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Hain Celestial Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • A lot of work but Great work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • They mean well in their quest to be an industry leader in the natural and organic CPG business (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • This mostly stemmed from poor upper management in this area (in 4 reviews)

  • HR department with little to no empathy or ethics (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Perfect place to send your worst enemies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Hyde Park, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Hyde Park, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hain Celestial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is so much natural light in this office! The sun gets so strong at times that it is hard to see your computer screen. The blinds are functional, however, they are NOT to be used (or else the CEO will have a hissy fit). Nice kitchen.

    Cons

    No employee appreciation, lousy 10% discount once every two weeks in company store that is open to the public as well. Every department is overworked and underpaid. Little to no room for growth or advancement. There are very good brands and products, however they are marketed poorly. Hain tries to profit off of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    It's simple, really. Take care of your employees, and they will take care of your business.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lake Success, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lake Success, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hain Celestial full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary and benefits, promises for bonuses that are only given to senior management

    Cons

    Not interested in the employees that have been there for years and are loyal

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth


  3. Helpful (25)

    "What is next for Hain?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Far Rockaway, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Far Rockaway, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hain Celestial (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The products that the company produces are generally good. High turnover means that you stand a good chance of promotion until the company is sold. The Audit Committee said that it is okay to misstate revenue so all is well again at Hain. Now the company can be sold or by a miracle stay independent.

    Cons

    Hain has run out of steam. Leadership is directionless. Systems are an old joke.There is no known plan for where the company is going. If management wanted to know what the employee issues are all they have to do is read the reviews on Glassdoor. Instead of one big layoff Hain does a series of smaller layoffs. Lack of ethics in the HR Department is not a surprise. Very poor record for multicultural employees in any management positions. Non-exempt employees are treated and paid poorly.

    The business model that Irwin Simon has run the company on is clearly not working anymore. The company has failed to file a 10K for the last fiscal year and has vague plans to file one before the end of Feb., 2017. The part of the accounting crisis that is related to revenue recognition and channel stuffing was done in order to make the fiscal quarter numbers. This was known to people at Hain. Why the auditors missed this for so long is another question? The Audit Committee has not said what was in the side contracts with the distributors. Who knows what was given away to the distributors to make the quarter revenue numbers?

    The European operation has been a major problem. Another reviewer questioned the ethics of this operation. This should have been abandoned years ago.

    The brand business is still a joke. They have come up with a new plan to throw money at some of the underperforming brands. Money will help but there are too many SKU’s. An earlier review said “(Hain is) where brands go to die.” There is no real brand support. Hain products are overpriced compared to much of the competition. There is much more competition now than five years ago.

    There is no communication between management and employees. See many other reviews on this issue. Even an intern commented on this in a review.

    Advice to Management

    Hain must decide what it wants to do - stay independent, if it can, or sell out. There is no functional plan for Hain’s future unless it is locked in a draw. Nobody below very senior staff knows where Hain is going. That is if senior staff has any ideas on Hain’s future.The locked draw may be empty or have blank paper in it.

    Forcing revenue to make the quarter the way that Hain did was unethical. Hiring very high priced executives for Corp. Audit, Distrib. Requirements Planner and a Global Revenue Coordinator are a waste of money. If Hain’s revenue had been reported ethically none of these positions would be needed.

    Salary and the “fake discretionary bonus” issue has been brought up so many times in these reviews that it is beyond a joke. Just remember that Irwin and the other “C” suite people have a contractual not a discretionary bonus. They always get a bonus while everyone else always gets nothing. Hain doesn't need magic or high priced consultants to turn itself around. It needs a plan that everybody is part of. Bonuses should be paid to all employees,The company is now hiring new Senior Managers. Hopefully, they got signing bonuses since they will be the first to go if the company is sold.

    The stock market is betting on a corporate sale. Keep your resume up to date


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Language Barrier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Production in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quick hire with the temp agency... which is the only way to hire on, if you don't know anyone who works there. 30 min. lunch break is paid... BUT

    Cons

    Language barrier with supervisors.
    Current employees are not receptive of new hires.
    Rotations can be up to 3 hours of standing in one place.
    You only get one break, and you have to stay 15 minutes late for that break.
    Mandatory meetings BEFORE your shift.
    Mandatory overtime on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Teach current employees to accept new hires in a positive manner. Tran supervisors to communicate... not point and shove employees.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Used to be great company now drowning in a rabbit hole. Comany is tanking too much competition."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Success, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Success, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hain Celestial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros . nothing. to say that is positive or encouraging. Company only hires temps.

    Cons

    Nepotism, segmented groups. Management not interested in ideas. Work employees like slave and will not correct internal problems.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management has no sense of direction.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Former employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Hereford, TX
    Former Employee - Production in Hereford, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hain Celestial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off paid vacation

    Cons

    No rasies,sexual harassment in the work place


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good for starters"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Intern in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    No real pros. Just one person handling the IT division

    Cons

    Boring location in the mountsins


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Do not work here it is horrible / for you work here - get out now!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Success, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Success, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hain Celestial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing at all...there is zero work life balance and on top of that the people surrounding you are hard to be around everyone is miserable and you will become miserable too if you choose to be around this environment .

    Cons

    Everything from the CEO to your coworkers ...this is not a place for someone who intends to live a happy life . They will bring you down


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Success, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Success, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hain Celestial full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on a variety of products. Good for young employees to get experience in multiple areas and move on.

    Cons

    Friends and family of CEO are showed favoritism. Poor behavior is rewarded. Poor management style by all. Good, talented people are kept down and not appreciated - eventually leaving. This place is ripe for a major recall. No collaboration within departments or cross functionally. Do not promote learning or growing.

    Advice to Management

    Care about good employees or they will leave.


  11. Helpful (12)

    "Bleak Paranoid Environment, Egotistical Hierarchical Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hain Celestial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, nearly all here because of the poor job climate. Talented and intelligent people. Pretense of work-life balance, although if you actually require medical leave or your family has a crisis, do not look for support among upper management.

    This is a great company for stockholders and a miserable environment for employees.

    Cons

    Those with management responsibilities are specifically directed to provoke fear in subordinates. Nearly all “pep talks” include the barely veiled threat that we could all be on the street at any time. This applies up and down the organization, although it is most manipulatively applied to those at the bottom of the stack. The lowest paid employees, if they actually are employees and not temps, are treated with gross condescension masked as concern for the well being of all.

    Bonuses are a joke. At least one manager has walked off the job upon discovering how paltry these much ballyhooed perks were. Unless you’re a c-suite officer of course, in which case congratulations on making your substantial fortunes at the expense of those you've walked on.

    If you are in dire need of a job, take it, but don’t be fooled by the collegial window dressing.

    Don't be shocked the first time you sit in a management conference call and are told to put nothing in writing.

    Don’t be fooled by the self-congratulatory propaganda that you’re making the world a better place. Read the label.

    Advice to Management

    A C-suite officer once told me this was “essentially a flat company, organizationally. This is the least hierarchical company you’ll ever work for”. This is either delusional, or a lie. I was in the military for six years and it was much less hierarchical than Hain.


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