Featured CPG Employer: Mars
6885 Elm Street
McLean, VA 22101-3883
The Mars Corporation is the sixth largest privately held corporation in the United States. The company is a worldwide manufacturer of confections and other food products with annual revenues of more than $28 billion. One of the largest food manufacturers in the world, the company operates through six business segments; Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. Mars’ brands include M&Ms, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Doublemint, Orbit, Uncle Ben’s, Pedigree, and Whiskas.
“Making a difference to people and the planet though performance.”
Mars believes in an egalitarian management philosophy and transparent communications. All employees, regardless of their level within the organization are referred to as “associates,” symbolizing the company’s firm belief in the importance of each associate’s contribution to the continued success of the business. In return for accepting responsibility for the achievement of specific goals and objectives, Mars associates are entitled to enjoy fair treatment, respect, and rewards commensurate with their contribution.
At Mars, the role of the organization is to unleash the talents of individuals, and provide structure, processes and a clear framework that liberates and enables every associate to give their very best. By clarifying accountabilities, designing challenging and interesting jobs with built-in career development steps, and creating communities of shared purpose, Mars enhances the engagement – and therefore performance – of its associates around the world.
Management at Mars is guided by Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. The company is extremely proud to be family owned because it means that Mars is completely in charge of driving success and shaping its own future, with fewer restrictions than most (publicly held) companies. Further, this freedom gives Mars associates the freedom to excel by being passionate, creative, innovative and daring…and to take chances.
Mars has always been a decentralized organization with a small corporate center. This reflects the value the company places in local customer knowledge – believing that the associates in the markets being served are best equipped to make the decisions necessary to meet the businesses’ goals and objectives. This gives Mars associates strong accountability and exceptional leadership opportunities throughout the organization.