PCA Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Learned a ton in a short amount of time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packaging Design  in  Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Packaging Design in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at PCA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone in the office was very nice and willing to help me when I needed it. I learned a ton about the corrugated packaging industry and what goes into developing expendable export packs for specific applications. I enjoyed my time at PCA.

    Cons

    Can be slow sometimes, although you can find work if you put in the extra effort of asking for something to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    not good to the employees most of time

    Former Employee - Operastor
    Former Employee - Operastor

    I worked at PCA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    alot of work most days

    Cons

    management does not care about the peoples cpncerns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Our company was bought by PCA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PCA

    Pros

    Salary remained the same when purchased.

    Cons

    Information Technology was not up to date. Communications were very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more current with Technology.

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  5.  

    Small, but quickly growing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Counce, TN
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Counce, TN

    I worked at PCA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company is very smart with their investments and the way they treat their employees. Over the years they have accrued little debt, and as a result have grown very well in the past few years. Employees are given great opportunities for advancement while providing well balanced management.

    Cons

    The locations of most of their mills are in small, rural towns that some potential employees may not find agreeable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit younger people willing to live in small towns, or ones that already have families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great place to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Design Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Industrial Design Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at PCA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    its gets kind of boring sometimes

    Cons

    This industry job security is great if thats what you are looking for. Packaging is always going to be around in the future never have to worry about any uncertainties.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    PCA was very generous with it's employees through financial compensation and very good benefits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Manager
    Former Employee - Design Manager

    I worked at PCA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Corporate PCA had benevolent oversight of the local facilitities. But those local facilities had the flexibility to optimize their unique strengths and talents. Having fifty plus offices, there was always a plant best suited for any customer.

    Cons

    The employee-chemistry was crucial, for the effectiveness of the independence of all the separate plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is 'business first'; keep a clear perspective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    quick and easy to make money

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valet  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Valet in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at PCA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    all you do is drive cars

    Cons

    no room for opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Compensation program worst in industry

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at PCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is no reason to work for PCA

    Cons

    Terrible compensation program, absolutely the worst, no reason to work for this company when any other company is available and better to work for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    PCA is now lost in the integration shuffle.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Growing company (as a result of the recent acquisition of Boise, Inc.). Long-tenured employees who are incredibly loyal to the company.

    Cons

    Growing company with long-tenured employees who are out of their element trying to manage the integration with Boise. Communication has gotten very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember management 101 basic - people want to know what's in it for them and why things are happening the way they are happening. Communication will be the key to either your success or failure with this endeavor. So far...there is room for much improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Frustrating

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCA

    Pros

    Good benefits,people. Good desks.short-term disability.

    Cons

    Since Medco migration the performance goals have been set too high for problems. Pay cut is not what I signed up for. Medco workers were union and ESI busted the union. Those left should get large pay increases, not decreases!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know who is doing their job and reward them. Get rid of bottom- feeders!!

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