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Kraft Heinz Company Manager Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Hard work life balance during high travel (in 189 reviews)

  • no work/life balance due to lack of definition of tasks (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Category Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part of the company is the people.

    Cons

    Too many restructures and downsizing of personnel


  2. Helpful (6)

    "It was great until the merger with Heinz"

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

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are able to get promoted quickly with big titles due to high turnover , downtown location in Chicago, Illinois

    Cons

    More work with less resources, all the experienced employees were let go, unnecessary chaos that causes high turnover, no development

    Advice to Management

    Properly staff teams and take time to develop your employees. Also make sure to respect employees.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Culture killers"

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and there are still some people left from the old Kraft Foods

    Cons

    The merger completely killed the culture of a great CPG company

    Advice to Management

    Don't say your employees are "family" when they are treated like minions. Stop running the place like an investment bank, it's not, nor is it meant to be.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Sales Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Kraft Foods was a great company at one time -- rich with hard working, ethical colleagues that had fun -- up until about 8 years ago. Current intense focus on obtaining younger work force -- great opportunity if you are 24 and do not have a family to go home to.

    Cons

    After over 25 years of my life dedicated to Kraft and surviving multiple layoffs, company split and eventual hostile take-over by 3G, those of us left had to absorb work load of others and were in constant fear of being part of the next layoff or in fear of not being layed-off. CEO and most of management team from Brazil with their own Brazilian good ole boy network. Work life balance is when you are allowed to go home and logon to do more work, if you are lucky.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than eliminating jobs and taking over new companies to make money, try to take the company you acquired and nourish and build it up. If you must eliminate positions, find out what the people did before you let them go and ensure that needed work is transitioned. Those left to pick-up the pieces waste a lot of time figuring out what was needed and the easiest way to do it.


  6. "NABS"

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry leader in food mfg. with well known brands

    Cons

    Rapid management changes led to some excessive stress

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Don't lose focus on employee morale


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They did not physically beat you, great at cost cutting, how 3G went about cost cutting, hmm, but they are good at it!

    Cons

    No emphasis on continuous improvement or people development, sink or swim, not sure how this will play out in the coming years when you're trying to grow the business and stay profitable. Chase an individual goal without regard to bigger picture, I have to get the crazy bonus at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    3G Go back to Brazil, Bernardo nice guy but bad fit for this size company. Truly focus on developing your managers then your people, getting yelled at and beaten not a good strategy for employee retention. Good people will leave, evil people and beaten dogs will stay. Sorry for the strong words.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Category Manager"

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    Current Employee - Customer Category Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Category Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong Brands, Meritocracy, Advancement Opportunities

    Cons

    Extensive Administrative Processes and Procedures


  9. Helpful (16)

    "Merger Mash"

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

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

    Pros

    If you want to work in downtown Chicago for the remaining couple of years they will stay in Chicago, it is a true big city, corporate experience.

    Cons

    The focus of Kraft Heinz is to squeeze every dollar out of the brand names they own. When they let people go from Kraft as the merger closed, they were so incredibly short sighted as to cut people loose when no one remaining had any access or basic understanding of how to complete the in-process work within the procurement applications. In other words, their point of view was just get those people out of here and we don't care about whatever mess is left. To me, that means they really never cared at all about the company, the Kraft people or anything except squeezing every last dollar out.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management because they wouldn't listen anyway. If you choose to work there, you might make some dollars and learn some good lessons - just do NOT expect it to be a high minded company that cares about quality, consumers or employees. Go in with your eyes open, no illusions.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Customer Category Manager III in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Category Manager III in O'Fallon, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, quality products. Good pay. "Kraft Foods" was a wonderful company to work for prior to merger.

    Cons

    Since the 3G merger, the company is no longer focused on customer, sales or employees, just the finance piece without concern for human factor and ramifications of poor customer service/shipping/production. Too many quality employees left or severed and the skeleton crew is not knowledgeable of the processes and timing needed to drive success.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance and appreciation of your employees.


  11. Helpful (40)

    "Not a Good Environment; You Will Never Feel Secure"

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

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Downtown Chicago location; Lots of opportunity to interact with executive leadership; Opportunities to lead projects/work without a lot of micromanagement; Fast paced environment; Lots of promotion potential if you are the right kind of employee

    Cons

    A lot of the reviews you will read about this company come from people talking about how the old Kraft or the old Heinz were great and the new company is terrible. This might sound to some like the reviews are coming from bitter former employees who were let go for not being up to par, or maybe people who don't handle change well, etc. That may be true. But don't assume that all the negative reviews come from substandard employees.

    The company truly does not have a long term vision for how they will continue to operate at current pace. The 3G model is all about cutting costs and experience - replacing high cost, highly experienced employees with young, inexpensive MBA talent. And there is nothing wrong with that at the surface. The problem occurs when that young, inexperienced talent is brought in to lead projects/department, etc. and they don't have anyone to coach, mentor, or train them. There are serious risks that the company takes and exposes itself to, because the decision makers may only have a couple of years in the workforce and don't know what they don't know.

    It is becoming less and less common to find people that have been with the company for more than 2 or 3 years, 5+ years (outside of the manufacturing environment) is extremely rare. This company may be a good place for a young MBA grad to get an iconic company name on their resume, maybe even get promoted quickly, and then get out after two years to go find a "real" job. The problem is that that person will quickly find themself failing in any other management role outside of KHC because they have not learned the fundamental things a manager needs to know to succeed in any normal business.

    Finally, no mater who you are, you will not be immune to the constant, unexpected layoffs. of course after the acquisition of Kraft, many Kraft employees were let go. Not a huge surprise, but the number of people laid off, and they type of roles eliminated were somewhat concerning. Then, the field restructuring was announced, and hundreds more manufacturing employees will be let go over time as plants consolidate and close. Then, a few months ago, another round of corporate restructuring meant about 200-300 more salaried employees were let go. And this time, it wasn't just the "low hanging fruit" - underperformers or redundant roles. It was the result of senior management saying, "We need to save $XXXXXX in salaries, so each team needs to cut X number of people. Figure it out." So strong performers were let go. Many of the remaining experienced people were let go. people who were critical to major projects were let go. So now what? Already lean teams need to scramble to fill holes, expensive consultants need to be brought in to pick up the work, and the bare minimum level of work will get done. There won't be opportunities to really produce good, quality work. If you are still there, you won't ever feel proud of your work, because your team is so lean, you all have to work yourselves day and night just to produce the bare minimum, because there are no resources available to you. And you will do that day after day because every day you are afraid of losing your job.

    Advice to Management

    It won't matter. They aren't in this for the long term. Management is predominantly Brazilian, 3G employees who came from another 3G company, and will move on to the next 3G company when they have squeezed all they can out of Kraft Heinz.