Heinz Reviews

Updated 27 September 2014
Updated 27 September 2014
291 Reviews
2.2
291 Reviews
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Bernardo Hees
134 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Just read the reviews, Brazilians do not believe in work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • The company used to be a great people company with plenty of room for room for advancement (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Management is unapologetic about lack of work-life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • No work life balance, not a place for those with families or wanting to work less than 12 hours a day (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Run by Brazilian Teens

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Used to be great- not many positives now

    Cons

    So much loss of expertise and experience and knowledge has been replaced by Brazilian kids with little if any experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 17 people found this helpful  

    Sad to see what has happened to a former USA owned company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Flex hours, working one day at home and knowing that you work for a company who produces some of the best products in the world.

    Cons

    Horrible working environment--open floor with tables, not even cubes and therefore very distracting and noisy; employees are unhappy, stressed and over worked partially due to the high turnover and influx of temporary and new employees all cross training..

  3. 18 people found this helpful  

    Company planted reviews reveal how bad things are....

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Heinz used to be a great place to work. Now, it's a joke, but if you need a job and aren't picky about low pay, no work life balance and terrible benefits, this may be the place for you.

    Cons

    If you read the recent five-star reviews, they all have the same buzzwords - mainly because they are all written by Heinz HR. It's an open secret that Glassdoor reviews are harming HR's ability to keep up with the hiring necessary to replace the constant outflow of employees. It is so bad that people are quitting after only a week or two on the job - but the five star reviews keep spouting lines about "meritocracy" and "exciting culture." The truth is it IS an exciting culture because you never know when you are going to get screamed at by a manager or when a long-time employee is walked off property by security because they dared to question some of the unethical things that the new management is doing. Heinz has cut all the fat as well as all the talented, tenured employees who made the company run. Anyone who is left with any experience is most likely looking for a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's no advice that management would take. They are set on following their playbook and do not care for the long term consequences to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 17 people found this helpful  

    Better, stronger, faster.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ownership, accountability, leaders willing to take risk, if you stick around, you'll get promoted by default, the younger you are - the more likely you will be able to keep up with the changes and pace, being 6 months in a role can make you the most senior person on a team.

    Cons

    Lack of CPG knowledge, executing technology platform changes without the proper up front work (SAP was a nightmare and still is), increased workload for everyone given lay offs and struggling to hire talent, poor/no retention tactics, your ideas aren't appreciated - only following orders as questions aren't encouraged unless you want to look like someone who is not supportive, promotions with title and responsibility increases, but no matching compensation increase, staying in hotels that you would not stay on your own dime in fear of your safety given the rate caps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heinz needs to acquire healthier brands and understand the future landscape of the CPG industry. Their participation in declining categories (both in terms of consumption and households) is not the recipe of success. When this company goes public again, the accounting tricks and horrible comp year will be smoke and mirrors on the balance sheet as the cost cutting is not sustainable.

    Also, use the pronoun "she" versus "he" ALWAYS. The majority of 3G employees now Heinz are Brazilian men and they have a hard time acknowledging women in the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great brands, smart hard working people and huge potential for rapid growth and advancement.

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a true meritocracy, where all objectives are transparently shared, and you are rewarded and promoted based on your results. Smart people and tight teams who support me so we all win together. Demanding but rewarding environment to rise fast.

    Cons

    All goals are fixed and out in the open, so if your having a bad year, there's nowhere to hide. The huge plus is, you're not carrying any dead weight from slackers not applying themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've been extremely impressed with leadership, the VP's and Directors are all good, smart people who I respect. The Heinz training workshops are great, and the social events are valuable too, I'd just ask to keep going even further in those directions with more celebrations of our achievements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great in the beginning and most of my career there, terrible towards the end.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ability to work with many different groups of people; promotions for some people; HGPS when upper management cared about it; Employee trainings

    Cons

    Endless conference calls and web meetings; Employee engagement efforts all cancelled due to cost; Terrible work-life balance towards the end of my career there; Many cuts in benefits and retirement after sale of company; Morale was at all time low when I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro-managing needs to stop; there's more to a company than cutting costs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    The opportunities that are available

    Cons

    very poor work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Though times, future looks brighter

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    Current Employee - R&D Manager  in  Nijmegen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Career opportunities, endless challenges, possibility to drive change, very high accountability, aggressive compensation.
    You are expected to act as the owner of the business and justify every single expense and decision. Financial results come first in everything you do. This is actually positive, driving the correct mindset: this is not a charity. If we won't make more money, we shouldn't do it.
    If pure capitalism appeals to you and you can manage how much you are willing to give away in exchange for the salary you get, it can work very well for you. If you are expecting values, ethics, respect and purpose, look somewhere else.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, you are expected to be in the office at least 12 hours a day, some very narrow-minded cost cuttings, such as eliminating corporate cell phones and slowing down internet speed, without realizing the impact it has on overheads and loss of efficiency.
    Very high people turnover at moment, as the new approach does not please most of the existing employees. It is a new company, from the old Heinz, the only thing left is the name. People do not matter, they are just costs. We will suck your blood until you are dry and then we will replace you. If you can cope with this approach for a while, it offers good opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more sensible with the choices. Some cost-reductions will soon prove to drive additional costs due to lost efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a group of mostly personable people and a valuable learning experience

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Heinz as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It was an enjoyable corporate environment as well as very professional. A few of my co-workers became some of my good friends during my time there. The many things I learned during my time allowed me for much personal growth.

    Cons

    There were some things about the company that were very rigid. There also wasn't very much room for promotion or growth within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that they continue growing their business with their core beliefs in mind because that is what had driven the company to where it is today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 12 people found this helpful  

    More heart breaking than a World Cup semi final loss

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Heinz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A great place to switch careers. Know nothing about CPG? Great, come on over.

    You like multi-tasking? Great, you can have the five jobs of your colleagues who just left

    You want to save on rent – rent an apartment on an hourly rate, you only need to be home 2 hours a day

    You want to learn another language? Have a go at Brazinglish.

    Cons

    Translation from Portuguese to English is often confusing and frequently disappoints – ‘Nepotism’ in Portuguese translates as ‘Meritocracy’ in English.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It really is a dream job if you’re from Brazil or another South American country, move HQ to Rio and rename Maracana Stadium Heinz field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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