When we accepted our offers for the MBA program at Kraft Heinz back in October, we had a good idea of what we were getting into.
This Monday, it was finally getting real! And one thing is clear, that’s what we signed up for.
From day one, you can expect to be given responsibilities and start managing projects. For people like us, that is the best way to learn. Be involved, crunch the numbers, gather data, schedule meetings. In our previous experiences, it took a year or so before we were given the lead on projects. At Kraft Heinz, it happened quite instantly. And that’s part of the ownership culture.
Yes, it can seem overwhelming at first sight, but there is a very rewarding aspect in feeling useful, involved and most of all, busy!
Things go fast at Kraft Heinz, and what we enjoy the most so far, is having the opportunity to deal with so many people inside the company, rather than working in silos. The open space concept makes your team, your manager, other departments, senior managers and the leadership team really accessible. Communications are nimble, and everyone is always happy to help. This, in our opinion, is a very important aspect of the culture: we all rely on each other, and thus it is important to develop positive relationships with your colleagues and the more you give and help others, the better it will come back to you when you’re most in need.
The culture at Kraft Heinz is not only words. It is tools, processes, methods. It is lived and breathed every day. For instance, we used to think that Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB) or Management by Objectives (MBO) were just two management styles. This is not the case, there is real support and efforts put into making them ritualized and applicable to everyone. This ensures that everyone is aligned, vertically and horizontally, hierarchically and functionally. We believe this is an important part in creating a meritocratic culture.
Overall, we are very excited to be part of the adventure. If you are looking for responsibilities, learning every day, being challenged, then welcome aboard!