Pros: world class brands, summer 1/2 day fridays, profitable category, friendly people, support of milton hershey school, global growth, access to major cities
Cons: conservative culture, top down leadership, few promotion opportunities beyond manager level
Working and living in Hershey is great for families who want a reasonable cost of living, short commute and overall good quality of life. The company is a pillar in the community, and there are many employees who either grew up in the area, or are committed to living in Hershey for the long haul, because of the Pros mentioned above, the company's strong performance, and generous compensation. Those factors contribute to a more conservative culture.
The stock price has tripled in the past 3-4 years, and the US and global growth options are tremendous for the company. For employees, however, there are more lateral opportunities than promotions.