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Welch's Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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  1. "Lack of true leadership, struggling company in many ways."

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Concord, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Welch's full-time

    Pros

    Some people were great, pay was competitive, summer hours (if you are able to leave due to workload/deadlines), vacation time, working remotely at times, working for small farmers and their families.

    Cons

    Very HIGH TURNOVER!!! People were leaving left and right. Very difficult categories (juice and jelly), Lack of real leadership, effective processes, innovation, and lack of integrity in some people. Managers do not know how to say no and will proceed with a project even though its not right. They make way too quick decisions without thinking about impact to other departments, project timelines or workloads. Your opinion is not valued. There are no best practices here. Very frugal. Poor morale! Don’t expect much team engagement with your team unless you are in Sales. (they actually seem to enjoy each other and take steps to improve morale). Ridiculous deadlines and expectations. People here are working all hours of the day/night to meet deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    There is a turnover issue for a reason. Take the time to truly listen to employees and understand what is going on. Invest in management to become better leaders. Stop rushing everything and take time to diagnose issues.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great brand. Nice people. Out of touch leadership."

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

    I worked at Welch's full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, highly collaborative environment. Genuinely cares about people. Good work life balance. Strong brand. Quality products. Nice office space. Summer hours.

    Cons

    Leadership team is completely out of touch with competitive environment, too risk averse to make the changes necessary to truly succeed, and content with mediocre performance. Few real conversations around actual business challenges and how to solve them. Small company completely bogged down by big company process.

    Advice to Management

    Take the blinders off and get serious about how to transform this company and the people. Stop accepting mediocrity and "we can't".

    This is a great place to work if you want to work with nice people and be able to show up and check the box, but not very satisfying if you actually care about succeeding in the marketplace and delivering results. If you could unlock just a bit of entrepreneurial spirit across the organization and take a few risks, you could drive more engagement and satisfaction.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Concord"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Concord, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Welch's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with. Strong brand that employees actually care about.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Management is more interested in saving money than growing the business. Poor leadership from the top down


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting and finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Concord, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Welch's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, good products

    Cons

    Turn over in senior management led to lots of uninformed por decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your business and develop your strategies based on the input of long term employees rather than bringing in consultants and making double blind decisions.


  5. "I never felt valued by upper management as an employee for my knowledge and contributions to the company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawton, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Welch's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were great for the area. A lot of the employees were close friends and after awhile they became extended family.

    Cons

    Too much overtime and a seemingly lack of concern for family and quality of life outside of work by management. Always felt as if we weren't valued as people but rather only as bodies to run machines.

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in the shoes of your employees. Do their job for a week, forced and last minute overtime included. Talk to them and treat them as if they are family. After all, you spend as much daily time with them as you do with your family. Listen to them, don't just hear them talk. They have a lot of pride and have a lot to contribute to the success of the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Reorganization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Location, USED to have passionate people, Tremendous Brand with storied history, strong marketing presence, ability to work in almost every area of the business, now has plenty of elbow room.

    Cons

    Very poor execution of recent reorganization
    3rd rate senior management team
    Terrible communication program
    Computer systems support from senior management non existent (just MAKE it work attitude)
    Senior management with no industry/business organization experience with no intent to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the best course of action is to admit a mistake or poor judgment, then work to correct it. The attitude has been that once they make a decision, they're going forward with it regardless of the outcome. The reorganization was the most poorly executed I've ever seen. The business process re-engineering that was promised never occurred, so the work load on those left increased exponentially.
    Decisions were made with no input from the existing employees that understood the complex operating structure of the company, so many critical success factors for continued operations were missed.
    The ERP system DOES NOT WORK!!! And telling people to make it work will not fix the problem. Roll up your sleeves, sit with your employees at lowest level of the business and understand the business, the institutional environment, the cooperative system, and your business model before making changes. Your history of making change and promising to deal with the problems then falling down on that are going to kill the company!!
    Board of Directors - Challenge your senior management team!!! Find out what they're doing and verify that it will work in your line of business, with your business paradigms. Remember, although it's still a business that needs to compete against other businesses in the same industry, your company was set up as a cooperative for a reason. There are benefits and costs that come with that structure and you can't ignore them when your senior management (who has no idea what those benefits and costs are) act with blinders on against the mandates of a cooperative!!!!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Caveat emptor - Welch's could be great.....but isn't, and won't get there soon."

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, though this has slipped considerably in last couple of years (2007/2008). Lots of people have left the company in last 18 months due to the bad environment here.

    Cons

    Very challenging business conditions - run by a cooperative of grape growers who are focused on very short-term profits; very limited ability to invest in upgrades to infrastructure that are very badly needed. Extremely limited in ability to invest in supporting the business (advertising/promotions/new products).

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees to do more -they are willing, capable people who care. Get out of the way and let them do their jobs.


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