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  • Work life balance in some departments does not exist (in 5 reviews)

  • Nepotism, no one leaves so it is hard to get promoted, change resistant culture, slow consensus decision making, (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Line Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Line Technician in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Line Technician in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McCormick & Company full-time

    Pros

    Vacation pay, holiday time off

    Cons

    No chance to advance from a Line technician job. It does not matter how many "extra" committees you are on or how the technician performance is judged. This is especially true for females. Once a line tech, always a line tech. If you are expecting to advance from a Line technican position this will not happen unless you are going to college. No formal on the job line training. Too many jobs are being awarded to outside applicants with no consideration to the dedicated employees that have dedicated their time, and ensured the success of the company. Some do deserve promotions or a chance to move up within the company. Many extra tasks are being added to this position without compensation.

    Advice to Management

    PROMOTE FROM WITHIN before hiring Proctor and Gamble, Amazon or Unilever employees or have a diverse mix. More opportunites to advance from technician positions with adequate compensation if skills are proven before going outside the company


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Training and Documentation Manager in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - SAP Training and Documentation Manager in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Stock. Great. employees to work with

    Cons

    McCormick had a history of being a sought after, family and people oriented organization which was a sought after place to work in the Baltimore area. Unfortunately this culture has dramatically changed for the worse in the past ten years. This culture has been pushed to the side to achieve short-term profits employees have become disposable. The “good old boys club “culture has taken over at the expense of any up and coming employees with new ideas that may threaten the “good old boys club” culture.

    The company has turned a blind eye to sexual harassment by executives. Reports to HR are met with skepticism and defensive answers rather than support and investigation. Employees who have the courage to come forward risk being fired.

    Employees whose performance suffers due to medical conditions are harassed and in some cases fired from McCormick.

    Cautiously consider any offers of employment from McCormick, they are not the company that they used to be.

    Advice to Management

    McCormick used to pride itself on the Power of People, honor C.P.'s vision


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Gain Experience and Leave"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for a recognized and trusted brand

    Cons

    The company is too top heavy with management on all levels. Many employees are over qualified for their positions by having advanced degrees and doing entry level work. Rarely promotes within. Benefits aren't as nice as other companies in the area. The culture of the company is behind the times in technology and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    The days of people working in the same position for years without being promoted are long gone. Young people need to feel valued, appreciated, and compensated for their work. They also want


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  5. "Executive Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    McCormick is a great brand and one that will be around for a long time.

    Cons

    HR talks a lot about how much employees' are valued but it is all talk. In order to have upward mobility it is who you know and not what you have accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    If you value your family then this company is not for you. If you want to go to McCormick anyway then take the experience and move on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lost it's Culture of Care and Concern"

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    Former Employee - Management in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Management in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free spices and paid time off during winter holiday.

    Cons

    Leadership at executive level is out of touch. Too many levels of VP and Directors in HR think they run the business. Rapidly losing top performers due to ineffective management.

    Advice to Management

    Remove HR from the business and let managers do their jobs. Respect those that do the work, hourly employees, and remove the stigma of exempt versus non-exempt. Open your eyes ALAN WILSON! Your company is imploding.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Seems to be having an identity crisis about the type of company they want to be to their employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well known brand with market leadership in core categories. The only "big CPG' company in the DC/Baltimore area. Good benefits in general - employee discounts on products is amazing.

    Cons

    Still thinks of themselves as a "family-oriented company" who values everyone's contributions. However, work-life balance is the same as most other big CPGs (i.e., you'll need to work nights and weekends to keep up). Pretty clique-y; long tenured employees often discount newer employees POV, believing it's their way or the highway just because they've been there, not because their decision is necessarily right for the business. Not much invested in employee development. Short term (i.e. Wall St oriented quarterly focus) results in many smaller brands being under invested in. As such, when resources are cut, they miss out on market opportunities when multiple competitors get to that space first.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what type of company you want to be and be true to that vision. If you want to become a top CPG, then invest more in both employees (old and new) and more of your brands. If you want to be the "family oriented company", then give your employees more resources so they can actually see their families on their personal time. Either way, be honest about who you are trying to be when trying to attract potential new hires.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "This would have been a good job had it not been for the extremly long grace period (6 months)."

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    Former Employee - Warehouse in Belcamp, MD
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Belcamp, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Has good benefits.

    Cons

    After six month grace period I was unceremoniusly let go.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to work more with new hires and not be so quick to fire someone


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good history; struggling with current identity"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Sparks Glencoe, MD
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Sparks Glencoe, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits; rank and file associates generally great to work with; tremendous pride among employees regarding company; nice facilities

    Cons

    Still tout people management as core competency even though recent actions and mind sets contradict; internal promotion is not favored over outside hiring in leadership riles

    Advice to Management

    Develop your people for leadership roles; do not continue to streamline roles and eliminate positions


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Old Fashioned, not very flexible, conservative company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Week off after Christmas. The older employees are wonderful but the newer people are cut throat and nasty.

    Cons

    Management has hidden agendas and change their minds often after making decisions. Career advancement determined primarily by politics. It is a "Yes Sir" company.

    Advice to Management

    Show some respect for the people you hire to make sound decisions.


  11. "Stodgy, slow moving, risk adverse CPG company."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Okay if you like a slow moving environment. Pay is average and benefits are good, especially health.

    Cons

    Management has hidden agendas and change their minds often after making decisions. Career advancement determined primarily by tenure and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront about direction of the company.


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