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Kraft Heinz Company Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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  • Poor work-life balance for finance functions (in 207 reviews)

  • no work/life balance due to lack of definition of tasks (in 57 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (19)

    "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. Helpful (11)

    "Overdelivery is the expectation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Most coworkers are great people that you genuinely want to hang out with and are incredibly smart
    -Opportunity to move up quickly without traditional credentials (MBA, x number of years in the industry, etc)
    -Ownership of major businesses very early in your career
    -Autonomy to grow within your role and to take on extra work to expand skill set
    -Senior leadership exposure is not a rarity
    -Trainee/MBA trainee program allows a kick start to young employees career's that is unprecedented in the industry

    Cons

    -Poor work/life balance
    -Expectation to constantly say "yes" to more work/responsibility without an increase in pay or promotion
    -Limited women in senior leadership is a major problem
    -Sexual harassment is a problem no one is willing to address
    -Brazilian men will always be next in line for promotion regardless of other candidates
    -US COO has limited to no contact with the people running the day to day business
    -Base salaries are insanely low and bonus outlook is poor
    -ZBB is taken too far at times (no silverware at the office, poor and outdated technology)

    Advice to Management

    -Address your wage and opportunity gaps between Brazilians, men, women and minorities
    -If you're going to keep firing experienced leaders you need to train their replacements! These young leaders lack serious team management skills
    -Be fair to those you let go. Explain why.
    -Merit raises should be given to the teams that have over delivered. If you are not awarding merit there should be a real conversation as to why and the performance gap.
    -Stop changing the standards for new hires (bringing in MBAs one year at ABMs and the next at Sr. ABM is not fair to anyone!)
    -Invest in programs that will decrease employee stress. You need to take the mental health of your employees seriously.
    -Get new laptops. The efficiency lost is not worth the ZBB $$$

  3. "CRM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the benefits are good

    Cons

    Cost cutting led to layoff. Good opportunities if you will relocate


  4. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Kraft Heinz Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management has good people and and operations run in a sensible way. There's a lot of work per person but this means there's opportunities to improve operations and move up.

    Cons

    There's a lot of work per person.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more


  6. "Temp to Hire"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Laborer in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - General Laborer in Springfield, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Certain members of management are great to work with. Depending on where you are assigned the work is straight forward and not too bad.
    Sanitation is done once a week for 8 hr shifts and every other week for 12 hr shifts. Sanitation can be the worst, but just remember it is necessary and only one shift.
    If you can hang on until you convert to a Kraft employee, I hear the benfits are great.

    Cons

    First 6 mths you are temp through Kelly Services. Kraft HR will hardly talk to you. You have no benefits while a temp.
    The pay while you are a temp is rough.


  7. "Analyst Position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    I am still feeling the company out, but there seems to be a strong push to have a great company culture. New Aon Center office offers a great view and office ambiance.

    Cons

    There is quite a bit of disarray that stems from the overall lack of centralized structure.

    Advice to Management

    Because the company wants to and tries to operate as the pre-eminent industry conglomerate, the company would be well served to have a more organized and structured on boarding experience.

  8. "Electrician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrician in Lowville, NY
    Current Employee - Electrician in Lowville, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    6 days off after 8 days worked. Co works and management are great, salary is good.

    Cons

    10 hours shift you get quite tired.


  9. "Location Closed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    It was a nice place to work before the split with Nabisco (now Mondelez). Nice benefits and time off

    Cons

    It somehow got to the point where I felt like just a number.


  10. "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Immediate benefit availability on day one

    Cons

    Level of training and willingness to teach


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