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Campbell Soup Company Reviews

Updated 15 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work/life balance culture" (in 58 reviews)

  • "Great people and training programs" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Frequent Reorgs, Lack of Strategic Direction, Passive-Aggressive Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Camden, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Camden, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Soup Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work-life balance: includes work from home / flexible arrangements, Summer Fridays, maternity and paternity leave, and on-site day care (Camden).
    - Competitive compensation and benefits
    - Iconic brands
    - Cafeteria (above average food, but expensive)
    - People are generally friendly and collaborative

    Cons

    - Lack of strategic direction
    - Slow decision-making
    - Management by consensus
    - Culture extremely resistant to change
    - Lacks diversity in senior roles
    - Lack of accountability
    - Culture of conflict avoidance, resulting in passive-aggressive behavior that undermines decisions and impacts results (negatively)
    - Limited growth opportunity / relatively flat organization
    - Good old boy / buddy promotion system that rewards time in role and compliance instead of results and different / diverse thinking
    - No sense of urgency to demonstrate results or implement changes
    - Lack of camaraderie outside of work

    Advice to Management

    - Hold people accountable for results
    - Reward people based on results and competence, and not popularity
    - Crack down on rogue behavior (people challenging or actively undermining decisions after they are made)
    - Empower employees to make decisions at the right level / crack down on micro managers
    - Stop wasting time with small ideas that are not profitable or scalable
    - Invest to clean up and improve products. You cannot talk about real food and continue using artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and flavoring systems instead of real vegetables, fruits, and high quality meat
    - Remove people that are barriers to change and always say why things cannot be done, instead of offering solutions
    - Consolidate offices to improve communication and unlock more opportunities to cross-polinate and retain employees


  2. "Sr Demand Planner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Demand Planner in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Demand Planner in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Campbell Soup Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance, highly skilled workforce

    Cons

    Constant change and business uncertainty

  3. "Campbell's Soup Outlook"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Campbell Soup Company full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits for health care.

    Cons

    All about the bottom line. Not been a profitable company in 40-50 years.
    Risk-adverse culture.


  4. "Forklift Driver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Soup Company full-time

    Pros

    Well payed and alot of overtime

    Cons

    Too much politics and managemented in a weird way


  5. "Good pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Union , good pay, hours and overtime

    Cons

    Lay offs happen a lot


  6. "Associate Brand Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Soup Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work-life balance, fun employees and co-workers

    Cons

    Lack of funding on brands, bonus never received because the company is doing so poorly. Also no career path, managers only look after themselves


  7. "Great company!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Camden, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Camden, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Campbell Soup Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clear focus on who they are and how their products fit into the lives of their customers.

    The consumer is number 1 at Campbells. Food safety and quality as well as good nutrition are a solid part of the company culture.

    Great work environment (WHQ)

    Very well educated and talented staff

    Great diversity across the employees

    Most people really like working there

    They pay well

    Cons

    Some toxic people. The company tolerates some leaders at the director level who are "players" and create a toxic work environment for some.

    Hierarchical and silo'd around brands. Some positions work across brands - this is what I did.

    It's a very large and established business, hard to turn the ship when it comes to moving faster at bringing good new products to the market.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the toxicity better. It's tough because the players are good at managing up. Time for some long term people to retire, some of them are holding the company back from doing things faster and better.

    Seek out and support internal efforts at improving processes vs hiring big consulting companies to come in and tell everyone how to do it. This will improve ownership and accountability.

    Remain customer focused. Campbells has some of the most established and trusted brands in CPG. Keep it up!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Iconic company with serious challenges"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Development Manager in Camden, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Development Manager in Camden, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Campbell Soup Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, company has invested in its facilities and culture (new gym, cafe, dress for the day, etc)

    Really smart and dedicated staff

    Beginning to think differently and diversify the business portfolio for later by term success

    Becoming less risk averse

    Cons

    Lean org structure and annual restructuring, unprecedented turnover across all levels (especially VP and above)

    Serious headwinds on core business that cannot be offset by newer acquisitions

    Acquisition track record horrendous, Synders acquisition will prove to be a mistake. Debt levels a major challenge that is largely being ignored

    Decision making pushed down from leadership, many employees don’t feel empowered

    Private label threat off the charts in core categories

    Work life balance has been a challenge, asked to do more with less year after year

    Becoming increasingly difficult to attract and retain top talent....too much uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the simple strategy of Doug Conant, win in the marketplace, win in the workplace. Currently not winning in either. Start with the workplace.

    Have better succession and retention plans to limit turnover and increase consistency.


  9. "Marketing/Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Soup Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Iconic, well-known brands and healthy marketing budgets to drive growth.

    Cons

    No investment in “people”...they continue to fill every senior leadership position (Sales and Marketing) with outside hires that continue to flop. Because all senior roles are from the outside, no one understands the brands or business. No “hire from within” at all.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your people and stop making excuses. If you don’t invest in your people you will continue to finish last vs. peer group.


  10. "Budines Development, strategy for distribución chancla, cus tomen and product portafolio"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Campbell Soup Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company culture and heritage, income, benefits iconic brand, working hours, travel, working experience through business partnership model, working tools, Company car and car allowance.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from management team, Small category business, no innovation. Lack of continuity, high employee rotation, working environment, lack of clarity, Poot engagement between operating áreas.

    Advice to Management

    Define core business and roles to be played at Partnership. Compromise with whole team.


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