Nestlé USA

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Nestlé USA Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
368 Reviews
3.4
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Nestlé USA Chairman & CEO Paul Grimwood
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also the perks with regards to compensation and work-life balance aren't bad either (in 31 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work/life balance is suffering because of limited resources and delays in filling openings (in 28 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time

    Pros

    Every day is a challenge because processes change daily. The office temperature is reasonable. The facilities are mostly well kept. Lazy employees get paid to spend their days socializing and complaining about their workload instead of tackling it. The managers here are all micromanagers, so no worry about doing your job wrong, they'll watch you do it and then follow up that you did it. If you are friends with the right people, and you don't rock the boat, you can have a long career here.

    Cons

    There are micromanagers and politics galore here. Don't bother coming here unless you specialize in butt-kissery. They hire and promote friends over more qualified candidates. Nearly all office positions are exempt. They don't know what exempt actually means, so a common saying here is that you're hired for a job, which includes the phrasing that the job includes any and all other tasks as assigned. Thus if you are great at your job and get done timely, they will find more for you to do, rather than letting you only work 40 hours. They do this so you're forced to work more than 40 hours per week every week for only 40 hours of pay. They deny this during interviews. There is really high burnout and turnover here, whether it is actually quitting or moving laterally or demoting. Everyone wants out of certain divisions within NBS (except the shady butt-kisser favorites who do well there). Don't expect to be paid or treated fairly here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting the least qualified candidates and paying the lesser qualified employees more, just because they spend more time socializing with you than the high achievers with their nose to the grindstone do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place is a joke!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Class A Driver
    Current Employee - Class A Driver

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

    Pros

    the only real good thing about this place has been the benefits. they are relatively inexpensive for my whole family. the only other good thing is unless you get caught talking on a cell phone while driving you can't get fired. Seriously, one driver jack knifed his truck twice last winter, has a speeding ticket and an overweight ticket, as well as tagging the bumper of a car as he made an illegal left turn and he still has a job.

    Cons

    This company has no value in it's employees. There have been too many changes to occur with little to no thought given to the potential ramifications and the rumor mill is ridiculous. The company is divided between the transportation and sales teams, and the sales management looks down on the other departments. They venerate sales to the point of malicious lies and their intent is clear that transportation and warehouse are just lackey's for them and treated as second class citizens. the equipment is absolute garbage and it's no wonder the CSA scores have suffered for it. Most sales people are not getting a full 40 hour week and morale is the lowest here than any other company for which I have worked. They recently outsourced their entire transportation team to ELC, for lower pay and the terrible benefits. They also only gave employees less than a month's notice and the severance is contingent on staying through the end of the month. Not that it matters because the severance is only paid up to 6 years of service and is almost laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within, and start treating people with respect. Your company slogan is "Good Food, Good Life" but that must only be for the shareholders. Stop hanging carrots in front of people with your false promises and lies about potential upward mobility, there is none here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    toxic environment, low morale!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid-management in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Mid-management in Lawrenceville, GA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great background. Company run very efficiently. Minimal investments in equipment and brands translates into great profits.

    Cons

    The literal musical chairs are played around with top management, same names changing titles. Diversity is almost non existent and discouraged. Values are poor, selling organization weak. Poor morale, everybody is avoiding being on the next job elimination list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring diversity of ideas and styles, truly recognize talent (not just new hires). Build your brands don't just harvest them if the goal is to lead long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shuttle Driver in South Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Shuttle Driver in South Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Good pay, NOT TO MUCH ELSE

    Cons

    Bad hours, No work life balance, High turn over, No mgmt. support, Inept management, unqualified mgmt., UNLESS YOUR IN MGMT THIS COMPANY STINKS, work holidays, nights and weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized, Listen to employees then act, Show up at the office some times, consider others situation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very bad place to work

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Franklin Park, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Franklin Park, IL

    I have been working at Nestlé USA (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the pay, experience good benenfits

    Cons

    nestle is a very nice palce to work and live, because you actually live there too. Horrible work life balance. Forced to work every weekend because we were runing out of chocolate or buring peanut butter. horrile upper managment and there is noting humane about the human resources department. The Franklin park facility wont be their much longer because human resources act as prison wardens instead of generalist. To busy ceckin employee pockets instead of making chocolate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of who you have and start all over!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Diversity is only a word with this company. Promotion from the company ranks; requires "Who you know"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Wildwood, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Wildwood, FL

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time

    Pros

    Pay was ok. Benefits good.

