Mars, Incorporated was recognized as one of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®, being ranked 22 on a list of 25 companies. The ranking is the world's largest annual study of workplace excellence, identifying the top 25 best multinationals in terms of workplace culture.
As in 2013, the list once again noted Mars' internal training and development programs, as well as high percentage of women in management positions. Mars has gradually increased the proportion of women in management roles each year, currently achieving 40 percent globally. Additionally, the list is an affirmation to Mars' Associates feeling engaged and the company continues to strive to create a workplace that retains and attracts great people.
"You can't talk about Mars unless you talk about people. In most manufacturing businesses, the leaders are thinking about equipment, assets, metrics, and the bottom line — but Mars clearly understands that we can't get any of that without people. When I started, my conversations with Mars leadership were all focused on supporting me," says James "JR" Smith, Associate at Mars Petcare US.
At Mars, Associates can benefit from open offices that encourage camaraderie and collaboration, creating a fun and motivating workplace; not to mention the free candy, Mars drinks and opportunity to bring their pet to work. The company was also credited by Great Place to Work® in other key areas for its unique working environment and Associate culture including: wellness programs, and local and global volunteering opportunities. "Earning a place among this year's World's Best Multinational Workplaces is a great achievement," says China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work®. "These organizations are creating a consistent, high-trust culture around the world. This is good for their employees, for their business prospects and for our global society."