Pactiv

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Pactiv Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
82 Reviews
2.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay when things are going well (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)

  • A lot of fragmentation due to lack of communication (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Constant change made it quite a challenge.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv

    Pros

    We were an acquisition several years ago which brought in new markets and increased business opportunities resulting in a larger footprint and increased volumes.

    Cons

    With being owned by an investment company the primary focus is on the bottom line and savings. This resulted in a number of RIFs over the past year without a reduction in duties. Net result was an increased workload for those that were left. Work/Life balance suffered for most of those remaining at our facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the long term effects of RIFs on those that remain and what it does to morale. Most were worried that they would be next on the list and caused a great deal of stress and concern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    "I remember when they cared, shared and developed people"..Not anymore

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I re-used previous Pros, as they were spot on !!
    Benefit packages are OK, health, dental, vision, 401K up to 6% plus a yearly 2% match.
    If you show that you can handle it, the company will have opportunities inside and outside of your existing department. Show some skill and hustle and you can start checking off boxes in your career path. Continuing layoffs create gaps in the organization which always yield opportunities for at least lateral movement.

    Cons

    When I started at Pactiv there were exciting new products,material, machines and development work. Things have changed a lot since then.
    It is getting harder and harder to remain steadfast, loyal and dedicated to the company when nearly every year there are RIF's and internal re-orgs.
    Diminishing value towards the employees, while upper management continues to say the value employees the company ( Rank) actions are contrary. It's as if they say it not only to convince us but to convince themselves as well.
    The company seems to be headed in the wrong direction...............down !
    Bottom line: Rank squeezes cash out while R&D and future growth shrivel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to have Grahame Hart SELL Pactiv

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great co-workers, benefits are good.

    There are limited opportunities for advancement. The employees care about doing a good job and keeping customers in product. Lean organization with great manufacturing capabilities.

    Cons

    The company is not growing. The private equity firm that owns Pactiv does not seem to know how to grow organically, but rather squeezes the organization to produce more cash to the bottom line. Focus should be on keeping employees happy, productive and servicing the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much the senior management can do as long as the Private Equity company pulling the strings cares more about cash than growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hard for decent pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Winder in Manteno, IL
    Current Employee - Winder in Manteno, IL

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Getting paid every week. Bonuses!

    Cons

    management not really listening to employees concerns and machines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage workers, lift them up and they will work harder

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management with no direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is only one Pro - Location.

    Cons

    No strategy / Continuously changing strategy, no long term goal, management with no knowledge of the business. The knowledgeable employees were all fired and replaced by those with no concept of what is like to manage a 4B dollar company. The morale is low. In the past few years the business had continuous layoffs. Those who are still remaining, are looking to leave. The atmosphere is simply depressing. You will get promoted only if you are "in" with the management. Otherwise you will rot in your position for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think this company is hopeless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    In Temple, the PE Plant and RMC are where you want to be - Foams and RDP are not as fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Temple, TX
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Temple, TX

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) I had a good experience overall - my boss was intent on getting me exposed to everything he could, and he let me travel to participate in kaizen events, DPM training, and SAP go-live events. I knew I could make a mistake and not lose my job - I was given enough rope to be a leader and take charge, and when I fell on my face, my managers wouldn't kick when I was down. The only thing they were concerned with is that I learned from my mistake and continue to improve. My peers and my team were awesome - I enjoyed working with most everyone. 2) The safety culture was very good - I believed Pactiv meant what they preached to all of us about living and working in a safe environment. There were several safety incentives that employees looked forward to when we reached certain landmarks, such as 1 year without an OSHA recordable. We got fed frequently for safety and performance! 3) Work-life balance was very good - everything is in shifts, so as a supervisor I would come in 30 minutes early and leave about 30 minutes after my shift. Occasionally we had staff meetings, so I would come in early for that but I wouldn't have to work extra hours. I think the RMC was one of the best departments when it came to work-life balance, and our bosses set the example. They would often come in early, but when it was time to leave they left. 4) Near the end of my time at Pactiv, there was some restructuring in HR. The HR manager I ended with supported my peers and I very well. He was fair and consistent, and he wasn't afraid of discipline or termination if there was supporting documentation. When we had problems, he backed us up and he trusted our judgement. 5) There was room for upward growth, but it usually meant you had to leave Temple. 6) Benefits were very strong - loved the 8% 401k match. Pactiv froze the pension benefit during my time there, but they upped the 401k match to make up for it. This was part of many changes that occurred when we went from being publicly traded to becoming a privately-owned company.

