- Kraft Heinz Company06.Jun 2018
Where to start? Short-term thinking, duplicity, and fear-based management are all both tolerated and encouraged. The company faces a number of declining consumption categories but refuses to invest sufficiently in innovation.
Support from management
Management is not only rudderless but not receptive to teams' needs.
Functional tribalism prevents any cross-functional project from going smoothly.
Attitude towards older colleagues
The veterans from Kraft (and Heinz, years earlier) were quickly flushed out to make way for cheaper, less experienced labor. On a limited basis, this isn't necessarily bad. But the company gave up far too much industry experience and is now run by folks who don't really know what they're doing.
Some do move up quickly due to astronomical turnover. It's not unheard of to have 25 year-old senior managers. Most are not ready for this level of responsibility, at no fault of their own.
Overall compensation for your work
Your base salary is ok, but think twice if you think you'll make bonus most years. The targets are frequently out of reach.
Office / Work Environment
Nice location in downtown Chicago, but you are capped at two personal items on your desk. The open-office environment could theoretically work, but Kraft Heinz abuses this by stuffing as many people as possible into cramped and loud "pods" of desks on every floor.
Most functions endure 10+ hour days and will still find themselves behind.
This is a culture based on fear and constant upheaval. Many quality employees will quit or be fired within a year or two.
The company was chastised by authorities during a fire drill for being the least-prepared of any tenant in the building.
The work is challenging due to its sheer volume and a lack of appropriate training and development. Sadly, much of it is simply finding ways to make your numbers look favorable.
Suggestions for improvement
- 3G Capital is the root issue. Nothing will change until ownership changes hands.
What I like about the company
There are opportunities to move up expediently if you are willing to devote your life to your work.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyKraft Heinz Company
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee