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Mars Overview

Website www.mars.com
Headquarters Mc Lean, VA
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1911
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Based in McLean, Virginia, the Mars, Incorporated family of companies has net sales of more than $33 billion, and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. Every day, more than 75,000 Mars Associates worldwide put into action ... More

Mission: Our objective as a company is to create a mutuality of benefits for all of our stakeholders through our operations. We strive to do this by putting our Principles into action every day to make a difference to people and the planet through our performance.

Company Updates

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  • Mars Petcare’s efforts to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™ includes celebrating with Associates and their pets at their annual Halloween "Boo Bash”. Watch this video & check out the fun costumes: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI1Bm

    Mars Petcare Boo Bash

    Mars Petcare Associates and their pets celebrate Halloween during the company's 14th annual "Boo Bash." The event, which is hosted at the corporate headquarters of some of the world's most popular pet food brands like PEDIGREE, IAMS and SHEBA, drew over 275 family and friends who were entertained by more than 200 Associates and their pets that wore costumes and also decorated their workspaces.

Mars – Why Work For Us?


"The company’s objective is the manufacture and distribution of food products in such a manner as to promote a mutuality of services and benefits among all stakeholders."

—FORREST E. MARS, SR., 1947 

Six Business Segments


Mars Petcare

Do you love pets? From our Petcare Innovation Center to our pet-friendly offices, our passion for pets runs deep.

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Mars Petcare is one of the world’s leading pet care providers and employs more than 35,000 Associates across 50 countries. Forty-one brands in total, including four billion-dollar brands - PEDIGREE®, IAMS®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN® and BANFIELD®

Want to help us build a better world for pets?


Mars Chocolate

Sweet jobs abound!

Mars Chocolate is one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers and employs more than 16,000 Associates across 21 countries. Twenty-nine brands in total, including five billion-dollar global brands - M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®/GALAXY®, MARS®/MILKY WAY®and TWIX®

Want to know more about our brands and more bite-sized facts?


Mars Food

Mars Food is dedicated to providing better food today and a better world tomorrow. We seek to make everyday meals tastier, healthier and easier and to serve more communities responsibly. We employ more than 2,000 Associates and have 11 manufacturing sites.

 Hungry for more?



Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints and hard and chewy candies. The Company has operations in more than 50 countries and distributes its world-famous brands in more than 180 countries.

Did you know all of these products are Wrigley products?


Mars Drinks

With U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and U.K. headquarters in Basingstoke, Mars Drinks employs more than 650 Associates across 8 countries. Five brands in total: KLIX®, FLAVIA®, ALTERRA®, THE BRIGHT TEA CO. and DOVE®/GALAXY® hot chocolate drinks.

Grab a cup of coffee and learn more about Mars Drinks here. 


Mars Symbioscience 

Mars Symbioscience (MSS) is the global health and life sciences segment of Mars, Incorporated.

First established in 2005, and headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, MSS serves as an incubator for business ideas generated throughout our segments. Its overarching mission is to develop and commercialize products, which are supported by evidence-based claims that positively impact the health and well-being of people, pets and the planet.

Sound intriguing? 

The Story of Mars

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of a “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders – this vision serves as the foundation of the Mars, Incorporated we are today. To learn more about our history click here.

Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.

The Five Principles of Mars

The Mars Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom are the foundation of our culture and our approach to business. They unite us across geographies, languages, cultures and generations.


Click here to learn more about our history, including factoids that you may not have known about:


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What is it like working at Mars?

At Mars, we deeply believe that everything we do can mean more. That’s why our objective is to make a difference to people and the planet through performance. We do that in line with our values that have been with us for decades; by putting our Principles in action.

And because we are a company that is about more than just profit, we look for Associates that seek to make the opportunities they get here mean more. More to themselves and their own career, and along the way, more to the people and the communities they interact with.

Contributing positively to our environment and local communities is critical to the way we do business at Mars.

A mutually rewarding experience

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.

What you get here is challenging, interesting work

You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand

It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.


Making a Difference

Contributing positively to our environment and local communities is critical to the way we do business at Mars. We strive to make a difference beyond the workplace because we know not all learning takes place on the job and because we believe in mutuality.

Mars Ambassador Program

If your employer offered you a chance to travel to another country to provide service work for underserved communities, would you apply?

From rehabilitating coral reefs in Indonesia, helping to improve pet shelters in Thailand, working to preserve the tiger population, and more, the Mars Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity that brings mutuality to life all over the world.

Each year, the Mars Ambassador Program receives applications from Mars Associates across the globe who are looking for a unique service opportunity. The program provides opportunities for Associates to work with key partners, while developing their skills and supporting our sustainability initiatives around the world. Learn more here. 


Mars Volunteer Program - Giving Back

Another important Mars mission unfolds every year: The Mars Volunteer Program (MVP). Mars Associates that participate in MVP spend time in their local communities, providing help at area schools, animal shelters and nature preserves.


Awards & Recognition for Mars

Mars is honored to be recognized by Great Place to Work® as one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces. The Great Place to Work® World’s Best Multinational Workplaces is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence, identifying the top 25 multinational companies in terms of workplace culture.


For the third consecutive year, Mars has been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For® list in the U.S.


Mars Reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mars full-time


    Great people, great tech, and great managers


    Politic, reorgs, need to have better defined processes

    Advice to Management

    need more processes

Mars Interviews

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    Candy Maker and Eater Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Mars (Virginia Beach, VA).


    the interview process was so easy that i thought that i was being pranked. i got an email telling me when and where my interview was going to be at. the interview was about two weeks after the day that i got the email. i was really excited because i always wanted to work in a candy factory so that i can eat free candy

    Interview Questions

    • what is your favorite coloe m & M? who is more funnier the red or yellow m & m?   Answer Question

Mars Awards & Accolades

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  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2015, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 15 U.S. Manufacturing & Production Employers by Great Rated!™, Great Rated, 2015
  • Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
  • Canada's Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2012
  • Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), U.S. State Department, 2010
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