Avery Dennison

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A company on the decline with little opportunity for career advancement, unfavorable work/life balance and low salaries.

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Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Mentor, OH
Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Mentor, OH

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

Pros

Avery will provide a job but not much in the area of career. If one is looking for work and desires to reside in the greater Cleveland area, it is an "ok" place to seek employment.

Cons

They are typically not a good paying company. They are struggling to stay affloat due to excess capacity in the pressure sensitive market. One of the ways they are offsetting losses is by annually off-loading salaries that are at or above $80K annually and hiring younger, local talent from the nearby schools and universities. If you are not a senior level manager and your salary is at or above $80K, you will be targeted in their "right-sizing/restructuring" efforts.Work life balance is a challenge as well as they are doing more with less people. A declining market along with cost out efforts over the past decade have led to this approach which has resulted in many Process Engineers, Team Leaders and Managers in Operations experiencing "burnout" after 2-3 yrs in their respective roles. Diversity is also lacking at senior level management positions. It only exists at lower level/subordinate positions. They have recently undergone lawsuits for age, gender and racial discrimination (2001, 2003, and 2005) in which they were found liable and/or payed an undisclosed sum in settlements. I would not reccommned this company, particulary the Northeast Ohio Operations, to anyone seeking employment with a company that will value work/life balance or that is looking for a "career home" with whoch they could retire.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work life balance must be improved, more competitive salaries offered and diversity improved at "Senior" level managment positions.

Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Changing environment. Gradual cultural change since company founder Stan Avery passed away.

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    Former Employee - Various in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Various in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Some very talented, creative, hard working employee's

    Cons

    Sr. management focus seemed to change over the years I had been at Avery. Focus went from employee and customer to short term bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employee's and they will take care of your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not sure how to manage change

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicopee, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicopee, MA

    I worked at Avery Dennison full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work/ life balance. Flexible scheduling allowed me to attend children's school functions, etc. Site management cared about the well-being of all employees, and had an almost paternal relationship with the production staff.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement (and even training) were very political. If you could get a "patron" senior manager to run block for you, the world was yours. If not, your options were limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to deal with changing markets. You cannot continue to slash your way to prosperity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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