PepsiCo Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,786 Reviews

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PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance was given to those who handled it responsibly (in 99 reviews)

  • great pay and benefits, plenty of opportunities for growth, very stable company (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to be focused on your own work life balance because there's so much to do (in 218 reviews)

  • long hours hard physical work, stressful at times to complete all requried (in 153 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not the company it used to be

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    Former Employee - Sales District Leader - Frito-LAy  in  Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Sales District Leader - Frito-LAy in Bronx, NY

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company values are good. They are very concerned about putting out a good product.

    Cons

    No respect or care for their employees any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit forgetting about the front line who got you where you are today. Enough of promoting people just because the fit a catageory. Try promoting people who actually know what they are doing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very diverse culture but very corporate America.

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst  in  Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Love working with so many different people. The culture is very diverse and they celebrate many different things. It can be a laid back place to work as long as you meet your metrics.

    Cons

    Pay is not that well and you have to be part of the "chosen ones" in order to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and your employees are more than just metrics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding Fortune 100 Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, opportunities, experiences and leadership

    Cons

    Highly matrixed and some legacy challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible employment experience.

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    Former Employee - District Sales Leader
    Former Employee - District Sales Leader

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is very competitive but the work is terrible. Health Benefits are very good. 401k is better at the commission payed position vs. salary positions (this is a con as well). Flexible schedule in the salary positions as long as you're willing to work 24/7.

    Cons

    The company puts more weight in a degree than proven job performance, don't get me wrong, I do believe that it is important to have an educated team but let me give you an example of this issue that I have witnessed. You will not move up higher than a Sales District Leader (SDL) without a degree (unless the company needs to promote someone to make it look like they still promote within). That's fine, I knew that going into this company, I also knew I would not go get a degree to move up when I have 14 years of total sales and retail experience. I however wanted to transfer to a different location with the same level position. So let me tell you about my performance. I received the "Ring of Honor Award" in 2012 as an SDL for leading my Zone in performance in my job accountabilities. I was able to attend the National meeting in New Orleans in 2013 for the celebration and had a lot of fun and met a few stars such as Clyde Drexler. I only state this because it can be verified by current employees. My 2013 performance was not far off, I finished the year ranked number two, so I had back to back great years and was told that with my performance, I will be able to transfer wherever I want to go. Awesome, right?... Wrong! When it came down to it, I got beat out of two positions by collage grads both times. I'm talking just a bachelors degree from a school that is not that big of a deal at all. The reason for me not getting the position was because they weren't ready to back fill my position -- That's messed up in my opinion -- after realizing that I no longer want to work for the company, I gave enough notice to be able to meet the person that is back filling me. Hmmm, so they weren't ready to back fill me but they had to anyways. When I met this person, I found out that he was in a similar position that I was in, no degree but experience and good performance. I found out that they initially talked to him about a more desirable area to work but officially offered him the location that I was in. The person that beat him out was a collage grad similar to how I got beat out of the positions that I wanted. So, I guess the moral of the story is, if you are a person fresh out of school, you will be welcomed with open arms from Frito-Lay but if you are not, be prepared to be treated like crap. I guess if you are ok dealing with that treatment for the pay, this is the job for you. If you are fresh out of school and want a company that can help you build a good resume, this is the company for you. And who knows, maybe you'll fit in with these corporate ball busters. But then you'll have to deal with stupid store directors wherever you go, a company that always engineers the routes to pay less commission rates to your salesman, or just come to work as employee 0334xxxx and never clock out, seriously, there is no work life balance with this job. Have a fun time and good luck with your employment at Frito.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and can Indra.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    PepsiCo Sales Leader Intern

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    Current Employee - Sales Leader  in  Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Orange, CA

    I have been working at PepsiCo as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great leadership experience, sales experience and exposure to the daily operations that make this company thrive!

    Cons

    No cons, honestly! This internship program is like no other in the country, they give you a real project that is a real problem in the company and provide you with the flexibility, resources, and knowledge to implement your own creative solution, hands on! They really value what your bring to the table and are enthusiastic about young talent in PepsiCo, they view you as the future of this Fortune 50 company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and your commitment to making the Pepsi Culture inclusive, supportive, and tightly bonded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Franchise Business Unit

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    Current Employee - Franchise  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Franchise in New York, NY

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong Brands
    Excellent Talent, opportunities for advancement and compensation.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance does not exist. 80+hrs a week
    Resources are limited so you work ridiculous hours on tedious, administrative items.
    Despite the propaganda on D&I, it is a very political organization with a low glass ceiling.
    High level of turnover due to continuous restructuring and little changes to "Good Ol Boy" leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-strucuring every year is not healthy nor is it conducive to building employee morale.
    The recent decisions to "grant" executive bonus in 5,000 RSU blocks only further disincentives employees who you "supposedly" wish to retain. Invest in technology and people resources, this will help move PepsiCo back into a thought leader with our retailers vs. just managing the daily fire drills of not being able to think beyond the horizon.
    If you want to reverse the trends, consider getting rid of the old school generation and bring in fresh, new, growth minds. Recognize that you the leadership bench is only looking to ride the gravy train to retirement, they are not wanting to make any changes that are essential to growing the business because other than being fat and happy, they lack the critical skills necessary to move the business forward while adapting to the growing shift in consumer landscape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    horrible, low pay, variable rate overtime, lots of unpaid hours

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    Former Employee - Driver  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Driver in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good coworkers, some management are good

    Cons

    the application process says 15/hr in reality its 523 a wk for full service and 599 for day bay. you work most days 14 to 16 hours and once you clock out often there's still work that has to be done. most employees work somewhere between 60 and 65 hours a week. The overtime compensation is variable rate depending on the amount of product sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to a hourly system and treat your drivers well. you'll retain them better that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall a good company.

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    Former Employee - Bay Delivery Driver  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Bay Delivery Driver in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. .good work environment. .good coworkers

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor was not as accessible as he could have been...upper management seemed to have a detachment to lower level employees. ..I was injured on the job and no one took me seriously until it was too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to come down and relate and listen to your workers more...especially delivery workers..keep better tabs on your supervisors..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wheat of the Crop - Mediocre Company

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance at Pepsico is the one shining facet that it holds. It is an extremely relaxed culture, but that, along with the employees at Pepsico is part of the overarching problem. Everything is very mediocre.

    Cons

    The talent level here is surprisingly mediocre. The pay is mediocre. The opportunities for growth are very mediocre. This is not a company for top young talent, but rather, for slow movers that aspire to make a manager role after 20 years, or maybe never. Perhaps it is because of the industry. Consumer goods is not at all sexy or prestigious and it falls well in line with most the people that work here.

    Company benefits are not very good and it seems like Pepsi is constantly trying to find ways to cut benefits out in order to cut costs and please its shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Congratulations, you have optimized mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication all the way around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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