Bemis Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
31 Reviews
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Bemis President and CEO Henry J. Theisen
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  1.  

    I loved most aspects of my job even during the stressful economic times that the company experienced in recent years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN

    I worked at Bemis

    Pros

    I felt there was great interaction between departments to maintain a cutting edge within the industry. The manufacturing facility in Indiana managed to recover during economic challenges that required substantial downsizing.

    Cons

    It was very difficult finding opportunities for advancement. Most exempt employees worked very long hours on a regular basis, particularly during the economic hard times.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    very Educational

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Bemis

    Pros

    The company supports personal growth and learning very well. Big company with small company feel which makes it an easy place to work.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities use union labor, it make it hard to get work done because the negative attitude of union workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the unions out of the shop to keep a positive attitude in the work place and keep productivity up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN

    I have been working at Bemis

    Pros

    Worldwide leader in plastics manufacturing. Very large company. Good benefits. I am glad to work for such a stable company.

    Cons

    I believe there are times when the sales force and the rest of the company don't communicate as well as they should.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You could not work for a more company more hostile towards its lower level employees

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    Current Employee - Press Operator in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Terre Haute, IN

    I have been working at Bemis

    Pros

    Its a pay check and has decent benefits. But they will never hire another full time employee only season help and temp workers.

    Cons

    Constant policy changes designed to write up and fire as many hourly employees as possible.
    Constant harassment from management.
    Now matter what you do or how good you do it it is never enough.
    Unequal treatment between employees.
    They hire people to run departments that have no clue about the production process for the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit changing policies every week. When your employees tell there is a problem listen. Employee morale is important and right now it cant get much lower. Learn to cooperate with the bargaining unit. They are not your enemy but are there to help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a family company, with all that comes with that

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shirley, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shirley, MA

    I worked at Bemis

    Pros

    First, the company is very important in the surrounding towns: it's a big employer locally, and the owners (the Howard Family) make a lot of local investments and coordinate a lot of volunteer work. The benefits include access to a small onsite gym, family healthplan with no premium, and a pension plan in addtion to a 401K plan.

    Cons

    If you've come from a larger corporate environment, you may be disappointed. The management is rather amateurish. My impression is that the current generation of family ownership is very civic minded, but lacks business experience. Middle-management especially is homegrown and very week. This could be an opportunity if you have a background in modern, metrics based management...you would be bringing religion to the wilderness here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although it's worked well for you so far, you may be left behind unless you embrace modern management techniques. Senior-management would especially benefit from some more seasoned hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bemis IT is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Oshkosh, WI

    I worked at Bemis

    Pros

    Global company that has a small company family feel to it. Bemis allows most employees to leave to take care of family or personal issues with no questions asked. Company is progessive with technology which allows you to work with a lot of great technologies. Very little micromanagement which allows you the freedom to do your job without someone staring over your shoulder all of the time. They tend to give you "cost of living" increase every year.

    Cons

    IT does not have a ton of visibility from the Senior Level Management which allows for a lack in urgency in keeping up with needs especially in the facilities. This is also caused by the fact that IT has done such a good job of meeting the needs of the company that there is no perceived problem. The separation of IT between Neenah and Oshkosh creates a disconnect between what to two areas are working on which can cause issues. Certain divisions or departments have too leniency to do their own things which creates support issues and undermines policies. Salaries tend to be 10-20% below industry for the size of the company. No review process just standard raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the great environment and add value by giving IT the tools they need. Do a salary review based on what the employees are doing not what their title is and compare it to the rest of the industry. Get IT department back to one facility.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Average employer

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    Former Employee - Market Manager
    Former Employee - Market Manager

    I worked at Bemis

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Possible to work there and have a balance between life and work.

    Cons

    Not enough career opportunities for women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clearer direction on skill sets needed for future advancement opportunities. Do more training for leadership on management skills.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Career Path

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bemis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There was no need to worry about advancement. All high level positons were filled by those from the outside.

    Cons

    Unless you are in the Fox River Valley, you have little chance to advance. At the plant level, outsiders were constantly brought in to take higher level positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a paycheck

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    Current Employee - Department Supervisor
    Current Employee - Department Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Better than unemployment
    Large organization
    More than 150 years of existence

    Cons

    No interest in input from employees
    Very short-sighted strategic decisions
    Very un-informed upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time to learn your business before making strategic decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bemis

    Pros

    People are great to work with.
    Large company culture
    Bemis' Products are located in every aisle of the grocery store

    Cons

    Large company culture
    Human Resources department can be tough to deal with, too bureaucratic
    Bemis doesn't understand their key assets are employees.\

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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