Pepsi Bottling Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Warehouse Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Pepsi Bottling full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and strong company

    Cons

    long hours but rewarding job.

    Advice to Management

    More communication between departments... Keep control at local level.


  2. Pre Sell Account Manager

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

    I have been working at Pepsi Bottling full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    great company to have on your resume

    Cons

    work/life balance
    pay to hours worked (salary)

    Advice to Management

    stop running things so lean. we can't hit every metric because we run like madmen for 12hrs just to get home for a cold dinner.


  3. Good company with great benefits.

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

    I have been working at Pepsi Bottling part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    During my time at Pepsi, I've had a pleasant experience. I've been able to learn many things and they were able to work with my school schedule.

    Cons

    Other than the normal wear and tear on my body, it seemed kind of difficult to be promoted. Managers sometimes tend to do whatever it takes to please a customer, sometimes at the expense of their own employees. Now I do believe customer service is key and is the number one priority, but when it is at the expense of your employees and their families, it becomes unnecessary.

    Advice to Management

    Better promotion system. Focus on employees, which are the backbone of the company


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  5. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Route Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Route Sales in New York, NY

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is the only thing that is good

    Cons

    Constant pressure on hitting sales goals and management does not care.

    Advice to Management

    Management enjoys blaming employees for their own mistakes


  6. Helpful (2)

    If you think this is the place to be a Supervisor, you'd be wrong.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at Pepsi Bottling 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

    They are well established and you will get paid on time, though they don't pay their vendors on time. That's about it.

    Cons

    Those looking to be Supervisors please read. (I am currently a supervisor in manufacturing in a non-union plant. My advice is based on current conditions.)

         You will probably not get any raises above 2% (cost of living). Most of the time they will "give" you a 1% "raise". This 1% is actually a deduction in pay based on a 2% cost of living increase. As a supervisor you will make about as much as a production employee makes after they have been there 12 months, but you will have tons more responsibilities. The majority, I haven't seen one that's the minority, will swamp you with so many tasks that you will literally not be able to complete them if you were to stay on the office 16 hours a day. They mandate that you will spend 10 hours per day at work minimum. This does not matter if you bust your as or not. There is no gratification for going above and beyond so no one does. Your managers will give you a hard time over small things you may not have done optimal, so do not expect to receive praise for the thing you do to help the company.

         The employees, if they're not already union, are always looking to go union, so they are paid very well. They tend to fight management tooth and nail on any little change. Most of the time this happens because some manager is trying to step on anyone they can to move up the ladder. These are the same managers that will bury you if they get a chance. If they don't get a chance, they will make your job so annoyingly tedious that you will let something small fall off the plate and then they will smear you with it and use you as a scapegoat for their shortcomings.

         If you think you will be promoted from supervisor to manager from within, think again. in three years at Pepsi I have yet to talk to a supervisor that has moved into management. You will, however, talk to the campus hires that are put into 3 supervisor positions before moving into their guaranteed managment position.

         I am a hard worker. My employees get along with me very well. I work fast and hard from the moment I step in the plant. Yet, there hasn't been a manager, and plant manager for that matter, that I've met yet that doesn't step all over the supervisors at this facility. The managers have fired a 25 year supervisor for lack of performance, he must have been fine for the previous 24 years, I guess. They have angered three other supervisors into quitting. These supervisors had 10 years with the company, 15 years with the company and 5 years with the company.

        The company has super high turnover in management all the way from supervisor to plant directors. Here is why... because the carbonated softdrinks (CSD) sector of the beverages industry is rapidly losing demand. These managers and directors are forced to cut labor at every single turn. So what happens? The Supervisors, literally, have to run the machines as an operator. Yes, the exact thing Pepsi was sued for and lost was this very same thing.

        The two managers I've had so far do not debate the tasks pushed down to them. They choose not to understand the time it takes to complete projects or daily tasks they assign their employees. Instead, they choose to overestimate, over task and ultimately underperform because they believe management is hammering their employees for more with less. This is the ultimate reason for the high rate of turnover in the companies management.

    Recommendation:
        If you are considering working for Pepsi, please do one of two things; take an hourly position or take the campus hire route with a guaranteed managers position after 1-2 years. Otherwise, the probability is, you will most likely be searching for an exit after about 1 - 2 years with the company.

    Note* Below I rate the company outlook as decreasing because of the month to month sales losses in the CSD market.

    Advice to Management

    I have yet to see the managers accept advice for those beneath them. I will say this though, you should


  7. Rewarding adventure, I learned a lot of valuable skills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Lakeland, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation. Fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Dealing with upper management that does not have a clue as to how the real world works.

    Advice to Management

    Judge people for how they perform not whether the have a piece of paper hanging on the wall. Not all college grads are capable individuals.


  8. Great company and benefits!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Manager in Orlando, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Progressive, fast-paced, team oriented CPG company with great iconic brands. Both benefits and salaries are competitive. Would recommend working here!

    Cons

    Bottler integrated into PepsiCo, management changes and downsizing each year. Lots of changes, hard to keep up.

    Interviewing process takes longer than expected, could be more efficient.

    Advice to Management

    After corporate restructuring, provide rehiring process for downsized employees impacted due to the constant changes.


  9. MEM

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This was a great job with some over time

    Cons

    Can not think of any cons with this job

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Never a dull moment

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

    I have been working at Pepsi Bottling full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, stability, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Lack of direction within each division, too many chiefs, not enough indians

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page


  11. Previous DSL

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pepsi Bottling

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind. This place was a joke. Poor management and poor HR equals disaster.

    Cons

    HR was the most crooked bunch I've ever been around. She has ruined many peoples lives because she only follows her agenda.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great leaders and stop letting HR run the company.



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