PCA
3.8 of 5 23 reviews
www.packagingcorp.com Lake Forest, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 10, 2014

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PCA CEO and Director Mark W. Kowlzan

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    great place to be

    Industrial Design Intern (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Prosits gets kind of boring sometimes

    ConsThis industry job security is great if thats what you are looking for. Packaging is always going to be around in the future never have to worry about any uncertainties.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PCA is now lost in the integration shuffle.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGrowing company (as a result of the recent acquisition of Boise, Inc.). Long-tenured employees who are incredibly loyal to the company.

    ConsGrowing company with long-tenured employees who are out of their element trying to manage the integration with Boise. Communication has gotten very poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember management 101 basic - people want to know what's in it for them and why things are happening the way they are happening. Communication will be the key to either your success or failure with this endeavor. So far...there is room for much improvement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Frustrating

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits,people. Good desks.short-term disability.

    ConsSince Medco migration the performance goals have been set too high for problems. Pay cut is not what I signed up for. Medco workers were union and ESI busted the union. Those left should get large pay increases, not decreases!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow who is doing their job and reward them. Get rid of bottom- feeders!!

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    They emphisis the use of the "Golden Rule" until it's time to actually use it, then they go around it.

    Flexographic Press Assistant (Former Employee)
    Liverpool, NY

    ProsGreat pay, great benefits, safety is #1 and they mean it, bonus 2 weeks before Christmas is a huge plus

    ConsNo room to move up in company, disiplinary actions are usually slaps on the wrist, don't regularly drug test employees who work on heavy machinery

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like employees, not your friend. You can be friends with them outside of work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Colorado Container Corp was a good company to work for but things have gone downhill after PCA took over.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsDecent pay, Vacation, and personal time off.

    ConsPoor 401k plan, pay freeze, some managment unfairly balance work expectations between favorites.

    Advice to Senior Management401k plan needs alot of improvment (ie. 6% maching for all employees salaried and hourly). Supervisors need to work for a common goal professionally. Higher managment needs to have more of a personal role in plant floor operations on all shifts to better recognize which employees carry good work ethic and the company. Make your own conclusions about employees instead of relying on supervisors. Hard work and dedication should be premise for advancement and not the amount of common intrests and unproductive conversion you hold with your superior.

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    Really research your location

    Sales (Current Employee)
    Ilorin, Kwara (Nigeria)

    ProsPCA is solid financially and they seem to care at the corporate level, I think anyway.

    ConsThe management office and plant treat sales people like they are not part of the team. No help from mangement and the plants compete against each other. No team work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest take time to talk to your people. I believed in PCA only to find it wasn't anything like they told me it was. I think corporate should be more involved at the plant level. They do an employee survey every year, I wouldn never put down what I really think, they say it's confidential but, if you look at the questions, they can figure out who is who.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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