Nestlé USA Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Nestlé USA Chairman and CEO Paul Grimwood
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance is typically good overall (in 31 reviews)

  • Good benefits with a good pension plan (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • There id no home work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • 60-80 weekly no work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Nestle, a solid company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong leadership. Good career path. Family oriented, solid corporate culture. Great Benefits (including company car and many vacation days).

    Cons

    not many downsides to working at Nestle.

    Advice to Management

    Great job in motivating employees, and creating a sense of pride to be working for Nestle.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Nestle is a great place to launch your career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Waverly, IA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Waverly, IA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Provides great opportunities to grow within company. We have talent connection tools which allows to employees to search job posted within the company. - Offers a lot of training. Employees are encouraged to take leadership, work related training at Nestle university (either online or onsite or travel). It has so many trainings throughout the year. - Offer international work opportunities. - Take cares of their employees very well in term of benefits, including 401K, health benefits (almost free), etc. - Their relocation packages are very good. - Have employee discount program. Very well organized and give frequent updates. - Provide reimbursement of studies. As of now, the first 2500 is 100% reimbursable, and the rest is 50% reimbursable. - Recognition and feedback are provided each year through PDG (year review) tool.

    Cons

    - located in small town like Waverly, Iowa - may require work long hours and some weekends - work in Union company can be challenging. But not all Nestle plant is unionized.

    Advice to Management

    - move involved in the floor. Sometimes, there are too many meetings that they have to attend. As a consequences, they do not know much happening in the floor and are too dependable on information that people give (which can be very subjective). A lot of our works also need approval from Senior Management, and they are very busy with scheduled meetings.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Nestle Jobs

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work at, strogn brands and great corporate culture.

    Cons

    Relatively flat organization, have to view upward mobility differently.

    Advice to Management

    Its important to create career progress for people adn make them feel valued.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work, highly recommend it to recent graduates

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemist in Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Chemist in Marysville, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Respect work-life balance -Discount on Nestle products: considering they're the first or second largest food company in the world that is quite a deal -Management is very approachable by subordinates -Great work hours -Great company environment: most of the people I met were personable and mature -It has been the most diverse company I've worked at so far -Everything was very organized: made for low-stress work environment -Employees get fair bonuses for good performance In my opinion, Nestle is an all-around great place to work, especially for recent graduates, which is what I was.

    Cons

    -In some departments recalls can lead to long work hours -Hard to expand on skill set when everything is specialized. -Hard to move upward. No one wants to leave their position. This is probably my only major gripe.

    Advice to Management

    Nestle is a fantastic place to work but I wish there were more opportunities to expand one's skill set and move upward.


  6. Great company with great opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Solon, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work that's always looking to promote from within and train you to be the very best in the food and beverage industry

    Cons

    Can work long hours, but they try to keep that to a minimum. Might have to move to get promoted


  7. Strong Management, Great Products, and if you have a long-term view of employment it is a agreat place.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities, especially if open to relocation Rewarded if work hard, lateral opportunities Budgets to build for long term success vs. chasing quarterly earnings

    Cons

    Location: Glendale, Solon, Oakland, Chicago. hard to get things done with so many locations. IT systems are very slow. Some divisions make their number with little effort, some work weekends, nights, and still miss.

    Advice to Management

    Combine into one location in the US for the food company to better manage talent and beat the competition.


  8. Good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Labor in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - General Labor in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of time off with 12 hour shifts. Good pay health and retiremant

    Cons

    sometime get mandated for overtime


  9. Helpful (1)

    Established, stable and secure if a little slow to embrace change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Solon, OH

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Profitable Everyone needs to eat every day Looking to future

    Cons

    Slow Too large to be nimble

    Advice to Management

    Listen with your ears and not your eyes on the KPIs


  10. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of perks

    Cons

    Not to many cons at nestle


  11. Loved my time there; Proud to be a Nestle alum!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nestlé USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There were many more pro's than con's. You have the prestige that goes with being part of the world's largest food company, and one of the most global companies in the world. Nestle and Nestle-USA also have a broad portfolio of very high-quality brands - a real source of pride (and competitive advantage). More than anything, I was always impressed by the number of smart, nice, high-quality people (a tough combination to achieve) that the company attracts and retains. The company takes its culture pretty seriously; those who do not fit with this profile tend not to make it in, or are eventually filtered out. Physical working conditions in the headquarters locations were very good - modern facilities with good amenities (subsidized cafeterias, fitness centers, stores with discounted Nestle products, etc.). Pay and benefits were both good, although never on the bleeding edge. However, there were also unexpected extras like a pension program in addition to the 401(k) program. The company is somewhat conservative and cautious, but as a result, it also tends to be very stable; you don't tend to see massive disruptions and layoffs like you do in other companies. Because of all this, people were typically very loyal to the company - lots of very long-term employees, which is fairly rare in other companies these days. The term "Nestle Pride" is very real for people who worked there.

    Cons

    Although Nestle itself is very global, the actual opportunities for global assignments are fairly limited; there's relatively little sharing of talent between Nestle-USA and the rest of the Nestle world. As others have noted, the organization was intentionally flattened (down to only 3 organization levels), so you may stay at the same job level for a very long time, especially if you work in a low-turnover area/function (which is pretty common). Advancement typically means relocating, usually to Nestle-USA's headquarters in Glendale (CA). Nestle has other operating companies in the U.S. besides Nestle USA, but there were surprisingly few transfers between the various USA operating companies; each of these companies tended to operate fairly independently and keep their own talent. In addition to relocation, advancement is also highly dependent upon good visibility and relationships; not necessarily bad, just part of the reality.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the culture that made you successful; you can have a great culture and great results at the same time. Consider "de-flattening" the organization or find other methods for more vertical progression or sharing of talent across operating companies and global units.



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