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  1. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Welch's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good, salary is OK. Some people are good to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management needs to step up to the plate.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the bleed, get rid of the people that caused it. Listen to the people that know how to fix things.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Operations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work/Life Balance at Welch's

    Cons

    Too much change in management in a short time.


  3. Where good ideas go to die.

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is OK. Benefits are about standard to industry - summer hours a plus. Still some good folks working there. New office space .

    Cons

    Marketing: New CMO, who seems good - so wait and see. Not a lot of good or well executed ideas in the past. R&D - Technical leadership has made decisions from a place of fear . CYA and many processes but little innovation. The new leader may help situation. Operations - Becoming more and more virtual (outsourced). HR - In real need of a regime change. Overall - A once great brand which is now a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Co-op should sell brand to major player while it still has value.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Accounting and finance

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, good products

    Cons

    Turn over in senior management led to lots of uninformed por decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your business and develop your strategies based on the input of long term employees rather than bringing in consultants and making double blind decisions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great learning experience not enough room to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Welch's

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very close relationships with co-workers, small company feel, knowing your work matters for the owners of the company, lots of diverse experiences, great career starter.

    Cons

    As a small company they are very risk adverse and slow to change, limited ability to invest in new ideas, lack of movement due to long tenured employees.


  7. Good place to work despite struggle with old school culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The flexible work schedule was literally a life saver for me. Co-workers were great. Pay and benefits were competitive. Brand is great.

    Cons

    There was a disconnect between what upper management said and what they did, creating a lack of credibility. The management and marketing were behind the times. Culture was mainly old school.


  8. There is only one way, the Welch Way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Welch's full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits for exempt and non-exempt individuals

    Cons

    While the company is progressive when it comes to benefits, probably because it is headquartered in MA, it was the most sexist company I have ever worked for, women need not apply for anything at the plant level. Sure there are some token women in managerial positions but it was clear that it was a boys club. Men get the promotions; men make the big bucks. Any ideas that you brought to the table from other experiences? Forget it, there was only one way to do things. An attitude of superiority in the marketplace, quality and manufacturing, but their ideas were old and out of touch. Many people in high places, who have spent almost their entire career with one company, willing to let the front line supervisors take the fall for their inadequacies.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the inequity in salaries and treatment of women or you might find yourself in a lawsuit someday. Stop thinking about your bonuses and try and remember that you have real people not robots working for you. Fix the "work-life" balance!


  9. I never felt valued by upper management as an employee for my knowledge and contributions to the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawton, MI

    I worked at Welch's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were great for the area. A lot of the employees were close friends and after awhile they became extended family.

    Cons

    Too much overtime and a seemingly lack of concern for family and quality of life outside of work by management. Always felt as if we weren't valued as people but rather only as bodies to run machines.

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in the shoes of your employees. Do their job for a week, forced and last minute overtime included. Talk to them and treat them as if they are family. After all, you spend as much daily time with them as you do with your family. Listen to them, don't just hear them talk. They have a lot of pride and have a lot to contribute to the success of the company.


  10. From lean to bone

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drone in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Drone in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, dedicated people who really believe in what the brand name means to their family and community, more so than the management does it seems. We have (had) some really solid performers in front-line supervisors on the plant level and a mixture of die-hards and new people to the organization to keep fresh ideas and experience blended.

    Cons

    There's only so much "lean" you can take before you start to cut to the bone. Top level management changed so often it was a revolving door and those who weren't cut were fearful for their jobs. Since they were nice people, they didn't fingerpoint, but the lack of decisionmaking was just as harmful. The ability to make decisions on a lower level, even so much as to mail a package, required authorization and signatures. And since no one wanted to make a decision, they brought in the analysts from Bain and followed their instructions blindly. The job cuts in the plants and the corporate facilities were too much, too fast to allow for the right turnover process.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to third parties and lead the company, that is what the leadership team is supposed to do. Pay more attention to the impact your decisions have on the safety of your employees and what the exhaustion is doing to them. Lead for the long term and stop thinking in terms of two year paybacks as if you think the company is going to be gone in 24 months. If you keep this up, it will be.


  11. And

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendships, great brand, outstanding mid level managers

    Cons

    Poorly executed project planning! Needs improvement



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