Mars Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
291 Reviews
3.5
291 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A fun place to work obviously, work-life balance was excellent, teleworking is by department (in 25 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, can be great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars

    Pros

    Above average work life balance.
    Fun atmosphere, great people to work with. Have many friends at work, the company emphasizes this.

    Cons

    Salary below others in same market.
    Need clearer plans communicated by senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more decisive. Remember what the company is good at, don't stray from this

  2.  

    Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  5.  

    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. 7 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
  8.  

    Great people, good benefits, hidden hierarchy and slow process for advancement

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

    I worked at Mars full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits and decent work environment. I started in the UK and moved with the company to North America. The benefits are good in both locations and salaries were competitive. I learned a lot with this organization but not through traditional development channels.

    Cons

    Mars prides itself on "open office" work spaces and touts that this is an important part of the culture. To a degree this is true because collaboration and networking are VERY important to being effective in your work. It's a challenge for new starters to ramp up quickly because they need to be able to build their network and there is little to support them in doing so.
    The culture is also billed as entrepreneurial and within limits you can have a lot of autonomy. The hidden issue is that for most bigger decisions the processes are very consensus driven and this makes getting things done very slow. Over time this can be frustrating to those that want to move more quickly and lead in an agile way.
    The IT organization is very male dominated and they cannot seem to retain their female leadership. I often felt like I was passed over for opportunities that went to male colleagues, this seemed to be a global issue so is likely deeply ingrained in the culture, but may be limited to IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - provide more opportunities for advancement
    - there should be more than one model for success
    - empower your associates more, the strong need for consensus kills innovation and productivity
    - the values are right on, just practice what you preach

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

    3rd party debt collections

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    Current Employee - Collector in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Collector in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    The best thing of working there were the people I worked with on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    The biggest concern of working there was the small size and knowing there wasn't going to be room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My best advice would be to get more business and grow as a company.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good people, weak leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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