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Owens-Illinois Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
61 Reviews
3.2
61 Reviews
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Owens-Illinois Chairman and CEO Al Stroucken
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34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay is good, and the employees are easy to get along with (in 6 reviews)

  • Being a fortune 500 there is room for growth and many locations worldwide to work or transfer to if you so chose (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management constant shuffle (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between departments, management, hourly (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits, crazy schedule!

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay.
    Ability to advance.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  2.  

    Fantastic place to work.

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

    I worked at Owens-Illinois

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more firm with direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, poor management.

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

    I worked at Owens-Illinois

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the direction is then follow it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Completely different company from 5 years ago

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    a good place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    a good work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finished Product Supervisor in Windsor, CO
    Former Employee - Finished Product Supervisor in Windsor, CO

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

    Pros

    the pay is good and the interaction with other employees

    Cons

    major budget cuts and stop thinking about the people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't forget about the people that's the thing that makes everything work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    College degree required to be a maid

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is good, and the employees are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Management needs to improve communication skills and not listen to hear say. Working a swing shift is not fun, takes your personal life away. Hope you like to use your college degree to clean in an industrial environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People with college degrees are not motivated to clean in 100+ degree rooms, management needs to communicate with shift leads better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, excellent people, typical big business problems

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

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time (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
  11.  

    I have learned many new skills&adapted new abilities to further my career advancement opportunities.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois

    Pros

    The best part is the pay& benefits.

    Cons

    Working swingshift 7 days in a row with only 48 hrs off in between changing shifts is extremely difficult. Basically you have no life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is in no way considerate of employees or their families.There is absolutely no employee recognition for a job well done.

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