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Pepsi Bottling Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
211 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits for company located in (in 15 reviews)

  • Pepsi has good pay and benefits compared to it's rivals in Alaska (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance leaves much to be desired for the majority of the workforce (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours, and roles that keep expanding with titles that keep shrinking (in 32 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you think this is the place to be a Supervisor, you'd be wrong.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    They are well established and you will get paid on time, though they don't pay their vendors on time. That's about it.

    Cons

    Those looking to be Supervisors please read. (I am currently a supervisor in manufacturing in a non-union plant. My advice is based on current conditions.)

         You will probably not get any raises above 2% (cost of living). Most of the time they will "give" you a 1% "raise". This 1% is actually a deduction in pay based on a 2% cost of living increase. As a supervisor you will make about as much as a production employee makes after they have been there 12 months, but you will have tons more responsibilities. The majority, I haven't seen one that's the minority, will swamp you with so many tasks that you will literally not be able to complete them if you were to stay on the office 16 hours a day. They mandate that you will spend 10 hours per day at work minimum. This does not matter if you bust your as or not. There is no gratification for going above and beyond so no one does. Your managers will give you a hard time over small things you may not have done optimal, so do not expect to receive praise for the thing you do to help the company.

         The employees, if they're not already union, are always looking to go union, so they are paid very well. They tend to fight management tooth and nail on any little change. Most of the time this happens because some manager is trying to step on anyone they can to move up the ladder. These are the same managers that will bury you if they get a chance. If they don't get a chance, they will make your job so annoyingly tedious that you will let something small fall off the plate and then they will smear you with it and use you as a scapegoat for their shortcomings.

         If you think you will be promoted from supervisor to manager from within, think again. in three years at Pepsi I have yet to talk to a supervisor that has moved into management. You will, however, talk to the campus hires that are put into 3 supervisor positions before moving into their guaranteed managment position.

         I am a hard worker. My employees get along with me very well. I work fast and hard from the moment I step in the plant. Yet, there hasn't been a manager, and plant manager for that matter, that I've met yet that doesn't step all over the supervisors at this facility. The managers have fired a 25 year supervisor for lack of performance, he must have been fine for the previous 24 years, I guess. They have angered three other supervisors into quitting. These supervisors had 10 years with the company, 15 years with the company and 5 years with the company.

        The company has super high turnover in management all the way from supervisor to plant directors. Here is why... because the carbonated softdrinks (CSD) sector of the beverages industry is rapidly losing demand. These managers and directors are forced to cut labor at every single turn. So what happens? The Supervisors, literally, have to run the machines as an operator. Yes, the exact thing Pepsi was sued for and lost was this very same thing.

        The two managers I've had so far do not debate the tasks pushed down to them. They choose not to understand the time it takes to complete projects or daily tasks they assign their employees. Instead, they choose to overestimate, over task and ultimately underperform because they believe management is hammering their employees for more with less. This is the ultimate reason for the high rate of turnover in the companies management.

    Recommendation:
        If you are considering working for Pepsi, please do one of two things; take an hourly position or take the campus hire route with a guaranteed managers position after 1-2 years. Otherwise, the probability is, you will most likely be searching for an exit after about 1 - 2 years with the company.

    Note* Below I rate the company outlook as decreasing because of the month to month sales losses in the CSD market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have yet to see the managers accept advice for those beneath them. I will say this though, you should

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Working for this company was the absolute pitts!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - D Bay Delivery Driver in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - D Bay Delivery Driver in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Pepsi Bottling full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only positive that I can add was my pay check was always on time.

    Cons

    I never knew that a Fortune 500 company could be so poorly managed until I worked for pepsi.

    The work load for delivery drivers was really designed for 2 people to accomplish but in an effort to be cheap and protect their bottom line they heap all of this work on one person.

    I honestly could go on and on about how horribly bad this company is but why?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working for this company has left such a bitter taste in my mouth that I honestly won't by any Pepsi products now. When I see pepsi products.. I CRINGE! Honestly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Keeps getting worse, always making changes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bulk Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Bulk Customer Service Representative

    I worked at Pepsi Bottling full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, ok benefits, job security as long as you are a decent employee. Opportunity for advancement, can transfer all over the country if you want. You know the company will be around forever.

    Cons

    Keep making less money for same job title every year it seems. Recently doubled responsibilities but making same pay. Benefits have gotten worse every year. Never fully staffed with hourly support employees-usually don't get proper training so they move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees time to do their jobs correctly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Places diversity over competence

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Abilene, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for company located in
    Texas

    Cons

    Concerned only with image over competence and over safety of employees and public. Once received return shipment of Sobe Water from Europe. Water had been found to contain mold and was unacceptable to European distributor. Water sent to Abilene, Texas for visual inspection by employees untrained in this area. Since employees did not know what they were looking for, all the product was released for US sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider factors other than proper racial mix in hiring management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    NOT as good as it once was

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bulk Customer Service Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Bulk Customer Service Representative in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    The People you work with
    working at your own pace

    Cons

    Why 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
    hours
    no help
    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre Sell Representative in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Pre Sell Representative in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees more, many good employees looking for new jobs because unappreciated and overworked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Not 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst environment I've ever been a part of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Commerce City, CO
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Commerce City, CO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue, times have changed, so many of the processes are inefficient and wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large Format Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Pepsi Bottling full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Grocery 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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..

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run like hell!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Pepsi Bottling

    Pros

    Well-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.

    Cons

    Embarrassingly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Set 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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