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Mars Reviews

Updated 29 May 2017
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  • It's a great working environment but the work life balance can be a challenge (in 46 reviews)

  • Open office environment (no privacy) in cramped space (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "My favourite employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mars is the best company I have worked for and I spent three very happy years there. I received more personal development in the three years than in my entire career previously. I only left to start my own business.

    Cons

    None - truly fantastic place to work :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - the investment in line management capability building has really paid off


  2. "Great brands, Great People."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Manager in Waltham on the Wolds, England
    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Manager in Waltham on the Wolds, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people - made lifelong friends.
    Loved the open office working environment.
    Personnel Development.

    Cons

    Opportunities for career progression. The company is very focused on graduates.
    Can be very clickly in certain teams.
    Not as focused on people as they used to be.
    Not the best payers in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Don't relay on Graduates. You have some great associates who deserve to be developed, use them or lose them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mars has great people and was on the whole a good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Bangor, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Bangor, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and great brands. My fellow associates were very good and I had a pretty good 13 years at Mars.

    Cons

    I feel that over years the Mars appraisal process rewarded the wrong behaviour and focused to much on the fluffy stuff rather than celebrating individual success and Sales results! I feel the Leadership in Mars Petcare blamed the wrong people for poor performance when they didn't give associates the right tools for the job. Sales teams blamed for poor Marketing decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the ground floor!


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  5. "A company full of intelligent and like minded people"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work with high calibre individuals who really care about the company and the actual brands they are responsible for.

    Cons

    Not the most flexible company in terms of working from home options due to their focus on the five principals- one being Mutuality. Therefore if the factory works can't have the same conditions offered it's difficult for the office workers to be allowed them.


  6. "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 :)

    Mars Response

    19 Apr 2017 – Talent Acquistion

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences of your time so far at Mars. It's great to hear so many positive comments, especially about our new Kings Lynn site! Your feedback on the ... More


  7. "Good company with strong culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  8. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  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 (3)

    "Mixed Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  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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