Avery Dennison
3.1 of 5 191 reviews
www.averydennison.com Pasadena, CA 5000+ Employees

Avery Dennison Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.1 191 reviews

                             

58% Approve of the CEO

Avery Dennison Chairman, President, & CEO Dean A. Scarborough

Dean A. Scarborough

(124 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "good careers oportunity ; good work/life balance specially in the European HQ"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Fun work environment with a good work life balance"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Used to have work-life balance, now it's just talk"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Like any large corporation, the company is run for the benefit of upper management"
    in 12 reviews
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Your experience will depend on which division you work in.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Avery Dennison

ProsLabels and Packaging Division - best one to work in. Decent benefits.

ConsRBIS - Worst division to work in. It's a circus.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent Training

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Brea, CA

I worked at Avery Dennison full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery good training ground. Thisis a good job as your first one out of biz school. Very focused on cross functional teams. Will help you become a general manager or entrepreneur at some point in your career.

ConsAfter about 5 years it tends to be "up or out" and for 90% it means out. It gets snarky and political as the pyramid gets very narrow very quickly. Pay is lower than 1st tier marketing firms like Pepsi.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Seemingly decent organization but with poor upper management overview.

Shipper (Former Employee)
Greenfield, IN

I worked at Avery Dennison full-time for more than a year

ProsGood benefits and bonus program.

ConsUpper management does not have a grasp of what is happening on the day to day levels of the organization. Low levels of severance when employees are rif'ed.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sound business and cost based decisions, even if they are difficult. Doing what is easiest for management on a daily basis is not the way to conduct business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Used to Be Good, but No Longer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Avery Dennison full-time

ProsUsed to be a friendly, team-oriented company but that changed in the last 3 years. Good benefits in terms of 401K, medical plans.

ConsMicro managed, political, no retirement plan. I would not by stocks anymore in this company. the CEO will take a large raise and stock option while the workers get negligible or no raises. Company is divesting and downsizing. They just cut 25% of Corporate, are trying to sell 1/3 or the company (Office Products - this is public knowledge) and they keep cutting the IT departments frequently and working them like slaves. No real future here if you want to work in those areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementSuggest consideration of your employees, rather than just how much profit you can pocket. We call it "Slavery" Dennison for a reason.

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

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not a bad place if you like manufacturing and working a lot

Finance Associate (Former Employee)
Pasadena, CA

I worked at Avery Dennison full-time for more than a year

Prosgood promotion opp within organization

Consnot the best work life balance

Advice to Senior Managementlook at the analysts who do a lot

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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over all is a been an ok experience, not the best company nor the worse

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Painesville, OH

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

Prosbenefits for you and your family, steady job with no lay ups, well stablished company, been in bussines for a long time

Consthey dont take safety seriously, they work you to death with all the over time, they force you to work if they do not find people to take voluntary

Advice to Senior Managementtreat production employees a little better,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sweet to sour

Process Operator (Current Employee)
Painesville, OH

I have been working at Avery Dennison full-time for more than 10 years

ProsAvery painesville at one time was thr best place to work. The management in the 70's 80's and 90's involved the employees on team to deal with issues (FEA members). In 2000's Avery went degree for all management from teamleader up and thats when it went sour.

ConsMicro managed, misleading on issues, no retirement or benifits when you leave in the future from avery. I would not by stocks anymore in this company. the CEO will take a large raise and stock option while the workers on the floor didn't get a raise for a couple of years.

Advice to Senior ManagementHope that Stan Avery cannot get out of his grave because you all will most likely loose your jobs. Look at the OSHA and labor laws closer and start following them to be a better place to work

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

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Where are we going?

Process Engineer (Current Employee)
Brea, CA

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

ProsGreat people. Coworkers (the ones that have chosen to stay among the turmoil) are fantastic.
Leadership sometimes gives their LA Clippers/Lakers/Kings tickets to employees.
Opportunity for international travel

ConsLeadership does not communicate business direction.
Layoffs always around the corner, very stressful.
Re-organization and re-structuring 2+ times per year.
Hard to do process improvements with shrinking budget.

Advice to Senior ManagementShare your vision for the direction of this company. A lot of us are worried, and are not getting any answers.

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

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Backward management, slow motion train wreck

Graphic Designer (Former Employee)
Pasadena, CA

I worked at Avery Dennison full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe rank and file employees that are currently there generally love the company and put forth 100% effort.

ConsThe Executive team is seriously old-school, with backward views on brand management and human resources. The company has recently dissolved it's corporate research center, is sustainability group and its corporate communications group. The CEO is trying to sell off the company piece by piece.

Advice to Senior ManagementRead some contemporary management books, i.e., Good to Great. Avery Dennison fits squarely within the parameters of companies bound for failure, which is sad.

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

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Good values, continuing leadership change slows progress

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Greensboro, NC

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

ProsCompany values.
Good benefits.
Good people.

ConsRBIS does not invest in employees like other divisions.
Frequent changes to leadership makes things difficult.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote talent from within.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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