PCA

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PCA Reviews

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
30 Reviews
3.6
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Company but Lacking Qualified Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - N/A in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at PCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Creative thinking
    - Open Network to collaborate
    - Forward thinking and explorative when new technologies are introduced
    - Flexible working hours and environment
    - Willing to create positions for people to expand and grow

    Cons

    - Pay is a little low for the creative positions given the experience
    - Get it done and ask questions later mentality (whether right or wrong)
    - Inexperienced DC Managers managing people who are more qualified they their direct reports.
    - Lack of communication from the management teams. (An "I'm the manager and you're not" attitude.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your people more effectively, "Get involved" is not effective management advice. Management is their to lead by example and provide guidance to their direct reports. Not just to tell their direct report when they're doing something wrong. Share more information when it come to creative projects and get your people involved, their are highly qualified people in the PCA system not being utilized to their full potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best job around during the recession, a God-Send

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at PCA full-time

    Pros

    PCA has a small-company feel with a friendly environment. Co-workers feel like family and management seems to get we all have lives outside the office doors.

    Cons

    Men seem to be promoted more often than women. There are women that have been here years in the same positions. It would be nice to see more women in upper management and more women promoted within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at your workforce. Cultivate opportunity for younger employees as this very much is an "aging workforce". People stay at PCA forever. They are very loyal to employees that are dedicated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Valdosta, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Valdosta, GA

    I worked at PCA as an intern

    Pros

    Positions across the board were very stable. Working environment was far better than average and interns/co-ops had the opportunity to work on interesting projects if in the right department (Technical Dept. for myself).

    Cons

    Engineering work for many talented full-time engineers involves less technical skills and more management of hourly employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Learned a ton in a short amount of time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packaging Design in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Packaging Design in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at PCA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone in the office was very nice and willing to help me when I needed it. I learned a ton about the corrugated packaging industry and what goes into developing expendable export packs for specific applications. I enjoyed my time at PCA.

    Cons

    Can be slow sometimes, although you can find work if you put in the extra effort of asking for something to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Small, but quickly growing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Counce, TN
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Counce, TN

    I worked at PCA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company is very smart with their investments and the way they treat their employees. Over the years they have accrued little debt, and as a result have grown very well in the past few years. Employees are given great opportunities for advancement while providing well balanced management.

    Cons

    The locations of most of their mills are in small, rural towns that some potential employees may not find agreeable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit younger people willing to live in small towns, or ones that already have families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    quick and easy to make money

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valet in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Valet in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at PCA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    all you do is drive cars

    Cons

    no room for opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, very rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PCA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. The "Golden Rule" culture is not just spoken about but they legitimately try to put it into practice. The company offers many great training opportunities and strives to build into their people.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is difficult to achieve. Worked many, many 60-70 hour weeks with little choice in the matter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Simple Job Good Pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Operator Press in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Assistant Operator Press in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at PCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Simple to learn, good pay, good insurance

    Cons

    Autocratic management, can work weekends on short notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use less of a iron fist approach to managing and more of a supportive roll.

    Recommends
  10.  

    PCA is one of those jobs that keeps you active all day but makes your day at work go by faster. :)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Livonia, MI

    I worked at PCA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Active, team work, good management, good pay, benefits and overtime if you need it.

    Cons

    No opportunity to advance or move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing, great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good, Hardworking People and Environment. Work Life Balance Lacking.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA

    I worked at PCA

    Pros

    -Good Coworkers
    -Ability to take on projects

    Cons

    -Serious Work Life Balance issues
    -Lack of direction at times

    No opinion of CEO

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