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Updated February 17, 2019
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  • "There is probably more the company can do to improve work/life balance" (in 71 reviews)

  • "Decision-making often takes too long" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Terrific Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tons of emphasis on training, lots of opportunity for career progression, highly engaged workforce, great benefits

    Cons

    Even though you are exposed to vast amounts of training, they seem reluctant to offer promotions to demonstrated leaders.

    Mars Response

    Jan 17, 2019

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your current role with us. It’s really pleasing to see that you highlight a number of positives, including training, career... More


  2. "Supply Planning Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Operations Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    401k. Pension. 3 week’s vacation. Sick time. Great work environment. Great benefits(low premium/deductible). Great starting pay. Strong focus on engagement and development.

    Cons

    Low bonus structure focused on growth.

  3. "-"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the culture, people and brands

    Cons

    slow decision making, very process oriented, complex org design


  4. "Intern at Mars"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Perks, Cool Projects, Lots of Candy

    Cons

    There weren't many cons, if you like to work hard and work on good projects this is the place.


  5. "Typical Manufacturing Environment"

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    Current Employee - Team Member in Hackettstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Team Member in Hackettstown, NJ
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are extremely nice and pleasant to work with. If you are lucky enough to find a mentor that is willing to put the time into your personal development plan and help you move forward in the company you have a chance.

    Cons

    It's a typical manufacturing environment in which the workforce is not valued and turnover is at a ridiculous amount. I started with about 20 other associates about 2 years ago. There are 3 of us left. Orientation painted a picture of this paradise. A totally different work environment with opportunities you could only imagine... and I bought right into it. Only problem is that beautifully painted picture does not apply to people on the production floor. We are a separate entity from the rest of the plant. Now Hackettstown is a unique facility. We have our national office attached to our manufacturing building. So its an interesting dynamic, but there is a clear divide between the two. Opportunities are present and if you are willing to put in significant time and network successfully, you have a chance. Though it is highly competitive and often have large amounts of people internally competing for a single job.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your workers. The fact is, if you’re not investing in your people, you’re not investing in the future of your business. Investing in your employees is an important part of creating an engaged workforce and an effective way of reducing turnover for your business.
    Improve the way in which you train the employees. Have a dedicated training force the can properly educate new hires.


  6. "Great Place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mars (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for development
    Good salary
    Benefits
    Healthy work environment

    Cons

    Hard to keep work and life balance


  7. "Job"

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Albany, GA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Albany, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive compared to other local top manufacturers.

  8. "A great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A family owned business which is principles-driven, values people, and builds great brands

    Cons

    No business is perfect, but this really was a wonderful place to work

    Mars Response

    Jan 17, 2019

    Hi. Thanks for your feedback on the previous role you held here at Mars. It’s great to see you’ve highlighted a few positives of your time here. We hope your current role is proving successful and... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "High Burnout and High Stress Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, access to training and development, and a good chance to learn about the CPG industry.

    You can learn a lot if you are self-motivated in a very short time. It’s a good 2-3 years kind of environment.

    There are a handful of great inspirational leaders who can help mentor you.

    Cons

    It is really disappointing to see how the organization approaches talent and career management. Unfortunately, good talent leaves because 1) decision criteria and role requirements are not consistent, 2) your potential is determined more by who you know and not by your results or your how (no matter how much feedback or proactive development you seek out) which creates a very inauthentic environment, and 3) leadership and human resources do not practice transparency so folks are constantly left questioning their self-worth and where they stand. Mars claims to be a ‘people passionate’ and culture driven organization, yet they do not put these values into practice.

    What is really sad is that the human resources’ function plays a big role in what happens and as they also operate in the same way as describe above, there is no accountability.

    It’s the part of the culture that is not spoken about.

    In addition, many people experience burn out. Work-life balance is extremely hard to achieve, and you will have to put in a ton of extra hours before or after you take some time off to make up for it. Since you need to work really hard to be able to be out of the office for a few days, taking a vacation actually becomes stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that your organizational pace can be maintained over time to ensure scalability and adaptability.

    Be bold, be transparent, and hold HR accountable – it will help the organization be more successful in the long run.

    Value and treat your employees as people - not commodities.


  10. "Great Principles"

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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 Mars full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Commitment to Associate Development.
    Above average pay.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganizations where they haven't figured out how things will work with the new structure.