Hershey Is Now a Certified Great Place to Work

The certification is determined by feedback from current employees.

June 07, 2023

HERSHEY, Pa.—The Hershey Company announced that its U.S. business is now certified as a Great Place to Work.

The certification is determined by feedback from current employees. This year's survey of current employees noted pride in their work, trust in the brand and excitement in the company's future as particular strengths for the company. Hershey's U.S. business joins operations in Canada, Brazil, India, Mexico and Malaysia in earning this honor.

"Great Place to Work Certification is a highly coveted achievement that requires consistent and intentional dedication to the overall employee experience," says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, vice president of global recognition at Great Place to Work. "By successfully earning this recognition, it is evident that The Hershey Company stands out as one of the top companies to work for, providing a great workplace environment for its employees."

Hershey's workforce is driven by a people-first culture of co-creation—empowering employees to embrace their authentic selves, take ownership of their work and unlock career potential. The company recognizes that its people are its greatest asset, actively investing in professional development and upskilling opportunities. Below are recent achievements and initiatives around Hershey's employee experience:

  • Say Hola: Hershey promotes an equitable and accessible workplace by actively investing in employee development programs and adapting its facilities to accommodate different needs, like access to other languages in the workplace. Last year, the company launched its first U.S. bilingual manufacturing facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
  • National Veterans Business Development Council: In 2022, under the guidance of Hershey’s Veteran Business Resource Group, Hershey partnered with the National Veterans Business Development Council, bolstering its access to diverse supplier networks. In 2023, the company aims to deepen these ties and expand military-affiliated hiring across all roles by increasing its veteran hiring goal from 6% to 10%.
  • Parental Leave: Hershey is committed to supporting employees and their families through a set of competitive benefits, helping them be well, plan for their future and balance work and life. As part of this commitment, the company increased salaried parental leave to up to 20 weeks in 2023.

In March, The Wills Group was awarded Great Place to Work certification for the second year in a row. According to a Great Place to Work assessment, 84% of Wills Group employees say it’s a great place to work, compared to 57% for a typical U.S. company.