You have undoubtedly heard of companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo or Mars.
These companies have a huge global footprint, with operations in Russia. In fact, back in the 1970s, PepsiCo traded its soft drink for Soviet tomato paste, and even Soviet warships!
Other consumer goods companies include Cargill, a global food corporation, and Procter & Gamble, a multinational corporation that owns power brands like SK-II, Tide, Pampers, Olay, and Gillette.
Procter & Gamble has offices and factories in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Novomoskovsk that employ over 10,000 people. These companies offer internships ranging from finance and information technology to research and supply chain management.
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PepsiCo was the first American brand to enter the Soviet Union when it opened its first plant in 1974 in Novorossiysk. Soviet citizens would visit the city for two reasons - to visit the Black Sea and to try a Pepsi. Pepsi was also the first Western brand to place a paid commercial on Soviet television in 1988, featuring Michael Jackson.
In 1989, Pepsi bought 17 submarines in exchange for its signature soft drink, prompting the then CEO to remark to national security advisor Brent Scowcroft, "We're disarming the Soviet Union faster than you are."
PepsiCo offers internships and jobs in various fields including Finance, HR, to sales. The company is always hiring and looking for new talent. You can check out job postings at this link.
Interested in opportunities with IKEA in Russia?
IKEA first opened in Russia in 2000, and there are currently 14 IKEA stores throughout the country. There are stores in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Ufa, Krasnador, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, and Samara.
The company is now the leading furniture retailer with around 20% market share according to Euromonitor. When a customer wants to renovate their home in the European style (Евроремонт), IKEA is often the place that folks rely on. In fact, as the value of the ruble began to fall in 2014/15, many Russians turned toward IKEA as a means of staving off potential price increases across all consumer goods.