    Cons

    No career opportunities. No chance for a promotion to a higher position for employees that actually are successful in their current capacity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit tossing aside hard working, competent employees for idiots. Also, consider truly practicing diversity and make promoting from within a priority and available to women and minorities without back-dooring a buddy into a position of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Culture is deteriorating fast.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large international company with a multitude of resources

    Cons

    With the change in leadership, both senior and otherwise, lip service is being paid to their stance that people are their greatest competitive advantage. Communication with employees has ceased to exist except when it achieves a short-term goal of the company which is typically focused on cost and headcount reductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that short-sighted actions have long-term implications to the talent level and stability of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Accepting of sexual harrasers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nestle Sales Development Program in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Nestle Sales Development Program in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits like pention plan, company car (if you are part of the Development Program,) sign on bonus straight out of undergrad.

    Cons

    Extremely underpaid versus other CPG companies, unsupportive of moving into different groups like Sales into Marketing, no cost of living adjustmetns, you never make bonus, taking vacations are looked down on, sexually harrased for a year but because manager was a 20 year employee HR ignored me and the other women who filed complaints. Manager is still employed there today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not protect abusers! I can only hope that one day the women who are abused by the men of Nestle are brave enough to stand together and file a class action lawsuit. Unfortunately my team had the attitude of, "It's not my problem." and "I just want to move on." I did feel bad for my HR contact as she did feel bad for me but must have had her hands tied since this manager was protected by higher ups. I would NEVER work for Nestle USA again until that man is FIRED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that is lost in bureaucracy, poorly led and managed, and out of touch with the mainstream consumer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Nestlé USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office was generally clean; the parking structure and on-site gym were also nice. Safety and corporate profits are their primary goals.

    Cons

    It is a very large, hugely bureaucratic company that struggles to accomplish anything. The company is inconsistent and confused with its mission; it claims to want to become "the leading health and wellness company in the US," yet if you look at its product portfolio you will find that the only food they sell that could qualify as nutritional or healthy is the Gerber baby food. In fact, most of the company's products are downright unhealthy.
    Nestle does not innovate; most of its product lines and brands were either created decades ago, or acquired. All of its recent attempts and innovation and introducing new products failed miserably (ever heard of Aguas Frescas or Nescafe Memento? No, I thought not...) So don't come here expecting to receive a warm welcome for new ideas.
    Compensation is below industry average and extremely imbalanced. For example, a brand new employee performing the same job as me was being paid $10k more, and I had been with the company for two years. Management refused to acknowledge that this was wrong. Corporate profits are reserved for the executives and shareholders only, and is not shared with the employees.
    Management, HR, and most co-workers are catty, immature, and cannot be trusted. They will not hesitate to stab you in the back and throw you under a bus if it will make you look bad/make them look good.
    The company is not military friendly and treats veterans like ticking time bombs.

    Last words of advice if you are truly out of your mind or have NO other option but to work here, remember that to the company you are nothing but a number, and no matter what you do or how well you do it, YOU ARE REPLACEABLE! Take it from me...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management at nestle needs to pay attention to employees, get to know them, understand their career aspirations, and care about them. I also recommend that they consider fair compensation for equal work/same jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Large company with many changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Nestlé USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - huge global presence in food
    - Glendale free parking

    Cons

    - manager changed 3 times due to re-org
    - lack of understanding in Lean / TPM
    - lack of job security due to re-org
    - more blames than offering a helping hand
    - skeptical of new hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Safety is good. Need more trust between people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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