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Mars Reviews

Updated 27 March 2017
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Mars Office of the President Grant F. Reid
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Pros
  • Culture work life balance people (in 57 reviews)

  • Open office environment fosters collaboration, and lots of company events to keep employee engagement high (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • It's a great working environment but the work life balance can be a challenge (in 44 reviews)

  • Open office environment may not be good fit for everyone (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in King's Lynn, England
    Current Employee - Team Leader in King's Lynn, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Responsibility is yours for your own development
    Great package in terms of private healthcare/pension etc
    Gym on site
    Fantastic office facilities
    Growing business- a site that is creating jobs
    Focus on team building-funding for team building events
    Access to higher level people with the business is amazing. Plant Directors and above are approachable and will never turn down a chat with anybody of any level
    Focus of the business is on the factory
    Focus is not just on KPIs but the people that achieve them

    Cons

    Car Park could be bigger
    Staff shop could be better stocked
    Recognition structure could be clearer but this is on the way :)

    Advice to Management

    A better staff shop please :)


  2. "Operation Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, values and senior management

    Cons

    None at present time


  3. "Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at Mars full-time

    Pros

    People, Culture, Work life balance, Training

    Cons

    Career opportunities, Salary standards are decreasing


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  5. "Good company with strong culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big focus on developing associates, helping them grow into bigger roles
    Lots of international perspective and exposure
    Ability to move between functions and geographies with relative ease

    Cons

    Slow moving at time
    Getting autonomy and ownership can be challenging at times

    Advice to Management

    Let associates take more ownership, feel that ownership and drive it to completion. Right now they are a little too focus only on execution.


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Contractor in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Mars (Less than a year)

    Pros

    shared value. everything revolves around people being equal and working together. great team spirit. i don't know how easy it is to be promoted within the company, however they are flexible with being able to move teams even with little experience. the company wants driven, positive individuals who are eager to learn

    Cons

    no free drinks, only discounted however this gets expensive
    lunch room is quite small for the amount of associates
    not much ethnic diversity however this may just be down to fewer applicants
    office air con is too powerful


  7. "General"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mars full-time

    Pros

    the company's 5 principles
    chocolates
    pet care
    BDB
    MSS

    Cons

    systems
    atmosphere
    promotions
    movements
    service providers
    as every place it is a package


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    "Mixed Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent - fairly regular working hours - culture promotes time out for lunch etc.

    Opportunities for personal development are readily available and encouraged - if you want to spend time developing your soft skills then this is the place to go!

    Friendly and collaborative culture

    The Mars name looks good on your CV!

    Cons

    Opportunities for promotion are limited - sideways moves seem to be plentiful but there is little value in technical expertise.

    Management often have little specialist knowledge of their functional area so reward and recognition is hit and miss! Recognition is based on 'playing the game' rather than on functional delivery.

    Attitudes and behaviours of some associates can be inappropriate - Managers fail to act on this adequately.

    Advice to Management

    Offer opportunities for associates to speak out! Some line managers lack personal skills which result in major issues within teams. Management is perceived my many to be a big 'click' do it s almost impossible to confidently speak out when there is a issue.


  9. "Great people & brands"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Development culture both through formal training and emphasis on personal development plans. Quality brands across snacks, pet care and food. Cross division opportunities.

    Cons

    Tough categories. For example the declines in confectionery category given moves to healthy snacking. Base pay (but good total rewards)

    Advice to Management

    Listen more before reorganisations


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awful place what lies are made of"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operator in King's Lynn, England
    Former Employee - Production Operator in King's Lynn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Aren't any pros there, a living hell. Company makes profit from customer brand trust only. Business poorly managed throughout.

    Cons

    Managers in name only, liars and the lazy prosper, corporate spin, billionaire owners exploiting their workforce, mundane tasks, no career prospects, uncomfortable working conditions, unsocial shifts, poorly paid

    Advice to Management

    Advice to those with the title manager as never met any real ones there, listen, admit when you are wrong, people are not a commodity to throw away. Stop managing upwards. Look downwards towards your teams and start to value people.


  11. "Fun whilst at university."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Experience in London, England
    Former Employee - Customer Experience in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with a huge variety of brilliant people.
    Meetings at the start of every shift with store manager to track sales and progress, see what the target was and what to upsell.
    Fun job, encourage individuality
    Every employee given christmas gift.

    Cons

    Not much chance of promotion or moving up in company.
    Some management took issues into workplace.
    Very clicky environment with management, sometimes catty.

    Advice to Management

    Its M&M World, not a bank.



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