Nestlé USA Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
352 Reviews
3.4
352 Reviews
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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 30 reviews)

  • Good benefits with a good pension plan (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is suffering because of limited resources and delays in filling openings (in 27 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Constant Change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Business Outlook, Safety Oriented,

    Cons

    work-life balance, compensation not based off of individual efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance

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

    Great Company, if you are friends with your supervisor.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nestlé USA

    Pros

    Decent salary, company car, good benefits.

    Cons

    If you do not start at Purina, you probably won't go to far up the corporate ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people in management from other companies, not just Purina.

  3.  

    Endless opportunities for those who can be mobile

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé USA

    Pros

    Large company, always opportunities for those willing to move
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not valued

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to develop a career than leave for more money

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in DeKalb, IL

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

    Pros

    A great group of coworkers, good systems and processes, motivated employees who value teaching you your function and the CPG business, good cross functional work environment, decent 401k and pension plan, overall good health benefits (although my last 3 years there, they really cheaped them out and raised premiums while doing it). My advice for those joining Nestle, maintain close networking ties with peers who leave, Nestle looks great on a resume and your former peers will be an asset when you get fed up of the poor pay and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Total Rewards are way below market, I was able to find an equivalent lateral job though a former Nestle peer making 30k more a year in base alone. Also career development as a manger in most functions is predicated on your ability to relocate every 2 to 3 years, if I ever opted out of being relocatable my career development would have come to a screeching halt. Also the work life balance at field sites in management is out of control, your basically working 24/7/365.

    Fair warning, the new CEO, Paul Grimword (a Brit) is a ego manic who believes all the American management are useless. However he and his hand selected European Sr. Leaders have only overseen the deepening decline of the business that is a not a result of mismanagement by his well liked American successor, but likely a result of the bloated corporate structure that is slow to change and innovate. All this has really eroded the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to promote development with out requiring relocation, improve total rewards to increase retention, also improve work/life balance at field sites.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    This place is a joke!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor leadership from executive management on down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technologies in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Information Technologies in Glendale, CA

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

    Pros

    Global focus. Cross functional teams

    Cons

    Career path for very few..usually European associates. Supervisors not responsible for mentoring or career pathing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no easily discernible career path. Managers have been there forever and are not leaving no matter how much or little the contribution to company success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Jacksonville, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Jacksonville, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place to work as an hourly employee. Lots of opportunities to learn new jobs, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not a good place to work as a salaried employee. There id no home work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat the support staff better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People

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

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

    Pros

    You're never bored, there are plenty of opportunities to move up if you're willing to relocate, you'll be exposed to a wide variety of initiatives and different programs.

    Cons

    work/life balance is questionable at best and non-existent depending on what's going on in the factory you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate better and involve the supervisors in decision making more. If you come up with a plan without the input of those who will be implementing those plans, then you will never be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    toxic environment, low morale!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bloated organization with very poor company culture.

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

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is typically good overall.
    Possibility to switch roles over time and move throughout the organization.
    Ability to move regionally within the company.
    International assignments possible, but not probable.

    Cons

    Profit-focused culture
    Employees are not recognized for their contributions financially, socially, or mentally.
    Business responds to what will have greatest effect on executive pay
    Response to any significant market dynamic is slow and well behind competition
    Health benefits were significantly cut this year.
    401K + pension plan aren't competitive versus other employers in the region/space
    Not rewarded on individual performance/contribution via bonus, only business performance.
    Zero upside for stellar work ethic and performance
    Performance evaluation targets move throughout the year based on what senior management wants to pay at bonus time.
    Pay in general is well below competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people are the most important thing in this organization. We need to focus on a collaborative and enjoyable culture that is rewarded for our hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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