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PepsiCo Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
2,081 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance at Pepsico is the one shining facet that it holds (in 111 reviews)

  • PepsiCo offers great pay and benefits and is truly a fun place to work (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to be focused on your own work life balance because there's so much to do (in 259 reviews)

  • long hours hard physical work, stressful at times to complete all requried (in 174 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hard work

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    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Part Time Merchandiser in Orlando, FL

    I worked at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Plenty of hours, decent pay as a merchandiser. No one on your back hounding you, plenty of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Long hours, my second day on the job was a 15hr shift and I had to clock in at 5am that morning. Another thing that sucked was if you arrived to a store and your shipment wasn't in you were stuck waiting on the delivery driver to get to the store so you can stock up the store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid, low pay, lots of career development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Fun, lots of active work, good perks

    Cons

    extremely low pay vs. market place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less focus on meeting diversity goals, not that diversity is bad but they sacrifice talent to meet goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Starter Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Management

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to learn and develop your professional capability. If you are starting out with this PepsiCo or one of their subsidiaries, take the opportunities to learn as much as possible so you develop in the future. A career here will open multiple doors in the future, that path you choose is completely up to you.
    There are many groups for you to join to express your culture and values. With these groups you can really make a difference enlightening individuals you work around as well as out in the community when leading events to make a local impact.

    Cons

    PepsiCo is life and though work-life balance is preached don't expect to be separated from your phone/ email for too long.
    They really preach about the values the company has (which is quite contradictory), but when it boils down to the basics the almighty sales dollar wins. It doesn't matter at what cost, whether that cost is monetary or an individual all ethics go out the window just to make sure everything rolls up to inflate the stock price for the shareholders.
    Its all about what are you doing for me now, once successful achievements are in the past, don't bother using those as leverage
    Very political and though results really determine your success its all about how good you are in with the right people at the right time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are great practices that are preached to be followed starting at the HQ level but once released down to be followed they fizzle out very fast.
    People are what drive your organization, from the execs down to the men and women placing product on the shelves. Until you stop living in fantasy land and really address the problems from the bottom up, you will always have a culture issue no matter how many great press releases you issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    High expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    High company values and strong desire for results.

    Cons

    There is an opportunity to value the differences in people beyond race and gender.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be the industry leader, support you teams like they are the leaders of the industry. Get rid of all of the HR levels and get back to what you do best...Selling!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, decent pay, but, benefits lacking

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    Current Employee - Distribution Center Manager
    Current Employee - Distribution Center Manager

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good for someone in college or without a degree. Part time is flexible most of the time. Full time employment definitely gets the hours and then some.

    Not a terribly hard job, fairly simple. Just a lot of work and hussle.

    Keeps you moving, not a whole lot of standing around with nothing to do.

    Immediate management is fairly easy to talk to and approachable.

    Cons

    Scheduling on average is tragically hit and miss.

    Long hours

    No heating/air conditioning

    Management is usually open, but, there's always an agenda. And somewhat out of touch with how much work there is to be done and what it takes to do it.

    Can't really enjoy the holidays 12+ hour days leading up to the holiday "day" off. Spend most of the one day off sleeping.

    Wwwaayy too many meetings, safety, state of region, sales, and daily pre-shift, mid-shift meetings and end of shift meetings. Meetings are abundant and interupt the days operations. These meetings generally require pulling workers off the floor to attend all the meetings which add lots of overtime.

    Too many people scheduled to do one job, but, have to attend meetings, release orders, attend to matters with drivers and managers which take them away from their scheduled job...creates overtime.

    Advancement is stagnant as once an individual gets to the lead position that's as far as it goes until one reaches 15 to 20 years experience.

    Over the years medical benefits have declined as well as rewards and recognition for doing a good job or going above and beyond have all but disappeared. Requirements for most rewards are somewhat unreachable or just flat out unobtainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply come out to the floor and help out when it hits the fan. I'd suggest doing some of the jobs around the facility for a week to understand what goes wrong and why, rather than grilling the workers at meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Satisfied with my employment at pepsi

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at PepsiCo part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You have your independence. your supervisor isn't watching over your shoulder as you work

    Cons

    Waking up extremely early and at times long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

  8.  

    Negative work environment

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Strong brand to work for, well known in the OD space, data rich environment. This company has a plentiful HR community, each sector doing their own kinds of work. Roles are very different depending upon whether you are in a field role or in the enterprise space.

    Cons

    High competition and politics for nonexistent promotions and roles. Lack of collaboration and opportunity for fear of someone else having knowledge to move into a role. Consistent under leveling with title and pay-you will likely come in with experience that they will ignore that you have or that someone will not reveal because it means you should have a bigger role, better projects and more pay. Severe lack of people leadership and leveraging skills in the right fit of roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to say that you're a world class organization then treat people as such. A lot of elitist behavior here, lack of holding managers accountable for leading and managing effectively. A lot of blaming of behaviors on the fast changes that happen in the organization instead of accountability.

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

    Commission only so the winter is slow and summer is good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Fresno, CA

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is good and you get paid weekly

    Cons

    Micro-managed and not much respect paid for hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let sales people do their job and stop micro-managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to grow

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Leader
    Former Employee - District Sales Leader

    I worked at PepsiCo

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to grow your career.

    Cons

    When business slows managers will be replaced to "encourage" the rest of the team to step up. You definitely want to make sure you in "in" with your direct supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the numbers aren't there don't mentally tear your team apart.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If you have issues with bullying, and if you have mental illness and want people to take you seriously, don't work here.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Friendly Co-workers, good pay, and good friends.

    Cons

    They don't take your complaints seriously or do nothing. Allows bullying or discrimination. No work life balance. No air-conditioning in the plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the workers, ie; packers and warehouse and encourage them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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