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Heinz Reviews

Updated 11 November 2014
Updated 11 November 2014
309 Reviews
2.1
309 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
149 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge depending on the department in which you work (in 31 reviews)

  • No work life balance, not a place for those with families or wanting to work less than 12 hours a day (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic Company--moving in right direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Pitts, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Pitts, PA (US)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are fantastic and career development is incredible.

    Cons

    Politics can wear some folks down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on rewarding your employees. Offer more perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    was not impressed after the new owner took place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Old Heinz with old people are good.

    Cons

    New owner don't focus on sales but instead of that try to cut cost to make "Profits". Company don't value and appreciate employees. HR is very unprofessional, slows, don't take your concern seriously, and spent most of the company money for unnecessary spends. I think lots of people leave because HR is not very helpful and not supporting employees, instead, HR is supporting new Management team to fight on us, not fight for us. In general, Lack of communications between department and from Top Management levels, no goals, no plan with the same level of expectation, no proper training to provide to employees and expect us to learn everything by ourselves, works life balance is real bad probably 10-12 hrs a day. You probably make more money if you are hourly employees. Promotions never happen except if the boss like you, not because you work hard. Hang in there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't need out advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    This place went from good to mediocre

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Faster pace than it used to be, still a lot of nice and smart colleagues but for how long?

    Cons

    Where to start? Zero respect or care for their people, stupid cost cutting measures and a morale that goes lower every day. I get calls from ex-colleagues every week hopelessly looking for opportunities outside. Apart from all this, the worst is that 3G have put Brazilians in every key position and 90% of them lack any background and would therefore not be hired in ANY other FMCG. Its clear favoritism here... Arrogance and shouting is the norm and every person with a brain will leave eventually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put again the right people in the key jobs and turn the place around. Here in the US everything looks so grim as you have screwed up the entire supply chain, not paying the bonus and you can close the place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None, I can't really tell and explain something positive

    Cons

    Only money and savings matters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    The Worst Experience That a Minority Employee Can Have in The U.S.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Paid holidays. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Extreme lack of diversity. Poor treatment of employees. Lack of collaborative support. Tons of backstabbing. No opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't even know where to start!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 46 people found this helpful  

    Who needs benefits or a work/life balance when you have a Battle Cry?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Heinz remains an iconic brand whose flagship product is the gold standard against which other ketchups are judged. Historically, it was a CPG company that fought above its weight-class, largely due to the people who drove quality and innovation. It was an exciting company that was able to attract top industry talent.

    Cons

    3G has successfully devolved a fun, challenging work environment into a dystopian hell-scape that would fit into an Orwell novel. Corporate double-speak is at an all-time high, employees fear being fired constantly (while vetting out their resumes quietly to colleagues who have found work in greener pastures), and the new Heinz Battle Cry ™ is bleated in every meeting to rouse the workers into accepting the Exciting New Culture ™ and striving towards Meritocracy ™ while they watch helplessly as their paychecks are whittled away by disappearing benefits and their work/life balance is imploded by the new reality of the hours they must spend at work.

    3G/Berkshire Hathaway have essentially taken a lean public company, taken it private, and saddled it with an extraordinary amount of debt with no clear path to repayment. The cost cutting measures – the savings in electricity from the lack of office mini-fridges, the reams of paper saved with copier lockdowns, the high tenure/high pay employees replaced by low-cost temps, the factory closures – aren’t enough. The renegotiating of freight contracts backfired when the freight companies simply stopped moving Heinz’s products from the distribution centers to the customers. The change in payment terms to vendors backfired when the vendors simply stopped providing the goods and services and sent Heinz to third-party collections. The deep cuts to R&D and marketing have backfired in the form of lower sales and customers leaving Heinz for competitors. The employee layoffs and voluntary resignation program have backfired: employees with experience and a true love of Heinz have left (many have gone to competitors), and they have been replaced by the young, the inexperienced, and the cheap. And replacing the executives with cronies from Brazil has backfired – they don’t understand why, for example, Heinz would make a lot of gravy before the month of November.

