PCA

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3.8 24 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

PCA CEO and Director Mark W. Kowlzan

Mark W. Kowlzan

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    PCA was very generous with it's employees through financial compensation and very good benefits.

    Design Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsCorporate 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is 'business first'; keep a clear perspective.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    People, Customers, Trust

    Plant Accountant (Former Employee) Plymouth, MI

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

    ConsVertical 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Co-op Experience

    Electrical Engineering Co-Op (Former Employee) Tomahawk, WI

    ProsLot 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.

    ConsEven 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Plant Accountant (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Manager (Current Employee) Lake Forest, IL

    ProsEmployees 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.

    ConsConservatve 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.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    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.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone - I am totally satisfied with my Los Angeles management team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWonderful 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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