Kraft Heinz employees say their budget was cut so much they had to bring their own coffee to work and could only spend $5 a year on office supplies

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  • Kraft Heinz employees told Insider about the scant resources and high turnover.
  • Cuts backed by private equity firm 3G Capital have forced employees to bring in their own coffee.
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The merger of Kraft and Heinz brought lots of changes to the food company. But one of the most immediate was to employees’ food options at the company’s Chicago headquarters.

Within a month of the merger closing in 2015, Kraft Heinz also removed fridges that held snacks for company employees. While it provided Keurig machines, the company did not supply the pods.

“You had to make the coffee yourself, and you had to bring in your own Keurig pods from home,” one former employee told Insider.

That was only the beginning of the cuts at Kraft Heinz, the company behind Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kool-Aid drink mixes.

In the six years since the merger, the food giant has left few stones unturned to save money, raiding budgets for new products, employee travel, and everything in between. One employee who recently left the company said that when she was in the office she was limited to spending $5 a year on pens, notepads, and other office supplies.

Nine current and former employees spoke with Insider. They described a company that has fallen behind many of its peers in the food industry. They also said the deep cuts have caused morale to plummet and turnover to soar. And though Kraft Heinz got a sales lift during the pandemic as many consumers ate more at home, many said they expect the effect to fade as life returns to normal.

You can read our full story if you’re an Insider subscriber: 3G’s merger of Kraft and Heinz is killing morale, causing burnout, and choking innovation, some employees say. Now, the company could get left behind as the economy reopens

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Warren Buffett allowed Ndamukong Suh to shadow him for several weeks. The NFL star shared his 3 key takeaways

Ndamukong Suh and Warren Buffett
Ndamukong Suh and Warren Buffett.

  • NFL star Ndamukong Suh shadowed Warren Buffett for several weeks in 2010.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers player said every meeting was 100 times more valuable than a MBA.
  • Suh’s main takeaways were to keep things simple, focus on passions and people, and stay curious.
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Warren Buffett allowed Ndamukong Suh to shadow him for several weeks in 2010. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star told the story of how he landed the gig, and detailed his three main takeaways, in a recent Twitter thread.

Buffett was an honorary captain during Suh’s senior game at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO stopped by the locker room to greet the players, including Suh. The future NFL player tweeted that their two-second meeting changed his life, and his “entire world would be different if it hadn’t happened.”

Suh asked Tom Osborne, UNL’s athletic director and a former congressman, to set up a meeting between him and Buffett. The investor hosted Suh at Berkshire headquarters a few months later, and happily consented to Suh shadowing him.

The defensive linesman was able to join several of Buffett’s meetings as a result. He had a front-row seat to the investor crafting a deal with 3G Capital – a Brazilian private-equity group and Berkshire’s partner on the Kraft-Heinz merger a few years later.

“Each time we met was a masterclass worth 100x more than an MBA,” Suh tweeted about his time with Buffett.

The football player took three key lessons from the billionaire that have underpinned his approach to business and investing ever since. Those were to keep things simple, focus on passions and people, and always read, learn, and remain curious about the world.

The six-foot-four, 305-pound lineman also joked about his staged arm-wrestling matches with Buffett in recent years.

“No matter how many times we do it, I still can’t beat him!” he tweeted. “Must be all that Coca-Cola.”

Suh told CNBC in January he tries to catch up with Buffett every quarter, as he’s gearing up for an investing career after he retires from football, and wants his mentor’s advice.

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