One of the largest privately owned companies in the country, Mars is responsible for many of the candy, gum, and pet food brands you see at the grocery store, like Wrigley's, M&Ms, Twix, and Pedigree. Mars as a company is very invested in creating an equitable workplace, and it consistently ranks highly in D&I surveys and awards.

Company Stats


Employer Type




10,001+ Employees


Major Departments

Corporate Affairs


Major Office Locations

McLean, VA


Major Brands

Dove • Extra • M&Ms • Milky Way • Snickers • Twix • Orbit • Pedigree • Royal Canin • Skittles • 5 Gum


Employment Contact

Tomi Lyle

About the Company

Mars began 100 years ago when founder Frank C. Mars began his first candy business. The company started selling basket candies. Over the first century of its existence, Mars created some of the world’s most beloved candies. In 1930, Mars created Snickers, and just two years later put 3 Musketeers on the market. In 1932, Frank C. Mars’ son Forest E. Mars moved to the United Kingdom to expand the company and establish “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders.” This move would serve as the founding of Mars, Incorporated. In 2016, Mars incorporated the Wrigley gum company into its original confectionary division, creating the candy conglomerate known as Mars Wrigley.

Mars is home to a seemingly endless myriad of products and brands. Dove Chocolate, M&Ms, Life Savers, Skittles, Starburst, Twix, Orbit, Milky Way, and more are ...