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Heinz Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
322 Reviews
2.0
322 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
160 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 33 reviews)

  • All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 22 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a GREAT company until 3G got their hands on the company, now it's a complete disaster!!

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

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great people, advancement opportunities, bonuses, merit increase & recognition for doing great work

    Cons

    The new owners (3G) have no idea of how to run a food manufacturer. They have literally destroyed what was a great company in 12 months. They fired a lot of talented people with tremendous industry knowledge & replaced them with rookies to the industry. Reason being, they want to cut salaries to save money, instill their own "culture" on these newbies, work everybody to the bone & don't pay them for their efforts. They talk about Meritocracy, but to date, nobody has seen any financial reward. You might get a title change or promotion that requires a ton of more work, but they aren't "showing you the money". Cut costs, close factories, hire the cheapest talent you can find, all to pad your Brazilian pockets more & more every day.

    Very, very disappointing to see what you have done 3G to Heinz in less then 12 months. HJ Heinz must be rolling over in his grave at how you have taken one of the worlds most powerful brands and destroyed it. No wonder you are losing all your talented people, only reason people are still there is they probably don't have an option right now. Wait till they get that option, they will fly the coop faster then you can say Meritocracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up what you say in your Meritocracy talk and pay the people who perform and make your quarterly numbers. Be honest with you employees, you know how bad things are, why aren't you owing up to it and more importantly, fixing it!! Get back to focusing on the customer, they are the ones who pay you salary. You have lost touch with what made Heinz a great company & fun place to work, so stop with all the cost cutting and take care of your employees and customers before there is nothing left. Very sad shell of what used to be a great company. Is it time to burn the furniture to save on the heating bills?

    Done with my rant, you get the picture, fix it now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 22 people found this helpful  

    It will never be a fun place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Hand out Senior titles to Juniors in lieu of a pay rise
    Great brands

    Cons

    Rewarded for staying late - even if you do nothing
    Blindly throw Juniors in to big roles and watch them fail
    People are very much a cost to be squeezed
    Meritocracy - often mentioned, never followed
    Brazilians will always get the big jobs
    No work life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about what you're offering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 18 people found this helpful  

    Ripped the soul out !!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Very few left - which is sad to say.
    You work with very skilled individuals, creative, highly intelligent - who sadly are beaten and ground down daily to just hit a number.
    Brand

    Cons

    Managers do not manage.
    They do not motivate.
    They bring in a sales number. & Micromanage you every day of the month until that number is hit.
    When that number is looking like it is at risk , they run to do deep deals which then mortgages the next months numbers - short sighted method of managing a worldwide huge brand.
    No Development plans.
    No training plans.
    Cost Saving - run by graduates / brazilians
    Putting inexperienced people in roles, and letting them sink or swim - not exactly a great people policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up. Go home. Ruin another PLC. Start treating people like they matter. A Meritocracy is the advancement based on intellectual talent measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented. - so, by the fact everyone is leaving because you are making them leave , & then promoting people with no/little experience is not a Meritocracy, it's plugging holes with cheap heads - sorry to say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 18 people found this helpful  

    A dying company and a shell of what it used to be

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

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros currently. None whatsoever

    Cons

    The new senior management is clueless about the United States CPG industry. Clueless. We are losing distribution and accounts left and right. Most of our customer relationships went from #1 to dead last in the industry. New management and HR fake reviews on this site and ask others to fake reviews. Nearly all of the top talent has left or been fired only to hire incompetent college grads. There is no work-life balance. The company is horrific. A once grand place is gone forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEAVE. Bring back the old Heinz leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 32 people found this helpful  

    Unclear of strategy and future - still feeling the affects of too much change at once

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

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

    Pros

    New culture is definitely willing to take risk & change. The pendulum has definitely swung from the old Heinz that was a bit too conservative and slow with it's decision making process & layers of approval. Obviously this can be a good thing if used wisely - unfortunately this new trait has been Management's downfall as well.

    Cons

    Could write several pages on the ways their arrogance and forcefulness to take risk & drive change has also lead to extremely poor culture and work environment. Too many new people starting and no one is left to do the teaching - I agree you need new blood, fresh ideas, but some fundamental transfer knowledge has to occur in order to build momentum the right way. Management has ignored this and as a result has felt the pain. Departments like Supply Chain, Finance and Marketing are at the brunt of this transition and continue to see chaos, long hours, unreasonable demands put upon them with the number of people with institutional knowledge leaving each day. Also - the new people become frustrated because there is chaos (lack of leadership / direction) and it's expected that you will work 60+ hours a week just to stay afloat (on meaningless detail to keep this micromanaged).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your culture more - you are coming up with a lot of window dressing to make folks think it's a good environment to work in - but trust is your biggest issue. Things like your Meritocracy message is a joke, people see thru this. Certain areas are getting hammered with unclear direction - Supply Chain, Finance - constant change of course and new ways of working that are simply being drilled down to the rank & file to follow and change daily, which only results in them reinventing their job each day & becoming frustrated with all the new process changes & demands being put on them. Not to mention there is no forgiveness for having a lack of resources....the expectation is get it done (even if 1/2 of your department is gone).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 23 people found this helpful  

    Losing good people to bad leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    If you're willing to work 80 hour weeks and you're political you can rise up quickly here.

    Cons

    As the CEO reminds us at every talk he gives "If you want a work-life balance, Heinz is not the company for you." It's sad to see them draining the quality out of the brands to increase short term profits, at the expense of long term reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cancer and Tumors grow. Contrary to every leadership speech here: "Growth" is not a corporate value.

    Treating people like they're replaceable and their quality of life doesn't matter will continue to lead your best to leave. You'll only be left with employees who feel like they don't have other options elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    Understand the owners and you will understand the work culture

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

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement if you know the right people and act like you are happy working there. Read Bloomberg Businessweek article: Jorge Lemann He is...the world's most interesting bilionaire.

    Cons

    Cash is king...people are not. Work/life balance is nonexistent. Read: bloomberg Businessweek article: Jorge Lemann He is...the world's most interesting billionaire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote or move people into positions where they have no or little experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great, could be great still but lots of issues

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

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Opportunities but only if you have"energy"translation, you are YOUNG with no commitments outside work. And you need to be in the inner circle, translation, Brazilian.

    Cons

    Some leadership are rude and arrogant. Suspected immigration violations. Mismanagement of elements of supply chain may bring the company's US operations down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be respectful towards others at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good People

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best things about Heinz is the people. Most everyone I know here is hardworking and talented, which is extremely motivating and pushes me to work harder. It's impossible to become complacent, and because of that I've been able to experience significant growth very quickly.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but understand you will be forced outside of your comfort zone everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 17 people found this helpful  

    It was my passion and second family... till 3G.

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

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You are allowed to work all the OT you want and even gain an extra job title thru "merit"...

    Cons

    Don't expect a pay raise or bonus to follow for all the work you applied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spent MANY years working for Heinz.. working hard and long hours was normal.. but then again so was acknowledgement from Pittsburgh that you existed both in pay and in comment. If you want to keep LONG TIME employees from quitting.. stop importing empty college degrees to back fill and push out your core and respect the talent and knowledge base you paid for. Not thinking that will happen so my advice is to find a new buyer before you reduced this once great sports car into a truck on blocks in the front yard (ie barely worth scrap price).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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