Heinz Reviews

Updated 14 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Dream big means no life, no money. Modern day slavery at its finest!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people make the company. Some of the best people i have worked with. Always willing to lend a hand, considering everyone is doing 2-3 people's jobs.

    Cons

    I can't say anymore than what has already been said, just looking at the reviews for the last 12 months. Also take note of the stream of fake (4+ star) reviews in the last month. This is because there is grad recruitment campaign and so 3G Heinz is trying to improve its reputation. Keep scrolling further to get a more realistic picture.

    For any grads or new employees considering applying at Heinz, here are some points you need to know about how the company works:

    - You are the modern day slave and will be expected to put in 12+ hours every single day.

    - Promotions do exist, for people that are "perceived" to work hard (look at point above)

    - The salaries are paid at more than 80% below market with the promises of bonuses, but bonuses are used to give employees what they should already be earning in the first place. There have been no pay rises for the last 3 years.

    - Due to the layoffs, low salaries and ridiculously long work hours, the morale is the lowest it can be.

    - For the new grads considering to join Heinz, use it as a resume builder only and do your research on 3G and its culture. You will thrive if you love the 3G culture, the rest of people wanting a family, life & other achievements, look somewhere else.

    - The career opportunities exist because so many employees have been made redundant, which has also resulted in a massive knowledge gap for new employees taking up the new positions.

    If you still are keen to get into FMCG, take a look at the other companies. Heinz should only be a last resort.

    Advice to Management

    What advice can be given to management that they don't already know?

    A company is its people, take care of the people, they will reward you handsomely.

    Sadly, that little common sense seems to be missing from Bernardo.

  2. Helpful (7)

    Lost its way since buy out

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heinz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries good but thats about it

    Cons

    Management don't manage as the focus is on fire fighting not on long term strategies, apart from cost cutting.
    Politics more important than productivity.
    A lot of people leaving or actively looking for other employment.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Director

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

    I have been working at Heinz full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bonus POTENTIAL. no problem anyway, they are doing everything to avoid we get a bonus..

    Cons

    you can have a career only if you're brazilian. There are good brazilain and some other that work 2 hours a day. results are not important, your passport is.

    Advice to Management

    Bernardo, please, take some lesson to avoid that nervous laugh when you publicly speak. It is embarrassing.....

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  5. Helpful (8)

    Brand Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Portfolio brands are ones consumers recognize and respect
    - Product quality can be a sense of pride for brand teams
    - Good salaries

    Cons

    - Management is completely disconnected from employees
    - Disrespect between the levels of the organization is a huge drag on morale
    - Unsustainable profit model depends on sapping all equity built over the past several decades
    - Executives earn their incentives while employees are handed unrealistic goals and meager means with which to achieve them

    Advice to Management

    - Show respect to ALL coworkers, regardless of their title
    - Place decision making ability back in the hands of those who know their businesses the best rather than working backwards from profit goals and handing out marching orders

  6. Helpful (6)

    Sales,

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

    I worked at Heinz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At this time, I cannot see any pros. The company used to be a great place to work, People were treated with respect and were valued by management.

    Cons

    Not a people company, do not care about the employee at this time. They are only concerned about how much money they can save and the hell with the people.

    Advice to Management

    get real, treat people with respect, fire inept managers like who have no people skills and treats people like they are garbage . should not treat people with that type of attitude. its a poor way to do business

  7. Great place!

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Heinz

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work with lots of upward potential.

    Cons

    Work life balance is hard sometimes

  8. Helpful (27)

    Watch out Kraft

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heinz

    Pros

    There are no good things to share. This is a sad situation.

    Cons

    No appreciation for hard work. The new 3G Heinz claims they reward merit, but that is untrue. They reward uncaring, greedy and power hungry bosses with no experience. I just read through some Kraft reviews about bad managers. Just wait Kraft people, you haven't seen anything yet.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing - they absolutely understand what they are doing and one day they will answer for it. I understand the 3G guys being this way -- they don't know any better. As for the "converted" Heinz VPs and Directors that were there before this happened and chose to abandon their former team mates, shame on you. You will have to live with your self.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Accounts payable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Leamington, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Leamington, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Big firm so looks good for you resume. Lots of people to help if you need any assistance. Friendly atmosphere. Many young hires who are highly educated.

    Cons

    Harder to move up many people are competing for the same position. Lots of lay offs and increased working hours by the people still employed to cover the excess workload.

    Advice to Management

    Management are good and very helpful. Make employees feel valuable. Hard working which encourages their employees to be hard workers as well.

  10. Helpful (18)

    Resume Builder Only

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Heinz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Heinz has deteriorated from best-in-class to an employment-of-last resort company over the years. A great ticket punch on a resume. If your interest is consumer products, not a bad start.

    Cons

    Everybody and every task is viewed as a better-be-cheap commodity, emphasis is on least cost instead of high quality and customer requirements. Culture has evolved from marketing driven to finance driven - declining sales have and will continue to reflect this value. Avoid if your profession is not directly related to consumer products (e.g., IT); those areas will generally lag as investment in them will continue to decline in order to keep consistent profits in an environment of declining sales.

    Advice to Management

    Management is uninterested in the opinions of its employees, current or past.

  11. Helpful (18)

    Total disaster! This company treats the employees like the commodities they sell. Cheap and getting worse every day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand recognition that is becoming a sad reminder to customers and distributors of how things used to be.
    Customer loyalty.

    Cons

    Layoffs, plant closures, quality issues, poor planning at corporate level, terrible new product rollouts with unreasonable expectation, no employees input, cost cutting at every corner, profitable despite declining sales (we all know what that means), multiple price increase, logistics issues.
    Bonus was changing up until late third quarter and resulted in shockingly low payout despite promise of meritocracy mantra of work hard and get paid. Work is all consuming- unable to complete customer demands and extra company requirements in a regular 50 hour work week. Weekend have been normal since 3G has taken over. Raises has been frozen for years except for when they lowered our bonus targets when they took over. This was not a raise so much as a cost cutting measure to avoid a revolt.
    Management is often unqualified to be in the positions being held which i making baad situations worse. Career opportunities are only available to very few people. Once a job is posted interviews are usually already underway or there is somebody taking over.
    If the best thing you can say about a company is free food you need a better paying job to go buy your own food and are obviously not looking past the lunch line. There are serious problems here!!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Your best people have either left, are looking or miserable.

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