Wonka confection enclosuresNestle (2010'ish)
I started working for Nestle Confections, Baking and Ice Cream
right out of college. One of their recruiters had a table set up at a career fair on the first floor of the Henry Student Center at Wilkes University
at the start of my senior year. I didn't even know they were having a career fair that day and was just on my way to the third floor to grab something for lunch, and I spoke with the woman at their table and took a business card mostly to be polite. I was a few months away from a psychology degree, and my thoughts at the time were on possibly going to grad school, with a flicker of hope still burning that I might be able to get into the Jet Programme
The last thing I had on my mind when I took that card was a career in consumer relations, but life has a way of forcing people to change their plans. A few months before graduation, my grandfather passed away and my father had a stroke which took away enough of his vision to put an end to his days of driving a car. This left my grandmother, who hadn't driven a car in over 30 years at that point, by herself when it came to things like getting groceries or to her doctors appointments. This meant that leaving the country for 1 to 5 years was off of the table. I had one group interview with The University Of Scranton
for their Masters Degree program, but I gave a half-assed effort at best if I'm being completely honest. The school focused a little too heavily on god and faith, and I realized after about ten minutes that this wasn't the place for me. I needed a job after I graduated from Wilkes
, so I dug out that business card and ended up getting a job with Nestle CBI
that I expected to have for a few months or maybe for a year until I found a social service job. However, after my first Halloween and Baking Season with the team, I found that I really liked the job and the people who I worked with. I ended up getting promoted to the Social Media Team, then to the role of Consumer Experience Specialist, which is what we called our monitoring and quality coach. Finally, I was promoted to project trainer, and I've never before been so satisfied by what I do for a living.
In my early days of working with the team, I took phone calls from consumers on a variety of Nestle products, including those that fell under the Wonka
brand. When your first name is Will, and you answer calls by saying "Thank you for calling Wonka. This is Will. How may I help you
?", the reaction you get from a lot of folks is "Oh, is this Willy Wonka?
", which is sometimes followed with a joke about oompa loompas or something of that vein. Any future employees named Will are not going to have this experience because Nestle
has decided to retire the Wonka
brand name from all of our confections and ice cream products.
In the process of updating all of my training material, I came across a binder with a set of enclosures that we would mail out to families with children. These were available in our mail room for years before I came to work here, so if I had to guess, I'd say that they were produced sometime between 2008 to 2010. I can't imagine that these are ever going to be sent out again, or that too many folks who have received one of them in the mail have saved them, so I thought it would be nice to preserve them here for anyone interested in the history of the Wonka
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