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Kraft Heinz Company Reviews

Updated September 21, 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. "Review"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (3)

    "ISP, Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - In Store Sales Partner, Sales Representative
    Current Employee - In Store Sales Partner, Sales Representative
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People knows the brands. They sell themselves. In at the start of something that could be huge. Paid a lot and a company car.

    Cons

    New sales team being ran by people who have never worked in a store. They're making things up on the fly so you never really know what's going on. They over complicate the job. Hope you're ready to be micromanaged at the highest level and it gets worse every day. Funny thing is, the things they micromanage are so unnecessary.

    Management is LOST! One regional manager is calling the shots and he's an idiot.

    Advice to Management

    Let us do our jobs and stop micromanaging unnecessary things. Listen to the field. We have all the experience and you don't use it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here unless you are single"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Pay is better than most around the area compared to the hours worked.

    Cons

    Don't care about anything but production numbers.
    Cannot fix things properly
    Very little to no internal promotions


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Dream company, if they can actually deliver on it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    +Opportunity to make a LOT of money
    +Very empowered, feels like you are running the company
    +Smart and motivated co-workers
    +People who generate positive results get promoted quickly

    Cons

    -Trust in leadership is low
    -Too much focus on bottom line and analyzing last months results
    -Functions are pitted against each other, rather than working collaboratively

    Advice to Management

    +Create more collaboration across KPI and MBO


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Inaction in Meritocracy"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Scientist in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people working for KHC are generally excited about their work and have high quality performance, as well as just being fun to be around. Wonderful teams across the board.

    Cons

    The Glenview location has been slow to change in culture, though moral is getting worse over time. Through quarterly layoffs there is an ever-pending threat of losing your job potentially regardless of performance but highly cost driven. Despite staff reductions, timelines get ever shorter to meet bonus targets (high incentive for this) which reduced overall quality of work and brings stress to staff. There is a common sense of lack of being driven by company purpose ("to be the best food company" - not inspiring) as well as a feeling lack of being valued.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide more training to new folks joining - with many senior employees either gone or having been laid off, there are very little resources to teach employees the best and most thorough way to do their work. Eventually the cost of mistakes will outweigh the cost of doing it right the first time more slowly.


  6. "Production Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good and the benefits are too.

    Cons

    Scheduled to work every weekend. Only 4 supervisors working a continuous operation. No work-life balance. Future uncertain.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Supply/Copack Quality"

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    Former Employee - Supply Quality
    Former Employee - Supply Quality
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Not really many pro's of working here.

    Cons

    Not treated as a human.
    Worked to the bone.
    No true raises or salary increases.
    No org chart since it changes so often.
    Not clear on what the rules are.
    Bonus is dangled in your face all year as some sort of prize that you should be willing to do anything to get, including give up on family commitments.
    Can't fill open positions so they strongly suggest you should move across the country to work in a plant in the middle of nowhere.
    You constantly have to look over the shoulder of the children they hire into important roles. They don't know what they're doing and aren't ready for the role yet.

    Advice to Management

    Management? Ha! I'll tell them they need to start treating their employees like people with lives, problems, and everything else that comes with it. Unfortunately, no matter what I say, they won't listen. 3G are a bunch of rich kids who expect everyone else to work hard so they can watch their pile of money grow... There's more important things in life than money. Someone needs to tell Bernie...

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Not all terrible, but the bad outweighs the good"

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

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    The training program did a solid job providing good experience, but mostly because of the people I worked with
    Benefits and pay are pretty solid straight out of school
    Exposure to upper management early on
    Transparent evaluation through the MBO process

    Cons

    Training program was extremely disorganized, University Relations bit off more than they could chew
    Placement process was a nightmare, a lot of trainees were put into full-time roles with no regard for their skills or interests and HR forced relocation for some people
    Work-life balance doesn't exist
    Executives micro-manage stupid stuff (e.g. the 5S clean desk program)
    High turnover due to cost-cutting measures, and the resulting lack of experience hurts new employee training

    Advice to Management

    Start looking out for your people, but with 3G in charge nothing will change


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Phenominal Before and Terrible Post Merger"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Good people before the merger

    Cons

    After the merger with 3G, a private equity firm, the company became a terrible place to work for. The Brazilian private equity firm lacks personal ethics and values. They do not care about the employees or their satisfaction. In an effort to keep shareholders happy, they cut the good people and now younger people are in positions where they should never be. There is no training available from senior people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better.


  10. Helpful (20)

    "Constant grind with very poor work/life balance"

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

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    Iconic brands.
    Pay is good, particularly the annual bonus - if you are able to hit the target.
    Downtown Chicago location.

    Cons

    After the Kraft Heinz merger, the 3G management style made this a very different place to work than the one I originally joined.
    -There is a monthly grind that just never stops. You are expected to get everything done incredibly fast, no matter how short of notice you are given and regardless what you may have going on in your personal life.
    -Costs are being continually and aggressively stripped out of iconic food brands, regardless of how much it degrades the quality of these products.
    -It is a male dominated culture, particularly the higher you get in the company. If you are a Brazilian male, you have just punched your golden ticket to the top. If you are a female, they will happily take you as a work horse in a junior role for a few years - but you will hit a glass ceiling.
    -The highly touted "meritocracy" is a joke. The turnover is so high at this company, either from frequent layoffs or from people quitting, that there is a constant stream of open roles. The solution is a combination of either piling more and more work on those who are left, (without any increase in pay,) or pushing really junior, inexperienced people into roles that that are not ready to handle, and calling it "meritocracy."
    -The company spends a lot of time and effort on some really bizarre things. (e.g. No more than 2 personal items on your desk. CEO and senior execs walking around to check how clean your desk area is, and placing red flags on untidy desks like a public shaming of some sort.)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building leaders, and reward strong leadership - not just robots who can hit their MBO metrics. Leadership is not something that you will get with people who are fresh out of college, no matter how book smart they are. And diversify your middle and senior management. You need more women and non-Brazilian men in these roles.


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