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Cut throat american corporate vibe
Lab Scientist (Current Employee) –  Melton Mowbray3 July 2018
Mars culture is pushed a lot, and although there are positives don't expect to make any real friends or advance without causing real damage to others. This is not an environment for doing honest work, instead you are praised for ensuring your work load is small so you have as much time as possible to help focus on improvement. Re structure are common, there is no job security, and many have been forced out after 25 years of service.
Pros
free food
Cons
pressure
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Too many heads to the snake
Operator machine (Current Employee) –  King's Lynn, Norfolk4 April 2018
Money is OK but benefits are cut every year. Shift work so terrible for social life and body clock. All new managers are kids fresh out of uni with no life experience and just there as figure heads and site management are politicians. 90% could leave tomorrow and the work could continue and probably productivity would increase and certainly morale. This company is all smoke and mirrors to convince you you are making a difference and saving the planet! Really you are making a greedy billionaire family richer
Pros
Wages ok, good overtime rates but makes for a long week
Cons
Management, old unmaintained machinery, zero future prospects
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Not the organisation it used to be
Logistics (Current Employee) –  Castle Cary, Somerset15 March 2018
It has become a dreadful place to work, having worked for the company for over 6 years I’m looking for alternative employment.

New management have come in making sweeping changes without consideration to current processes and systems, resulting in knowledgable people leaving. This has been very much for the worse and the organisation has taken a large step backwards.

Used to be a great, friendly working environment.
Pros
Bonus
Cons
Management
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Not the company it used to be.
Maintenance Technician (level 3) (Current Employee) –  Melton Mowbray28 February 2018
Nobody used to leave Mars for another job. I know of 7 in the last year ! No longer a family run company, has become very "corporate " , it's all about the numbers.
Pros
Amazing people.
Cons
Uncaring management, all trying to make a name for themselves at everyone else's expense.
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Great place to work
Finance Supply Co-Pilot (Former Employee) –  Castle Cary26 February 2018
Really enjoyed working here, great package for the area and lovely colleagues.
Free on site parking, canteen and great environment to work in.
Great being part of a large company within the country side.
Pros
Great salary / benefits for the area
Cons
Location - unless you have your own transport may be tricky to get to
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fun culture, huge change right now
Supply Chain Programme Manager (Current Employee) –  Slough, Berkshire12 February 2018
strong on personal development
family culture
not much room for advancement
need to get in and learn to do things yourself
people are friendly and will support you when needed
work life balance is key
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Great place to work
Training Manager (Former Employee) –  Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire26 January 2018
Worked there for a long long time.

Great people.

Great company.

Great benefits.

Flexible working.

You can take your dog to work.

Family friendly
Pros
Great culture and benefits
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productive
production operator (Former Employee) –  Slough Trading Estate, Berkshire24 January 2018
A lovely place to work, with lots of benefits. The staff and management are very understanding and good within any situations.
I loved working at mars due to learning lots of new things.
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As bad as it gets!
Unit Specialist (Former Employee) –  Waltham-on-the-Woldsp17 January 2018
On paper seems like the dream work culture, we are constantly asked our opinions on how new strategies are going, often many times about the same things, only to be completely ignored even when we are singing in unison off the same page, which is extremely demoralizing. The dogs are great! But unless you have never had a job before or can cope well with being taught how to suck eggs with frustratingly little opportunities to progress due to the nature of the role you're going to hate it! If you have no animal experience or qualifications it will look great on your CV if you can stick it for a few months.
Pros
The dogs. Looks good on your CV.
Cons
Everything else!
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Fun workplace
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Theale, Berkshire10 January 2018
This is a company that is very interested in your development. If you want to get on, you will be supported. It is a very friendly environment where people have time for you. Your opinions are sought and taken seriously.
Pros
Keen on development
Cons
People move around the business a lot
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First Class
Distribution Manager (Former Employee) –  Leeds28 December 2017
Extremely professional organisation- always allowed me as a third party logistics provider to manage in the way I though best to improve their efficiency whilst maximising their profits.
Pros
Good team ethics
Cons
long hours
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Broad fast paced learning environment
Customer Development Manager (Former Employee) –  Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire27 November 2017
Mars invest strongly in their associates, and expect back relentless commitment.

There are a broad range of categories and moving across category is encouraged. There is a positive ethos but this is sometimes limited by the fact that such a large company lacks agility.

Great brands, great people.
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A great working enviroment
Corporate Finance Intern (Former Employee) –  London6 September 2017
The Mars team are incredible to work with, they provide all the support a young working professional could want from their employer. This provides the best foundation to achieve great things.
Pros
management
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Unit Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire31 July 2017
The company has a great system and puts great emphasise on training and growth. I work with animal nutrition and with animal feed on the cat units. Looking after the animals is a key part of my role.
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Fmcg
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Leicestershire11 July 2017
FMCG with a strong culture. Flexible to help work fit with any lifestyle. Very environmentally and community conscious. Wide variety of locations worldwide.
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Melton mowbray Mars
Unknown (Current Employee) –  Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire29 June 2017
Mars the company is great and how it all works it's a fantastic place with tones of benefits! I love working here and everyone is very nice and friendly.
Pros
Mars shop
Cons
Melton mowbray needs to be made to look, a lot better from the outside, the inside looks great but compared to, Melton Food near by looks a lot better from outside.
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Mars pats itself on the back
Unit Specialist (Former Employee) –  Waltham11 May 2017
I worked here for 5 years, senior management and lower bands are great and tend to work very hard. Middle management seem to have fallen into roles by default because of time spent at the company, and often have zero people skills. Bonuses are great on paper, but managers can invent their own incentive targets which can often be ridiculous or counterproductive. Great team in general, as usual a few bad eggs spoiled the omelette for me.
Pros
Good teams on the lower and upper levels
Cons
Poor middle management (surprise!)
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Productive and fast paced
Area Leader (Current Employee) –  Birstall, West Yorkshire10 May 2017
Focussed on customer quality this company is a great place to work where management provide you with freedom to develop. Great support and work ethics.
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Poor work/home life balance
Production Operative (Former Employee) –  King's Lynn, Norfolk28 January 2017
Shifts are very demanding with each day being a different shift time ie; 8hr day followed by 12hr day, 8hr mid-shift, 12hr night finishing on a 8hr night followed by 3 days off where the 1st day is a write off as you finish at 7am and you're so tired you can't function!! You hardly see your family because of the shift times and you end up not having a social life!
Pros
Good pay......due to shifts!
Cons
Never see your family due to shifts!
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Excellent Employer
Management Team Administrator (Current Employee) –  Slough18 January 2017
I have only been at Mars for a short time on a temporary basis, but found it to be a refreshing change to previous corporate companies. You are not micro managed, but so long as you get the job done you are left to do your job.
Everyone is very welcoming and friendly and will always speak to you, even in just passing. The atmosphere is very light and friendly.

The hardest part was probably getting access to all the systems. That took almost 2 weeks to get completed.
I cannot fault anything here, and would love to stay if it weren't for the pay.
Pros
Culture, really nice
Cons
Chocolate coming every day......
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