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Heinz Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
338 Reviews
2.0
338 Reviews
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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
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge depending on the department in which you work (in 33 reviews)

  • All company communication is about cost cutting under the guise of growing the business (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Zero Based Budgeting equals zero employee satisfaction equals zero blinking business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    No pro for the employee but by the time this lot have finished ripping the heart and sole out of it a new owner will pick this up for a song.

    Cons

    No training people are given different roles and responsibilities which would be a promotion in any other company but not in Heinz, no more money or better grade just performance managed out of the business if you can't cope with the extra pressure, which is ironic as one of the targets is to reduce the number of leavers, we won't be holding our breaths for a bonus in January 2016 then. People leave, there is a recruitment freeze so the people left are given more work, more people leave and so it goes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Henry J Heinz will be spinning in his grave. He once said “The ruling principle of our business must be to secure the permanent satisfaction of the consumer and the full confidence of the trade.” Well I am sorry to say, we have no confidence in the trade, we have increased our prices without justification only to feed the greedy new owners. Well Jan, you had better take a look around you before the last one switches off the lights! One of the questions on here is would I recommend working for Heinz to a friend, I would recommend it to my worst enemy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Just a shame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    At this point most people still believe Heinz to be an all American company.

    Cons

    Miserable place to work. Moral is lower than anywhere I have ever worked. Most everyone is watching their back or doesn't know enough to realize it.
    Heinz is not even close to what this company was just a couple of short years ago when it really did care about employees and doing the right things for their customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to someone that understands what Heinz was and willing to bring at least some of the integrity back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Runaway

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Administrator in Warrendale, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Administrator in Warrendale, PA (US)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Co-Workers are friendly, Nice Building, Great Brand Name. The salary is ok

    Cons

    Management is horrible at all levels
    ZZB Budgeting can't even get new working equipment
    Lots of work barely have time to go to the bathroom
    The company has no values
    Everything is hurry up and get it down don't ask questions either
    No training
    Senior management can barely speak english very hard to understand during meetings.
    Company isn't focused on the customer just making money at the customers expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to move a better balance of the workload

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 15 people found this helpful  

    Things have changed for the worse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    Great brand. Used to be a good culture

    Cons

    The current management wants to only make money. They will put it back on the market soon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let things be

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Faulty Towers eat your heart out!

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    Former Employee - Management in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Management in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    Awesome senior management opportunities for Brazilian graduates.

    Cons

    New Management are clueless, trigger happy and their management style is dictatorial.
    Mass redundancies have seen work life balance destroyed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sad to see what 3G is doing to what used to be a great company. It will be ready to be on sold to some other unsuspecting billionaire in a few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 29 people found this helpful  

    Good people, crappy management!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Pros

    Work is good and steady!

    Cons

    What a joke! From HR down to supervisors! Favoritism is crazy and if you have an issue that needs taken care of especially up in HR, you better take care of it yourself! They talk to you like your an idiot, no respect and that's if you can get a hold of them because they DONT answer the phones or call you back! They tell every bodies business to anybody! Everybody knows your business before you punch in! Very unprofessional management!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get NEW management!!!!

  8. 33 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a GREAT company until 3G got their hands on the company, now it's a complete disaster!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, great people, advancement opportunities, bonuses, merit increase & recognition for doing great work

    Cons

    The new owners (3G) have no idea of how to run a food manufacturer. They have literally destroyed what was a great company in 12 months. They fired a lot of talented people with tremendous industry knowledge & replaced them with rookies to the industry. Reason being, they want to cut salaries to save money, instill their own "culture" on these newbies, work everybody to the bone & don't pay them for their efforts. They talk about Meritocracy, but to date, nobody has seen any financial reward. You might get a title change or promotion that requires a ton of more work, but they aren't "showing you the money". Cut costs, close factories, hire the cheapest talent you can find, all to pad your Brazilian pockets more & more every day.

    Very, very disappointing to see what you have done 3G to Heinz in less then 12 months. HJ Heinz must be rolling over in his grave at how you have taken one of the worlds most powerful brands and destroyed it. No wonder you are losing all your talented people, only reason people are still there is they probably don't have an option right now. Wait till they get that option, they will fly the coop faster then you can say Meritocracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up what you say in your Meritocracy talk and pay the people who perform and make your quarterly numbers. Be honest with you employees, you know how bad things are, why aren't you owing up to it and more importantly, fixing it!! Get back to focusing on the customer, they are the ones who pay you salary. You have lost touch with what made Heinz a great company & fun place to work, so stop with all the cost cutting and take care of your employees and customers before there is nothing left. Very sad shell of what used to be a great company. Is it time to burn the furniture to save on the heating bills?

    Done with my rant, you get the picture, fix it now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 29 people found this helpful  

    Ripped the soul out !!

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Pros

    Very few left - which is sad to say.
    You work with very skilled individuals, creative, highly intelligent - who sadly are beaten and ground down daily to just hit a number.
    Brand

    Cons

    Managers do not manage.
    They do not motivate.
    They bring in a sales number. & Micromanage you every day of the month until that number is hit.
    When that number is looking like it is at risk , they run to do deep deals which then mortgages the next months numbers - short sighted method of managing a worldwide huge brand.
    No Development plans.
    No training plans.
    Cost Saving - run by graduates / brazilians
    Putting inexperienced people in roles, and letting them sink or swim - not exactly a great people policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up. Go home. Ruin another PLC. Start treating people like they matter. A Meritocracy is the advancement based on intellectual talent measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented. - so, by the fact everyone is leaving because you are making them leave , & then promoting people with no/little experience is not a Meritocracy, it's plugging holes with cheap heads - sorry to say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Going through the process

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    work-life balance:great
    friendly environment
    great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours
    low pay
    time off policies

  11. 29 people found this helpful  

    It will never be a fun place to work

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

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hand out Senior titles to Juniors in lieu of a pay rise
    Great brands

    Cons

    Rewarded for staying late - even if you do nothing
    Blindly throw Juniors in to big roles and watch them fail
    People are very much a cost to be squeezed
    Meritocracy - often mentioned, never followed
    Brazilians will always get the big jobs
    No work life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about what you're offering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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