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Kraft Heinz Company Northfield Reviews

Updated March 23, 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 (63)

    "Kraft was Great. Kraft Heinz, not so much"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Former Employee 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

    Had great work-life balance and most people were nice. Excellent Benefits. Free coffee and snacks like cottage doublers and Planters snacks. Decent severance for the thousands they laid off when 3G took over. Not sure what their policies are now.

    Cons

    3G took away the free snacks as soon as the takeover was complete. They laid off a lot of good people and made goofy rules like not printing in color and they won't hire anyone who used to work there or anyone who worked for a competitor either (?). Friends who were not laid off left as soon as they could they had to work through the following January after the takeover so they could get their year end bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Your ZBB might gain a tiny blip for your stock price but you need to pay attention to the long haul. The corners you are cutting now will come back to bite you. A former Kraft executive used to tell us the most valuable assets of this company walk in and out of the doors every day. Don't abuse or neglect your employees.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for prior to the merger

    Cons

    Culture completely changed after the merger.


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Prior to the merger with Heinz, Kraft was a great place to work with a lot of opportunities to develop and grow.

    Cons

    Prior to the merger with Heinz, Kraft was challenged by it's size. Decisions were slow and had to go through too many layers of management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to advice and move quickly to decisions. Employee base is strong and reliable. When treated fairly, the greatest asset the company has.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Finance Director"

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    Former Employee - Finance Director in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Northfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work and develop one's career. It was focused on consumers and internally upon developing its people.

    Cons

    It has become abysmal with a complete lack of regard for its people. Fresh MBAs thrust into positions when they don't even have enough experience to wipe their noses. This was the Harvard of carter development, it is sadly no longer the case.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive environment, generally"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive peers, and promoted use of latest technology

    Cons

    Always reducing staff so promotions are difficult


  8. Helpful (16)

    "Sad to see what is happening there since the merger and 3G takeover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with the few people that were left - there is a certain comradery that is there due to shared misery

    Cons

    Longevity and knowledge not valued by senior management
    Main focus of management is cost-cutting, not running the business
    Too many knowledgeable people have either been laid off or have left voluntarily, so the few that are left are overworked, stressed out, and are in positions where they are not suited for.
    Senior management doesn't know what they want and are inexperienced, which causes a lot of fear and chaos
    Work/life balance is non-existent

    Advice to Management

    I would offer something, but I doubt they would pay attention


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Northfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, exceptional vacation time off.

    Cons

    Terrible management especially in Procurement, high turn over and poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize you employees more and seek there input.


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Human Resources Mgr"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Northfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think to express.

    Cons

    Working with 3G.... they are terrible business people.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Sr Procurement Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good profitable brands with steady revenue.
    Results oriented.
    Talented staff, may be changing however.

    Cons

    Currently under a significant transformation.
    Much of the employee work life balance and benefits have been eroded.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. The business is extremely complex and does not lend itself to corporate wide strategies, each segment needs careful analysis of correct strategy.



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