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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - IT Specialist in Plano, TX
Current Employee - IT Specialist in Plano, TX

I have been working at PepsiCo full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Job and salary
Health benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k
Health and wellness programs
Ethnic marketing programs
Good people in general that will help you out
Exempt salary levels are consistent across the organization so living in Plano is great since salary levels match NY (high COL) so I make out like royalty! People living Chicago too!

Cons

NO career path - weak manager/ dead end/pigeon hole position/ inconsistent review practices
Bad (people and business) managers protected if kiss the right people
Review process tailored to you where you are in salary grade (i.e., if low in grade get better review/pay raise) - also inconsistent across the organization still; how can you have for three years that a "2" out of "5" being the norm and be frowned upon? That is setting people up to be stuck in their career or open to be let go.. hmmmm.....
Management protecting themselves for their bonuses
Inconsistent following of policies - freeze on travel means no travel unless meeting customer but you see the department head go to a regional meeting that is not customer related
Managers are not GENUINE - they have to tow the company line and aren't there for their people; only certain employees are "critical" like the ones that are in rotational assignments; the majority of us won't get too far if at all... some are promoted and we wonder why ...
HR is not your friend so don't vent to them
Activities skewed to make up for any metrics (i.e., bad Org Health Survey meant pretty little functions to boost morale, bad sales - beat up operations for not executing and reward marketing with more outside agency contracts)
Morale low - esp finance and marketing, one survey had people using Pepsi as a stepping stone to their next position (revolving door).. um so there is a promote from within but ...
Annual layoffs and replace with unemployed people (to underpay) or recent grads (to underpay) so they can be pigeon-holed or progress slowly unless contractors are hired ...
Job postings with long lead times to fill or even NOT FILL just to show that they're hiring
Culture - Chicago - Analysis paralysis, NY - big bang marketing, Plano - Execute in the field, we lead so we don't need cutting edge nor R&D; funny how out of all the location NY was the most conservative and really only wanted to talk about family values (ironic since it is one of the most liberal states next to California), Plano was the most open (ironic since it is in a conservative state)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Consolidate the HQs, there is still the old legacy old mentality, FLNA, Quaker/Gatorade/Trop, Pepsi; from my work on OneUp Chicago folks didn't seem to have enough to do so they lead in D&I efforts, Pepsi folks were worked so hard working they didn't have time to enjoy lunch nor felt they could take time for a doctor's appointment, FLNA were too into themselves but should get a beat down when the bottling group comes in and shows them that they're not the only 900 pound gorilla in the room.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    The name carries weight, but it is disappointing to see how poorly run plants are

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits packages are great, along with Paid vacation system. High turnover so there are always positions opening up. The PepsiCo name carries great weight within production field.

    Cons

    working 13 hours plus a day as production supervisor, along with weekends. HR afraid to discipline associates for fear of Union. Makes it very difficult to be effective when you constantly fight for respect from your direct reports. They will even curse you out because they know nothing will happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't let fear be a bigger motivator than success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    PepsiCo-Quaker/Tropicana/Gatorade

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities.
    Great benefits.
    Well known brands.

    Cons

    No 401k matching.
    Poor organization in business models.
    Poor training for new roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better on boarding process for those individuals who need training in their new roles. Be ahead of the games in terms of plans for the year, rather than waiting until the last minute to try and make your sales targets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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