Mars Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
270 Reviews
3.6
270 Reviews
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Mars President and CEO Paul S. Michaels
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is good, people leave work before 5:30 p (in 20 reviews)

  • Open Office environment - approachability to senior management (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 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity to work with the best

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Mars full-time for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A challenging and demanding employer

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

    I worked at Mars full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent employee health and 401k benefits. Committed to continuing education. Challenging environment.

    Cons

    Management sets unreasonable work expectations. In order to meet expectations, working off the clock necessary in order to keep up with work load and safeguard employment status. Poor work life balance. Management is highly critical and will document insignificant miscues and use to undermine the associates during the review process. Poor mobility. Only associates within a desirable age range are promotable. Was once a diverse workplace. Now trending to younger associate pool. Salary levels are not comparable to large multinational competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Five principles should be applicable to manager-associate relationship, not just to company-customer-vendor relationships.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most organized company ever

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    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Manager

    I worked at Mars as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Mars Petcare, where I briefly worked on a contract basis, was the most organized company I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    So many meetings can seem to take up a lot of work time, but every single meeting was absolutely necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Most difficult three years of my career

    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Mars full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people
    Great health benefits
    Fun activities planned at Nashville HQ to improve engagement
    Well planned sales meetings
    Good brands

    Cons

    Many upper level managers lack experience, depth, and judgement
    Manage for the short term- make the number at whatever cost to long term consequences
    Poor people managers despite countless hours invested in performance reviews and plans
    Lack of leadership beyond " make the number"
    Internally focused: nor customer focused
    Managers seem to think they know it all: dictators vs collaborators
    Do not recommend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and see what is going on- its not good
    Too lean
    Inconsistent work loads
    Favorites are crystal clear and it is not based on talent or results
    Sad to see the potential that could be but won't w current management and reward system

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hackettstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hackettstown, NJ

    I worked at Mars full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Most colleagues were very good to work with. Benefits are on-par with competition. Free candy and ice cream!

    Cons

    Inconsistent management. If you got on the wrong side of your manager, forget any career progression. Your one-up manager will back up that manager, and there's no where to go except out. Management seemed to lack clear direction for the organization. Lots of organizational changes across the board. If you got a good manager, but you weren't a great employee, you could be around for a long time. The inverse is true as well, if you have a bad manager, but a good employee that hasn't been given opportunity, you could be out the door very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you see a boss-subordinate relationship not working, you should step up and intervene. Good people can be lost due to a failed fit in this regard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    ok but pred

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    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Mount Olive, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Mount Olive, IL

    I worked at Mars full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    like the people very much

    Cons

    managers are not the brightest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    MSS IS A JOKE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Great Benefits
    Development opportunity
    Mars U
    Private/Family owned
    Fun Perks
    Cheap vending
    Catered lunches

    Cons

    Dishonest managers
    Political
    Managers work together against others for no professional reason
    P&O cannot be trusted
    Lack of professionalism
    Sr. Managers/Directors lack experience
    Gallup scores aren't accurate
    Unprofessionalism is tolerated
    Lack of professional maturity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying. Take your job seriously and stop disrespecting associates. Start taking responsibility rather than blaming your team.

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

    Great working people and a fantastic Work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to help at Mars whether its a manager or colleague. Communication is what makes this company run

    Cons

    A lot of remote locations and there is a lot of travel involved in this job. Other than that I love it here

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was a temporary employee and just know that the workers are lazy but the temps are left to do all the dirty work

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    Former Employee - Production  in  Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Production in Reno, NV

    I worked at Mars full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The only pro that was there were the breaks! If you want to work with jerks and incompetent people, then go ahead and work there.

    Cons

    Didn't get paid, in the middle of no where, lazy and incompetent permanent workers, all of the females were sexist against men (my husband was fired because of this).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't do illegal things. Actually start caring about your employees and PAY them. You're all jerks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bring your pet to work....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Assistant in Franklin, TN

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

    Pros

    Working with the Petcare division of Mars you can bring your dog to work each day which is a very nice plus. Company has great benefits with 3 weeks vacation your first year. They are very proactive in engaging associates with special events (South American breakfast for the opening day of World Cup was the most recent). If you are talented and willing to work hard, you will get promoted quickly.

    Cons

    As stated above, if you are willing to work hard you will get promoted but you have to put in 50-60 hours each week and it doesn't let up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a better work/life balance for associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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