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Utz Quality Foods Reviews

Updated February 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "Decent pay for the Hanover area" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Getting to take the truck home was great" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, hot in manufacturing during the summer" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Low pay, hard work, no ac on trucks(over 120 degrees on the truck in the summer- and that’s where you spend most of your time) no raises" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Money, pay, cash, deniro, benefits

    Cons

    No cons good place to work


  2. "Top Heavy"

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

    I have been working at Utz Quality Foods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    changed vacation policy to pay when you take it.

    Cons

    read advice to management below.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of current employees first. Instead of making up all these new positions for people that will make close to and over 6 figures, how about pay your current employees more. Respect those who've worked there for a long time better. The new regime just doesn't get it.......

  3. "Great People, Not So Great Management"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Office in Hanover, PA
    Current Employee - Corporate Office in Hanover, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Utz Quality Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *A lot of good "rank and file" people in the company
    *Nice holiday party in December
    *Free snacks all year
    *Nice, free company gym
    *Executives are actually pretty laid back & friendly

    Cons

    *Utz likes to buy smaller companies, let go of a lot of those company's back office employees, and then the Utz staff must shoulder the added work with no additional staff or compensation. This has happened after multiple acquisitions.
    *Very little opportunity for advancement, depending on your department. Utz will not invest in adding more people for some departments that are stretched thin, but they will create new positions in other departments whenever they feel the need.
    *Merit-based raises do not exist at Utz, at least not in my department. You can be 100 times more productive than the weakest link on the team, but you both get the same percentage increase.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the people who perform at a high level, because they will leave you high and dry when a better opportunity comes along. Some managers are so busy at Utz that they just don't care about what their employees want, or what their goals are. They just want you to get the job done. Most of the work at Utz is done on the backs of the lowest paid employees. I guess it's like that everywhere, but you would think a company that talks about family values would be different. The company is growing fast but some departments are burned out and ready to walk.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Unhealthy Environment"

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    Former Employee - Sales Supervisor in Hanover, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Supervisor in Hanover, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Utz Quality Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company makes money in spite of itself

    Cons

    Long hours, mediocre wages, upper management doesn't appreciate the sales force, lots of favoritism


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No Structure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Utz Quality Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented, works with you on scheduling

    Cons

    pay is below national average on positions, no policies or procedures in place.
    Management is out of their mind, IT is run by a CIO with a sales background and not a clue on anything technical related. Absolute mess! No departments have the opportunity to grow except sales. Management doesn't respect their employees

    Advice to Management

    Show some actual appreciation for the folks who work 18-20 hour days for you.
    Don't preach work to life balance and then expect your employees to answer your every call and email while on vacation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Big business now."

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Utz Quality Foods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great product line for your accounts.

    Cons

    Company is becoming more and more cutthroat. No loyalty, just bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Remember you are dealing with peoples lives. You seem to have forgotten that.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Utz Quality Foods employer review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Utz Quality Foods full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, lots of snacks to eat.

    Cons

    If you're good at your job you get more work and no recognition or extra pay. Lack of promotions from within.

  8. "No one I know desires to work here. It's where we ended up."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Utz Quality Foods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Utz has a great customer base and a quality product.

    Cons

    Poor communication of relevant information. Management is not a real team. They are all individuals patting each other on the back while looking over their shoulders for a stab in the back at the same time. Misogynistic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Does anyone have a degree in management, or were all promoted from sales?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Utz Quality Foods full-time

    Pros

    Very good pay and weekends off

    Cons

    Always seem to be on call


  10. "Growth Is Not Good For Everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Utz Quality Foods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Company continues to grow
    - A lot of good people work here
    - Family-oriented, for the most part (see Cons)
    - Great Christmas party
    - Free snacks!
    - Potential for advancement for some people
    - Most of the VPs are actually decent people who you can talk to on your level

    Cons

    - As Utz grows & acquires other companies, some crucial departments are not growing with it, putting strain on the current employees.
    - Got a rotten raise my first year, despite being the most productive & reliable employee in my department
    - Company keeps hiring more VPs, resulting in increasingly more demands and after-hours commitments from an already strained support staff.

    Advice to Management

    If this company is going to keep growing, you need to hire more administrative and support staff to keep things moving smoothly. Putting additional strain on an already short staff is bad for morale and you WILL lose good people that way.