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Hartz Mountain Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
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  1. "Move on"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can bring you dog to work,

    Cons

    The company has now clear direction and people are jumping ship.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to people who understand the Pet Care business


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager Procurement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager Procurement in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager Procurement in Secaucus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can bring your dog to work, summer Fridays, brand managers who care about their categories, with limited autonomy or creativity.

    Cons

    A great company to work for before the Japanese took over in late 2011. The company is sinking fast under their "leadership". They failed to understand, by not even trying, how the US market differs from Japan. Problem is selling in Japan is easy, when you compete with one or two other brands. Selling in US is far more complex. They think that having their R&D come up with new products is everything. Perhaps this is true in Japan, in the US this is the cost of entry.
    There is no plan to reverse the sinking. When the numbers come short for a quarter, they lay off people to curb costs. There have been several rounds of layoffs in the past couple of years. Those who remain live in fear of being the next to go in the next round. It's clearly an us and them mentality, with no prospects for advancement, as middle and upper management positions are filled with Japanese.

    Advice to Management

    There is no hope because they think they know it all, when in reality they have no clue.


  3. "Formerly a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist in Secaucus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours, good middle management, fantastic work/life balance

    Cons

    The company is transitioning away from a great company to work for, to one that kept cutting employee perks. A large Japanese company bought it out and is slowly cutting enployee's benefits and hassling people.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to maintain all the great things about the company you purchased, you should restore the parts of the company that kept so many enployees for 20+ years. If you keep cutting employee incentives, you will lose all the loyal and hardworking employees you invested in.


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  5. "A good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bentonville, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hartz offers the opportunity to work with quality brands in a competitive landscape. The brands are of high quality with great consumer loyalty. Great work life balance and management listens.

    Cons

    Currently, no bonus structure however they do try and compensate with better pay and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive with current local market pay and benefits.


  6. "Executive Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Bloomfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Bloomfield, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hartz Mountain (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company is continually restructuring and down sizing. Company is not stable!

    Cons

    I had a very short commute to work.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to say.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great industry, strong heritage in marketplace

    Cons

    Difficult relations with owners (Japanese)
    Sr Management mostly from Japan
    Small raises, no bonus for several years

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Company I ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hardworking people that were willing to do the job
    Well in the Distribution area.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. Benefits were not that great. The HR dept was always looking to get employees in trouble and many litigation suits arose from this unethical behavior. This company does not want to change and continues to operate with old fashioned techniques and technology. No communication no training and they are quick to fire people. No loyalty at all!

    Advice to Management

    Start learning how to treat your employees with respect and maybe you will get respect in return. Have monthly staff meetings on the state of the business and keep employees engages and informed. Maybe the Japanese owners will make changes but I highly doubt it


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not so great anymore"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was lucky enough to have a good boss. Was able to bring my pet to work! Quick days due to constantly being busy. You can get lucky working for certain departments and just fly by while other departments are completely unhappy and overworked.

    Cons

    Company has very high turnover which is quite demoralizing. Pay is low for people moving within the company. No perks.

    Upper management is horrible and many of them were only brought in during a time when a certain CEO was there. They are the ones that need to be let go and get “refreshed”. Some of the mangers working under them are more intelligent have better ideas and are better at managing teams than they are. On the other hand, there are other managers who have absolutely no idea what they are doing.

    In the past 3 years working there I had numerous new bosses and the company had more than 3 CEO's. Recently new owners are slightly difficult to deal with in a more cultural way. They should really do research before bringing their products directly here. Some products are great but others need more research.

    HR is too old and comfortable. Get some new people in there who actually can do their job. They do absolutely nothing but get paid to sit at their desks.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people and do your research. Reward employees who work hard. There are still some very good ones left there. Treat them well before they leave too.


  10. "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Boiler Operator Maintenance in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Boiler Operator Maintenance in Jersey City, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good place to work for last 25 years

    Cons

    they closed the company in 12/2013


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Somewhat of a tough place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner in Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Planner in Secaucus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hartz Mountain full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As long as there are no issues, it is a good place to work. Small company atmosphere.

    Cons

    A lot of finger pointing when there is blame to pass around. There are a lot of communication breakdowns. High employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a more stable culture. No job security



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