    The current state of Heinz is this: as another review eloquently stated, employees have gone from being an asset to a cost. 3G will squeeze every cent they can from an employee, and once they are used up, they toss them out and hire a new one. Entire levels have been removed from the organization, but none of the work has been removed. This means that employees are working ten, eleven, or twelve hour days every day. They are working evenings, early mornings, weekends, and holidays. The work they are doing is not value-added – it’s busy-work and double work because the systems that 3G have implemented are terrible and broken. Employees are no longer given goals or performance reviews; instead, meritocracy states that good ideas and hard work will get you promoted. However, if all you are doing every day is updating a daily dashboard and pleading with irate vendors to not cut off service, you have no time to innovate or improve systems. Further, because of the overwhelming workload, you can’t rely on your manager to help and you can’t rely on your cross-functional team to help. Despite the unifying efforts of the Heinz Battle Cry ™, morale is at an all-time low and teamwork is a joke.

    Many of the positive reviews here (allegedly company-planted) use buzzwords praising the new young culture that embraces change. It is insulting to have it stated that the reason people are disgruntled is because they cannot deal with the changes. Heinz existed for well over a hundred years before 3G and their ilk came in, and the company passed its centennial mark because of employees’ ability to embrace change and be innovative thinkers. I believe that most of the positive reviews are company-planted since they are as tone-deaf as anything coming out of the Heinz Human Resources department lately. The company can continue buying into their buzzwords – the exciting culture, the meritocracy – but they do so at their own peril. Ignoring the real problems they are facing on all fronts – with their employees, with their vendors, and (most importantly) with their customers – will be Heinz’ downfall, and all the battle cry yelling won’t help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice that Heinz will take from me. I would only hope that 3G and Berkshire Hathaway finish up their project quickly. No one likes to see a beloved company in its long, inevitable march to the grave. Sell the assets, sell the brands, sell the furniture, make your profit, and move on to the next victim (sorry Tim Horton’s – loved your TimBits).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Big Opportunities with Global Industry Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Heinz is one of the world's most recognizable brands because of its history, quality and passion for being the best. Now is a new chapter for the Company, with the opportunity for employees at all levels to shape the future of the business. If this doesn't excite you, at the very least the Company's competitive salaries and bonus potential should. It is empowering and exciting to work for an industry leader who never rests and continues to push itself to reach new heights.

    Cons

    You will not be babied or overindulged from a management standpoint. You have to prove your drive and accomplishments every day and new management has created a competitive culture. People who are looking for a 9-5 lifestyle will not like it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor the great history and beloved brands. Stay ahead of industry trends because consumers expect innovations from Heinz. Reward your people because they are working tirelessly to help you achieve the new Vision for the Company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly approaching rock bottom

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    At the rate that we're going, there is no where to go but up. They've cut every cost, removed almost every benefit and had almost every experienced employee quit.

    Cons

    The place is really in turmoil right now. Morale is very very bad. This is true for the few remaining "old Heinz" employees as well as the plethora of new employees hired over the past 18 months to fill the holes. It is so bad that the many of the new employees already have their resumes on the job market. HR and 3G/Berkshire have tried to build a picture of a great and well run company, but when people join and see the reality it is a bucket of cold water in the face.

    The hiring process has become a joke. In the supply chain area they've brought in people that can't do the job into all of the key leadership positions. They have no experience at all in the areas that they've been hired to lead. This has caused an even further lowering of the morale because we see that they aren't even serious about hiring the right people to lead and correct our current downward spiral. We're left with an every man for themself attitude with pointless meetings, reports, and data that isn't impacting anything positively.

    It seriously is as bad as all the negative reviews posted on this site say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in Supply Chain and Logistics. It is killing the company right now. Try and hire back some of the people that left to lead. We really need help and direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company and Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company, heritage, brands and people
    Fast-paced, competitive culture, action-oriented, things get done quickly
    Good salary and benefits
    Visibility to leadership
    Quick advancement and promotion opportunities available to those who work hard
    We've had an amazing year and I expect that things will only get better

    Cons

    People often complain about a lack of work/life balance, however there are hardly few people physically present in the office after 6 p.m.

    As a result of rapid advancement, employees are not always well-equipped to manage teams of people. Would be helpful for HR to provide more manager resources, etc. to best-position them for success in their new roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize the hard work and dedication of employees who continuously go above and beyond

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 30 people found this helpful  

    Bad Environment, Even Worse Career Move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    It's really hard to think of any pros. If there are any, they will soon be taken away. At the end of this year they are taking away the employee parking lot for us employees downtown. Can't wait to spend more money on parking to work at this place!

    Cons

    Another retailer just dropped one of our to brands due to poor service levels. This is becoming a frequent occurrence and the organization has just become numb to this type of news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just please get it over with. Get your return on gutting this company and go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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