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Procter & Gamble Reviews in Iowa City, IA

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
2,157 Reviews
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Pros
  • Everyone is empowered to improve the Business while there is a great work-life balance (in 169 reviews)

  • P&G is known as the company with the best marketing and brand management training (in 256 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a problem in the current environment long hours expected (in 168 reviews)

  • Their are not enough traditional P&G managers in the acquisition sites as well (in 225 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Tech Initiatives Leader in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Plant Tech Initiatives Leader in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Retirement benefits if you have been with the company for a while. There is chance to transfer though the company and to become Management from Tech status.

    Cons

    If you are new to the company the Retirement isn't as good as it was if you started 15 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to realize the people you have working for you even if they are just a tech that we have great ideas and only have the company's best interest in hand. Just because someone is a PE doesn't mean they know more than the techs that have worked with the company for 10 or more years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good, but not great for product supply technicians

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, better than average benefits and ownership culture empowers people at all levels. Very good by comparison for those from diverse backgrounds and for women.

    Cons

    Company has cut back on health and retirement benefits. New and recently hired employees will get less in retirement than more senior employees. Company has a goal of paying a lower percentage of total health spending than in the past making current benefits no longer as good when comparing to other companies but are still better than average.

    For product supply technicians promotion and transfer opportunities are severely limited. If you want to work a dead-end job that pays higher than other dead-end jobs in your town, working at a P&G manufacturing facility isn't a bad choice. If you think working for a global company will come with great opportunities you're right if you are an engineer or manager but absolutely wrong if you're a technician.

    Like many manufacturing firms, there is a heavy bias toward those with engineering degrees. If you want to be a technician, be prepared to have a 24 year old with a bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience be your boss even if you've been there for 15 years and know far more. Also be prepared for that 24 year old's superior, who you will almost never interact with, take credit for your hard work and receive a bonus for the business results that you and your peers ultimately deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen the promote to management program. Many talented non-management personnel leave the company or mentally check out but stay because the company won't promote them, despite their knowledge and skills. It's a huge waste of human capital.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plant Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Still decent benefits and pay
    Could be a great place to work again one day
    Has the ability to be a wonderful and innovative arena with a little room to breathe and less fear. Right now it's just not good anymore, hope to say it's different again soon.

    Cons

    Currently working 110+ hours every two weeks. Told to flex out a day during the week to replace day off on the weekend. Cannot due to staffing restrictions. Therefore not unusual to work 12-13 days straight with NO option to take a day off. Not even using vacation days.

    Bare minimum attitude from employees caused by culture of knee jerk reactions for disciplinary action for minimal mistakes and fear. There is no learning by mistakes at P&G and they will attribute every mistake to not paying attention to detail. Doesn't matter if it was an error with writing, walking or learning a process. Even if you should have had a trainer with you and there was not someone available to help the untrained employee they are still penalized if they don't do the task and penalized if they do the task and make a simple error or miss a step. There does not have to be a loss to the company in order to be punished for the error. Depending on your ability to lie and brown nose will be the extent of your discipline.

    They preach accountability yet let people who have the ability to brown nose slide. If you do your work and set people up to succeed they penalize you by giving you the work of someone who does not do their work. Why because "I know you will make sure it will get done." These people who take pride in their work are loaded down and punished for having ethics. While others surf the internet or spend the day wandering the plant or playing on their phones.

    Pay has been backsliding and we have recently been told we are getting paid too much for the community/standards of the packing communities in the area. Benefits are being standardized to the general company standards in the US as a whole and P&G wants to remain in the middle of the pack on these things. The yearly celebrations have dwindled and/or been cut back and the gift boxes for the year over the last 5 years have been cut down it won't be worth the cost to ship in another 5 years at the rate they are going.

    The attitude of the general populace is if you are only gonna compensate both through money and benefits at the middle then people are not going to give top performance. Down side is the few who have the mentality and ethics to perform their jobs at any level of excellence are now being punished by being overloaded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time finding out what your employees do with their time, who does the actual work and even reward those who perform. Perhaps showing up in the work areas unannounced from time to time you will see what is truly going on in the production areas. Take the time to invest in your employees and make them feel appreciated. No one wants to hear there are a 100 people who would line up outside for your job if you don't want to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Technician in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    Clean, good pay for work

    Cons

    The overtime is very heavy at times, and is forced and generally that is around holidays and during the summer. My work days are twelve and half hours long, and I work every other weekend. Do not feel valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of telling employees how great the company is that they work for make them feel it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the worst job ever. The best you'll get on a HS diploma.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Technician in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are a mixed bag. I got lucky with some very intelligent and hardworking people working on my line.

    Great benefits, great wages, lots of overtime opportunities.

    Good place to make a lot of money quickly, or to stay and make a modest but comfortable middle-class career.

    You will never run out of shampoo with all the care packages they'll send you.

    Cons

    Avoid the cafeteria.

    Coworkers are very catty and their general negativity towards their job, management, and each other is a little overwhelming. A lot of them are very vindictive, and every line/shift complains about the others non-stop. Keep your head down and watch what you say and who you say it to. There's as much drama as we had in High School.

    It's a training ground for management, so it'll be hit and miss depending on your line. Mine wasn't very good, though our department manager was top notch and very intelligent.

    You're either swing shift 1st and 2nd or straight night shift, so expect poor sleep habits, and social isolation. Lots of required overtime, 10s and 12s are common for weeks and weeks. Also, expect to work weekends on short notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your hiring mistakes (fire the idiots), promote the hard-workers, and it would be a great place to work. Also, your hourly workers don't take you seriously, and you haven't shown that you deserve them to. There needs to be management during night shift because they are really lazy, don't follow standards at all, and know that they have no oversight. Hour-2 hour breaks are the norm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Factory line worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Worker in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Line Worker in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay was good, made sure line working employees had adequate breaks, relaxed environment, friendly management and line engineers. Great job for college students or someone looking take make money quickly. Opportunities to move up and take on responsibility as you learn more.

    Cons

    Can be very humid during the summer. Very repetitive, can become mind numbing at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Operator in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Good pay for not doing much

    Cons

    If you do a good job they heap more work on you and you get the same pay as the people who do nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your people really work

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Procter & Gamble

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Financially stable company
    Opportunity to impact consumer lives daily
    One of the few remaining companies offering profit sharing

    Cons

    The company's divisions have undergone a recent reorganization with losses/consolidation of mid-level/upper management. There is no clear defined career for some functions or clearly defined leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company need to be aggresive about growth in developing markets (Brazil & India) and introduction of different consumer tiers products in developed markets.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Proctor and Gamble

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Operator in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Line Operator in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    The pay is Great and the opportunity to advance is within your area as line operation is great. Benefits are real nice too with Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

    Cons

    Management seems to look at employees as being expendable more so than valuable. Their ways of using a disciplinary system called B-mod, are a little extreme. Sometimes people are looked upon to work more as robots than people that may make little mistakes from time to time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to punish people by taking raises away for little things. Remember that we are all people and we will make a mistake from time to time. If I was in management I would jump on the opportunity to start a better training process than is currently in place as training is very inconsistent. There is nothing like being punished for things you didnt know needed to be done or accomplished.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    proctor & gamble .... a lot of crap for the money you make ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    paycheck and benefits, the experience, there is a lot of diverse training you can get.

    Cons

    too much micro managing, lots of pointless paperwork, too much unavoidable overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to what is going on with your teams, when seven people leave one line in six months, that could be a sign that something wrong.

    No opinion of CEO

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