Nestlé USA

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Nestlé USA Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
334 Reviews

3.4
334 Reviews
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Nestlé USA Chairman & CEO Paul Grimwood
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance compared to other industries (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits but who knows how long that will last (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is suffering because of limited resources and delays in filling openings (in 20 reviews)

  • 60-80 weekly no work life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Things have gotten difficult at Nestle USA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Order Coordinator
    Current Employee - Account Order Coordinator

    Pros

    The people are wonderful for the most part. The workplace is very laid back. The flexibility is great if you need to leave the office for an appointment. There is a company store where we can get discounted products which is a nice benefit.

    Cons

    More work is given then a person can do in a day if they don't take short cuts to get things done. Morale has become so poor that only the people who have invested in too much time are sticking it out most others are looking to leave at the first viable opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the folks who have stuck around as they are the ones holding the place together. Temps and young new grads are the ones who put in their year and a half and then take off once a better opportunity comes around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Lansing, MI

    Pros

    Great pay, decent morale, and a very independent job

    Cons

    Mostly commission but also can be in your favor at times. CDL position so be prepared for lots of paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support in the field less in the office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A family I don't mind belonging to...

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    Current Employee - Maintenance  in  Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Chatsworth, CA

    Pros

    Internal systems are focused on continuous improvement across the board, and you see it, not just hear about it.

    Cons

    management overwhelmed at times... tough to be proactive when you're stuck being reactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice continual improvement and training of supervisors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good marketing foundation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to learn the foundations of marketing

    Cons

    There should be more challenging and "aspirational" roles for high-potentials.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Culture.

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

    Pros

    The culture is one of collaboration, team work and respect. People are passionate about doing what is in the best interest of the employees and the company. There is a lot of change which creates a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys continuous learning. :Leadership has realistic time frames as to when change needs to occur. I think this will keep them steady for the course. Work-life balance has been a nice change. Great Company and really great people!

    Cons

    There is one opportunity that I feel needs calling out, and that is the architecture and support for the technical infrastructure. It is a very complex environment that impact what you are trying to accomplish. This is something they are working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep embracing change and focusing on your employees. Success will continue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Wildwood, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Wildwood, FL

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warehouse team member.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Team Member  in  Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Team Member in Breinigsville, PA

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits. Employee store. No need to worry about layoff at warehouse level. Productivity bonus system.

    Cons

    Long hours, lost of mandatory overtime including work on scheduled day(s) off. Little to no communication from upper management. Short notice on hours needed to work. Work-life balance is horrible. The company says they are a family company but they expect themselves to come first at all times. Boys club. Not what you do but who your friends with will get you ahead. Dayshift personnel run the place. Upper management won't listen to anybody on off shifts. Bring in work that's isn't NUSA (nestle waters) that causes an extreme amount of overtime causing employees to fall behind on their normal NUSA work. When there are shift "parties" upper management usually has zero contact with anybody. Will serve food and leave soon after. Company needs to change up the "old guard" system. Company not truthful to new hires. Bring them onboard by telling them we work minivans overtime and no extra days. No advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to more than just dayshift employees. Communicate more. Cut down on the mandatory hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good place to work. We are given the liberty to do our best based on set procedure.

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Glendale, CA

    Pros

    We are given the liberty to do our best based on set procedure.

    Cons

    The company is outsourcing most of the business support functions. We are consultants/contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As contractor/consultant you are most likely stuck with your current position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for a few years, but don't stay too long

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Glendale, CA

    Pros

    Lost of training through Neslte University. You get to work with people all over the global, which is fun. The people are generally very nice and fun. They have great benefits, including a pension and 401k match and generous PTO.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to get promotions so people tend to stay in the same jobs a long time and lose their energy/excitement. The politics in many divisions are toxic, with only people who are very good at managing up getting the good assignments. It is very hierarchical and a bit of a boys' club. They have an unnecessary focus on what people wear and how they look.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let people rot in roles - either move them up or out. Also, make sure you reward smart thinking and business results rather than political pandering.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a large & very mature company. This comes with several pros/cons.
    The pros:
    -job stability
    -do not need to work very hard and can get away with it. Usually put in 20% effort & get praised for amazing work because the standards are so low
    -work/life balance, especially if you have kids

    Cons

    -compensation is below market rate in urban areas (even for CPG)
    -flat organization --> very few opportunities for advancement. This is an old boys club so if you are not willing to network/politic/etc, you will not get very far. Promotions are given to people who are well connected vs. produce quality (or any) work. There's a saying here that people are promoted if they are incompetent (moves them out of your department) & the good people are sabotaged (why give up the one person in your group that's pulling the weight of 5?)
    -lots of lazy people who skate by. It's very important to just be competent...otherwise you will be expected to do work or risk getting fired during the mass layoffs (happening quite a bit. Lost track of the rounds...)
    -Focus is on cutting costs as the company is mature and not growing.
    -culture/vibe is toxic on some levels in the Glendale office. People look like they are about to slit their wrists
    -benefits are crap. It might be great for Switzerland (Nestle Global HQ), but it is below average in most urban areas.
    -People are choosing to leave vs waiting to get fired. This is great for them because they usually end up in better companies and/or roles that appreciate them. However, for those of us who stay...be ready to do more work as positions are filled very slowly (i.e. hiring freeze). You will be given a bunch of fake promises so you won't leave and have your boss (god forbid) actually do work instead of hanging out with his/her buddies!
    -Promises of things moving "quickly" usually mean 1-2 years...seriously, no joke....This is the first (& hopefully only) company that I have been at that has moved this slowly. I think the DMV moves faster than this & they have unions!
    -Watch your back as people will throw you under the bus for their own advancement (this includes your coworkers, other directors to directors, etc). Would be hilarious to watch if you didn't work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat in management as your multiple rounds of layoffs have focused on the people who actually do work and/or are the lowest paid people in the groups (most likely why they don't have time to schmooze). This is the first company I have been at where you have high paid execs who are paid to just twiddle their thumbs all day in front of their computer taking credit for their subordinates work (& throwing them under the bus when they inevitably make a mistake). What is the point of keeping these people? Improve your compensation & benefits package so they are competitive with the market. Maybe people will become happier if they are actually paid for the work they produce?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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