Overall Reviews at Kraft Heinz Company
Laborer | Lowville, NY | Feb 2, 2019
The pay is reasonable for the area, with lots of overtime to be worked! I was averaging 25 hours a week of overtime for a year, but had many weeks of over 30, and 6 days a week almost every week. They add on additional days to the schedule the day prior to your weekend basically letting you know you will be working your weekend, sometimes with under 24 hours until your day off. Also you never know when your shift ends as you are forced to stay until the end of production, can be a 2-4 hour window! When production is poor they threaten to fire employees almost on the daily! I would not recommend this job to anyone i actually care about, the stress level is insanely high and almost not worth the pay. Its only semi worth it if you get hired on full time and are looking to get out of debt or get some extra money in the bank, although i do not recommend staying permanently under these conditions as its so stressful i would actually classify it as unhealthy! Also the temp to hire, they will string you along for months some people for well over a year, a few will get hired on quickly but very few! Its one of the most unprofessional work environments i have ever worked in!
Prosgood pay if you get hired on full time
Consno job security, HIGH hours, no work/life balance, tedious, unprofessional
Territory Manager | Pittsburgh, PA | Nov 8, 2019
Great Company, Management Lacking
I love the company. Let me say that. I can see great things for this company with better leadership. It's definitely a budget conscious company these days with the whopping budget of 7.00 a month for office supplies. Communication from the top down is sketchy at best. There are no service level agreements internally to keep processes moving along in a timely manner. Much time is spent running down information repeatedly. Meritocracy is a pinnacle point for this company. The unfortunate part of that is that they allow people with little experience and/or emotional maturity in management positions without management training. Bullying does exist and was not effectively addressed by upper management. Favoritism was witnessed. Cost of living increases do not happen. When hired in, be prepared to live at that salary rate for years so negotiate accordingly. Budgetary constraints are felt from the top down. They have some incredible products, but understand there is a huge umbrella of brands. They are good about taking care of the customer when there are challenges brought about on Corporates part. There is a good work/life balance.
Operator | Winchester, VA | May 22, 2019
No personal life
I’ve worked for Kraft Heinz for 3 years. Every year it continues to get worse. Your attendance is monitored by a point system resulting in a point every time you call out or use your sick time. After 5 points you can no longer bid on other jobs within the plant. Their is no communication between anyone including management. They are so short staffed that on top of them working you 6-7 days a week, you pull at least 4 12s a week. Due to being short staffed, they are denying people vacation days. If you know more than one job within the plant, they pull you anywhere last minute. Honestly Kraft is more worried about filling open spots by and I quote the plant manager, “Stealing employees from other companies” then they are keeping the ones that bust their butts day in and day out. When the weather is bad, this winter the only reason the plant didn’t run, was because to many staff called off, in which those who called out was given an occurrence. The product is more important then the lives of their employees.
Kraft is the worst place to work specially when you have a family.
ConsOverworked, no life
Handler | Springfield, MO | Mar 17, 2019
One of the issues i found while working at Kraft Heinz was that some of the management individuals were not genuine. In order to be great at your business you have to ensure that your employees have the same mission that you have. One of the things I found was that my immediate supervisor and plant manager had a different agenda. They were more concerned about not being fired by Bernardo than actually focusing on ensuring the plant was performing at its upmost best. I never did understood that analogy. I hated to see indviduals sit around and ponder if they were in the chopping block. Life is to short to be worried about being chopped. I think that when you are in a situation that you have to worry about that everyday, you spend more time trying to remedy that than actually focus on the improvement of your everyday business. That was my observation.. Needless to say i just couldn't stay around observing that. I started to get anxious everyday about everything. My ideas or input were never heard, well lets get real, no one's was heard. Sad but true....
Operator | Ontario, OR | Apr 4, 2019
Super stressful and really poor management
The pay is pretty good, well above the minimum wage for our area, really good benefits once youre a full time employee and past your probation period. There is ample opportunity to go up in the ladder but without a degree or training, there is only so high you can go. The job bidding goes off of seniority, so if you havent been at the job long, youll get outbid on jobs. They make you work 12 to 13 hr shifts regularly, and most of the current supervisors dont seem to know what the theyre doing. There seems to be no communication between them and theyll suspend you for the smallest things. HR at that point will usually take their side and not the employees.
Job is super stressful.
Other than all the politics and drama involved, its a good place to work. On downtimes usually youll be working, and 2x a year the factory goes down for 1-2 weeks.
