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Kraft Heinz Company Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 9, 2020

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Kraft Heinz Company CEO Miguel Patricio
Miguel Patricio
46 Ratings
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  • "Work life balance; investment in professional development(in 159 reviews)

  • "Great people, great opportunity to experience a vast array of functions(in 159 reviews)

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  1. "Great Empowerment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time

    Pros

    A lot of passion and willingness to transform the company and win. Co-workers who are very bright and hard-workers. Empowerment. Autonomy. A company who really cares about diversity, not only talks about it.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be better

    Advice to Management

    Stay strong and the results will come

    Kraft Heinz Company2020-01-10
  2. "Great Work Life Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I appreciate the flexibility this company has given to me when it comes to work life balance. I'm able to work from home whenever needed and it's helped me balance life with my family.

    Cons

    As of now, the only con I have is not knowing every one I work with other than my team.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent.

    Kraft Heinz Company2019-12-30
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Kraft Heinz: What is this company?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Co-Workers Responsibilities Work-Life Balance Compensation Brands Office is nice in downtown

    Cons

    No Plan / Strategy in sight Lack of internal experience (Not enough "Veterens" of CPG Lack of Meritocracy Lots of Nepotism, Incompetent people moving up quickly

    Advice to Management

    Develop a sound strategy Reward employees who are working hard Develop and incent good people to stay. You're losing us because you don't care.

    Kraft Heinz Company2020-01-06
  4. "It's 50/50"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of resources, the HQ is nice and new, and good product portfolio to work on. Lots of travel to plants for trials which I like.

    Cons

    Because this is such a big company, it is slow to see results of change for things that don't really touch the bottom line. Work life balance is not the best and there is an internal restructuring about 3 times a year. FOR FRESH COLLEGE GRADS, there is a major disconnect on training for new hires without experience that they are trying to work on but again, slow moving.

    Kraft Heinz Company2019-10-09
  5. Helpful (30)

    "KHC - the land of limited bonus potential, golden handcuffing, horrible bosses, & burnout"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - a lot of opportunity for very young professionals - due to very high turnover, open positions provide quick advancement opportunities - a lot of responsibility in all role levels and learn a lot about the business - visibility to learn a lot very quickly across many different business functions

    Cons

    - a lot of inexperienced young professionals are set up to be poor people managers who have never worked anywhere besides KHC who perpetuate the negative culture - KHC rarely hires other CPG experts which is a challenge to onboarding and create unnecessary churn - Sr. Leadership brags about their tenured roles in function they have no prior training or experience (Ex: Engineer leading HR w/o any previous experience touted in public panel meeting) - Turnover is the highest I've seen at any company. People are unhappy, teams are extremely short-staffed, over-worked, unappreciated, and frustrated - Most people are doing the job of 2-3 people therefore not many are doing the job well or working unhealthy hours. In a lot of functions it's the blind leading the blind - Many employees admit to going on anti-depressants/anti-anxiety medicine after starting at KHC to manage the stress that comes with the job and lack of work life balance - The 3G leaders are out of touch with the American legacy of Kraft and Heinz. Cost out and profit have taken all of the feel-good out of the work employees do each day. - Dumb smart people: Leadership will cut millions of dollars in trade and wonder why brands are losing share or distribution and discuss it for hours in monthly business review meetings, as one example of mismanagement of time - Every day feels like a fire drill- only focusing on the immediate short term. There is very little/if any long term strategy. Most free time is spent doing routines for the purpose of doing routines. So many inefficient processes for such a large company. - A typical day includes 7-8 hours of meetings, 6+ hours of actual work for "routines" due each week/day (ex: W1D1), and 2-3 hours answer red exclamation emails, which account for a 15+ work day causing burnout.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire experts in CPG who can bring with them best practices Take a good hard look at the culture and listen to your employees. Read the engagement survey results. Read the exit surveys of the top talent leaving the organization. Read these reviews. Are people having fun? Why are people (at all levels) leaving? Why is so difficult to recruit good talent? Are MBOs helping work together or creating tension? Are all of the "routines" driving the business? Bring back cut headcount so people have time to do their job well and be strategic. There is something very wrong if the majority of employees are working 60-70+ hours and we're still having a terrible year in sales and growth. Begs the question - are we working smarter...or just harder?

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    Kraft Heinz Company2019-09-21
  6. Helpful (18)

    "Not worth the sacrifice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn more in 1-2 years than you would in 5-10 years at another company if you are willing to sacrifice your personal life, relationships, and health for that duration. Work with a lot of very talented people that care about what they do. Compensation is good if you can hit your bonus target 100% which is rare.

    Cons

    No onboarding, job training, or continued development. New hires are expected to jump in immediately without any provided tools, training, or equipment. Employees are often without basic equipment such as second monitors and docking stations that improve efficiency. Having a desk can be a privilege. Employees have gone weeks or even months without a dedicated work space. Forget about any work life balance as 11 & 12 hour days are the new norm. Too many meetings leave employees scrambling to catch up on actual “work” on the weekends. Leaving your desk for lunch is a luxury and only reserved for the occasional Friday or birthday celebration. High turnover results in inexperienced employees being promoted to managerial roles without proper training and brand strategies change every few months making it impossible to execute strong campaigns. Roles are often “downgraded” to cut costs leaving too much responsibility with inexperienced employees. No trust with cross-functional teams due to competing bonus targets, making it near impossible to work together to accomplish what is best for the business. There are constant “fire drills” that come up due to management’s lack of organization and delegation which make for a very high stress environment.

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    Advice to Management

    Establish a culture that sets boundaries that allow for more work-life balance. Burnout and turnover is too high and employees do not feel respected.

    Kraft Heinz Company2019-09-25
  7. Helpful (37)

    "3G Destroys Everything It Touches"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Category Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some good people that haven't left yet. Decent pay opportunities.

    Cons

    Cutting costs is the #1 priority. Low employee moral. Poor work/life balance. Shifting jobs to inexperienced Millennials to cut costs, losing tons of knowledge in process.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter what I say, if you're not Brazilian they don't want to hear it. They think they know better than everyone and that their processes can compensate for all the experience they've driven out of the company.

    Kraft Heinz Company2019-07-09
  8. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance; investment in professional development

    Cons

    Work politics plays a big role

    Kraft Heinz Company2019-07-12
  9. Helpful (15)

    "Little training opportunity and little work life balance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good/fair salary but not considering the bonus is all or nothing

    Cons

    No work life balance. You stay until the work is done and they don’t care what you have going on

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees. Invest in these kids.

    Kraft Heinz Company2019-08-02
  10. Helpful (17)

    "Kraft destroyed the Heinz company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Massillon, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kraft Heinz Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots and lots of overtime if that's what your looking for

    Cons

    Management, and anything to do with the merger of Kraft and Heinz, and gossipy immature employees that thrive on nothing but drama. Management never takes an employee concern seriously, they are as much in the drama as anyone is and they walk around with a chip on their shoulder like everyone owes them something. Heinz USED to be a great company to work for and as soon as they merged with Kraft, it became a horrible place to work with no work/life balance, 7 days a week 12 hour days for months and months and then BAM they permanently layoff or fire hundreds of 25+ year employees. This place has no concept of loyalty to it's dedicated hard working employees, whatsoever. Big joke.

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    Advice to Management

    Learn how to act like management instead of teenagers in high school, with a chip on your shoulder. Treat other employees like human beings, and actually learn how to do some of the work your supposedly "managing"

    Kraft Heinz Company2019-07-30
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