Nestlé Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
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Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is excellent, pretty laid back at retail level (in 17 reviews)

  • Extremely healthy work environment between peers, co-workers, and superiors (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • My manager ( not married) has a different sense of work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Poor career management with too much time spent in networking to get next position (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Well-established Swiss Company

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)
    Former Employee - Intern in Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

    I worked at Nestlé as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Proven methods, sense of security, stability, friendly people.

    Cons

    Hard to break paradigms because of its Swiss roots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees break the mold once in a while.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, but slow-paced internal culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Specialist  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Specialist in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Nestlé full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    International exposure
    Stable environment

    Cons

    Slow-paced internal culture
    Lack of transparency on succession planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparent info on career planning (high-potentials, succession planning)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    A great learning curve. Good compensation, excellent work-life balance and the people you meet are some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    If you're working for the first time in your life, the work could seem to be challenging initially. Also, depending on your interests, some of the verticals might not appeal to you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    To call it dreadful would be an understatement. Like the majority of my peers, I can’t wait to find another job & leave

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time

    Pros

    - Are you mediocre? Then Nestle is the place for you.
    - Looking to get pregnant and raise children? Nestle is the answer, plus you get free milk and yes, you will still get promoted as a reward for being absent for 6 months on maternity leave.
    - Looking for the security and culture of a governmental job? Join Nestle (minus leaving at 3 pm)
    - A social butterfly? Your success is guaranteed
    - You speak French? An added advantage that can grant some benefits
    - Need to be micromanaged? you will love it at Nestle
    - Lebanese? You will definitely fit in.

    Cons

    - Lack of training and development (Nestle will guarantee that you become unemployable by eroding your competencies, skills and knowledge)
    - Lack of career growth and career development (brace yourself for 7 year intervals between promotions).
    - Lack of transparency (but mind you, it is a core value)
    - Lack of trust (again another core value)
    - Lacks diversity (I stand corrected; there are Lebanese – French, Lebanese – Canadian, Lebanese – American, Lebanese – Ivorian, Lebanese – Christian, Lebanese – Muslim, Lebanese- Druze, Lebanese – Maronite)
    - Lacks an entrepreneurial spirit (want to know what it feels like to be a robot? Join Nestle)
    - There is a lack of competitive spirit internally (we are one happy family. We do the same things at the same time and get the same reward)
    - Poor working conditions (try to envision a soviet style factory, a cooperative, a third world government entity, that’s pretty much what Nestle regional offices in Dubai - DWC are like. And if you ever wondered what prison lunch is like, visit the Nestle cafeteria…it enjoys the same charm and quality)
    - Below average payers. However, they claim to be average payers who offer other great benefits; the Nestle culture and the Nestle values (legal tender in several leading banks)
    - No schooling allowance
    - Bad health insurance (coverage in hospitals where your condition is guaranteed to worsen. Fortunately you can pay for an upgraded plan, unfortunately ‘Nestle Culture’, and ‘Nestle Values’ not recognized as legal tender in this situation by Nestle!)
    - An example of how double standards are exercised at a corporate level:
    a. Nestle value 1, challenging the status quo. Reality: if you do it, you will be labelled as an anti-team player.
    b. Nestle value 2, open door policy. Reality: try to have a conversation with the HR or the HR director himself; a career ending move.
    c. Nestle value 3, compete internally. Reality: you do and you’re labeled as lacking cooperation
    - They will never fire you. But they will drive you to resign

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer transparency during the interview period, improve pay and working conditions, challenge the status quo, develop training and career growth, reward achievements not just longevity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Finance Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nestlé full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excelent reputation, several opportunities for growth and for a long career mainly for the ones with mobility

    Cons

    Very political and takes some time to build your own networking due to size of the company. Many times seniority is taken into consideration for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meritocracy should be reinforced in all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sending all IT areas to 3rd party companies

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    So far everything was ok.
    If you have a good leader, you are safe.
    Good benefits. Above the average.
    Good salary. A little above the average.

    Cons

    Company is sending all IT areas to 3rd party companies in India.
    Salary review is below the inflation.
    That means people will get fired.
    Not many opportunities lately.
    Every 3 years a big change can get you fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some were promoted to leaders shouldn't be there. Review all and send those to an area without any employees above them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nestle Nutrition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material and Recipe Management  in  Vevey (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Material and Recipe Management in Vevey (Switzerland)

    I worked at Nestlé as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot, and had wonderful co-workers. As an intern, the salary was great.

    Cons

    I fundamentally disagreed with many of the nutritional guidelines they had in their infant formulas. As a leading health-food brand, I expected them to be more diligent about providing safe, healthy foods to infants.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    All in all it is a good company to work for. Good benefits, pay scale not so good for someone who has been here 20 yrs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People, passion for the customers, benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be a bit better. All the processes, rules, etc. and the mutitude of audits gets to be a bit daunting when you cannot more your day to day work forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow us time to develop ourselves and employees and we can only spend so much time getting ready for audits, continuous improvement, etc. without it affecting our quality of work on the day to day items.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Disappointing experience that didn't meet expectations

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Successful organisation with a truly global perspective.

    Cons

    Little real opportunity for development, culture unsupportive and hostile environment where you feel you have to constantly ask questions to understand what is required. Leadership is on the whole poor and internal politics rife. Very flat environment to work in and truly uninspiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This could be a great business however the rules around how you are required to work and focus on process rather than genuine improvement made it impossible to meet huge workload requirements and there was no opportunity to be creative in looking for better ways of working. Systems need improving and leadership need to enthuse and inspire not constantly focus on the negatives. I wouldn't recommend the company on the basis of my experience however I would encourage people to do their homework thoroughly to determine if this is the right culture for you as for me it wasn't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Healthy work environment with lots of opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé

    Pros

    challenges help you grow professionally. Get to travel abroad on various projects

    Cons

    no work life balance can be achieved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have fixed working hours

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