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Mars Reviews

Updated 21 February 2017
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Mars Office of the President Grant F. Reid
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  • 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. "Great people & brands"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  2. "Fun whilst at university."

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    • 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.


  3. "Brand Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Director
    Former Employee - Brand Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mars (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Brands, sophisticated development program, great atmosphere

    Cons

    Panel system for internal promotions


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Melton Mowbray, England
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Melton Mowbray, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Great, friendly atmosphere
    Focused on employees
    not busy, quiet place
    usually more than enough time for a break
    great canteen
    labs well equipped

    Cons

    recruit overqualified staff to do simple job, but progression is possible
    sometimes job can be time oriented


  6. "Great company. Work hard and play hard culture. Emphasises importance of recognition for good work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusive culture, focussed on engaging and developing staff
    Great benefits package as standard
    Local and international Recognition for good work
    The staff are so passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Inconsistent management approach to dealing with issues
    Over-reliance on global systems, which are not always available and have to wait for other time zones to come online to progress issues

    Advice to Management

    Live by the principles you expect staff to adhere to and be more courageous in dealing with issues


  7. "Factory Operative"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mars full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for live and breathe 5 principles: Mutuality, Resposibility, Freedom, Efficiency and Quality.

    Cons

    Separate environment between factory and office based associates.

    Advice to Management

    Take into consideration associates who have skills and ability to do specific roles and help them progress. Sometimes can be hard to progress within company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bring your dog to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham on the Wolds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham on the Wolds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being able to bring your dog to work is great, it offers excellent flexibility for owners and in turn creates a great working environment. The company really does care about the welfare of animals and this is proof of that. All of the UK petcare offices are dog-friendly which is something I take full advantage of.

    You get the opportunity to work with great brands and people passionate about these brands on a daily basis. The professional and personal development within the business is excellent - the ability to move into different functions offers those who want it a broad and varied career.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of ambiguity in the business however if you are OK with change then this shouldn’t worry you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow dogs in the office – maybe cats too?


  9. "great employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training, coaching and benefits

    Cons

    Job opportunities can be tight when they're in a transformation stage

    Advice to Management

    Keep on treating your employees really well


  10. "Great People!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture, principle-driven, high calibre colleagues, good employee benefits and work-life balance. Opportunities for regular travel and permanent moves abroad due to Global scale of business.

    Cons

    Rate of change and decision making can be slow. Lack of standardisation across multiple sites doing similar work. Promotions appear few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new starter onboarding, ensuring they have all that they need to be effective as soon as possible. Improve transparency with progression and career planning


  11. "Mars Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Privately owned, great culture with solid principles, very collaborative, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Not process driven, change is slow



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