Pactiv Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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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. I had a great experience at pactiv.

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Beech Island, SC
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Beech Island, SC

    I worked at Pactiv

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

    Pros

    Great co workers...Great team leaders...grest benefits...work and home life was ok...

    Cons

    Management was not to well,always pushing lean operations...you can only go so lean then it starts hurting quality and production...what was a 3 man job became 1...but instead of slowing the process Down slightly...they actually raised the speed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more...they are the ones actually doing the lean operations...they see the bad quality it leads to and the employee turnover ratio is directly related to this lean operations.

  2. When I first began working at Pactiv, the environment was positive.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

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

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

    Pros

    There were many pros when I first began working at Pactiv, however, once Reynolds acquired Pactiv, there were not many Pros to name.

    Cons

    Negative work environment, no incentives, many lay offs, tension, hard work is not recognized, all pros about working at the company were removed - the company was stripped and became a sterile place of work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more competitive compensation, make the work environment more positive, recognize hard work and bring back programs and incentives which made Pactiv an enjoyable place to work.

  3. A mixed experience. Many good people at working level, but mid-to-top executives are ineffective and unfocused.

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pockets of good, smart people trying to attain good outcomes

    Cons

    Top and upper middle executives that are out of their depth and rarely make decisions that put people in positions to succeed and excel.

    Advice to Management

    Think more deeply about how your decisions impact the longer-term ability of the organization to attract and retain talented employees.

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  5. The rats are the first ones to jump ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Romeoville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Romeoville, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits package was good, 6% 401k Medical, dental. Worked with some good people. Compensation was enough to live paycheck to paycheck in an overpriced area.

    Cons

    The company is owned by an investment firm that makes money by way of selling companies, not running them. There are repeated layoffs to raise the market value of the company because of this. Poor planning for big projects, short sighted, jumping from one emergency to the next. Training and development is virtually non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and let someone turn it around.

  6. Eyes Open

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment, fast-paced, top management very accessible

    Cons

    Highly dysfunctional organization, incredibly short planning horizon

  7. Mismanaged company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pactiv

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    people were nice- when they weren't yelling or super stressed

    Cons

    management had fear tactics.

    Advice to Management

    calm down and listen to your employees. You will lose valuable staff members that will help the business grow and succeed

  8. Constant change made it quite a challenge.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. LEAN - Less Employees Are Needed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pactiv

    Pros

    A large mix of recognized consumer products with a strong customer base. For hourly associates, pay is decent, the work environment is clean, and the work, itself, is fairly light duty.

    Cons

    Since going from public to private, salaried positions have been slashed across the organization. Productivity and cost reductions have been pushed over quality leaders and improved operations.

    Advice to Management

    Set the example and lead by it. Work WITH your employees rather than driving them to work FOR you.

  10. Helpful (3)

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Try to have Grahame Hart SELL Pactiv

  11. Helpful (4)

    Ok company

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

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