Nestlé USA

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Nestlé USA Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
361 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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Warehouse team member.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Team Member in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Team Member in Breinigsville, PA

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

    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Nestlé USA as a contractor (more than an year)

    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
  3.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ice Cream Maker II in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Ice Cream Maker II in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, tuition assistance, plenty of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    High turnover with supervisors, once you get used to one supervisor they're moved to a different department, fired, or quit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Great company in Southern California

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nestlé USA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong culture that promotes internal employee development as well as activities outside of work (intermural sports, corporate choir, class through the gym and lots of volunteer initiatives). Amazing work environment in Glendale - beautiful gym (free) and the dining center is also really tasty.

    Cons

    If you are a person who thrives in a changing environment and you are motivated by continuous improvement then this is a place for you! This is definitely not a "maintain status quo" time for Nestle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep developing your teams so they are ready for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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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    • Senior Management
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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Large Company

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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 USA full-time

    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
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Nestlé USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    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.  

    Supervision

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

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time

    Pros

    Wages and benefits
    Interesting work/processes
    Constant learning and developmental opportunities
    Vacation- Starts with two wks and after a few years you get 5

    Cons

    Top down direction not always clear
    Corporate attempts to run the site instead of allowing them to do so
    Work/Life balance
    Lack of accountability for hourly employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run your site, do not allow Glendale to force you into bad decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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