Pactiv Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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John McGrath
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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. 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

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

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

    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.


  2. shipping/receivieng

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shipping/Receiving in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Shipping/Receiving in Kinston, NC

    I have been working at Pactiv

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits
    great people to work with

    Cons

    when its hot its hot and when its cold its cold

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  3. Frustrating

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kinston, NC

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

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

    Pros

    The management team was nice. They had an open door policy and were approachable. The pay was ok for the job buy it should be much higher. The initial cup operator training was good especially working with the more seasoned veteran employees.

    Cons

    OT becomes all of the time. There was no such thing as a work life balance. Many employees cut corners on servicing machines. Management expects for you to service one machine and keep the other three simultaneously running. This is a paper cup making operation for many of the major fast food restaurants in the US and Canada. Preventive maintenance seems to be routinely performed but some of the machines are constantly troublesome or down. Management does not want to hear about what needs to be fixed and that goes double for busada jams and the constant pro lems with the case packers. If those go down... you're cup machine and production schedule will go down. There is no incentive to be a good productive worker. There were no bonuses nor other incentives. Ideally they just want to work you to death.

    Advice to Management

    Add production incentives and the good workers will rise to the top. Add folks that are just dedicated relief for breaks and lunches. Don't rely on other employees to cover each other and double and triple the workloads.


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  5. OK

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great, if you get into the right department

    Cons

    Very political, do not give any incentives for hard working people.
    Bonus is to a minimum, and the motivation is at a zero, except new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Give some incentive. Don't be judgmental and get to know your employees.


  6. Exteuding Operator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Extrusion Operator in West Lafayette, OH
    Former Employee - Extrusion Operator in West Lafayette, OH

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

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

    Pros

    They didn't really appear to have all their ducks in a row, and the manager's were not trained all that well.

    Cons

    Staffing agency messes up paychecks and don't care. They would cost you money, over charge you, and lie their way out of the money they were stealing.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your job before you teach it to someone else. Maybe if you took the time to understand what you were doing, your employees would actually stick around.


  7. If Dart or GenPak aren

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Gen Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Gen Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Pactiv (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement
    Global network
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Employees fleeing in droves...hence the room for advancement
    Be prepared to wear MULTIPLE hats, since job postings are rarely filled
    Lack of support to meet objectives, it's a "no excuses......get it done!" environment

    Advice to Management

    Please sell the company and allow it to return to its glory days


  8. Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Autonomy of territory management was the best Pro. Some of your counterparts would give good advise if you knew who to trust.

    Cons

    The company was on a 'Lean' agenda which would remove tools to do the job. Competitors were well aware of this and would take advantage of it. Relationship or not, the bottom line affects that decision ultimately.


  9. Customer Account Representative

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

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great benefits too.

    Cons

    Lots of changes lately. Makes employees nervous.


  10. Beware of extra work and favoritism

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv

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

    Pros

    401(k) Plan is good;
    Good Company Match
    Breaks
    Lunches
    Good Parking
    Lunchroom is clean
    Good Vending Company

    Smoking Area

    Cons

    Favoritism
    No Support
    Too Lean
    Plant Management not concerned about people
    Lack of safety prizes


  11. Stable company, good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, new equipment (warehouse)

    Cons

    12hr shift, no bonuses for hourly

    Advice to Management

    Listening to new ideas



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