HERSHEY, Pa.—Hershey’s U.S. business is now certified by Great Place to Work, an award based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at Hershey. This year's survey of Hershey employees noted justice, pride and leadership as strengths for the company. Hershey's U.S. business joins its operations in Brazil and India in earning this certification honor.
"Being named a Great Place to Work-Certified company further validates our culture and our 128-year legacy of making moments of goodness," said Michele Buck, chairman, president and chief executive officer, The Hershey Company. "Inspired by our remarkable people who bring our purpose to life, we are committed to living our values every day and ensuring our company remains a great place to work."
According to Great Place to Work research, job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a certified Great Place to Work employer. Employees are also twice as likely to be paid fairly, earn a fair share of the company's profits and have a fair chance at promotion. Additionally, employees at certified workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work.
"This honor directly reflects the thoughts and opinions of our employees, which is the highest praise we could receive," added Chris Scalia, senior vice president, chief human resources officer, The Hershey Company. "To address the challenges of the past two years, our leadership team has harnessed the power of continuous and active listening, created a safe and open workplace through public acts of vulnerability and fostered value creation through putting our employees' well-being first."
Hershey stated that the certification underscores its ongoing commitment to foster a positive employee experience, with inclusivity, equity and mentorship initiatives driving tangible results. In 2022, the company launched an enterprise-wide career development program so employees could learn and practice new ideas, behaviors and skills. Additionally, Hershey is supporting employees through a set of competitive and wide-ranging benefits to help them be healthy, plan for their future and balance work and life. In addition, Hershey will increase salaried parental leave to up to 20 weeks in 2023.