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Kraft Heinz Company Chicago Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  • Poor work-life balance for finance functions (in 210 reviews)

  • no work/life balance due to lack of definition of tasks (in 59 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (29)

    "Best place for young & hungry to start your career, but maybe not worth sticking around"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The 5 stars is for the rotational programs for those fresh in their career, to reflect from a pure career standpoint the benefits of joining KHC. However, the company itself, other job functions, and the long-term outlooks aren't as standout.

    - Amazing Corporate Management Trainee / Sales Trainee / Ops Trainee programs, where you basically get paid to learn a lot, own millions / billions of dollars of real impact, and fast track your career growth. No where else do you get the same level of responsibility, and real exposure and relationships with senior management and even the C-suite, as a fresh-out-of-college kid.

    - Job flexibility & career growth - adding to the above, there is VERY rapid vertical and horizontal opportunities for you within the company. Due to the company culture (young, lean, meritocratic) and to the rotational component of the Corporate Trainee program, you get exposure to almost every part of the business, and work in two completely different job functions, within the first 6 months alone. Movement between Finance and Marketing especially is quite common. Finally, most trainees see movement every ~3-9 months, and most of the time that movement is a promotion. This velocity of movement is unmatched at any firm of competing size & prestige, and feels more like a startup. However, unlike a startup, you get the resources and good name of a big company to back your risk-taking, learning, growth, and ownership.

    - Open access to amazing people - each individual is driven and ambitious - we've all bought into this culture of quantified meritocracy. But collectively, the people at KHC are eager to help each other out, especially thanks to the open office culture (no cubicles! no specified hours! free reign & flexibility with where & how you spend your office time) and the constant movement of people to new functions and teams. Somehow, KHC manages to be the best of both worlds - provides a very collaborative and supportive community of peers, while also rewarding extreme individual ambition.

    - ZBB - exposure to ZBB looks great on your business resume, and it is an important efficiency mindset to apply to any business and to your life.

    - Ownership and meritocracy. Your career growth here is (mostly) up to you*

    Cons

    - Job flexibility also means job insecurity -- those who get the most out of KHC and move up the fastest are willing and eager to take every opportunity, but that often means common job & team changes, which isn't for everyone. Layoffs and pressure to perform can also be stressful.

    - Poor work-life balance for finance functions

    - ZBB takes a toll on company morale - it's great that we save money from going to waste and see it pay out as higher bonuses, but paying for plastic forks during lunch and not having many company bonding events really sucks

    - Minority representation in the company as a whole, but especially as you move up, is subpar, much like at many peer companies.

    - Career growth is best for Brazilians, then males, then Caucasians, with everyone else still able to grow quickly but clearly limited by their minority status...

    - The company is more focused on cost-cutting (which is a temporary way to improve returns) than innovation (which is the long-term vision needed to improve our viability in the market vs. competitors). Lack of real innovation is pretty standard at such large companies, though.

    - The above mentioned short-term focus manifests because of the very young teams and high turnover -- there's no incentive for the long term, when your bonuses and performance are measured by monthly & quarterly & 1-year goals, and when you leave your current project / team / company in mere months / very few years.

    - The company seems pretty hit or miss. Those who are young, flexible, hungry, and willing to tough it out really come across amazing opportunities and unparalleled career growth vs. anywhere else you can kick start your career. But that's more due to the youth, inexperience, and lack of structure in the company, than it is due to actual development efforts or actual company growth. I would highly recommend any young person to come to KHC, but would not recommend to anyone to stay too long, for two reasons. One, the entire industry and this company too will probably struggle to keep up with changing food trends. Two, because of the stress on meritocracy, high turnover and young managers makes development and real leadership lacking.

    Advice to Management

    - Give real answers to difficult questions, i.e. "lack of females in upper management" --> HR spits back the typical PR phrase "we are being thoughtful and taking action to combat this" without quantifying how.

    - More company events to create sense of community & joint culture, in addition to the purely individualistic "meritocracy / ownership" culture

    - Work more cross-functionally to align incentives, and work to reduce communication frictions across the company

    - Be more upfront, honest, transparent, and approachable with UR communications with university hires

    - Train managers to be proper managers and team leads. Likewise, make sure the high velocity movement of people throughout the company does not wear down on team cohesion and efficiency.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great bonus plan for good performance

    Cons

    intense work culture, constant layoffs to improve profitability

  3. "Not what it used to be..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Attractive work environment; pride in most brands.

    Cons

    Inexperienced leadership; very tight open workspace environment with little to no privacy for calls- tough to reserve conference rooms.

    Advice to Management

    Read the book "Quiet"


  4. "Love my job"

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Buyer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Young & energetic crowd. Fairly laid back as long as you get your work done. Sometimes it is slow

    Cons

    Kind of slow and boring. All depends on the day. Sometimes you will be slammed and sometimes I will be struggling to find something to do

    Advice to Management

    More vision to company plans


  5. Helpful (4)

    "In the beginning it was one of the best companies to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/ life balance is good, a friendly environment, room for advancement

    Cons

    Since merging with Heinz, everything's changed. Huge expectations for little pay. Employee turnover is high because of unrealistic expectations.


  6. "Sr Finance Mgr"

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great bonus potential and decent pay; receive good experience early in career; great responsibility given to folks early in career.

    Cons

    No work/life balance; pressure to deliver results; everyone for themselves attitude, no teamwork mentality; sink or swim attitude; workers viewed as commodities.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make an acquisition soon as little cost remaining to squeeze out.


  7. Helpful (15)

    "meritocracy does not exist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You get to learn Portuguese with 3G
    - If you are a man and Brazilian, you can get ahead
    - Every sane employee should have their resume updated.

    Cons

    - If you a minority or women, you are not listened to.
    - Meritocracy equals hiring a 29 year old CFO.
    - Bernardo Hees is a fake and the worst CEO in the US

    Advice to Management

    - Close Pittsburgh, it is a waste.
    - 3G needs to sell out and stop milking these brands for short term gain. The brands are dying.

  8. "Deployment Planner"

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    Current Employee - Deployment Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Deployment Planner in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and able to work 8-5

    Cons

    Sketchy work atmosphere, upper management doesn't give support


  9. Helpful (7)

    "How do you like me now!"

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    Former Employee - CCM in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - CCM in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Before the merger......awesome people & great place to work!

    Now..........thanks for laying me off, retirement is great!

    Cons

    I have no cons.......I'm retired!

    Advice to Management

    Stock price is down........get off your butt and start growing. You don't run a business by cutting your way to profits in the long run. Where did you learn that crap....in the jungle of Brazil?


  10. Helpful (14)

    "save yourself"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay; good view from Aon

    Cons

    This is a place crawling with spineless sycophants. An absolutely terrible environment to be in. I would never suggest anyone take a job here unless you really, REALLY, need the money and no other offers are coming through. First of all, this place is a sinking ship, everything is fire-fighting all of the time. Secondly, you'll be dealing with a fair amount of cool people that are on the same page as you, but also a lot of slimy people. Many managers are so unfamiliar with the work that you will get totally asinine direction from them all the time. The office runs on passing the blame, and with the current structure I see no long-term strategy improvements but rather constant chaos.

    If you are willing to "play the game" e.g. suck up to management and stroke people's ego all day long, and if you're willing to be a surface level person through and through, then reach for the stars man, you'll probably get promoted into some management position you're totally unqualified for!

    Advice to Management

    blind leading the blind here. I mean, what could I say that would even be taken into consideration?


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