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Heinz Reviews

Updated 19 August, 2014
Updated 19 August, 2014
276 Reviews

2.3
276 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
119 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 22 reviews)

  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest complaint I hear is about the lack of work life balance at Heinz (in 26 reviews)

  • All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    best in the food business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    New management really wants to be the best food company and get there soon. I think we will get there. There are no sacred cows at all.

    Cons

    Being the best food company is not easy. We are looking to get better every day but that means every day is a challenge - some people like that and some do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay on track

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Results Driven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    Pros

    Heinz’s leadership team has mentioned on multiple occasions that the culture they’re instilling isn’t for everyone. It’s defined by discipline, accountability and visibility. It’s less about status and tenure and more about performance against specified targets.

    Leaders and managers have put a lot of effort into establishing daily, weekly and monthly business routines that help them and others understand business performance at granular levels. These routines hold people at low levels in the company accountable for their contributions, making hiding behind others difficult. And while that level of visibility and accountability can be nerve racking for some, it has provided me role clarity and focus. I’ve never had a more clear understanding of what was expected of me and what I needed to do to be rewarded than I do here at Heinz.

    I’ve been impressed by Bernardo’s and the executive team’s kindness towards those who have struggled with the new culture. By any measure, the severance packages and voluntary resignation program they offered were incredibly generous and gave employees the means to transition to other opportunities.

    Cons

    The company faces challenges that many companies face after having gone through major cultural and structural shifts (e.g. attrition, sustained customer service) but these issues have been acknowledged and are being addressed head on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    used to be good place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are not to many anymore.

    Cons

    They don't care about there employees other then if you don't like it find another place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    New challenges, better world.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    Pros

    Since joining Heinz, I have yet to see any of the 'horror stories' that people post about on Glassdoor. The open floor plan exposes you, yes, but why hide away in a cubicle all day? The open office culture actually forces people to collaborate, work together, and (heaven forbid!) interact. The management is present everwhere and everyday, which I think is very rare for global corporations these days. They truly care about more than just the business. They care about the people that drive the business. I am in full support of the 'Voluntary Resignation Program' that happened in Pittsburgh-- if you don't align yourself with the company's new culture, management, vision/values, then you are being given the option to take your talents elsewhere. There has never been a truer statement than "you get out of it what you put in". Yes, the work is challenging and demanding. But if it wasn't then you aren't growing yourself as a person. If you ever get to the point where you aren't being pushed and challenged, then the issue lies within yourself, not the company. The 3G cost-cutting culture is completely justified and is a fantastic business model that other companies should strive to emulate. If it is this evil culture that so many people desribe, then why are they so successful? Instead of critisizing the cost-cutting, people should take a step back and take it upon themselves to understand the business case behind each expenditure and each cut that occurs.

    Cons

    Transformations and transitions don't happen over night but it is still challenging to get used to new systems and processes. Something goes wrong with your laptop? Put in a HelpDesk request to someone that has taken days to respond to me before. Need to find out who reports to who? Organizational charts don't exist. Need simple supplies like pens/envelopes/paper? Contact facilities requesting the supplies- but you can only receive a certain amount and you have to sign them out... frustrating! Need to order or pay for something? You better make sure it's justifiable or the lowest cost possible or ZBB will come after you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep living the vision and values. Be as transparent and present as possible to the employees- both in Pittsburgh and globally. The more your employees see you interacting on another level besides being a name on an email or a newsletter, it humanizes you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fabulous company--great leaders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    Pros

    Great culture and amazing leaders.

    Cons

    People often do not like open work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the positive work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    WAS a great compny

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunities for those who applies themselves

    Cons

    Jobs were sometimes monotonousshould have kept the Pocatello shining factory open

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 21 people found this helpful  

    Be careful of reviews

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    Pros

    Prior to Feb 2013, there were plenty to list. Now, there's very little if any. Yes, advancement is very quick, but mostly because higher level employees have left the company recently. Sure, the salary and bonuses MAY be lucrative but you know what they say, 35% of zero is still zero. The company is damaging relationships with its customers and it will only be a matter of time before the unthinkable happens.

    Cons

    For those looking to work at this company and are reading the reviews on this site, please be careful of reviews that list the company as a great one to work for. These elaborate reviews with numerous buzzwords may be done by their HR team. I have personally witnessed several conversations with HR saying that Glass Door reviews were hurting their recruitment. However, if you have no life or family and don't mind the 18 hour work days, then perhaps this is the place for you. GOOD LUCK! It's tough to end hunger when you can't get the product out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out before you ruin more lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 15 people found this helpful  

    I made a mistake coming here.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    Pros

    Pittsburgh is a great town.

    Cons

    I don't know where to start. This company is being liquidized to line the pockets of buffet and his cronies. There will be nothing left when that are done.
    Absolute dysfunction.
    Please realize all these 5 star reviews are FAKE. They have lost all the employees and are trying to hire fresh meat to keep the lights on while they finish stripping the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Posting fake reviews?! Really?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding years ago.

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

    Pros

    Stable employment from brand loyalty.

    Cons

    Changing culture and letting knowledge walk.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 12 people found this helpful  

    Putting profit first.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    When I joined Heinz many moons ago it was considered the penultimate in FMCG standards and the holy grail of sales and marketing. A strong brand reputation combined with a high duty of care for employees MADE this an enjoyable, highly motivating culture to work in.

    Cons

    During my service at Heinz I have experienced various leadership regimes yet none are comparable to the changes of late. Recent changes in ownership have seen a significant reduction in capex, resource, innovation, integrity and morale in the interests of paying back inherited debt and creating a business that's profitable on paper.

    Under the new ownership, the only apparent tangible gains to employees come in the form of a stretched workload, whilst we try to cover the haemorrhaging loss of human resource layered with unrealistic financial targets.

    Whilst the rest of the industry continues to innovate and invest in the core components of day to day business (e.g. Employee development/training, NPD Innovation, shopper marketing, digital etc) Heinz appears to be too focused on the short term, looking for yesterday's performance answers.

    Don't be fooled by what appears to be a competitive bonus structure which in itself is so complex that no one in the business understands what is actually required to achieve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your biggest asset in any successful business. How many more high talent employees must leave before you recognise that the answer to paying off debt isn't always found on the bottom line of a ledger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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