At HARIBO of America, Inc., 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 50 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.79. It was published on Jul 12, 2016. 3336 Visitors

What Employees Say

People celebrate special events around here.
We have special and unique benefits here.
I feel I make a difference here.
People care about each other here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.

What They Do

We asked HARIBO of America, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We create moments of joy and child-like happiness through quality candy brands at a great value.  

About this Company

Website: Industry: Other
US Headquarters: Rosemont, Illinois US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Baltimore, Maryland US Employees: 53
US Revenues: $130.09 million Employees Worldwide: 53
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1982

HARIBO of America, Inc. has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in Chicago 2017 (ranked 21)

Rick LaBerge, EVP & COO

Perks and Programs

We asked HARIBO of America, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Medical Plan and HSA funding: HARIBO provides BCBS medical coverage at zero premium payment to associates. In addition, during the 2016 plan year, HARIBO provides annual HSA funding as follows: $2,600 for associates with employee only coverage; $5,200 for associates with employee plus 1 coverage; $6,750 for associates with family coverage (which is the max. governmental limit). There are no copayments, once the plan deductible is met.
  • Cultural events: HARIBO embraces our associates' diverse backgrounds and invites every associate to submit holidays and cultural events that we may celebrate together. We have celebrated and learned about Diwali, Chanukah, Christmas, and Nikolaus; have watched the EURO Cup (soccer); had a potluck lunch at the conclusion of Ramadan and are looking forward to learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year in 2017.
  • Parental leave policy: HARIBO has implemented a parental leave policy to enable associates of the Company, who are new parents, to spend time with their newborn or newly adopted children. HARIBO recognizes the physical, emotional and psychological demands of both childbirth and adoption, and considers that a period of leave is important for the well-being of both the parent and the child. HARIBO’s maternity leave entitlement is 12 weeks. Paternity leave is available to new fathers for a period of up to three days. HARIBO covers 100% of the associates base earnings, given that the associate has been employed by HARIBO for at least 26 consecutive weeks prior to the effective date of the leave.
  • Flexible schedule and Friday hours (all year-round): Associates may start work between 7:00 AM and 9:30 AM and can respectively leave between 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM. On Fridays, Associates will be able to leave the office by 3:00 PM as long as their 40-hour work week commitment has been fulfilled.
  • Dental insurance program and life insurance benefit plus generous retirement plan: Annual dental benefit is $3,000 per insured member with a rollover policy and life insurance covers twice the associates' base pay (with a cap of $500,000). HARIBO contributes 5% of associates eligible earnings to associates' 401(k) accounts. No match required.
  • All Associates Day: Twice a year, HARIBO brings all associates together for teambuilding activities. At our previous All Associates Day, we provided every Associate with a Myers Briggs personality type assessment and training, which was well received. We will celebrate the upcoming event at Great America -- so that all associates can see one of our advertisement campaigns live in the park, while competing in a scavenger hunt.
  • Generous FMLA leave policy: HARIBO provides all associates with FMLA coverage, regardless whether we meet the 50 associate in a 75-mile radius requirement -- or not. We reduced the eligibility requirement from 12 months to 6 months. We have made these changes to the policy to support our associates with the flexibility to take time off, when they need it most.
  • Exposure to top Executives: Frequently, associates are invited to have lunch with our leadership team and top Executives. This lunch typically includes 5-10 associates, leadership team members, and top Executives plus a member of the Human Resources team. During these events, associates are welcome to provide feedback or suggestions or simply take the time to get to know one another better. Our associates love this forum for open communication.
  • Celebration of family and other milestones: HARIBO celebrates its associates' family and other milestones. We celebrate every birthday and have organized breakfasts for events, such as our associates' baby shower or wedding celebrations. We offer a match of any monetary gift collected by fellow associates. Other examples include get-well packages to associates who are out ill and doggie-care packages for new puppy parents.
  • Recognitions during town hall meetings: Each month, 8 associates are recognized during each town hall meeting by our management team for a project well done, collaboration or excellent support provided. The feedback is shared with the entire organization during our town hall meetings. HARIBO feels it is important to take a moment and acknowledge and reward efforts that go above and beyond expectations.


$63,015 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Customer Service Associate $166,265 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Sales
100% Company-paid health coverage for employees (All associates are covered) 100% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free beverages during the day
Wes Saber, EVP & CFO


26 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 26 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 26 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 1 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)


    60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    3 days Job-protected paternity leave3 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    3 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
    3 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


      • Medical care
      • Vision care
      • Mental health care
      • Fertility treatments
      • Dental care
      • Prescription drug subsidy
      • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


      • Fitness center (only at headquarters)

        Community Involvement & Philanthropy

        $1,500 Philanthropic donations in last year


        • 'HR Director' is accountable to formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
        • 6 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
        • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
        • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

        Executive Diversity

        1 year anniversary celebration - new office in Rosemont, IL



        How to Get Hired

        We asked HARIBO of America, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

        What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

        HARIBO aims to attract engaged and talented individuals, who have high standards of performance, and demonstrate potential to grow with our business and team. A few core competencies we recognize and seek to develop include entrepreneurship, drive for results, learning agility, and excellent communication skills. We unleash our fullest potential by hiring fun people with positive attitudes who thrive with high levels of engagement. We are looking for the future leaders of our organization who will work as a team, support our community, and successfully develop our business.

        What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

        Prospective associates that approach us with general familiarity of HARIBO as well as a passion for our brand and a genuine interest in establishing a career with us are the candidates who attract our attention. We appreciate it when candidates take the time to demonstrate how their past experiences will be transferrable into the position they are applying for. In addition, we like to hear how they made a difference throughout their career. Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to any of our team members on LinkedIn or to call our Headquarters and speak directly to our Human Resources team about their interest to join.

        Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

        We are looking to hire candidates for all departments -- please reach out to our team and check our career website for any available opportunities.

        What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

        Interested candidates should come prepared to tell our team how they made a difference at their current and/or former workplaces.

        hiring Outlook

        18 Job openings forecast for coming year 23% Job Growth
        30 Average applicants per opening 1,100 Applications received
        37 Positions filled in past year 10% New hires by employee referrals
        26 New positions created 8 Jobs filled by current employees
        1 New graduates hired 9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
        * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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