Pepsi Bottling
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Updated Apr 9, 2014

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Pepsi Bottling President and CEO Eric J. Foss

Eric J. Foss

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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NOT as good as it once was

Bulk Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I worked at Pepsi Bottling full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe People you work with
working at your own pace

ConsWhy would you add 5 people to management but remove 10 people from the stores. its about the customers. these extra 5 management people did the work of what 2 were doing before. The people who work after you
Managment
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Everything changed when they did away with the pre sale reps, the company was not the same, not the same attention to detail, nor the ability to be flexible during the day if problems arose, this created very long days, and problems with stores needing early service and deliveries not being there in time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible Experience

Pre Sell Representative (Current Employee)
Detroit, MI

I have been working at Pepsi Bottling full-time for more than 8 years

ProsOther Employees who I have worked with throughout the years, other than that no pros

ConsNo Work/Life Balance, Pay decrease year after year because they keep changing your routes and taking away commissions. (In Pepsi's eyes we make to much money for our role, which is ridiculous)

Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your employees more, many good employees looking for new jobs because unappreciated and overworked.

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

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Poor employer to work for to become manager if you are disabled or a disabled veteran.

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

ProsThe only pro is pay is OK. When I first started benefits were very fair, now increased cost to employee and discouragement to seek better benefits is the norm.

ConsNot employment friendly to disabled and veteran employees. No advancement opportunity for disabled and / or disabled veterans. Diversity and inclusion is only a PR campaign. Upper-management will ignore situations of discrimination and prefer to eliminate employees that file complaints or participate in protected activities.

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

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Worst environment I've ever been a part of

Manufacturing Supervisor (Current Employee)
Commerce City, CO

I have been working at Pepsi Bottling full-time for more than a year

Pros"Forever in a landfill" is the common quote amongst the waste and overproduction of plastic bottles that are trashed daily.

ConsThe manager came up from the 'ranks' in the warehouse and thinks he owns the place. You have to be in a 'role' for a minimum of 1 year to advance - NO EXCEPTIONS. They tell you to be there an hour before and an hour after your shift + at least one weekend a month working... never was mentioned in any interview or honest proposal of the work life balance they vaguely promise.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue, times have changed, so many of the processes are inefficient and wrong.

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

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Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Las Vegas, NV

I worked at Pepsi Bottling full-time for more than a year

ProsA Pay Check. Unsupervised you get to work on your own.

ConsGrocery stores are allowed to talk to you and treat you like trash.. That is the culture of the business . Pay is horrible now. Pay got cut huge as of March 2013 in the Las Vegas area. Base pay went down from $490 a week to $331 as well as lowering commission on bulk products. They did raise commission on single serve items. But you don't sell pallets of single serve like you do 12 packs an 2 liters.. Literally a pallet of 12 packs =104 cases pays you $10 dollars commission.. LOL and you are now forced to work a minimum of 50 hours a week, and since you are salary you get screwed. In 2012 I made $43,000. As of 2013 I was pacing $32,000 and my sales were up 6% over the previous year. My Checks went from a take home of 650-750 a week to $400-500 a week. For gods sake your own merchandisers make more then half the sales people and only work 4 10 hour shifts a week.. The minute you say something about it you are put on a black list and they will make sure to find a way to get rid of you..

Advice to Senior ManagementYour sales men are you front line employees. They write the orders they are also the only vendors who have to merchandise their own product. I mean come on it the sales who determines what the warehouse has to pick and put on a pallet, its the sales person who determines what kind of load the driver has. Its the sales person who determines the SALES production for the DANG COMPANY.. So why are they paid the least why do they work the most?? Drivers 4 days on 3 days off Merchs 4 days on the days off. Warehouse 40 hour work week. Sales men 5 days 50 hours crappy salary.. Management needs to take better care of one of the most vital employees if the company..

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Run like hell!!!

