Took sales driven brands and made them marketing driven brands to great detriment of wonderful brands. Most of the marketing personnel were barely out of grad school with little real world experience and made changes to the brands without understanding the market, industry, and legacy of the brands themselves which led to huge declines in brand awareness, customer satisfaction, and retail sell through. They created confusing messaging and instead of becoming the leader of the industry as they could have, they became the "safe" brand which follows the leader many months/years behind innovation and continues to lose share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't push so hard for profitability that your brands begin to sag in the marketplace. Allow your sales force to execute to the best of their abilities with proven methods and strategies and allow them to achieve their variable pay. Currently, the marketing teams drive changes to products without field input and this causes huge dissonance between sales and marketing, as the marketing personnel turn over so quickly that they've had little time to understand the legacy of these great brands before spinning them out of existence. Take an actual risk and become the leader of the pet specialty industry, don't just wait for someone else to innovate and make a failed attempt to follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good company

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    Former Employee - Activity Leader
    Former Employee - Activity Leader

    I worked at Mars

    Pros

    Great comradery, flexibility and teams

    Cons

    Culture is not for everyone, high turn-over in some departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. No too shabby

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, clean facilities, not to stressful

    Cons

    You are a slave to the man

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be a yes sir or yes mam type of manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Operation planning Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Great company culture and fun work.

    Cons

    Depends on your manager, some people are hard to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Mars Petcare

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, OH

    I worked at Mars full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I think they are committed to winning and that they foster a collaborative network of employees. They provide a lot of free perks, like free coffee drinks and candy.

    Cons

    I think they move too fast in making changes, and don't analyze carefully enough before decisions are made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to analyze before making rash decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Guided by Principles

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Associates are encouraged to be guided by the five principles of the organization to make business decisions which can be very empowering. Nice people overall.

    Cons

    Unstructured structure can be frustrating when trying to get answers and do not know where to go. Very relationship driven.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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