Owens-Illinois Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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Owens-Illinois Chairman and CEO Al Stroucken
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Pros
  • the pay is good and the interaction with other employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Some great people that sometimes is useful in teamwork (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • At the plant, you are working almost every holiday (in 7 reviews)

  • Worker bees all trying to lie low for next round of cuts (in 3 reviews)

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  1. I really enjoyed my experience at OI

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Owens-Illinois full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the pay was excellent, another reason was that holidays were triple time, if you decided to work on that day

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working for OI was that you had to work a rotating shift and the rotation was a weekly rotation

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management if you are being considered for a position you should know that it is a union factory and it is very hard to get rid of the workers so what normally happens is that management gets blamed for most of the problems that happen and for that reason management doesn't last to long there


  2. Owens Illinois - Mixed Bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OI is a company over 100 years old and doesn't look to be going away. Very stable in the glass bottle making market place. As a company, OI has battled through most of the asbestos litigation and is still standing. Where other companies folded or filed for bankruptcy, OI managed the payouts and stayed in the game. Some really wonderful people work at OI and they have decent vacation time and are very diverse. They are very dedicated to ethics and morales and have continuous training for all employees on those topics. They hire cutting edge workers from colleges around the country.

    Cons

    Over the last few years, O-I has become very focused with "the stockholders." For a few years they had been very focused on building people and workplace satisfaction. They had invested in the Pathways program fostering employee happiness in and out of work. Then management changed and the focus changed from people to dollars. There have been several troubling days over the last few years, generally around the holidays, where large groups of people were let go. They have gotten rid of a lot of experience to cut budgets and are feeling the effects of those decisions now.

    Advice to Management

    OI used to be, and maybe pockets of it still are, fairly transparent with the rank and file. I think that needs to come back in order to garner employee confidence. O-I is still a good company to work for, but it has changed and is a much different environment than it used to be.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Electrical Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Perrysburg, OH

    I worked at Owens-Illinois

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work field Opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Poor benefits/compensation Difficult to advance Frequent cutbacks/layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with decision making information. Actually evaluate internal candidates for positions. Decide on a management style and stick with it for more than one year.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Once upon a time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens-Illinois

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I would have to say that salaries are more or less competitive

    Cons

    One of the worst managed companies in the US, a lot of traveling, no teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Give the chance to people that can


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits, crazy schedule!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Ability to advance.

    Cons

    Seven day rotating shifts. Any advancement means you will be in an on call position.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good people, poor management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH

    I worked at Owens-Illinois

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People in general tried to do their jobs and meet their goals and objectives. The Perrysburg facility is maintained very well.

    Cons

    Management is a mess. Too many in the management level that will not express their opinions to their superiors for fear of getting fired.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the direction is then follow it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens-Illinois

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is easy to talk to. Goals and direction of company were very clear. The management here really cares about their workers and have your back.

    Cons

    Very little chance for advancement, not enough work in some offices. While goals are clear, they change almost constantly which is confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Be more firm with direction.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Completely different company from 5 years ago

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Perrysburg, OH

    I worked at Owens-Illinois (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart well respected and talented engineers. Decent benefits.Many opportunities in project management.

    Cons

    The culture in this company has changed 180 degrees for the worse in the past 5 years. There is a lack of vision from management. The company goes through so many changes it's impossible to sustain focus. Senior management completely turned-over twice in the last five years and with each time came change in direction. Few opportunities for growth as an engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Hire senior managers with a solid value system and a clear vision.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Different company today relative to work life balance and leadership that just 8 years ago.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Relatively respected in peer circles

    Cons

    Lack of leadership with clear and sustained goals. The axiom is to wait 6-8 weeks and new goals will come down the line.

    Advice to Management

    Get clear with, and stick to our 3 year plans. Get investors a return on their investment instead of reinvesting so as to pad your own bonuses.


  11. a good place to start your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Perrysburg, OH

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    talented co-workers, easy-going collegues, have great opportunity to learn new things.

    Cons

    no growth. the pay is ok as compared to other companies in the same industry.



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