ProsAmazing pay, good benefits, overtime
ConsSupervisors, poor management, stressful work environment, long long hours, somewhat high turnover rate. Poor communication
Relief 3 | Newberry, SC | May 13, 2019
Not worth it
This place is going down! Management is a joke no one knows what they are doing ! You can get a way with a lot if you are a attractive lady ... well if you are a lady period! Everyone is sleeping with each other including line techs and supervisors ! They will make you work overtime at the last minutes , will also make you work 7 days for months straight! They take points for everything if you have a doctor excuse point if you get sick at work point if your child is sick point if you late to the line point clock in too early point 2 hours late point , 1 min late half of point , then you have to wait 60 consecutive days to get 1 or .5 a point back ! Drama Drama Drama basically a big high school ! There is no secrets at kraft so if you didn’t something EVERYONE KNOWS ! They will work you to death literally and talk to you any type of way if you let them , have absolutely no respect for employees ! Literally have a 30 mins break but really like 15 , one min late and they on your butt !Try to blame employees for EVERYTHING!
ProsGreat benefits Great pay
ConsAlmost everything !
Process Operator | Avon, NY | May 7, 2019
Cut positions + mandated overtime
Over the past few years I've worked at Kraft Heinz there have been many job cuts all around the plant. Many of these cut positions duties are then pawned off onto another position adding more work to what they have to do, which lead to a stressful environment. On top of that as an operator I am, semi often, mandated to work overtime. Sometimes I'll have to work 3+ 12 hour days in my 5 day week or they'll tack on a Saturday the day before. Due to the seniority system in this plant the person being here the least amount of time gets required for overtime unless another person volunteers. It can take a few years to make it anywhere in this plant due to that same seniority system where nearly all jobs are awarded to the person being here the longest. This makes it difficult to move up in the plant taking many years to secure yourself a decent job.
ProsIncluded life and health insurance, 401k plans, and overtime opportunities
ConsRequired overtime, can take a long time to advance, and can be quite stressful at times
Procurement | Chicago, IL | Jun 5, 2018
As bad as it gets - stay away at all costs
Kraft Heinz is, by far, the most toxic business I've ever worked for. A few examples:
-Overall compensation looks competitive until you realize that bonuses are tied to nearly unattainable goals.
-Management is not at all receptive to teams needs.
-Turnover is constant, and nearly everything is a broken mess due to this lack of continuity.
-Sycophants and short-term thinkers are not only tolerated but encouraged.
-The company is playing defense on most of its consumption categories as tastes change. Leadership pledges commitment to innovation, but then refuses to invest sufficiently in it.
-The sheer workload is immense. Most functions endure at least 10-hour days and will still find themselves behind.
-A select few will get promoted quickly, but this is more so because of astronomical turnover than meritocracy.
I would exhaust all other options before considering Kraft Heinz.
ProsOpportunities for advancement
ConsWork-life balance, turnover, culture toxicity, leadership
Operator | Avon, NY | Jun 2, 2019
i wouldnt personally work there again
A typical day at work was you came in you got your gear on, then you go to the floor wash hands then u get on the line and start placing rotating the person off. I learned to place, operate the line, take machines apart and put them back together, were PPE while cleaning the machines during wet wash. dry clean, making sure the tray seals were good, and making sure the line ran good so we can make the numbers for the night shift. upper management didn't really know what there doing to be honest and the lower management like the supervisors and the team leads are very hard working people and there on top of there game. The hardest part of the job was when the line went down and you had to fix it as fast as you can because you have to meet a certain number at the end of your shift. The thing ill miss most about Kraft is the pay.
Prosfull benfits, increase in pay every 6 months, overtime 1.5
Consmanatory overtime, 40 degrees, overnights, magament, kills your body
Operations Technician | Columbia, MO | May 16, 2018
Do your time, stay busy.
I have worked there for a very long time. Seen changes on a large scale with processes, equipment, management, employees, pay scales, benefits, and lastly and most importantly morale. Morale has dropped significantly even for someone as humble as me. Then I heard through rumerville that Washington post says, kraft Heinz, is either 6th or 2nd, worst place to work in America. So I guess it wasn't just me. Expect long hours and a lot of training. There is experienced operators that will help as much as they can, leaders on the floor are also informative and helpful as well. Treat others as you would like to be treated goes a long way here. Be open and willing if you want to stay. Depending on your schedule, you can expect either 40-45 hours a week, and or forced overtime for the schedule. You get what you choose to put into it.
ConsLong hours, apmost total dedication to job.