Heinz
2.4 of 5 208 reviews
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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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2.4 208 reviews

                             

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Bernardo Hees

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32% 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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Legendary Brand Killed by New Owners

Analyst (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

ProsI worked at Heinz for six year. Heinz was a great iconic company that I was proud to for work. Employees were treated with respect and rewarded for hard work. Opportunities for advancement were offered to those that went above and beyond the scope of their current job. While there were tough times, we got through them as a team. Never let a colleague fail was a mantra.

ConsThe Brazilians brought a culture of watching your back, requiring employees to give up a personal life and forgot any perks such a benefits and bonuses. All employees were made to feel inadequate and uneducated. Waves of layoffs required the remaining employees to do the work of 4 to 5 people. Customers were NOT the focus of the company -- making money was. I lost all respect for the management and felt the customers lost respect for me.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the way you are conducting business. The customer should always come first. List to employees who KNOW what the customer wants. You are destroying an iconic brand and losing the trust of the American people. Quit demanding that current employees post positive reviews to save their jobs.

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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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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Amazing opportunities, ownership and meritocracy are more than just buzz words

Manager (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

ProsExciting opportunities for those willing to work hard, accept new challenges and embrace change. Ownership and meritocracy are more than just buzz words, you truly have the opportunity to define and grow your career here...I've seen more people promoted within the past year than I have in all previous years working at Heinz. My coworkers are the best I’ve worked with – incredibly dedicated, accountable to one another and passionate about achieving results.

ConsAs to be expected, there are pockets of employees within the organization who are unwilling to let go of the past and move forward.

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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Amazing Employees

Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

ProsWhen I began working at Heinz, I took immediate note of how political the company was. It was run just like an "Old Boys Club." I would attend networking events with executives, and find that they were all tall white men with gray hair. Diversity was an absolute joke. There were also a lot of employees who spent more time gossiping than completing actual work.

Post acquisition, I experienced something vastly different. The fear of mass layoffs triggered a change in culture. Employees spoke more freely about outside job prospects, their like/dislike for how management was running the company, as well as how the brands were actually run. In my opinion, those employees who have stuck around during the last 9 months have developed a bond unlike what is normally seen in the traditional corporate world.

To Prospective Employees:
If you are young, eager to learn, make your "mark," and learn from some of the smartest most competent people in the CPG game, Heinz should absolutely be at the top of your potential employers list. There is ample opportunity for growth, through large responsibility scopes, access to executives, and honestly, being able to witness first hand how 3G Capital manages a company. Heinz is also a fairly "young and hip" workforce. It is no Google or Facebook, but most of the employees are in touch with what is "cool" and are willing to share a drink at happy hour after a long day of work.

There are currently a few executives, 3G placed as well as some "old Heinz" folk, who are some of the smartest people in the industry. Being able to work side by side with those people is a true blessing for someone who is looking to develop their skillsets.

You must must must be able to speak up if you current work/are considering working at Heinz. Each employee is encouraged to take on an ownership mentality. If you are gusty, smart, and use data to drive decisions, you will undoubtedly succeed.

ConsHeinz is not the place to work if you view work, as, well, just that. The new culture promotes HARD work, and that doesn't mean 9-5 hours are required, but its hard to excel when you are surrounded by people who will outwork you.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some amazingly talented "old Heinz" employees that are being overlooked and extremely undercompensated. Before hiring any more investment bankers who don't fully grasp the business model and paying them hefty salaries, make sure you promote those from within and are willing to work hard. They already have the relationships in place to get the work done, and the know how to get it done correct.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Waiting to see where this goes

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Heinz

ProsMore focus on performance and rewarding it

ConsConstant change is exahusting at times

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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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Is a great place to start a career

Process Engineer (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood work life balance. Opportunity to travel

ConsSome projects may not be the most exciting

Advice to Senior ManagementHighly friendly management

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

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