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McCormick & Company Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Stable, long history of profitability, good benefits (in 17 reviews)

  • Fantastic people, good work/life balance, good corporate culture, good opportunity to work for a firm that takes corporate responsibility seriously (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely terrible work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Nepotism, no one leaves so it is hard to get promoted, change resistant culture, slow consensus decision making, (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Stepping stone job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resume builder, plenty to learn and boost the skills on your resume.

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible work/life balance. They don’t know how to give employees time off or manage workload. They take on every project that won’t make them money when they don’t have the resources to do it in the first place. Then they expect their employees to “make it work”. 60-70 hour weeks nearly every week, despite restrictions against that. Don’t expect them to hold up their Holiday Time because they will just over schedule and make you work anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Your over the top meeting culture doesn’t promote anything except expenses while you pay for catering everyday. Listen to the resources that you claim you value, your employees. Uphold your “2 for 1” values, when you expect your employees to work their life away but office employees walk out at 3:30 on a Friday with a smug attitude.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Line Technician"

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    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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Manager"

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

    Pros

    Many of the employees treat each other like family. At least the ones that still care about the long term health of the company.

    The pay is decent. Bonuses used to be awesome, but now they only go to the chosen few. Sales Goals are not fairly distributed.

    Cons

    New management team has gutted many departments to cut costs. However, the workloads have increased.

    Sales are declining because 3G model has been implemented. Acquisitions are corporatized and stripped of profits within a few years.

    For the well paying jobs, they now recruit only from the outside. Your room for advancement is slim.

    The systems are antiquated. Many things are still done manually. Be prepared to work all the time on things that do not drive sales.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the business and stop trying to make outrageous margins on every item.

    The only way to grow is to invest in the business. Outdated equipment and lack of data leads to bad decisions.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Gain Experience and Leave"

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    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


  6. "Executive Management"

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    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.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A job not a career."

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

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

    Pros

    The work schedule is consistent with most weekends off. Off on holidays and easy to schedule time off. Insurance benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with the real problems and needs of its employees. Communication is lacking from the top down. If you do not have a degree your thoughts and opinions really don't matter. Very little accountability procedures, rules and employee productivity. Attendance issues are really the only way to get in trouble and loose your job.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people more. There are some really experienced workers with intimate knowledge of their processes and machinery. Open your eyes and ears to what is keeping your teams from being more successful and get into the trenches to help solve the problems side by side with your people. Hold people accountable to following the process, policies and procedures. Accountability!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Successful despite themselves"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McCormick & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Historically, offered stability. Market leader with recognized brands. Trying to develop more competitive compensation platform. Many great products across different segments.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive environment, slow to change, impossible to get a firm decision, will abuse their best talent. Benefits are getting progressively poorer and this is not even acknowledged. Compensation is spread like peanut butter rather than be competitive for top talent. Service is valued above all else. People are not welcomed into the fold. Kind of like a stepford culture.

    Advice to Management

    Develop an actual strategy/vision, then stick to it. Stop over complicating things...it should be a simple business model. Deal with those people you already know are an issue.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with the people

    Cons

    The management can talk a good game but do not back it up. Absolutely no accountability


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