Owens-Illinois Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
50 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, excellent people, typical big business problems

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Perrysburg, OH

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People at O-I are phenomenal and there is a relatively high rate of collaboration. Most corporate functions attempt to make trainings available and known to employees. Office culture is somewhat antiquated but depends highly on the managers. Most areas don't allow flex-time or remote working options.

    Cons

    Lower compensation for long time employees, high turnover in global leadership, some struggles with communication from top-down leadership to individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company leadership has promise but needs stronger direction from regional presidents and other top managers. Significant disparity in compensation for long term employees versus new employees with same skill set or with even less experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Salary but Managers are Too Self Centered.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perrysburg, OH

    I worked at Owens-Illinois full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great. The working environment is about average, but the people are friendly and hardworking. Leave, both vacation and sick, are not tracked and are basically trusted to employees to maintain (usually with iversight by managers).

    Cons

    Managers are often not qualified for their positions and, from my experience, spend too much of their time finding others to blame for things that go wrong within their department. It often seemed that no one was willing to take responsibility for things that went wrong, and a lot of things went wrong. Managers are given too much free reign and often undermine their subordinates. As a result, the company has an unusually high incident of employee civil rights lawsuits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much behind closed door management. Although employees are very much encouraged to let management know of improprieties and mismanagement (they have a wide reaching corporate policy), they are more often then not punished for their actions. So many fellow employees that I got to know were very afraid that their manager would fire them if they stated their opinions. Too many problems arise because management is not supervised and these incidents are hidden.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, hours are very flexible

    Cons

    No advancement in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    K

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Production supervisor

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Tracy, CA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Tracy, CA

    I worked at Owens-Illinois full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Had full control of my department. I was not held back from making critical decisions. Plant operated by consensus not a one way . Most employees were easy to work with and wanted to learn and do their best. Plant manager would recognize and praise people for their efforts.

    Cons

    Corporate making too many changes. Restructured the work force and job requirements. Lost several key people during this time and talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more on training to strengthen the work force

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good stepping stone company not long term career

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens-Illinois full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are friendly. International company you get to work with people all over the globe .

    Cons

    You are 15% under paid. Company doesn't show loyality to employees they let go people with no warning or reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot attract or keep good people because of pay scale. In addition trust in management is not there. I left the company because I was not going to put my livelyhood in your hands trust goes both ways. In addition my salary went up 18% moving to another company. Unless things change, good people will perhaps come but they will certainly leave for better conditions. This company could be a great company and would attract the best engineers and scientist if it respected its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good for the most part.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens-Illinois

    Pros

    The Pay and Benefits are acceptable.

    Cons

    Old outdated building and equipment, parts not always readily available so inefficient modifications are made and left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of whats really going on. Preconceived notions and guesses are not productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Long hours, good pay for an industry with no growth.

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager  in  Muskogee, OK
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Muskogee, OK

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Challenging, opportunity around every corner in the plant. Lots of room for improvement, which can be fun if you like a challenge. Additionally, the pay is above average.

    Cons

    At the plant, you are working almost every holiday. Vacations are difficult to take. Plan on working at least 1 weekend a month, on top of 50 hours per week. Loud, dirty environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company rewards those who are best at fire fighting and can get immediate results.

    If you are a systemic problem solver, it will be difficult for you to succeed at O-I.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be an excellent company

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    Former Employee - LSS  in  Perrysburg, NY
    Former Employee - LSS in Perrysburg, NY

    I worked at Owens-Illinois full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some great people that sometimes is useful in teamwork.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, a lot of traveling, low tech plants, sometimes there is no support at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out while you can

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Hard to keep

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    Current Employee - Batch and Furnace Supervisor  in  Lapel, IN
    Current Employee - Batch and Furnace Supervisor in Lapel, IN

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary is one of the best values + 12% bonus at the end of the year.

    Cons

    Too many hours to work, work/life balance impossible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Amazing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Glass is Life, Product that is beautiful, Mission

    Cons

    There are no cons to working for this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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