McCormick & Company Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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McCormick & Company President, CEO, and Director Alan D. Wilson
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Pros
  • Good benefits; rank and file associates generally great to work with; tremendous pride among employees regarding company; nice facilities (in 5 reviews)

  • very people oriented, and great benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow in processes; Too highly conservative in approaches; Slow to change (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture, opportunity to advance, grow, diversify, and enjoy the people you work with. Expand your knowledge of business in multiply fields

    Cons

    Travel can vary from frequent to moderate, making family time a challenge. Must be able to do a lot with few resources

    Advice to Management

    Keep people first


  2. Gain Experience and Leave

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for a recognized and trusted brand

    Cons

    The company is too top heavy with management on all levels. Many employees are over qualified for their positions by having advanced degrees and doing entry level work. Rarely promotes within. Benefits aren't as nice as other companies in the area. The culture of the company is behind the times in technology and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    The days of people working in the same position for years without being promoted are long gone. Young people need to feel valued, appreciated, and compensated for their work. They also want


  3. Embracing Change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    McCormick is undergoing a lot of changes lately to stay competitive. We will do those changes aligned with our values and respect for people.

    Cons

    The industry is increasingly competitive and we will have to constantly search for innovative ways to beat the competition faster, better and cheaper.

    Advice to Management

    Drive change using the wonderful culture that has been and is McCormick. Doing it any other way will ensure failure.


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  5. Lost it's Culture of Care and Concern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Management in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free spices and paid time off during winter holiday.

    Cons

    Leadership at executive level is out of touch. Too many levels of VP and Directors in HR think they run the business. Rapidly losing top performers due to ineffective management.

    Advice to Management

    Remove HR from the business and let managers do their jobs. Respect those that do the work, hourly employees, and remove the stigma of exempt versus non-exempt. Open your eyes ALAN WILSON! Your company is imploding.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Internship experience was great. I learned a ton professionally and personally; both will aid in future opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sensory Intern in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Sensory Intern in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McCormick & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are very friendly and collaborative; there are many great potential mentors

    Cons

    Often competitive environment...which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Office politics (as with any business on a large scale) can get in the way at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great work and recruiting talented individuals who are passionate about the business.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Process Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Given actual responsibility and exposure to management from the very beginning of the internship Good culture of safety and helping employees Interns were treated like regular employees Good pay and benefits for an internship

    Cons

    Be prepared for a manufacturing environment 50/50 balance between desk work and hands on work in the plant

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give responsibility to interns and allow them to learn about the business


  8. Helpful (1)

    Clicky and new employees are outsiders

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits & new challenges of product line and innovation

    Cons

    Long time employees are set in ways and don't like change!!!

    Advice to Management

    Better mix of older and new employee culture!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Seems to be having an identity crisis about the type of company they want to be to their employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well known brand with market leadership in core categories. The only "big CPG' company in the DC/Baltimore area. Good benefits in general - employee discounts on products is amazing.

    Cons

    Still thinks of themselves as a "family-oriented company" who values everyone's contributions. However, work-life balance is the same as most other big CPGs (i.e., you'll need to work nights and weekends to keep up). Pretty clique-y; long tenured employees often discount newer employees POV, believing it's their way or the highway just because they've been there, not because their decision is necessarily right for the business. Not much invested in employee development. Short term (i.e. Wall St oriented quarterly focus) results in many smaller brands being under invested in. As such, when resources are cut, they miss out on market opportunities when multiple competitors get to that space first.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what type of company you want to be and be true to that vision. If you want to become a top CPG, then invest more in both employees (old and new) and more of your brands. If you want to be the "family oriented company", then give your employees more resources so they can actually see their families on their personal time. Either way, be honest about who you are trying to be when trying to attract potential new hires.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Production lines are poorly utilized and even more poorly scheduled

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McCormick & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great employees, on or above board pay and benefits, good work environment, the rank and file really treat people very well and are incredibly helpful

    Cons

    Management is disconnected from reality. Manufacturing operations would collapse without forced overtime. This is actually a 24/7 operation that is pitched to employees as a 24/5 operation, just be honest and do it right. Production stops for meetings, meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Huge emphasis on corporate politics.

    Advice to Management

    Get out on the shop floor. Listen to your employees, don't just provide lip service. Stop abusing the workforce more than you abuse the equipment. Say what you do, do what you say, your credibility is grossly suffering.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Quality Assurance Specialist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great family company atmosphere. Great opportunities for growth. CEO knew all names of all members of management regardless of level.

    Cons

    Direct manager did not provide real feedback. Took comments from other folks and never asked for the employee's own feedback.



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