Pros: there are some really great people with excellent consumer goods/operations knowledge
Cons: the company has lost sight of taking care of it's most important asset - it's people!
Was a mid-level manager and the following is my personal experience. The following account is not exaggerated whatsoever:
1.*BIG ONE... and major decision-maker for me to leave* My second year in this position I was ordered to change the year-end performance rating for a manager (minority) who reported directly to me, because the national averages showed that too many minorities were ranking in the lower percentages. (My manager actually told me this!) Being a woman myself, I felt insulted. I would like to think that my rating was 'earned' Because of my talent and not 'given' because of my gender or race. This was wrong on so many levels therefore my personal trust and morale was gone. Despite my pushback due to problems I had noted in performance, the rating was changed. Later, this particular manager exited due to issues I had noted.
2.Lack of leadership or training - you are on your own. From personal experience, the managers were very proficient in managing their own careers, but not so much at coaching teams.
You must build a network of 'go-to' people. I could rarely go to my manager with issues. Questions were answered with questions, ending in a suggestion to reach out to someone else. Unfortunately, this company is hiring based on college credentials (degrees on your resume), but no work experience with practical application or knowledge; managers with no history actually working in the field or business experience.
3.Overall, the company is very disorganized and has perfected the art of making easy items complicated due to overactive outsourcing. As all companies – more... do, this company is constantly changing, however, Coca Cola does not plan out very well. Communication between departments is very broken. One department will roll out a massive change without consulting another one and the impact often results in lost productivity, lost profit, lost time (if you are on the special project team) and loss of reliability in management/leaders.
4.Consistent solves for opportunities is to cut resources, i.e. supplies, jobs, etc. If missing GP plan, "lets cut a few more people in this or that department." Or, "no more sales supplies are allowed to be purchased until the new year". Result = the trade looks terrible and display quality suffers effecting sales. All in the effort to make the quarterly statements look good for stockholders.
5.I also witnessed a company survey in which the answers given by employees was used to determine if their jobs were needed. The survey was rolled out to the employees as though management was using their feedback to make their jobs easier, but rather, they used the information to determine where they could cut headcount.
6.Due to cut backs and hiring freezes, work-life balance is non-existent. Kiss your spouse and kids goodbye!
I learned to self-develop given that there was no support system. I built independence and my creativity and innovation blossomed. (who knows what I could have done with a solid support system from management in my organizational structure) Peers become very close to one another, since we have to figure things out on our own. There are really good people with a lot of industry experience to learn from. I learned much from those type of contacts.
I learned to prioritize given the fast-paced environment. You also become a master at multi-tasking!
Overall, giving it two stars because I did love many of the people and there were a lot of very smart professionals who I learned from. I can also state that, In conversations I had with peers, many other managers have the same concerns as I did. – less