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ALPLA Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. "Employees/managers were nice; job lacked proper management and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in McDonough, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in McDonough, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALPLA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family-oriented, flexible hours, good opportunity to learn and hone new concepts

    Cons

    Long commute, poor room for upwards growth, management wanted "yes"-men.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your good employees.


  2. "I work as a material handler"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Saint Peters, MO

    I have been working at ALPLA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The payment is good and lots of hours of work

    Cons

    People are not too friendly

    Advice to Management

    Treatment is very important to all kinds of race among employees

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Systemic Problems"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have limited experience in manufacturing Alpla will take a chance on you and offer opportunity for growth. They are to the extreme of hire from within so upward mobility is common place.

    Benefits are pretty good. HSA with employer contribution. Wellness program. 401K match at 6%.

    Cons

    Alpla has a several cons, but the largest is the complete lack of planning. This is a systemic issue that permeates all facets of the organization.

    Sales Ex: New bottle startup without a way to inspect for customer requirement of a date code. Resolution: plant found solution and pushed back on project to get them to cover cost 6+ months after production began.

    Engineering Ex: New grinder installed, but it was under-sized. Was unable to complete a single production run without frequent grinder jams. Resolution: eventually moved grinder to another line when new project purchased new, larger, grinder.

    Operations Ex: plant growth pushes facility to 24/7 operation. Green light to staff up to adequate levels given months too late. Created complete chaos requiring 3 shifts to cover 4. Resolution: still unresolved as they had no concept of market conditions for employment.

    HR Ex: payroll system upgrade system that, over a year after go-live, still did not have full functionality that prior system did. Resolution, plant will have to devote more time to managing system. Time that they don’t have because of the fire-fighting mentality required to survive.

    The lack of planning puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the plant which prevents the under-staffed leadership teams from focusing on process improvement and keeps them firefighting. Progress is basically non-existent.
    Alpla pays much less than market value for virtually all roles. Those that succeed at Alpla typically leave for higher paying jobs.

    The culture is to hold back resources from the plants, then wipe out the management team when they can’t fix the facility. There is a lack of investing in human capital development so bench strength in the organization is one the shoulder of a few.

    In the last 5 years, the two St. Peters facilities have replaced: 3 plant managers, 2 operations managers, 4 production managers, 3 quality managers, 2 maintenance managers, 1 logistics manager, 1 downstream engineer, 1 HR manager, countless supervisors, and much more. At an executive level, they have seen just as much turnover. This creates a culture of instability, and control is never really given to the plants from Alpla Hard (Global Headquarter).

    Lastly, work-life balance is non-existent. 10+ hour days, a couple hours of phone calls/text messages at home. Weekends require infrequent plant presence and very frequent phone calls. This is a very challenging company for anyone with small kids.

    Advice to Management

    The people you count on to run your facilities are burning.

    You have to start to see this. You must begin to hold all departments in the organization accountable for failed projects. With all proprietary blow molders and downstream equipment, all machine startups should be complete turn-key solutions yet the plants fight startup every time. This is accepted as the norm.


  4. "buyerplanner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALPLA full-time

    Pros

    great people to work with, good benefits

    Cons

    alpla work system needs to be improved.


  5. "Changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALPLA full-time

    Pros

    Lean, a lot of different things to do. Closely work with customer base. Careful about who they hire - lengthy process.

    Cons

    It's a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation. Their approach is two twelve hour shifts. You work six weeks from 6am - 6:30pm, then six weeks 6pm - 6:30 am


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ALPLA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good wellness program with reimbursements, good time-off accrual policy, diverse workforce, tuition reimbursement offered, employee engagement initiatives throughout the year, accessible management, opportunities for training and development

    Cons

    In some instances, incompetence goes unnoticed and/or unaddressed by managers, which makes it frustrating for others.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good, but if the pace is too fast, employee/manager buy-in will decrease.

    ALPLA Response

    Jan 5, 2017 – HR Intern

    Thank you for your positive feedback and for recommending ALPLA as an employer. We are glad that you appreciate our benefit plan, the wellness program and our training opportunities. In fact, we... More


  7. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator I in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator I in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALPLA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people in general to work with. Liked showing up and knowing that if I needed help. Those that had been there a while wouldn't mind helping you out.

    Cons

    There was a lot of managers and upper tier people that had no clue on how to run a factory. Was told a lot of lies by some of them. Was hired for a certain job and got put into something different because they were short staffed on machine operators.

    Advice to Management

    Get better people in there that know exactly what the hell is going on.

  8. "Great International Company"

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Intern in Dallas, GA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Intern in Dallas, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ALPLA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is international (over 150 countries) so there is plenty of room for international endeavors. The pay is a little above average, and the benefits package is great.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of personnel in some departments and divisions, but the try to cover this lacking by working current workers harder.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the correct individuals are in the correct places

    ALPLA Response

    Dec 29, 2016 – HR Intern

    Thank you very much for your positive review! Yes, Alpla is internationally successful and can therefore offer career opportunities all around the world. In order to remedy the lack of personnel in... More


  9. "People can only take so much"

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

    I have been working at ALPLA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, continuous company growth

    Cons

    Double standards across the board. No minorities or women in management positions. Women are expected to do twice the work for half the pay with no respect or recognition. Some employees get away with doing nothing while others are pushed to the breaking point.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees and attempt to empathize with their personal situations. Guide and encourage them instead of just adding more and more responsibilities and expectations with no rewards. Let them know their work is important and appreciated. Offer them a career path, not just a job to do day in and day out. Allow good employees to be flexible in work time. Don't be so rigid. People have families and lives outside of business. If the quality and quantity of work production is obvious, then don't be so worried about someone physically sitting at a desk from 8-5. Recognize hard work, common sense, effort, commitment and dedication, and offer those employees a career path. Invest in your people instead of trying to recruit so many outsiders and treating them like royalty while your current employees are treated like peasants.

    ALPLA Response

    Dec 29, 2016 – HR Intern

    Thank you for your feedback and your advice! We totally agree that we have an excellent benefit plan and that our company is growing continuously due to the outstanding quality of our products. Also... More


  10. "Decent company, decent employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, easy, easy work environment. All very new machines.

    Cons

    Pay is the biggest downside, and management was a bit amateur. ANY improvement ideas had to come from the front office, if it did or not. Also all proprietary equipment which is a double edge sword in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of garbage thrown over the fence, blaming this guy or that guy. If it's broke, fix it, do a root cause analysis and move on.

    ALPLA Response

    Sep 19, 2016 – HR Intern

    Thank you for your comments. Yes, ALPLA is a highly innovative company that works with the most up-to-date machines and technologies. Also, we place high importance on a good and easy, yet productive... More


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