PepsiCo
3.2 of 5 1,481 reviews
www.pepsico.com Purchase, NY 5000+ Employees

PepsiCo Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.2 1,479 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi

Indra K. Nooyi

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I have been working at PepsiCo full-time

ProsFlexible Schedule

ConsEveryone is overloaded with work and they continue to add work to you.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire sufficient staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working for Frito Lay is very demanding and stressful environment.

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I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWage is competitive and benefits not the best but its ok compared to 711.circleK,etc

Cons-They hire new graduate to lead experienced maintenance mechanics and production crews that makes the place looks like and run like kindergarten.
-Upper management only cares about their promotion so they will cut the throat of anybody just to make them look good and also cook the books to show the corporate that they deserve promotion and in the process destroy the operating budget thus making everybody miserable to come up with ideas to keep the plant going . It destroys morals not to have parts for equipment or under staff that they will force u to work all the time ..No work life balance.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think that investors return for their money should not be cut on the operating cost because this will have consequence in the long run where the product quality is compromise.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I have been working at PepsiCo full-time

Prosgood benefits good pay, provides well

Consbut they work you like dogs. The management sucks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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RSR Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
King of Prussia, PA

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

ProsSteady income, easy job, you don't have to excel at your job to remain employed

ConsThe leadership of the company is very poor. Almost no direction of what the company wants. The information you are given changes frequently and often doesn't make sense toward the goal of the job which is sales and servicing customers. In recent years the leadership team has changed to younger inexperienced people (often diversity hires) which lead to a lack of respect or interest from the experienced route sales team.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your sales team and communicate with them. They are your first line of defense when it comes to market information and change. Also develop quality leaders and take an interest in their career path. That is why recently there has been a lot of turn over, besides the fact that pay has gone down.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay, long hours

Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)

I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-They are constantly changing with the market and always have new products in the pipeline
-They make sure you will make a certain pay range if you hit your numbers and you will at least be close
-My truck had A/C and actually got warm
-Some of the long tenured District Sales Leaders are very helpful
-Because the work is hard, you will build almost a fraternity with your peers
-Pepsico does listen, they have a great culture in that respect
-Pepsico is very intense about safety
-If you hit your numbers, they will let you get away with a lot
-You can start when you want (for the most part, still early mornings though)
-You get a lot of benefits, but they are average at best
-Sales goals are realistic for the year
-If you are self-motivated, that's really all you need to succeed here.

Cons-You must wear many hats, too many for the pay including: sales, merchandiser manager, trainer, stocker, trucker driver/unloader, plan-o-gram setter, customer service, truck mechanic (must do inspections), safety liaison, handheld expert, ect.
-Your boss will try to make himself look good by pushing unnecessary product into your stores. Then when it stales out, you eat it. Oh, and he won't ask you.
-Frito Lay thinks its plan-o-grams are gospel, when in reality they very highly store to store, but you will be told you must follow it by some kid out of college.
-Personal time not respected. Be prepared to come in on days off, on vacation, at night, get phone calls when off or on days off, ect.
-A very physical job where you will be doing "sales" about 1% of the time. Your title is very misleading.
-If you work over 50 hours (which you will almost every week), you get variable rate over time (Chinese overtime). Basically, it amounts to about $10 an hour and goes down for every hour you work over 50. They say it is to discourage you from working too much, but in reality the work HAS to get done, so all it does is anger the hard-working people.
-Be prepared to sit through many meetings that could all be done with e-mail in 15 minuets. Did I mention Pepsico doesn't respect your time?
-Starting out you will work many 14-16 hour days because training is inadequate. Especially when you are an RSA.
-You told you will work a 50 hour average, but if you are passionate, expect to work more. Also, if you take over a route and you grow it a lot, expect to work even more.
-Company policies are ignored for the sake of sales. For example, you can load up a store with back stock to hit your numbers, even though it is against policy.
-Your orders must be in by 4pm and sometimes you will have to guess to get them in on time. Also, the plant is very inflexible and will push product to you all the time, but won't take any back.
-If you get a boss (DSL) who was never a RSR (other than the 6 weeks of training) they will be terrible. They will make unreasonable requests and delegate their work to you! They know very little about your stores, but will try to tell you how to run it. This will make your job that much harder.
-Your merchandisers, while paid very well for the work, are lazy and don't rotate like they should. Expect to work extra hours because, even though Merch's are paid by the hour, they will do the bare minimum. The good ones get promoted quickly because Frito doesn't give raises. The only way to get one is through a promotion, which means you have a lot of salesman in managerial roles in this company, which isn't good.
-Health benefits have gone up in cost a lot, pension was eliminated, and 401k matching is low compared to other companies.
-Zone Sales Directors are very political and will try to put a positive spin on anything to get RSRs to like it. Then later you will figure out they only told you the good things.
-Hard to get promoted to anything other than DSL. If you get DSL, you will have to move, so for most people RSR is a dead-end job. Also, it is rumored DSLs don't get a 401k anymore.
-Work can get boring after a while, but Frito will throw you plenty of curve balls.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want us to do all that we are supposed to and not cut corners on everything pay us better or hire more people! You are creating an unsafe working environment and taking away our service advantage.

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

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Nash, TN

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

ProsNice benefits, car program, good people, goal orintented.

ConsWorkforce continues to be downsized. Too few employees at every level. Talks about work life balance- almost impossible to achieve.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees concerns and make efforts to improve work load for "work life balance".

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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RSR Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Burlington, NJ

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

ProsYou're out on your own to build your route.

ConsWhen you build your route too big ($$$) they may take stores or break the route up.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring supervisors without route sales experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Somers, NY

I worked at PepsiCo as a contractor for more than a year

ProsMy immediate boss (as well as his superiors) were comfortable handing down tasks to me

ConsIndividuals at lower management levels did not seem nearly as comfortable with sharing information as their superiors did. Made me wonder how cut-throat the climate was.

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

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Demands high standards without giving time or resources to accomplish

Pre-Sell Representative (Current Employee)
Vincennes, IN

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

ProsSelf- motivated pace as Sales rep. Constant contact with several stores keeps things personable. You decide what happens and doesn't in your territory.

ConsLarge territories can make for long days. 55-60 hr work week when you have to follow a bad driver who doesn't do his share. Always on call, though weekend calls are rare. Some planning materials and information is lacking or non existent. Leadership isn't given time to develop strategies for execution leaving much on the shoulders of those beneath them.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe stripped down, skeleton staff that some facilites are challenged to work with leaves no room for any emergency situation which cripples operations in that time, and also offers very little hope for those looking to move on with the company, seeing as how there is less time for training and less jobs to open up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Route sales for Frito-Lay

RSR Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

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

ProsHuge world wide company,many subsidies of recognizable names, good pay in sales if you don't have a degree, growth if you do have a degree, good benefits, outside sales, no boss directly on your back.

ConsLong hours, expect to work 50 hours a week upwards to 60 hours on "push weeks" extremely difficult on the body, work/life balance is a miss depending on route, swinging routes by far is the hardest job in the company and your guaranteed to do that when you first walk in the door until a route is becomes available via retirement, firing, quit or re-engineering.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more from within the company for lower level management. In opinion, experience is the way to go.

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

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