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Updated 22 March 2019
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  • "There is probably more the company can do to improve work/life balance" (in 71 reviews)

  • "Decision-making often takes too long" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Brands and a culture that are pretty unique - and free chocolate!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative culture
    5 Principles, which are lived day in day out
    Brands
    Focus on personal development
    Benefits including pension, on-site gym, free chocolate allowance, flexible working.

    Cons

    Big organisation so sometimes slow decision making
    Investment in systems and technology hasn't been a huge priority

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in people

    Mars Response

    15 Oct 2018

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your current role with us. It’s really pleasing to see that you highlight a number of positives, including our collaborative culture... More


  2. "Unique Culture, Great Brands and a Changing Perception"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is so unique, associates are encouraged to be flexible; as long as the work is done, and Mar's best interests are at heart. You can make mistakes, as long as you learn from them. There;s such great brands at Mars, and we get to try them!

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to implement change

    Advice to Management

    Try to escalate the digital change sooner, Mars has sometimes been slow to implement change, but this is a real opportunity to pull ahead.

  3. Helpful (22)

    "Family owned, great corporate culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company is still family owned and it shows. The culture is entirely different to most large shareholder run businesses that I’ve work for in the past. Management show a genuine interest as you as a person, and there’s a strong focus on career development. Excellent benefits (heath care, on-site gym, good pension scheme etc). You’re allowed the freedom to make your job your own without being micromanaged.

    Cons

    Being a large company, things take time to get done. We can sometimes suffer from analysis paralysis and legacy systems are in the process of being upgraded - but there’s a real appetite to change and become truly agile which is exciting

    Advice to Management

    Mostly keep doing what you’re doing. Mars is a great company to work for. Stick to the 5 principles, make sure that you’re not interpreting them to suit you’re own agenda.


  4. "Watch out but good overall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - S&F in Melton Mowbray, England
    Current Employee - S&F in Melton Mowbray, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company with quite flexible working and emphasis on 5 principles. Lots of good people around

    Cons

    Work life balance is not maintained, lots of focus on cost saving therefore less people to do the job.
    Managers are being appointed from other countries, the process of MDR is not followed.

    Advice to Management

    Please support mangers from the leadership team with regards to the people process (MDR, MCR) as at the minute it is pleasing some people to keep the job


  5. "One of the best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Basingstoke, England
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Basingstoke, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, strong leadership, nice perks

    Cons

    Lots of competition for advancement


  6. "Great overall company"

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

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers a generous salary 10.20 p/h plus the chance for monthly bonus based on sales plan, great for students and people looking for part time job that pays well, also great for full time workers to earn a descent salary in retail.

    Cons

    Shifts are quite long

    Advice to Management

    Treat all associates fairly


  7. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Finance in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, nice people and good benefits

    Cons

    Since the merger it has lost direction, too much work and amount of people doing the job are less than before. Pay is low.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, this motivated the employees and they deliver more. Hold on to good people.

  8. "Brand Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mars full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Privately owned company with great, principled culture.
    Fantastic brands, leading in all categories they play in.
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Based in Slough, which is a long commute from London.
    FMCG is a slow moving industry vs. other industries and at time can be frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Even though the context in which Mars operates is changing, keep the strong culture that has made the business so great


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The only place I had ever worked"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent People
    Really good benefits. Heath care, counselling service,great training and career progression

    senior and global leaders regular communication to all staff via town hall meetings where all staff can attend...monthly Karaoke corners where MD and other leaders update the staff
    Mars Ambassador Programme.. you can apply to go and help in worldwide projects where your skills can help others less fortunate.

    Cons

    Less collaborative working- more tell than ask...more do it rather then time taken to explain why
    Reduction in high achieving in role aim.. more about performance management
    Big change in culture between 2014 and 2017 .
     Found it was not ok to tell you were not ok

    Advice to Management

    Please remember and use those 5 principles the business is based on. They honestly do work when equally and mutually applied.

    Support your team and colleagues more, Listen and act when issues are raised

    Profits over growth is not a long term formula for success


  10. "R&D career review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - R&D in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, lots of flexible working

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to progress internally as there are interviews needed for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within before considering externally

    Mars Response

    30 Oct 2018

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your previous role. The feedback you provide is incredibly helpful. It’s pleasing to see that you have listed a number of positives of your time... More