PCA Reviews

Updated April 28, 2015
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PCA CEO and Director Mark W. Kowlzan
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  1. Great company. Each plant is its own entity. Not one plant is the same as the others.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Supervisor
    Current Employee - Department Supervisor

    I have been working at PCA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Pay and Benefits. Annual Gain Share

    Cons

    Favoritism between employees and management that have come from other companies which in turn eliminates those that need to be held accountable. These issues are immediately noticed by current employees which in turn kills morale and eventually production/quality. Like adding gasoline to a fire. Great policy, great teaching and idea of culture but watch out for the buddy system. I really hate to speak of the company this way because it has not always been like this.

    Advice to Management

    Integrity is a must. Treat all equal. Fairness is obvious when not practiced. Do not create a good ole boys club. The end result will be failure and effects everyone's job security.


  2. Great experience working with people that were friendly and helpful at all times. God opportunity to develop customer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Valet in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Valet in Orange, CA

    I worked at PCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Develop great customer service skills. Company gives flexible hours and management is very laid back and understanding. Always busy doing work, helping people

    Cons

    Nothing to report. Everything was a positive experience and I can't really say anything was bad about the company. Recommend to other people. Only but the best things about this company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Treats employees with respect and can show a fun side. Very laid back which is good for employees


  3. Good company, not for everyone

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

    I have been working at PCA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, work environment, decent respect of work/life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes poor documentation, generally small-town locations (not necessarily a con), sometimes lots of "covering your own you-know-what", average ability to move up

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to mid-level management, stop the culture of needing to cover yourself.


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  5. Good Company but Lacking Qualified Managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Best job around during the recession, a God-Send

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at PCA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Solid Company to work for

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

    I worked at PCA as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Learned a ton in a short amount of time.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Packaging Design in Plymouth, MI
    Current Intern - Packaging Design in Plymouth, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Small, but quickly growing company

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

    I worked at PCA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. quick and easy to make money

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

    I have been working at PCA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    all you do is drive cars

    Cons

    no room for opportunity


  11. Overall, very rewarding

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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