PepsiCo Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,786 Reviews

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PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance was given to those who handled it responsibly (in 99 reviews)

  • great pay and benefits, plenty of opportunities for growth, very stable company (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to be focused on your own work life balance because there's so much to do (in 218 reviews)

  • long hours hard physical work, stressful at times to complete all requried (in 153 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very diverse culture but very corporate America.

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst  in  Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Love working with so many different people. The culture is very diverse and they celebrate many different things. It can be a laid back place to work as long as you meet your metrics.

    Cons

    Pay is not that well and you have to be part of the "chosen ones" in order to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and your employees are more than just metrics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Productivity measures over true purpose

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    While you're there you have the chance to be in a strong environment to practice traditional operations, sales and marketing skills

    Cons

    Not living up to the sustainability promises and making severe cutbacks in resources have left it a shell of what it once was

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split the healthy stuff from the not-so-healthy stuff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Wheat of the Crop - Mediocre Company

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance at Pepsico is the one shining facet that it holds. It is an extremely relaxed culture, but that, along with the employees at Pepsico is part of the overarching problem. Everything is very mediocre.

    Cons

    The talent level here is surprisingly mediocre. The pay is mediocre. The opportunities for growth are very mediocre. This is not a company for top young talent, but rather, for slow movers that aspire to make a manager role after 20 years, or maybe never. Perhaps it is because of the industry. Consumer goods is not at all sexy or prestigious and it falls well in line with most the people that work here.

    Company benefits are not very good and it seems like Pepsi is constantly trying to find ways to cut benefits out in order to cut costs and please its shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Congratulations, you have optimized mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a good company.

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    Former Employee - Bay Delivery Driver  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Bay Delivery Driver in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. .good work environment. .good coworkers

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor was not as accessible as he could have been...upper management seemed to have a detachment to lower level employees. ..I was injured on the job and no one took me seriously until it was too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to come down and relate and listen to your workers more...especially delivery workers..keep better tabs on your supervisors..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    PepsiCo has the ability to provide a diverse and in-depth experiences that will challenge and grow you as a professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Can acquire a wealth of diverse experience quickly. Provides a level of autonomy that can enable entrepreneurial spirit. Good people quality. Fast paced. Exciting brands.

    Cons

    Large organizations present challenges in navigating internally. Many stakeholders requires much internal selling/alignment, however is a key skill that is required in any organization. Work-life balance is a challenge given the demands of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    District sales manager responsible for a team of 20 full-time and part-time employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Pay, Mileage and Phone Expense Reimbursement, great benefits, autonomy, annual meetings and team building events

    Cons

    work-life balance is a joke, constant pressure to hit aggressive growth targets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    inconsistent direction relative to positions and job security, growth objectives at times are overbearing

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent learning experience and insight into large corporate culture and business practices

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Somers, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Somers, NY

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

    Pros

    Training is available, career opportunities exist, exposure to all business units is possible. Fair benefits packages for full time employees. Many directions to go in terms of career choices, technical, sales, marketing, scientific, management. Other pros include offices worldwide.

    Cons

    Pay is lowering than average. Bonuses are only for mid-level managers and executives, based upon what they cut from their annual budgets. Professional development reviews are yearly, where your performance is measured against yearly objectives - not a bad concept however raises are based upon successfully meeting or exceeding these objectives AND how you measure up against other employees at your level, though another employee's functions, challenges, location, etc. may be different from yours.

    Constant budget reductions, and headcount reductions, while workload increases. You can earn 3 weeks vacation, however scheduling this time off is a catch-22 situation, as your teammates (if any) will be forced to lose their work/life balance while covering your responsibilities (the reverse is true).

    Movement from one business unit to another almost requires and act of congress (or Devine intervention) if your approving manager does not feel a move from their department is in your (or their) best interest.

    New trend is to hire contractors from overseas.

    Stateside employees are being converted into temporary contractors, who are employed by an overseas-based temporary employee provider.

    Layoffs are a frequent tactic to reduce costs and return "value" to stockholders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not resources. They are people, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and real-life sales and marketing consultants for your company, its products and practices. Treat them as assets.

    Outsourcing to offshore is not the answer. It cripples the American economy and in many ways impacts sales of products. (No consumer income = no consumer sales of beverages and snacks)

    PepsiCo is an iconic entity. Let's take a step back, reflect upon, and return to the PepsiCo Culture that made this company great. Americans are loyal to the companies that take care of their families and friends. Americans also remember which companies take the bread from their tables, and force families to struggle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good money but to much politics

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good hours

    Cons

    Just a body. It's a good old boys club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the front line employees. They are the face of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Operations Resource

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    Current Employee - Operations Resource  in  Dayville, CT
    Current Employee - Operations Resource in Dayville, CT

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

    Pros

    Ability to move to different roles with in the organization. Advancement opportunities as long as you work hard and show results.

    Cons

    Work live balance. The company needs to figure out a way to provide employees a better balance for work and time off. Work around 60hrs per week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great if you don't like overtime.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time

    Pros

    You work 40 hours/week, no overtime.

    Cons

    You must choose you cleaning time effectively. There is hardly enough time to clean during peck season while production runs 6 days and 12 hours a day.

    Recommends

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