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Kraft Heinz Company Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • Poor work-life balance for finance functions (in 213 reviews)

  • no work/life balance due to lack of definition of tasks (in 61 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (45)

    "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. "In Store Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In Store in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - In Store in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ownership, fast paced, training, coaching, technology to leverage fact based selling

    Cons

    Great place to work, keep it up and continue to incorporate improvements PDCA

    Advice to Management

    Build more streamline process (automate more process)

  3. "Head of HR"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, lots of white space to come up with new ways to improve and revamp process, meritocracy, open communications, ownership

    Cons

    Still a lot to improve on the company culture alignment to long term vision. Otherwise a great place to make a difference!

    Advice to Management

    Continue the growth of open communication and to incorporate the field Team into the company culture.


  4. "Operations (Manufacturing) Management Trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to direct your career, a lot of opportunity to learn new skills and take on added responsibility, very focused organization with clear and well-known objectives

    Cons

    Cost-cutting can sometimes be taken too far


  5. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    None really. All a good experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep going


  6. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    High performing culture
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Long work hours and long commute


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Shift lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Rate of pay is good.

    Cons

    Seniority means nothing here. People are spread too thin. Overtime is issued to favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people right and good things happen. Treat them like tools and the environment sours.

  8. "Sanitation"

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    Former Employee - Sanitation Worker in Kendallville, IN
    Former Employee - Sanitation Worker in Kendallville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers make for a good environment.

    Cons

    All you do is clean.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Great people, fast paced, lots of career paths.

    Cons

    Not enough stepping stone positions to next levels.

    Advice to Management

    If stepping stone positions are eliminated find ways to help people gain experiences to make it to the next level.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "20+ years bleeding Velveeta, I left in 2016"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Systems Manager in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Systems Manager in Northfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, downtown Chicago in the summer

    Cons

    Worked 24x7x365. downtown Chicago in the winter

    Advice to Management

    Hard to give advice to the 3G management they have their own culture. Let's see if they can make it work with the millennials as they age get married and want to move to the suburbs for better schools and easier commutes which I am not sure really matters because they just bring in new bodies fresh out of school. Get back to acquiring and growing the top line, the CEO seems like he has lost his swagger in the CPG industry.


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