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Mars Overview

Mc Lean, VA (US)
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Food & Drink Manufacturing
£5 to £10 billion (GBP) per year
A Mars career opens up an exciting world of opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a dynamic career path, or if you want to become an expert in your field - the possibilities are endless. Spanning different geographies, business segments and functions, wherever we ... Read more

Mission: A Mars career opens up an exciting world of opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a dynamic career path, or if you want to become an expert in your field - the possibilities are endless. Spanning different geographies, business segments and functions, wherever we ... Read more

Company Updates

  • An update from Mars regarding hiring and COVID-19 Guided by our Five Principles, we have been assessing the situation regarding COVID-19 and as a result we have adapted our hiring practices in order to protect our communities and ensure a mutual and safe recruitment process for all involved. We continue to hire for vacancies across our business and are still actively interviewing candidates for our open positions, however we have moved all of our interviews to be conducted virtually. We will be leveraging technologies such a Skype or Microsoft Teams in order to do this. During this time, you may experience a slight delay in a response from us however your application will be fully considered, as usual. We will continue to monitor the situation along the way and share with you any updates if anything is to change to the above. We are looking forward to engaging with you soon, The Mars Talent Acquisition Team

  • We’ve just been named #5 Great Place to Work! Congratulations to our our amazing Associates for making Mars a place where people can truly be themselves and develop their potential, guided by our Five Principles. Find out more about our ranking here. #ProudlyMars #TomorrowStartsToday

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Mars – Why Work With Us?

"The company’s objective is the manufacture and distribution of food products in such a manner as to promote a mutuality of services and benefits among all stakeholders."

—FORREST E. MARS, SR., 1947 

It all began in 1911, when Frank C. Mars established Mars’ roots as a confectionery company when he made the first Mars candies in his kitchen in Tacoma, Washington. 9 years later, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. That was it, there was no stopping them! In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with dreams of building a business based on the “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders - this vision serves as the foundation of the company we are today.

Fast forward over 100 years, this foundation has proved its strength. We’ve built one of the world’s leading FMCG companies, delivering quality brands, products and services to consumers around the world. Now, with more than 125,000 Associates spanning over 80 countries, we remain a family-owned organization. Taking responsibility, seizing opportunities and thinking in generations, we’ll achieve great things for our communities, our pets and ourselves - working today for the world we want tomorrow.

But, how does this translate to our brands? We have four business segments where our Associates apply their efforts, and this is what they look like:

Mars Petcare

Do you love animals and want to work in a pet-friendly office? Then there’s a rewarding career waiting for you at Mars Petcare! Our passion for pets runs deep, we believe they make the world a better place. That’s why our 85,000 Petcare Associates work every day to make A Better World For Pets™, where they’re healthy, happy and always welcome. With leading global brands like PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS® and ROYAL CANIN®, the high-quality medical care provided by BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, and innovation driven by our Waltham Petcare Science Center, we work together today for a better future tomorrow. Learn more here.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Can a sweet tooth be a professional advantage? At Mars Wrigley Confectionery, it most certainly is! As the world’s leading manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints and fruity confections, we create some of the world’s best-loved brands, including M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, SKITTLES® and ORBIT®! Have you got what it takes to help us deliver treats that make the world smile? Here, your tomorrow starts today. Find out more here.

Mars Food

Want a challenge you can sink your teeth into? At Mars Food, we’re dedicated to providing better food today for a better world tomorrow through globally-loved brands like UNCLE BEN’s® and DOLMIO®. With the goal to ensure everyone around the world can enjoy healthy, tasty, affordable, convenient and sustainably sourced meals, this is no small task. Do you want to be part of a team where’ll see your idea turn into a mouth-watering meal? Discover more here.

Mars Edge

See yourself taking on ambitious research projects with real potential to change the world? Mars Edge is designed to help improve human health, by bringing together the food we want alongside the nutrition we need. Knowledge is at the heart of our business, and our Associates have already produced innovative technologies, which have positively impacted the health and wellbeing of people, pets and the planets. Understand what it means to be a part of our team here.

We love that people (and pets) love our brands, and we work to reflect that through our actions. Our choices, big and small, all add up to create a healthier, happier world - the kind of world we want to see tomorrow.

