The Hershey Company

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The Hershey Company Reviews in Hershey, PA

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.7 41 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

The Hershey Company President, CEO and Director John P. (J.P.) Bilbrey

John P. (J.P.) Bilbrey

(17 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Comments in older reviews about work-life balance no longer relevant(in 10 reviews)

  • Family-oriented company and great people to work with(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to maintain work life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Always on the road as a retail sales rep over 300 miles per week(in 7 reviews)

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    Great place to do an internship

    IS Intern (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsLots of opportunities to expand your knowledge by working across various teams. HR also provides programs for interns to collaborate and work on team-building / leadership skills. Extremely flexible work hours (flex time / work from home) and a relatively relaxed company culture. Competitive wages for interns, especially in central PA (including paid holidays). They do not hesitate to allow interns to do real work on projects that are highly visible.

    ConsWorking with HR and payroll when there were issues with my onboarding and "termination" after the internship was painful, and communicating with almost any department after 4:00 or on the weekend is almost impossible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery good internship program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable company, great brands, not for high performers

    Team Leader (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsVery relatable and easy to connect with vision & brands. Stable environment with great job security - you feel as if you could work your entire career there. Base pay is excellent, and opportunity for overtime is abundant.

    ConsManufacturing plants are not run in Lean or Total Productive Maintenance environment, leading to frequent unplanned breakdowns, increased waste, and ultimately an over-worked and frustrated workforce. With a job-secure environment comes the inability for managers to let go of underperformers. There is a lack of understanding of processes in the manufacturing facilities, and training (since there's no Lean or TPM) is often an unstructured practice of assigning new employees to shadow experienced employees for a short time. Bonus structure is severely trailing the market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the plunge and implement Lean or TPM in all of your facilities. However, make sure it is done with the proper financial resources and senior leadership support. If taken seriously at all levels of the organization, this will unleash tons of value and improve morale. Let the under performers go. Implement a proper training program at all levels of the organization. Invest resources to understand your processes in detail. Improve the bonus target, therefore aligning work performance with pay. Hershey is a good company, waiting to be a great company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong company handcuffed by inability to truly grow outside US

    Marketing Director (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsMany smart, hardworking employees who want to win and want to utilize a "team" approach. For the most part the employees care about each other which helps keep one motivated when you work lots of extra hours. Company pay very well but benefits, like medical, continue to be squeezed. Company has many strong brands and there is a desire to assure quality remains strong.

    ConsEnvironment is heavily process driven and decisions take an inordinate amount of internal alignment to things moving. Sr. Management has lost some sense of the optimal price/value within the category and competition is starting to win. The total business is often challenged as the desire to expand globally does not work with the U.S. being the sole profit driver. Thus, the core business is always getting asked to do more with less.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on long term vision than the need to impress wall street each quarter. Add more U.S. supporting resources to help sustain profitable growth instead of overstaffing/spending in global markets that will take years to even achieve small profits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    change without clear direction

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Hershey, PA

    Proslarge local company with ok reputation

    Consweak leadership without clear direction, do not promot from within

    Advice to Senior Managementpromot from within

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Event Coordinator

    Event Coordinator (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsGood salary, nice people to work with, fast paced environment, meet a lot of interesting people, opportunities or advancement

    ConsVery demanding clients, employees seem undervalued at times, clients always come first even if the employees are being reasonable

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more appreciation for employess

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overwhelming

    Intern (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsHuge company so you can see the inner workings of how giant corporations work
    great pay/benefits

    Conshard to advance within company

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more input from lower in the company rather than just the top

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Flexible with schedules and clear in communication of employer expectations.

    Special Events (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsAbundance of part time jobs.

    ConsPay scale, seasoned part time workers lose motivation due to low pay rates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttempts at policy enforcement sometimes confuse the spirit of the supposed infractions. Also, need better pay for long time loyal employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Retail Sales Representative Hershey Foods

    RSR (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsBenefits, Good Starting position, Experience

    ConsManual Labor and Division of Labor

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote deserving people that do well

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very sweet experience; great people with good values

    Intern (Former Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsFree Chocolate
    Great People
    Relaxed Atmosphere
    Job Security
    Good Pay
    Milton Hershey School

    ConsFree Chocolate may find you morbidly obese in a few years.
    One out of every 10 Americans has Diabetes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt the strategic level the company needs to diversify away from chocolate into low sugar products and health snacks. Under ACA the company could easily experience a tax on junk food.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Made app

    Business App (Current Employee) Hershey, PA

    ProsLearned a lot of coding

    ConsOlder environment so awkward talking to older people

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire younger people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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