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Mars Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Amazing culture, great work life balance (in 61 reviews)

  • Open office environment fosters collaboration, and lots of company events to keep employee engagement high (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • It's a great working environment but the work life balance can be a challenge (in 45 reviews)

  • Open office environment may not be good fit for everyone (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sanitation Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sanitation Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with high values and excellent employees

    Cons

    Very busy and high paced enviroment


  2. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mars (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong investment in employee engagement and professional development.

    Cons

    A bit too patriarchal as it a 100% family owned company

    Advice to Management

    Move faster. Be more entrepreneurial and willing to take calculated risks.


  3. "Machine operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Miami, OK
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Miami, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot of different things. Safety, food safety, how to make pet food.

    Cons

    Flexible hour's management wants the employees to do their job and your's.


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  5. "associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hackettstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hackettstown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Lacks process documentations for on boarding


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Confused Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cool Springs, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cool Springs, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented company. Appropriate benefits.

    Cons

    No direction in company vision and goals. Constant turnover in leadership and peer associates. Inconsistent processes or lack there of.

    Advice to Management

    Provide direction and visibility of company goals and vision.


  7. "maintenance mech."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Yorkville, IL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Yorkville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good working environment, great 401 contribution.

    Cons

    for me the drive is just too far, dusty areas to work in.

    Advice to Management

    focus on family needs and requirements more.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Keep your resume up to date"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Sales in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are spectacular (401k with match and a pension). Fellow associates are bright, engaged, and some of the sharpest people you'll ever encounter at work.

    Cons

    Despite the vast portfolio of brands, you really don't get the opportunity to shift from, say, Petcare to Chocolate or Wrigley. Senior leadership is a revolving door, and that means tons and tons of reorganizations, shifting priorities, and inability for anyone to make a decision. The re-orgs have been brutal (imagine heavily recruiting people away from other companies only to let them go six months later after their position was deemed 'non-strategic' by new leadership). No one seems to retire from Mars - they either leave or get re-org'ed out. It's great to get Mars on your resume - and you'll make great connections - but don't expect to spend your career here.

    Advice to Management

    1) Your customers and consumers need to dictate your innovation/pricing strategy - not your own internal profitability metrics. 2) Stop hiring for the position and start hiring for the person. 3) Remember those Five Principles from time to time


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Private Company Challenges"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of change and energy within the company. Great brands and a passion for growth.

    Cons

    Unclear and ever-changing objectives leave associates not know what to do in order to move ahead. The biggest watch out, associates who work on the most successful brands don't stay or are removed.

    Advice to Management

    Management don't not follow the five principles of Mars. It is so much worse to make excuses on why they are being ignored - it would be better to simply change or eliminate them.


  10. "Outstanding Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mc Lean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mc Lean, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    One of the best marketing companies in the world. One of the largest companies in the world. I loved my days working for them.

    Cons

    They are not willing to hire someone back into their company once the employee has moved away, for any reason. This is a missed opportunity to tap back into an individual who has grown in their career.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Zero work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have a small onsite fitness center.

    Cons

    This company will work you to the bone and pressure you to not take vacation.
    I knew I had to leave when they had a problem with me taking a three day weekend to attend a FUNERAL. This continued to send me work emails that they expected me to respond to throughout that weekend. I couldn't stay with a company with such low morality.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people. Source your products properly so you aren't using child slave labor. Work with upper management on their people skills, because they have none.

    Mars Response

    Aug 24, 2016 – Content Strategist

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your previous role with us. We appreciate all feedback, both positive and constructive. Our time-off policies provide Associates balance and ... More


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