Pactiv Reviews

Updated July 24, 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)

    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

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

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

    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.


  2. Pactiv Packer

    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  3. Temp Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Once upon a time, Pactiv was a good place to work....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There are many talented people working at this company who have years of process knowledge and expertise. People are willing to train you and help you do well. The 401k match was dollar for dollar. Multiple benefit plans from which to select and priced competitively. Location was convenient. The plant I was based out of was exceptionally clean and well run. Supervisors/Managers and former HR ladies had solid leadership skills. Plant management tried their best to protect the plant employees and staff from layoffs.

    Cons

    This company is in debt up to their eyeballs. I don't understand how it is still intact today. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next 18 months. Lots of unhappy people working there because they are constantly being required to do more with less to the point where they have cut too deep. As a result, good people have left and are continuing to leave. Some of them, sadly, think they are stuck because they make too much money and don't think they can find it elsewhere. The truth is they can.

    Advice to Management

    If people are "your biggest assets" then treat them right so they will stay and be a contributor to your organization. Otherwise, just keep posting job after job after job on LinkedIn............


  6. Helpful (2)

    Don't believe the hype

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Lake Forest, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Ability to quickly move up through the organization. Opportunity to virtually relocate anywhere.

    Cons

    Cost of benefits continues to escalate. Merit increases are minimal. TOO MANY PEOPLE JUMPING SHIP! Which is why there are opportunities galore. This company was built on our ability to service the customer, nowadays there are so many new folks nothing is getting done. So called ops managers are a joke, and haven't a clue. The good ones have left or were let go. Good place to start your career, odds are good you won't end it here.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics, CEO is NOT a man of his words. There is a 600 lb. windbag slowly ruining the distribution network, he's a total joke and the reason customers are looking elsewhere. Word of advice to the owner, sell now, you will never recover your losses with this team of clowns running the show. This company is on a road to ruin.


  7. shipping/receivieng

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  8. Frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  10. Exteuding Operator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    If Dart or GenPak aren

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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



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