Heinz
2.4 of 5 212 reviews
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Heinz Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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2.4 212 reviews

                             

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Bernardo Hees

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great people, great atmosphere, great benefits, excellent products, great exposure"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Excellent working environment, nice supporting colleagues, very understanding about work-life balance"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance can be a challenge depending on the department in which you work"
    in 20 reviews
  • "All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business"
    in 9 reviews
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Don't be fooled.

Anonymous (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 5 years

ProsUsed to be a few! At this point, I struggle to think of even one thing to list here.

Most of the employees there are first-rate (and really deserve far better).

ConsI left last year and didn't intend to post a review, but all of these recent glowing 4-5 star reviews have compelled me to speak up. Don't be fooled by this laughable white-washing attempt.

By all accounts, Heinz is an horrendous place to be right now - the few friends who remain (and who escaped the multiple rounds of brutal layoffs) have nothing positive to say. Employees now do the work of at least 3 people while packed like cattle at card tables (collaboration!). Of course, benefits have been cut to the bone (and were headed in that direction well before 3G anyway).

This used to be a good place to work - and it's truly sad to see that 3G has decimated what was once a proud organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementI'm pretty sure management isn't open to advice, so I'll just skip this.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Avoid at all costs.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Heinz

ProsGood brand name in the CPG and FS industry, well known with customers and an in demand product.

ConsLack of innovative products and poor marketing/product launches. Customer service is an absolute joke. Avoid at all costs. Company does not care about advancing employees or assisting current employees find alternate positions. All about the bottom line, could care less about the happiness of their employees.

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I was pressured to post a "positive" review here.

Supply Chain Manager (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

I worked at Heinz full-time for more than a year

ProsMany good employees here trying to hang on through this turmoil.

ConsMany of us have been pressured to post a positive review here. It was very much implied that anyone posting positive reviews will help your career. What a crock!

I have been reserving judgement on the new all Portuguese male management team. To be honest this is no place for a young person trying to build experience. The way business is conducted here is not something that will add value to your background. Having Heinz on your resume will be the equivalent of having Enron on your resume.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is very obvious you will not listen to anything we have to say. Many of us who are recent college grads will be moving on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Gotta get those numbers!!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Heinz

ProsThis job marginally better than collecting unemployment. The union employees are the only reason I have not quit yet. If you are single and have no life apply now!

ConsThe only thing important is the amount of product made each day. Not working conditions, or how much time you have between shifts. Pay is only $10 for the first four years!!!!

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you pay your employees better they will work harder.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Take the money and run

Operator (Current Employee)
Turnhout, Antwerp (Belgium)

I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat guys to work with.

ConsClosing a modern, profitable plant : only idiots do things like that.

Advice to Senior Management3G : get the hell out of Heinz.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Place

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people, great atmosphere, great benefits, excellent products, great exposure. My manager was excellent. He afforded me a great deal of latitude and I was empowered to develop myself and my career.

Cons3G capital. They came in and gutted the place. Heinz went from a vibrant collaborative company with excellent resources. 3G changed all that. The company is now cut to the bone. Shame.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not cut too deep. The buyout by Berkshire and 3G was supposed to elevate the company. Instead you are making things more difficult.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Glad I got out

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Penn Pitt, PA (US)

I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome of the smartest people I have ever worked with
Dedicated sales force
International assignments available

ConsSlow and avoidance to change
Not much of a support system from the manager
Senior management short sighted

Advice to Senior ManagementVery happy to have left on my own accord - as so many of my co-workers were dropped either in a large layoff or the major cutting that happened with the takeover. One of the biggest things I didn't get to see was your NEVER LET AN EMPLOYEE FAIL policy. It was what drew me to the company, but what I actually saw was try and make an employee fail at every opportunity you can. Little to no training in the field I was working in. No interest in change even though you were losing against competition on a regular basis. Why roll out plans only to cancel them all after the first quarter numbers come in? This creates a great deal of customer irritation of not being able to follow through. The "360" review process leaves little to be admired when it's always a one way street. Hardest place I ever worked with the least results. There is happiness after Heinz.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not for the faint of heart, but for the courageous of spirit

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 8 years

ProsTransparency, consistency of message and absolute understanding of what's expected of you. Is it always easy? No. Is it always the road that you would choose or decision you would make? No. It is absolutely about working hard, delivering your results and seeing the payoff.

Having worked for Heinz before the acquisition I can count the number of times that our former CEO made time for "the commoners" on one hand. Our current CEO is very much engrained in every aspect of the business. He is accessible and makes the time to talk to employees. He does not shy away from, or make excuses for, the high expectations that he has of us. Who wouldn't want to be a part of an organization where mediocracy is not okay?

Things have changed, and quite frankly they needed to change. We weren't winning in the marketplace or differentiating ourselves as an employer of choice. We were middle of the pack. I would rather be a part of an organization that is trying to win than one that settles for the crumbs.

Those employees who are yearning for the "good old days" are looking at a past different than what I experienced. I know that I am a part of something big - something great. With any change there is doubt and vulnerability, but if you don't try you never know if you can win.

ConsSome of the tools brought from 3G have the right intent, but the execution wasn't adjusted for our organization. The cut and paste philosophy doesn't always work and can actually have an unintended impact on the employees - make us feel like you're creating tools, policies and procedures that work for us, our company, our industry. A little care in implementation and communication goes a long way.

There is still jockeying for position among some of our leaders which turns into name dropping as an influencing tactic. In the true spirit of ownership, ideas and decisions should be made based on their merit, not relationships.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to walk the halls. Treat each interaction with employees as an opportunity to re-recruit the talented team who wants to be here. As leaders, you are constantly evaluating the health of the organization and the caliber of our talent. As employees we are doing the same based on your leadership, your communication and your ability to win. Don't expect us to follow - lead us.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company but a suffocating environment for creativity, flexibility, growth and vision

Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 10 years

ProsOperate at highest ethical standards. Have some very bright, hard working and inspiring people among the teams. Offer limitless opportunities to challenge oneself and valuable experience for anybody who wants to learn and improve in the industry.

ConsVery poor balance between work and life. Low recognition of achievements. Lack of clarity and guidance when it comes to planning. Not encouraging innovation and talent growth enough.

Advice to Senior ManagementEngage people more. Make reward as important as criticism when it comes to performance. Provide clear and steady lines for planning. Give long term vision that people can relate to and not vision measured in currency.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not your typical entry-level job

Corporate Management Trainee (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

I have been working at Heinz full-time for less than a year

ProsFor someone just starting their, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Heinz invests in their employees and equips them with the tools to succeed. This isn't to say the work isn't hard. Expectations are high, but so are rewards. The vision and values for the company may seem like just part of a 3G takeover, but you can tell that senior management truly embody what Heinz stands for. The future of Heinz is positive and opportunities will be available for those employees looking to work hard.

ConsWork/Life Balance may seem hard. It is hard to stand out if you want to prioritize life outside of work while others around you are willing to put work first.

Heinz is not for everyone, and that is okay. The new Heinz feels like a startup where long hours are demanded, but the reward will be very high.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep getting people on board with the vision and look to move forward.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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