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Heinz Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
335 Reviews
2.0
335 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short termist driven by daily sales. Work, work, work culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great brands
    Great people
    Great commercial attitude

    Cons

    Schizophrenic attitude were departments are played off against one another - doubling the workload
    Lack of long term strategy: explaining daily sales variances rather than planning for success
    Macho culture: work long hours, what are weekends? holidays are for wimps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a stronger inspiring strategy
    Sustainable profitable growth is a "catch all" but means nothing at the same time
    Its a long journey to make working at Heinz as great a feeling as consuming their products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Good Bonus
    Great Experience
    Exposure to upper echelons of the organisation

    Cons

    Deminishing opportunities for supply chain proffesionals.
    Short term thinking.
    Lack of decision makers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what works well, however develop hr systems.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you like breadth of role and being pushed.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hayes, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hayes, England

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Great breadth in role. You get great strategic overviews and can be involved at a high level.

    Cons

    Systems!!! Processes need work and more innovation is needed. Not world class yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing leadership initiatives and training. Stay lean, don't get too bloated.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brands, shame about the leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayes, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayes, England

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    Fantastic brands and some great people working hard to maintain the success in the UK of brands like Heinz Beanz, Heinz Tomato Ketchup & HP Sauce

    Cons

    An "us and them" feeling that exist between middle and senior management, which is triggered by the leadership style at the top, and the revolving door of people in the company leaving (some willingly, some not).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and respect the employees - it is the people who make the brands, who make the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Buyer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    Great supply chain sourcing process

    Cons

    Under paid and didn't pay bonus

  7. 16 people found this helpful  

    Sir James would be distraught

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There used to be a lot but since 3G Capital took over there don't seem to be any, other than to be able to pay the bills (that is until they make you redundant).

    Cons

    Overloaded, unappreciated, treat the staff/suppliers/customers/contactors like disposable nothings.
    None of the positive/glowing comments on here could possibly be from normal employees, they have either been paid to say what they've said or it's the upper management writing it, it's a complete farce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the Wattie's brand off before you run it completely into the ground.
    Sir James was a hard working man who built an iconic brand, the Brazillians don't care about the brand at all in fact in 18 months I never saw the CEO mention the brand once not once, he just goes on and on about Heinz and ketchup!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    These times they are a changing

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Very competitive
    Great direct management
    I do believe in the companies values, but I don't think it is always translated into our work the way it should/could be.

    Cons

    Communication
    Upper management could lead better (think before they jump in to decisions that everyone pays for later)
    People retention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the people you currently have working for you as people and not just an expenditure. More people would likely stay with the company if they felt valued and not scared there could be another cut to the workforce just around the corner.

    Hire more people. A lot of problems could be resolved if someone was dedicated to focusing on some of these issues rather than juggling numerous issues and day to day business at the same time. Ever once in awhile, people can deal with it, but when it is a constant drain to your resources, it effects job performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    The reviews are true.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    If you are willing to embrace 3G values and work extremely hard, you will climb very fast. Here are some good things about the company:

    -Upper management goes out of their way to make themselves visible and honest
    -Very young culture, not a good fit for everyone though
    -Good trainee programs
    -genuinely descent pay
    -awesome micronutrient campaign

    Cons

    Now, here are the REAL 3G values:

    -working 60 hours/week and getting paid for 40
    -keeping employees stressed
    -pathetic work/life balance (Bernardo literally laughed in my face when talking about work/life balance)
    -No tuition reimbursement or any motivation for further education
    -moving yourself/family/all your belongings across the country MANY times to move up
    -telling your subordinates to work harder when they already work 60 hours/week
    -backstabbing good people (although this happens everywhere to some extent)
    -greedy 90-day payment terms that make many people angry
    -promoting insanity. When Bernardo said "This is Heinz, we crazy!" he was literally not kidding. Heinz has the most insane culture of any company I've ever worked for. I don't mean the values, I mean the culture.

    But wait! There's more!

    -Meritocracy is a good concept but it's only half-true. The people who make names for themselves definitely move up quick, but not everyone is put into situations where they can make a big difference. Upper management is comprised of 2 groups of people: Brazilians who have worked for 3G before, and people who earned their success but were fortunate enough to be placed in situations where they could make a big difference.
    -From my own experience, many HR employees are incompetent and make no effort to actually help people. There are some genuinely good HR people out there though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    3G doesn't deserve my advice and wouldn't listen anyway. To everyone else, keep up the good work on the micronutrient campaign. That campaign and the delicious variety of Heinz products are the only good things going for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 33 people found this helpful  

    Believe it!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    I'm a former employee based on the 3G takeover. I loved working at Heinz prior to that time. It was an amazing company with great colleagues, decent benefits, good salary and bonus structure and lots of freedom to do good work. The 3G takeover was a sad day in the long and great history of Heinz based on what I saw transpire and what I've heard from colleagues who stayed after I left. Read the other reviews carefully as much of the discussion on the poor practices are TRUE. Buyer Beware....

    Cons

    Too many to discuss here-- the work-life balance went out the window. Friends have told me people are required to work late in to the evening; even week ends for R&D. Crazy!! We all worked hard but there's a limit to what is reasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the other Glassdoor comments and hold the mirror up to yourself and the leadership team. The picture isn't pretty!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    It was a great place to work....hopefully it'll return soon!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Utrecht (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    growth possibilities, team spirit, challenging projects.
    Yearly objectives have been made very transparent, less layers, and more clear business decisions.

    Cons

    lack of stability, employees feel that they can be thrown out anytime.
    Lack of training and extreme cut off resources (both human and material).
    High personnel turnover since restucturation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back training programs asap, and try to provide a better work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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