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Hill's Pet Nutrition Reviews

Updated 6 July, 2018
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  • "No real work-life balance in a lot of departments" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Upper management is disconnected" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Administrative Asisstant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing company, full of perks and great people.

    Cons

    Little advancement for growth and advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the hard workers.


  2. "Overall fine, could be better, could be worse."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Research facilities, known in industry for product innovation, longevity among premium pet food companies.

    Cons

    Too slow to react to market, won't stray from traditional thinking, low customer service standards, below average renumeration, very arrogant.

    Advice to Management

    No point giving advise to management, they won't listen any way.

  3. "Company that really delivers on their mission, only selling the best quality products"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ethical company, high level of integrity and research. Quality and safety of products is always top-notch and dedication to the veterinary profession.

    Cons

    Risk-averse culture can sometimes be a challenge, difficult to try new approaches for the business at times. Senior management from parent Colgate do not always understand the Hill's business.


  4. "Good Company - Could Be Great"

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    Current Employee - Animal Care and Research Technician in Topeka, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Animal Care and Research Technician in Topeka, KS (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people
    Dedicated scientists and researchers
    Good work/life balance
    Excellent benefits
    Good 401k match
    Good employee discounts
    Very pet friendly

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for employees to move or promote within the company
    Pay is slightly lower than expected for the amount of work put in
    Essential employees must work some holidays and weekends
    Communication between different departments/areas is not great

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees more opportunities for promotion and help them develop the skills necessary to be competetive in the job market.


  5. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Riverside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Riverside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, Product, Development.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. "Stepping Stone not a Place to Settle Anymore"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Topeka, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Topeka, KS (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive wages at all levels, good benefits. The people generally care about other people beyond their professional lives.

    Cons

    Location options are not great. Systems for promotions and advancement are not merit based, everything is based on tenure. Overall the plant is unprofessional and operates under bully mentalities. The company is showing signs of instability with people leaving and being laid off at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Top down evaluation and changes need to be made in the Topeka Plant.


  7. "Veterinary Territory Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, flexible time off

    Cons

    no moving opportunity on career

  8. "Great Pay and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time

    Pros

    Not focused on top line growth or advertising. Cutting to get to goals instead.

    Cons

    Cutting to get to goals instead.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company dragged down by owner/parent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally good work environment
    Good pay, great benefits
    Market defining company with outstanding research-based products
    Employees can bring their dog to work, which is great. The office dogs are rock stars and people love having them swing by for pets and treats.
    Worksmart program allows some employees to work from home 1-2 days per week

    Cons

    Corporate masters at Colgate cause a lot of problems and few benefits. Whole departments have been outsourced to Mexico and/or India, moving maybe 2-3 people to new jobs and terminating the rest. The work outsourced to India and especially Mexico generally takes years to approach the lowest level of competence we had before. As soon as anyone in Mexico learns their job and starts to do it well, Colgate promotes them to jobs in the US.
    Colgate-mandated third party "solutions" cause far more problems than they're worth.
    Numerous benefits have disappeared over the last 20 years as we get more Colgate-centric. Some due to aligning with Colgate, others due to vendors refusing to work with us anymore because of the constantly rotating third parties Colgate keeps pushing on us.
    While upper management seems to embrace the core values of having a great workplace, competent middle managers are rare.
    Company as a whole is a decade or more behind the times on things like social media and e-commerce. With competition ramping up tremendously over the last 10-15 years, we can't afford to be complacent.
    Innovative products based on fantastic scientific research are our strength, but the current retail environment fears science and only embraces silly fads with no basis in fact. Awkward.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the drastic difference between Colgate and Hill's. Colgate can pick products to promote and shelve based on spitting out 12 new flavors and discarding all but the best seller. That method doesn't work for Prescription Diet.
    Quit firing people en masse and sending work to Mexico, and quit lying to us about how great the transition has been. We can see the results.
    Quit replacing people with third party solutions that don't work.
    Quit using Hill's as your testing ground for new managers, then taking the ones that stand out back to New York.


  10. "Packaging Tech, Warehouse Tech and data entry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill's Pet Nutrition full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay scale, good incentive and good environment

    Cons

    Lots of overtime but good money

    Advice to Management

    Good management


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