Mars UK ranked 13th Best Workplace in the Great Place to Work® UK’s Large Company category on first year of entry
Recognised for professional development opportunities and commitment to their employees growing with the company
Today, Thursday 28th April, Mars UK proudly announces that it has been named the only FMCG Company in the Large Company Category in this year’s Great Place to Work® UK’s annual rankings.
After opening its doors to enter for the first time, Mars UK is the only FMCG business named as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces in the Large Company category, coming 13th out of all large companies from all industries who entered across the country.
As one of the largest private, family-owned businesses in the world, Mars has been operating in the UK for over 80 years and employs over 4,000 people across 12 sites nationwide. Encompassing Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Mars Global Services. Mars UK manufactures some of the nation’s most recognised and best loved consumer brands including Mars®, Maltesers®, Pedigree®, Uncle Ben’s® and Extra®.
The Great Place to Work® Institute UK has reiterated the focus Mars UK has around career development opportunities offered to its ‘Associates’, what Mars calls its employees because they are encouraged to run the business as if it were their own. Associates enjoy unusual levels of freedom and responsibility from Day One of joining the business, which contributes to Mars’ open and collaborative culture. As well as personal development plans and formal learning through the Mars University, Associates are encouraged to move upwards, sideways, across borders, functions and segments to broaden their horizons and grow their career.
Blas Maquivar, President Mars Chocolate UK & Global Retail said:
“We are extremely proud to be named as the only Large FMCG Company in the UK’s best workplaces. Across Mars UK, we have a really unique culture, based on honest and open communication, and we also offer our Associates some unique benefits – such as bringing your dog to work at our Waltham and Birstall sites and a weekly chocolate allowance at our Slough site.
“While we are a large company, we are still family-owned and our Associates work together in a supportive and collaborative environment. We are more collaborative than hierarchical and, as a private company, we have the freedom to invest for the long-term in our people, our products and in the future of our business.”
If you are interested in a job with Mars UK, all of our latest vacancies are advertised on our Mars Careers Page: www.mars.com/uk/en/careers
The best workplaces across the UK were honoured at the Great Place to Work® Institute UK Awards held at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday 27th April.
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA™ and WISDOM PANEL™.
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About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® UK is part of a global research, consulting and training consultancy that helps organisations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work® supports and advises businesses, non-profits and government agencies in 50 countries on all six continents.
The Best Workplace results are published annually in Great Workplaces, a special report independently published by Great Place to Work®. In 2016, it will be distributed with The Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, HR Director and HR Magazine.