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Pepsi Bottling

ProsWell-known and respected to those who don't know any better, so it looks good on your resumé. Pay starts out somewhat good, but you never get more than a 1-2.5% raise, so you're pretty much stuck at that salary.

ConsEmbarrassingly terrible work-life balance, which is the opposite of their work-life balance ethics they brag about during interviews, but it's all a lie. They also offer tuition reimbursement, which sounds good in theory, but they threaten you not to even dare let school interfere with your work and it essentially scares people from utilizing the benefit, which only covers a few classes per year. You're pretty much on-call 24/7 as well. Management expects all stores to be absolutely perfect and don't care what challenges you face day-to-day. You can bust your butt and sell in displays and innovation, but god forbid you don't have max or mist in a store! If this happens, you can expect to be singled out and belittled in front of other managers and peers. The company only seems to lead with negative reinforcement. There is also little room for advancement, as the new direction for the company is by direct-hiring recent college grads and they rarely promote from within, even if you have the same college credentials in addition to years of experience within the company. There's very bad morale, except for one week out of the year when they put on an "employee appreciation week"

Advice to Senior ManagementSet more realistic standards for what a store should look like, and consider giving more flexibility for pricing. How can reps be expected to have a model store when our customers can get cheaper products and packages from wholesalers and the mysterious white vans? Also, consider adding more people in sales & merchandising & drivers. We can't adequately pick up more accounts if we can't properly service the accounts we have.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Long hours low pya poor management, disrepect of employees

Accounttant (Current Employee)
Somers, NY

I have been working at Pepsi Bottling

ProsBenefits are good if you can work long hours

ConsVery poor leadership. Little to no communication. You must very late for four nights of the close week which is once every four weeks. You must wait to be dismissed like schoolchildren, as late as midnight. No breaks. The accounting department chews people up and spits them out. No communication from upper management whatsover. Lack of intelligence or respect from any supervisor.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pre-Sell Representative (Current Employee)
Detroit, MI

I have been working at Pepsi Bottling

ProsThere is always plenty of work to do.
The opportunity to make a decent amount of money.

ConsNo personal or sick days are given.
Very fast paced industry, where you will be expected to work 12-16 hours a day for up to a month straight with out a day off.
You don't receive overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 hrs a week.
The lack of respect given to front line employees by management.
Constantly hearing that if you don't like the job there is 1000's who will take your job.
Being harrassed by store managers / owners.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease take into consideration the amount of time and effort that your employees are putting into their jobs everyday and realize that you are not compensating them fairly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Help Me!!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Rosa, CA

I have been working at Pepsi Bottling

ProsThe pay is good
Brand Name
The alright Benifits
Job security
There is a dull moment
Transfer anywhere Pepsi is everywhere

ConsPrepare for no life if you work for Pepsi. Hours are long and managent cares little about any personal time needed off. There is little management direction given and it all ways changes. Everyone is out for themselves...Cutthroat. They treat there employess as well as there customers like dirt!

Advice to Senior ManagementTwo Words: Customer Service

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hate your family and having days off? Have I got the job for you!

Territory Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Nashville, TN

I have been working at Pepsi Bottling

ProsGreat company to have on your resume, once working at PBG all companies know that you are a hard worker. Extremely fast paced environment. The benefits are some of the best, not only in the industry, but of all companies.

ConsThere is a real lack of leadership. The normal operation mode is reactive not proactive, so get used to always being short of staffing. When managers from the business unit come to town, get ready to go all out to create the craziest dog and pony show for them, instead of showing them the real world. Best part of the Dog and Pony show is that you get to take it down hours after they leave town. Customer Reps are always being asked to work their "off days" due to the lack of staffing. In this role you are expected to be on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week, it does not matter what is going on in your personal life, work comes first. You can also always count human resources to make anything more complicated then what it needs to be. It seems as if they are always working against you.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that your front line is what the customer sees every day. If they hate their job, what does that say about the company. This location needs an overhaul.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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