    Cons

    1) Training for hourly employees was inconsistent. Team leaders and NTLs badly needed formal leadership training, but that only happened once during my tenure. I did my best to teach them based on my own experience, but it was difficult to hold them to a high standard when their peers were not held to the same standard. Overall, I noticed that disciplinary action was often the quicker and easier method when often the employee needed more training. 2) We always struggled with housekeeping inconsistency. I inherited a very bad area of the RMC, and after about a year it met my high standard. The inconsistency among the other teams' assigned areas demoralized my team because they had worked so hard and their supervisor (me) wasn't able to get my peers on board. I fought that battle for over 3 years. Safety and productivity ruled supreme - everything else fell by the wayside when we got busy. 5S never fully got integrated into our daily standard work. 3) Pactiv is truly a manufacturing company - distribution is an afterthought. Production built inventory we didn't need, and even with all our crossdock and direct ship opportunities, we still had overflowing bins. At one point we had to lease another warehouse to store overflow product that didn't move for months. It usually felt like were fighting against Production - we had contradicting goals and metrics. Production was rewarded for building pounds, and Distribution was rewarded based on shipping productivity and efficiency. The more direct ship and crossdocking we did, the better we scored. When we're having to consolidate bins to make room for overflow materials that can no longer fit in their assigned storage section, that was waste injected into the process. Basically we could not all be rewarded together, so that resulted in an "us versus them" mindset instead of a teamwork mindset. When we got rewarded, Production wasn't. It was a very frustrating business model, and change was very slow. In almost 5 years, I never saw this change fully. Production would try to reduce inventory, and then the flood gates were suddenly opened again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sustain the pros and figure out how to eliminate the cons, especially #3. Out of all the things our employees griped about, it was the impossible metrics that contradicted each other. This might be fixed now, but when I was there it caused a lot of frustration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Hard work, not for lazy people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most people are also hard workers.

    Cons

    Getting personnel on the same page

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establishing a mandatory max hours worked per week rule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company if you can avoid RIF's

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

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are great: Health, dental, vision, Matching 401K up to 6% plus a yearly 2% match, paid vacation and all major holidays off. The pace of work is reasonable for the pay.

    Cons

    A lot of change going on to meet company wide earning goals. in 2014 there where TWO Reduction in Forces in a span of 3 months. The top uses threats of job loss to motivate site leadership. Lots of focus on savings without really understanding all the impacts or if goals are actually attainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a financial consulting firm to get a grip on cost savings promises. Many value streams over promise at expense of their sister value stream. As long as the VS is able to promos savings all is well. There is little thought to down stream ramifications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It depends on who you know.

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

    I have been working at Pactiv full-time

    Pros

    Can have a close network. For the most part you know the rules or find out quickly. There are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Time off is sometime hard to get. There is always a crisis that requires attention. The is such a focus on cash that it stifles a lot of good initiatives. Many of the plant locations are far from civilization. There is always another corporate plan that gets stuffed down the throats of understaffed and undertrained plants that adds to the stress in the workplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Growth opportunities exist, but you have to hunt them out yourself.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

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

    Pros

    If you show that you can handle it, the company will have opportunities inside and outside of your existing department. Show some skill and hustle and you can start checking off boxes in your career path. Continuing layoffs create gaps in the organization which always yield opportunities for at least lateral movement.

    Cons

    You'll have to constantly network within the Company because there is no effective formal method to match employees with potential roles. Layoffs have created a very lean organization and your boss will not have any time to mentor you or grow your career. Only a handful of management have earned loyalty from their own reports. Astro-turf'd corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite all of the layoffs you've got some substantial dead wood in the organization. Their presence is a mental drag on the employees that are now doing 1.5 jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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