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Nestlé Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
442 Reviews
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Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance with very competitive employee benefits (in 23 reviews)

  • Extremely healthy work environment between peers, co-workers, and superiors (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • 10yrs ), lots of meetings briefings talk more than actions, not work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Lack of transparency (but mind you, it is a core value) (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worst company to work for (Hong Kong office)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Executive in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    There's really no pros here. Only the maternity leave pkg is attractive but cannot be enjoyed by everyone

    Cons

    Salary & benefits are low compared to market standing.
    High turnover rate
    Far and inconvenient working location in Yuen Long
    Poor working culture (many subgroups, ppl standing aside in the office gossiping about each other)
    Spreading rumours of your personal life (don't trust to tell them about your personal life, they will make up additional stories that they guessed and spread rumours like fire)
    Bias top management (top managers will put ratings to executives even though they have 0 encounter with them)
    No ownership - lots of finger pointing when problem arises. Therefore it's needed to always keep proof. Absolutely no sense of trust here.
    Little opportunity for growth. The middle and top managers generally have worked over 10 yrs. They are unlikely to leave.
    Poor EQ. Most ppl here cannot control their emotions. They get fed up and vent easily. Work is just work for me but they make a big deal over it. They have huge resistance to changes.
    White lies. When managers need you, they will boost your passion with many motivated words. Once you delivered with notable results, the managers have a sudden change of behavior saying you were slow.

    It’s really unworthy to work here. One manager has worked here for over 20 years and was degraded without a word. He didn’t even know what happened until a post about him was publicized about his degradation. He has been a top performer meeting all his KPIs but because the rest of the managers did not like him so they dropped him out in collective efforts. It was very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change middle and top management. The company needs to change its old blood for the whole company is corrupted. As long as you befriend with top management, performances can be rated with closed eyes. My past work experiences have all been with Fortune 100 companies but I have never seen a culture this poor. Lots of finger pointing and spreading of rumours about your work and your personal life. Many "mini ppl" selling gossips in exchange for favours for themselves. A company full of selfish ppl. As soon as a problem turn up, they start pointing out fingers to find a scapegoat. I have not seen anyone admit for their mistake here. The middle managers generally have low EQs, When you ask them to do their job, they have an emotional breakdown...even yell back at their own direct managers....truly speechless and unbelievable. For ex, I asked a manager to send out a two sentences email to make alignment, she made a big fuss for 10 mins about how she does not have time with an awful tone (when sending the said email would only take her 1 min). Basically just using ppl to vent. When you preform well, the managers take your credit but when you fall short (from their schizophrenic changing demands), they swift their mistakes to you. Also, all the managers I encountered, do not practice what they preach which is why this competence is listed under the Nestle Framework because very few ppl are practicing it here. The managers don't keep their words. They agree with you under closed doors but out in the open they tell you "I never said that". Out of my 8 yrs of working experiences from other Fortune companies, Nestle Hong Kong is certainly the worst company I worked for. I highly discourage anyone whom wants to pursue a career in their HK office (other countries seem ok but not Hong Kong!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great place for your last employment years

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

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

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere
    focus on teamwork
    good work-life balance

    Cons

    lower income compared to competition
    slow career progress
    focus on internal politics, bureaucracy and procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make things happen. stop focusing on a nestle-centric world.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    factory is in process of big changes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Bloomington, IL

    I have been working at Nestlé

    Pros

    The people are mostly friendly.

    Cons

    Highly stressful manufacturing environment. Get assigned too many priorities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Internship in Annapolis, MD
    Current Intern - Internship in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Nestlé as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Best work experience ever. Hands on experience and amazing one-on-one time with the leaders of the company

    Cons

    There were no cons to working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    never change

  6.  

    Good place to start a career for the college graduate.

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

    I worked at Nestlé

    Pros

    Good benefits for the employees. Better benefits for supervisors and managers. Just starting to train their potential leaders. Severance packages are generous but not a fault. There was room for personal growth for those that took responsibility for it and their actions. Safety is the priority. To the point of using handrails. Leaders are given some slack to create and they are held accountable for their promises.

    Cons

    Some of the KPI's are misplaced creating a silo-ed affect. Not all of the companies with Nestle USA are at the same point in their approach to leadership and quality. Frontline employee come second to management. Some frontline jobs are not up to industry standards but this is based on that companies ability to earn money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Double check your placement of KPI's. If a section of division does not perform a function they should not be responsible for the KPI.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bullying management style

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Orbe (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Specialist in Orbe (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexitime, international, freebis ie coffee

    Cons

    Management in Orbe is based on bullying staff, management is taking no responsability and blaming people below them with a great self-satisfaction at destroying them. So called "leaders" are just pathetic monsters. In a nutshell, want to be a great loser in your life, be a manager in Orbe!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up: stop bullying! This is your moral duty!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    sales roles are not attractive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nestlé

    Pros

    global firm, and good name

    Cons

    low pay, and bad hours

  9.  

    Overall a good experience working with Nestle but it has its cons at times as well.

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

    I have been working at Nestlé

    Pros

    great environment, people are nice and very easy to get along with and work with. Benefits are good, and pay is good.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is ok, its hard to walk away from your work at the end of the day. you often have a lot on your plate. Corporate environment also is difficult to work in at times, as there is a lot of paper work, forms, and red tape to get through and it feels at times you are trying to jump thru hoops.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great working environement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operational Buyer in Vevey (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Operational Buyer in Vevey (Switzerland)

    I worked at Nestlé full-time

    Pros

    The multicultural environment is very motivating.
    Good food and prices and unbeatable views from the restaurant...
    Internal job offers -> possibility to change location easily
    Good Salary

    Cons

    location -> vevey is a small town with many people working for Nestlé, so you will often bump into a colleague outside of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for! Excellent benefits, a dynamic and forward thinking company.

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

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

    Pros

    Team oriented environment, with lots of departments & facets to the company. Room for growth depending on what department you are interested in.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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