PCA Reviews

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PCA CEO and Director Mark W. Kowlzan
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    PCA was very generous with it's employees through financial compensation and very good benefits.

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    Former Employee - Design Manager
    Former Employee - Design Manager

    I worked at PCA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Corporate PCA had benevolent oversight of the local facilitities. But those local facilities had the flexibility to optimize their unique strengths and talents. Having fifty plus offices, there was always a plant best suited for any customer.

    Cons

    The employee-chemistry was crucial, for the effectiveness of the independence of all the separate plants.

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    It is 'business first'; keep a clear perspective.

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    People, Customers, Trust

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    Former Employee - Plant Accountant  in  Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Plant Accountant in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at PCA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Management at all levels that focus on employees as people and developing them to their fullest potential. Excellent working conditions and benefits.

    Cons

    Vertical management tiers that make it difficult to get decisions made in a timely manner. Many employees there a long time and can be resistant to new ideas or change.

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    Make sure communication is open and timely with the area and plant levels. Allow plants to control much of day to day operations.

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    Great Co-op Experience

    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op  in  Tomahawk, WI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Tomahawk, WI

    I worked at PCA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lot of good supervisors. Experience a lot as a co-op. They give you as much as you handle, with support along the way.

    I had tons of projects and worked with a large variety of people: operators, electricians, pipe fitters, supervisors ... ect. At the mill that I worked at (Tomohawk) I had projects in the many areas: power house, wood yard, pulping sector, 2 paper machines and waste water treatment plant.

    Cons

    Even the negatives helped increase my learning experiences. Biggest thing was getting used to dealing with the amount of people that have to approve even the smallest things.

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    Lives up to the mission statement "People, Customers, Trust"

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    Former Employee - Plant Accountant
    Former Employee - Plant Accountant

    I worked at PCA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, treat employees as people, not numbers, from plant level to upper management. Opportunites for growth and continuing education. Great salaries and benefits, as to be expected from a Fortune 500 company. Also reward dedicated employees with generous annual bonuses.

    Cons

    Occasionly, some management can seem stuffy to someone not used to a Fortune 500 company environment.

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    Keep doing what you're doing! You have a true focus on your employees, which is rare to find in today's corporate america.

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    PCA is an employer that values thoughtful work and provides opportunities for those willing to accept responsibility.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at PCA

    Pros

    Employees are long-tenured, know their jobs and customers well and treat others with respect. People are always willing to listen to others' ideas and implement win-win solutions. Management expects people to give something like time to the company when required but they give that time back when employees need it. A newer generation of management has been coming up and they are more approachable than past management. Box plant management is friendly and is concerned about relationship building.

    Cons

    Conservatve approach to acquiring others. Would like to see more investment in more geographical areas in order to grow the footprint. A lot of mill focus, i.e., cost side. Would like to see more revenue opportunities. Prima-donnas are tolerated.

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    Would recommend management get out from behind barriers more and mingle/talk with employees. That is beginning to happen now. Would like to see more of that. Cool it on the nepotism. Gives the appearance that in order to be successful you need to have the right last name.

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    The company values its' people, so it is natural and easy to take care of the customer...

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at PCA

    Pros

    -Culture is the Golden Rule and the management practices what it preaches.
    -chance to grow internally
    -can make lots of money in sales
    -very good training for employees
    -the company recognizes and celebrates the employees

    Cons

    -in sales, if one does not have the relationships to bring over, or does not grow by the millions in the first 2 years, it is hard to make a living.

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    None - I am totally satisfied with my Los Angeles management team.

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    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful manager, great co-workers, very little drama, no micro-managing, excellent benefits. Some departments/managers have more drama than others, and I am lucky to work in a department that doesn't have to deal with much of the corporate b.s.

    Cons

    Computer programs need to be updated, but work ok for what they are. Days are nose-to-the-grindstone busy, but over time is rare.

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