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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Painesville, OH
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Painesville, OH

I worked at Avery Dennison

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Avery does a good job of training thier employees. Most of the training is trial by fire but supported trial by fire.

Cons

The downsides of Avery Dennison are simple. The company is a very large firm that acts like a small business ( and not the good parts of a small business ) . The company has the scale to make huge improvements in efficiancy but does not because of the divisional focus.

Advice to Management

I would say that it is important to consolidate the back office operations.

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  1. Put the human back in Human Resources

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Painesville, OH
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Painesville, OH

    I worked at Avery Dennison

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part I enjoyed the people I worked with. They want to do the right thing but are quickly losing faith in Senior Managements ability to lead.

    Cons

    1-The Human Resources department in the divisions I encountered was horrible. They were a bunch of cute young women overly concerned with their own careers and how quickly they could advance. For just about every question you asked them their answer was an 800 number to call. One HR Manager admitted to me that she would not post job openings in other Divisions because it was a hassle for her to back-fill positions should someone leave.
    2-Leadership at the plant level changed every 2-3 years. This appears to be a mandate from Corporate...and it is not working in any way, shape, or form.
    3-My Division, specifically, did not develop from within enough. We had bright people looking to do more and more times than not they had to leave the company to get what they were looking for.

    Advice to Management

    1- Put the human back in Human Resources. Too many HR folks are involved in strategic decisions.
    2- Let the Plant Managers take ownership of their plants. Leave them there for 5-8 years and develop relationships with their people. The ability to leverage relationships is not a bad thing.
    3-Make everyone working in a plant report to the Plant Manager instead of a Director miles away. As times get togher in each business segment you need everyone pushing in the same direction with one clear agenda.
    4-Do not be afraid to fail, but recognize failure quickly. The fear of failure often leads to short sighted goals and programs. Let your people implement ELS, hold them accountable for RESULTS, and move them out if they do not meet expectations. You should know if someone is a performer with 8-12 months.


  2. One of the best places to work in the greater Cleveland Ohio area.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mentor, OH
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mentor, OH

    I worked at Avery Dennison

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are many opportunities offered to learn new processes at Avery Dennison. Every employee is encourage to take Six Sigma courses and at least get a Green Belt certification. There are also many opportunities to learn Lean and Project Management skills. The only issue with these learning opportunities is finding the time to include them in your daily work load. The engineers and full time Six Sigma employees are the only associates who have time to truly enjoy the many learning opportunities, because they can incorporate their leanings into their daily work load.

    Avery Dennison is also one of the best paying manufacturing companies in North Eastern Ohio, thus they are always on the list of best companies in the Greater Cleveland Ohio area.

    These benefits have contributed to many Avery Dennison employees having tenures up to 30 years. In fact every month the Mentor office highlighted the years of service for employees (five years was the minimum number of years recognized).

    Cons

    The main downside to working at Avery Dennison is the career path or the lack there of a career path. Avery Dennison would be perfectly content if good employees worked in their position for a decade. Every year as part of the performance review process you are forced to document your career goals and the steps you are taking to reach these goals, but these plans rarely lead to a desired conclusion.

    Avery Dennison also throws a lot of projects and responsibilities at their employees because most departments don’t have enough employees to handle the work loads. They do recognize that most employees are over worked, but they still don’t do anything about it.

    Advice to Management

    Avery Dennison has a wealth of knowledge in the organization, especially below the Director and Manager levels. Senior Management should stop trusting the ideas and thoughts of hired consultants like BCG and trust the ideas of their associates. Unfortunately, the consultants have more say with senior management than the Directors.


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