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Nestlé USA Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • work life balance can be rough depending on position (in 69 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "good pay and benefits but you have to be willing to deal with alot of BS."

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    Former Employee - Icm1 in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Icm1 in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, not a lot of down time which is good if you need the money.

    Cons

    no life outside of work, micro management is REAL, anybody can get you fired for any reason

    Advice to Management

    stop micro managing and sleeping with your employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Roller coaster ride"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, global name, helps the resume. Work life is not bad and the benefits are decent. That's about it.

    Cons

    The recent re-org and move to Arlington has been an absolute nightmare. Zero remorse from upper management for those about to lose their jobs, they only care about their packages and their move. It's very sad to see actually. The company continues to operate old school. They will not innovate, they remain steadfast in their thinking, and are only doing things to either hit their targets or look good to Vevey.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Start from the top please.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "machine operator"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Mount Sterling, KY
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Mount Sterling, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, some good friends, open door policy but no one listens, nor does anything about it. I work hard and glad to go home after 12+ hours a day.
    *looking for another job*

    Cons

    unsafe and unhealthy work environment, chemical hazards, sexual harassment, not given help when you desperately need it. bloody boogers on the walls and mold growing in the plant. I try not to eat there. the worst place on earth I have ever worked or endured just to make a living. I'm sad to say

    Advice to Management

    accountability, leadership. lead the way or quit.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Nestle Healtcare Nutrition"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have really good benefits. They are phasing out the pension for newer people though. They have company cars for reps and they pay for your iPhone, iPad and laptop.

    Cons

    Scarily out of date company when it comes to everything else. Really old school mentalities and they hire an inordinate amount of very small, homogenous thinkers. It is like they work very hard to all be exactly the same level of almost mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul is needed. There are too many micro-managing managers with very narrow world views. You will never get close to beating your mammoth competition with small thinkers who are paid to march in line.


  5. Helpful (16)

    "What a waste"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits at 1st but changing all the time to give the employees less.

    Cons

    The CEO Paul Grimwood and the other executives in Switzerland are going to be the downfall of Nestle in the U.S. They are archaic in thought thinking that they are innovative but do the same things as older companies have always done to "save" money....get rid of people. This time I believe it will backfire all due to the arrogance of the Trump like CEO.

    Advice to Management

    It may be too late but instead of the lip service on transparency...which appears to be a code for ...we'll tell you when we feel like it. Talk to the employees that you have and really value them and their knowledge. Middle management is your problem. Most are not qualified and all are fearful of their leaders. The Executives need to come down to earth. Or at least look to the employees for real. Stop complicating the process of uncomplicating things. Does anyone really know anything about Lean Business...doesn't appear so.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company perks, good work/life balance (at least the team I work on), decent benefits

    Cons

    This transition from Glendale to D.C. is chaotic and disheartening for both employees sticking around and those left in the dust. The next 18 months will be totally useless. Outside this situational mess, the company is conservative, outdated, and too big to innovate. On top of it, my soul is sucked dry at the fact that I work for Big food and the company lobbies for it.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.......


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Director T&P"

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    Current Employee - Director in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Solon, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a huge company that has purchased many good brands, and also has some good legacy brands. (until they are challenged). These brands help to support the mediocre management teams across the organization.

    Cons

    Constant cost cutting to achieve numbers and constant management rhetoric about how "people are our greatest assets" - ya right! More like the greatest assets for management to cut in order to achieve their numbers in the fastest way.

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself everyday if you personally have added value for the shareholders today?
    After you get done talking about what should be done, look around and try actually doing something instead of just imagineering and barking unrealistic demands.
    Soon you will realize there is nobody left to blame (because the good people left the company or you let them walk out). - You cannot save yourself to glory!
    The only thing left is mediocrity that can prepare unrealistic PowerPoint presentations, talk about shallow compliance issues or some swiss guidance, and leeches living off of their predecessors successes in businesses like the coffee business.
    Suggest you all pack a lunch and go home because the environment created in last 5 years is nothing short of Toxic.

    It will take another 5 years for a change agent to make improvements, and another 5-10 years to build the momentum again.
    What a shame, used to be a great company!
    And everyone knows it,
    The only option left at this point is radical surgery starting with top management (which is unimpressive), or give the company to 3G to fix for you!


  8. Helpful (12)

    "Oppressive Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big Company Resources, decent benefits, international opportunities

    Cons

    Company operates out of fear due to culture of leadership, very political, lacks ability to commit to decisions, not innovative or quick enough to respond to changing consumer trends. Company is obsessed with safety and policing its employees (there is a system to rat out other employees for walking around without a covered coffee cup, driving too fast in the parking lot and other ridiculous things to waste people's time). Big food is a dying industry. Get out while you can.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck recruiting young, top talent!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaffney, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaffney, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nestlé USA full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay and very generous benefits plan.

    Some department leaders were very strong.

    Cons

    There was a clear lack of communication between all levels: from management to hourly staff, between departments, and even between folks within the same department. The management had a very detached attitude in terms of employee concerns, constantly just saying, "If you don't like it, leave", rather than trying to solve the problems. The manager in my department was atrocious when it came to communication, feedback, and giving clear direction. Not to mention the constant subtle racially and sexually charged comments. Consistently treated employees with nothing less than disrespect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No real leadership."

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Eau Claire, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Nestlé USA full-time

    Pros

    Peer level employees work together.
    Pay for hourly employees is best in Eau Claire region.
    Uniforms, boots, Rx safety glasses are provided.
    World wide career mobility.

    Cons

    Eau Claire site lacks real leadership and direction.
    Training for salaried employees seems non-existent.
    Salaries for lower level management (Team Advisors) are less than the employees they supervise.
    Everyday tasks change how they are done on a whim.
    Employees are told to stay home when they are sick, but there is no sick time to keep it from damaging attendance.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan together as a team.
    Lead by example.
    Find out what your subordinates need to serve you better and provide them with it.
    Identify the leaders that already exist and support them.
    Team advisors are the glue that holds the factory together, give them some respect and pay them appropriately for the responsibility.


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