Pactiv Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Good pay, great co-workers, benefits are good (in 7 reviews)

  • good benefits, great match on your 401 (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • So focused on cost cutting that bthere is a lack of vision regarding the big picture (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication on tasks and last minute decisions are often the norm (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Going down hill

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co workers and each day was different with the challenges of the work load we would have

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't have a clue about what goes on in distribution yet they eliminate positions and expect us to just absorb those loses without any interruptions to servicing customers

    Advice to Management

    Get off your butts and actually spend time on the floors of the distribution to see how your mindless decisions from the ivory tower is handcuffing people


  2. Account Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Account Representative in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Account Representative in Lake Forest, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Pactiv (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Easy to talk to Supervisors. Easy to move up in the company once you're a full time employee.

    Cons

    A lot of coming and going of employees.


  3. break reliever

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Break Reliever in Mooresville, NC
    Former Employee - Break Reliever in Mooresville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pactiv part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cleaning and sending people to lunch from break

    Cons

    Not enough hours to pay the bills

    Advice to Management

    You should have break relievers getting 40 hours just like everybody else


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Cup operator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cup Operator in Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - Cup Operator in Kinston, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pactiv (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay, great benefits, always work to be done

    Cons

    schedule change at moment notice. no warning

    Advice to Management

    no advice


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great in theory, the money makes up for it....for awhile

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Lead in Romeoville, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Lead in Romeoville, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pactiv (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lead pay was great in comparison to other warehouses in the area. The COP schedule was fantastic, only worked half the month.

    Cons

    Management is misguided, unrealistic, and loves to pass the buck.... They are more concerned with filling jobs with the "revolving door" of temps than with hiring and properly training.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and their experience, just because it looks good on paper doesn't mean it works in real life. Get out from behind your computers and go out to the warehouse and see how things really are.


  7. lift truck operator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temple, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temple, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work, except for the summertime in the Texas heat. Get to work at your own pace with little supervision.

    Cons

    The pay starts out kind of low, plus the raises are minimal. Not a good place to make a career out of unless move up in the company rapidly.

    Advice to Management

    Pay what similar companies pay or better. Doing same work for smaller pay.


  8. Left in the Cold

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, bonus structure ad pension. Loved the company vehicle. I made my own schedule and worked from home.

    Cons

    No clear path or plan. Always changing sales initiatives mid-stream. Too much administrative work which led to not enough selling time. Laid off after they were bought out.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more and don't rely in buying business at distributors. This is a face to face relationship type sales job and it cant be accomplished with a phone call or an email.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Frequent Re-org and RIF's

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pactiv (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Advice to job seekers is to be aware of the group your entering and the experience of the leadership team.

    Cons

    Frequent org changes and RIF's cause programs and projects to be left idle or abandoned. Currently, the leadership teams are young and new in their positions. It's a survival of the fittest environment with constant struggles for resources.


  10. Pactiv Packer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time

    Pros

    Good pay even through most temp services.

    Cons

    Hot conditions for a female.


  11. Temp Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are there, forklifts are somewhat maintained, lunch room is air conditioned...

    Cons

    The warehouse isn't climate controlled, it sometimes reached 112 and the forklifts running non stop made is hotter. Clicks in management and warehouse staff make it difficult to work with at times, work isn't properly distributed.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the problem and it starts with the Operations Manager, lacking employee rapport.



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