Welch's Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Reorganization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

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

    Pros

    Great Location, USED to have passionate people, Tremendous Brand with storied history, strong marketing presence, ability to work in almost every area of the business, now has plenty of elbow room.

    Cons

    Very poor execution of recent reorganization
    3rd rate senior management team
    Terrible communication program
    Computer systems support from senior management non existent (just MAKE it work attitude)
    Senior management with no industry/business organization experience with no intent to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the best course of action is to admit a mistake or poor judgment, then work to correct it. The attitude has been that once they make a decision, they're going forward with it regardless of the outcome. The reorganization was the most poorly executed I've ever seen. The business process re-engineering that was promised never occurred, so the work load on those left increased exponentially.
    Decisions were made with no input from the existing employees that understood the complex operating structure of the company, so many critical success factors for continued operations were missed.
    The ERP system DOES NOT WORK!!! And telling people to make it work will not fix the problem. Roll up your sleeves, sit with your employees at lowest level of the business and understand the business, the institutional environment, the cooperative system, and your business model before making changes. Your history of making change and promising to deal with the problems then falling down on that are going to kill the company!!
    Board of Directors - Challenge your senior management team!!! Find out what they're doing and verify that it will work in your line of business, with your business paradigms. Remember, although it's still a business that needs to compete against other businesses in the same industry, your company was set up as a cooperative for a reason. There are benefits and costs that come with that structure and you can't ignore them when your senior management (who has no idea what those benefits and costs are) act with blinders on against the mandates of a cooperative!!!!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Turning around?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a really, really great brand with a storied history. Lots of upside, but also a lot of turmoil.

    Cons

    Talent is all over the place. Some people wouldn't make it a day in larger companies. Makes for a harder job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening and really pushing the culture to get better. Could be a really great place if morale were better.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Troubled culture where politics trump performance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

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

    Pros

    The location is convenient and it is one of the few CPG's in the area
    Historic brand
    High quality products

    Cons

    Employee morale is very low and people are very open about their dissatisfaction and lost motivation. Welch's is extremely political it often feels as though performance comes second to political acumen. People are evaluated on personality and political popularity rather than on job knowledge, performance, and results. People are afraid to take risks and challenge the status quo because there can be severe penalties for doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Welch's would be a better organization if you could find a way to minimize the politics.
    One way to start moving faster is to start pushing decision making authority down, rather than letting it live only at the senior levels.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Tough Times at Welch's

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Welch's

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

    Pros

    Great brand name and one of the few CPG firms in Boston. Excellent location just outside of Concord allows for good commutes.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from VP levels, very political environment where politics count more than results. New CEO extremely hands on and working conditions are extremely demanding. Morale is poor and falling, much turnover and more layoffs expected. Company has trouble competing in many of the categories it sells in, against bigger, stronger brands with much larger budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people, lose the politics, reduce role and power that HR has in day-to-day running of business, demand execution and results from Sales department.


  6. Helpful (1)

    It is good to have pride in the company you work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Welch's

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great brand
    people have pride in the company
    goog benefit package
    healthy product

    Cons

    company just like many others is going through alot of change but that also can create opportunities

    Advice to Management

    be more visable


  7. Helpful (2)

    Poor senior leadership at this company - no wonder it's doing poorly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA

    I worked at Welch's

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

    Pros

    one of few CPG companies in Boston left, cafeteria on site

    Cons

    poor work/life balance, poort management, no development of staff, very clicky and like high school and not open to new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more and give them an opportunity to speak


  8. Helpful (2)

    Stay away, salaries are far below what is needed to support this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Concord, MA

    I worked at Welch's

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

    Pros

    It's a job, great for college grads

    Cons

    Company is run by the HR Dept. No real strategic management of accountablility.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the HR governance and find capable and qualified senior management


  9. Helpful (1)

    From Good to Great to Gone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Welch's

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

    Pros

    People were great, the job was great, but losing a great job, not so great.

    Cons

    The re-org(s) were a nightmare to live through. If you enjoy looking over your shoulder half the day and wondering if you're next, please, join this company. If you look at yourself like a contractor when you go in, then it won't be so bad when you are shown the door. If you are looking for a place to stay employed long term, maybe this is not the place for you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stay Away

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

    I have been working at Welch's

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

    Pros

    Location (near Boston), nice colleagues, good brand equity, reasonable pay and benefits package, very few other CPG options in Boston

    Cons

    Welch's lacks the resources of a smaller CPG but is surprisingly slow to market for its size - the worst of a large and a small company, all rolled in one

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people. Allow them to make and own recommendations, without fear of backlash when those recommendations aren't popular. Put yourself in your employees' shoes.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Caveat emptor - Welch's could be great.....but isn't, and won't get there soon.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Welch's

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, though this has slipped considerably in last couple of years (2007/2008). Lots of people have left the company in last 18 months due to the bad environment here.

    Cons

    Very challenging business conditions - run by a cooperative of grape growers who are focused on very short-term profits; very limited ability to invest in upgrades to infrastructure that are very badly needed. Extremely limited in ability to invest in supporting the business (advertising/promotions/new products).

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees to do more -they are willing, capable people who care. Get out of the way and let them do their jobs.



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