We’ve been a family-owned business for more than 100 years. Why? Because it gives us freedom. We are free to take a long-term view, and use every day as an opportunity to nudge the world forward. Our Associates have the power to work with freedom, support and trust, to pursue their passions and drive ideas from concept to reality. Working together today to forge the relationships and build the skills needed to shape how work gets done tomorrow.

The Five Principles are vital to our mission, they are at the foundation of everything we do. All our Associates strive to live by Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom, each and every day. United by this common goal, and with relationships built on trust, dignity and mutual respect, we will achieve great things for our planet, our communities and our pets. Learn more about our Principles here.

We care deeply about sustainability, and we know that to change the world tomorrow, we must understand our impact today. That’s why we have our Sustainable in a Generation Plan, focused on three key areas - Healthy Planet, Thriving People and Nourishing Wellbeing. From investing in renewable energy and speaking out about climate change, to improving conditions in our supply chain, we’re working to make sure that everyone benefits from our growth. Our Associates are a key part of our sustainability mission. Through the Mars Volunteer Program and Mars Ambassador Program, together we will build the future we want to share.

Whatever your passions and ambitions, there’s plenty of freedom to pursue them with a Mars career. But don’t just take it from us - check out our reviews to get the inside scoop!

What does it mean to be a Mars Associate?

We know that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today, and we’re deeply committed to our purpose of making the world a better place for our planet, our communities and our pets. As a Mars Associate, you’re a crucial part of this - you make us who we are.

As part of our global family, you’ll be motivated to go the extra mile and help us to better our business. And, because we’re a company that cares, development is key. Whether you’re innovating for our customers or acquiring new skills yourself, there are endless opportunities to progress and build the future you want. We’re forward-thinking, diverse and proactive - at Mars, your tomorrow starts today.

What can you expect beyond the work?

It isn’t all about the innovative work that goes on behind the scenes, we are also motivated by the friendships that extend beyond the day-to-day. We’re so much more than colleagues, supporting each other in whatever we put our minds to. When you join our team, the first thing you’ll be encouraged to do is chat to as many Associates as possible - creating those mutually beneficial bonds from day one and meeting people who will impact your life in ways you never imagined.

Want to learn a new skill? An Associate who has already mastered it can help. Interested in doing some charitable work? With fundraising teams throughout our offices, as well as the Mars Ambassador and Mars Volunteer programs, you’ll never be short of opportunities to make a difference to the wider community. Just want someone to talk to? We’re here to listen, support and help each other. And if this isn’t enough, you’ll also have the freedom to call on our furry friends - the pets behind our people!

Want to know more? Take a look at our Associates’ reviews!

Are you passionate about data? From understanding how social media affects the sales of PEDIGREE® dog food and EXTRA®, to how ecommerce availability plays a role in the demand for M&M’s® and UNCLE BEN’S® rice, at Mars we always put data first. So there’s really no limit to the kind of data you’ll be working with.

If you’re looking for a role that brings together industry-leading data insight interrogation and globally-renowned brands, you’ll find it here. We’ve got over 100,000 Associates across the world, each one with their own unique talents. We truly believe in allowing you to learn and grow and will support you in your data career to take it to new heights.

Specifically we’re looking for:

Business Translators

Who can help us unearth insights and use them to help us drive change in our business.

Data Engineers

That know how to tackle issues at the heart of our business through data pipelines and our existing platforms.

Data Scientists

Who know how to distill data and develop custom models and algorithms.

Sound interesting? Take a look at the roles we have available here.

Mars Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great company"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Columbus, OH (US)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)


    Lots of opportunities for growth internally, especially if you are willing to relocate.


    Large merger resulted in many positions being eliminated.

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Mars Photos

Mars photo of: Slough office.
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Mars photo of: Dogs in the office.
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Mars Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview

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    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Mars (Mumbai (India)) in January 2016.


    It was a campus interview. First round was GD and second round was Personal Interview. A very open interview where the interviewer wanted to know about me as a person. personality was assessed more than functional knowledge. The company believes in hiring people for who they are and not what they know.

    Interview Questions

    • Will you be able to carry out the demanding role of a sales manager? How can we be sure that you will not give up half way through?   2 Answers
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Mars Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2015, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 15 U.S. Manufacturing & Production Employers by Great Rated!™, Great Rated, 2015
  • Corporate Business of the Year, Slough Business Awards, 2016
  • Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
  • Canada's Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2012
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