More than a job
A mutually rewarding experience.
Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.
What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.
Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.
Freedom, responsibility and a business to call your own.
Mars people are known as Associates for a reason. It’s because we expect each and every one of them to run the business as their own. Whether you are in the factory making sure our machines run well, a graduate learning how to be a leader of tomorrow or a senior manager in any of our functions, the expectation is the same. You’ll have freedom you’ve not experienced before. A lot of freedom. And with that freedom comes responsibility.
So at the same time, we expect our associates to grab everything that’s within their reach and use it to develop themselves. You see, control over how your future unfolds here is firmly in your hands. Exactly how that happens, though, could be in any number of ways. Because we provide a structure for development in the broadest sense, one that can be used to drive your career across countries and business segments.
No surprise to learn, then, that we aim to attract exceptional people. The kind who have tons of talent and who don’t just wait for things to drop into their lap, they go out and grab life. People who can take responsibility for everything and anything from revolutionizing the way we pack pet food, to improving the lives of cocoa farmers and their families. If you’re one of those outstanding people then you’ll get a chance to do great work here and all kinds of possibilities will be open to you.
Open-plan offices, approachable people, honest communication.
No walls. No borders. No limits to what’s possible. Our culture is based on open, honest communication. And we don’t let anything stand in the way of that. Literally. You see we got rid of private office spaces to create accessible environments way back in 1943. And it was one of the best things we ever did. So today no one, and we really mean no one, not even a single CEO, has a separate office.
Our approach works. And today you can see it working all around you, in all corners of the world. We’re based in more than 74 countries, operate out of more than 364 locations and do business on every continent. That business ranges from chocolate to petcare, drinks to symbioscience. And the professionals who drive it are experts in everything from finance to sales to engineering to human resources.
But walk into any Mars building, anywhere in the world, and you’ll find the same thing. Open space, open communication, approachable people talking the same language and working together in entrepreneurial ways, because they treat the business as their own. And even though we’re a decentralized business, one that encourages decisions to be taken locally, once you’ve seen one Mars building you’ve seen them all.
Knowing & growing
Leading-edge development programs, global opportunities, learning from the best.
Your time here should be something you enjoy. Really enjoy. But at the same time it should stretch you and challenge you, every day. That’s the only way any of us really grows. And the best way to go on to reach our full potential. To help you take each of those challenges in your stride, we take your learning and development seriously. Very Seriously. And not just because it’s good for you but because it makes good business sense for us to have people performing at the top of their game.
Now we know that most of the best learning happens every day, with people pushing themselves to find innovative ways of working and trying out things that have never been thought of before. And our 70/20/10 model of learning not only recognizes that, it puts in place the structures to make it happen. You see, we believe that 70% of your learning comes from giving you the opportunity to try things out for yourself, even if it means taking a few risks. 20% you’ll learn from the great people on your side as mentors. And the final 10% is what you gain from leading-edge classes and courses, designed by our own experts as well as leading external institutions, such as Harvard University. And that’s not all.
We work with our associates to fully understand their long-term career goals and make sure we’re providing the kind of support they need to achieve them. So everyone here, and we mean everyone, has a Personal Development Plan. It sets out goals, opens up conversations about progression and is the trigger for salary reviews. Based on our leading-edge competency model, developed in partnership with Lominger®, it spans functional areas and gives all our 72,000 associates a common language to talk development.
But the support we provide doesn’t stop there. It includes mentoring and coaching, opportunities to rub shoulders with some of the best and the brightest people in business and to learn from some of the world’s best educational leaders, as well as a full suite of development programs provided at our very own Wrigley Leadership Academy and award-winning Mars University. No wonder one UK newspaper described our graduate scheme as a better bet for an ambitious youngster than Harvard, Insead or London Business School.