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ALPLA Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. "Great International Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Mixed feelings"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Alpla good and bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics/Warehouse Manager in Griffin, GA
    Former Employee - Logistics/Warehouse Manager in Griffin, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ALPLA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay at Alpla is fair.

    Cons

    The hours they want salary employees to work is way too much, you can't have a life if you want to work at Alpla.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn that it is a good thing to train others to move up.

    ALPLA Response

    Jun 30, 2016 – Human Resources Manager

    Thanks for your advice. I totally agree that training will help all employees to move up. Actually ALPLA is implementing a new Internal Mobility Program in order to promote within in all areas. On ... More


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  5. "Bad work environment, good benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Raeford, NC
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Raeford, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alpla has the best health plan I've had since the military.

    Cons

    Long hours, micro management, disrespectful management staff, and employees are under appreciated.

    ALPLA Response

    Jun 30, 2016 – Human Resources Manager

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, ALPLA has an excellent benefit plan as well as an outstanding retirement plan with 100% matching up. ALPLA is successfully implementing a program to promote a culture ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Beware"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Factory in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Factory in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ALPLA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Main corporate in Austria very well organized.

    Cons

    Local management some of the worst I have ever worked with. Favoritism and lies run rampant. You will need eyes in the back of your head. Do not expect professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to clean house at local level. Incompetence runs wild in local managers.

    ALPLA Response

    Jun 30, 2016 – Human Resources Manager

    Thanks for your feedback, ALPLA encourages its employees to bring up their concerns in regards to any matter . Over the last years ALPLA has made several changes in order to improve the leadership ... More


  7. "Mismanaged"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They pay pretty well. Even entry level employees can make a decent wage.

    Cons

    They are always short staffed. Employee turn over rate is atrocious.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Physically demanding work, that is somewhat moderately rewarded"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALPLA full-time

    Pros

    * Co-workers are friendly and function as a team.
    * Health, vision, dental, life insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation, plus paid personal time off
    * 401k matching to 6%, monthly performance bonuses, plenty of voluntary overtime available
    * Opportunities for advancement for those who are competent and show good attendance.
    * Flexible point system allows for occasional time off when situations arise
    * Fast-paced work environment passes the clock keeps you in shape without joining a gym.

    Cons

    * Certain supervisors are very difficult to work for, others are better, depends on your shift.
    * Packers treated like slaves sometimes while leadership, quality and maintenance might stand around talking about their day, like lords unwilling to help the peasants - can be extremely irritating.
    * Reviews are categorically imbalanced with reality, making it incredibly difficult to get 4/5 and darn near impossible to get 5/5. Supervisor said 3/5 was 'doing great'. Yet doing great isn't nearly good enough.
    * Hourly pay is not competitive with the market. Other companies pay $3-$4 more per hour for new hires, versus the $12/hour here for packers. Yearly raises appear to be small, even for the best employees.
    * There's a 6 month perfect attendance bonus, but almost nobody reaches it because if you come in 7 minutes late on one day at the end of month 5 you have to start over at day one and try it again. Regardless of how many extra shifts you worked on weekends to help out the company.
    * Looks like most promotions are given internally, so there is definitely opportunity to move up if you are willing to play the game. Seniority doesn't really play a factor as much as you'd think. Suspicions exist that favoritism is another way they choose who moves up and who doesn't.

    Advice to Management

    Since a lot of really strong workers have been quitting lately, maybe start putting a little more stock into their concerns. A lot of great people have had all their motivation killed, snuffed out by an abusive manager or other strict policies taking the joy out of coming to work for a company that once seemed great. Or you could just keep doing what you are doing, calling those that leave "actively disengaged" employees, thereby giving no credibility to the complaints that they once voiced.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Alpla of Florence Kentucky"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company very good to work with. Very knowledgeable in the plastics industry. Working with the L'Oreal personnel a very good plus. Location was great

    Cons

    Plant Manager was not good to work for. Had a very bad temper. Plant was very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter

    Advice to Management

    Take a really good look at the personnel that you put in charge of your plants. The one I work for was a very nasty some times and then treated others ok. looked down at the temps that came in to help us.


  10. "I loved working here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Logistics Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone was very nice, there was a lot going on, but not too stressful. It was a very professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    I had no problem working here!

    ALPLA Response

    Sep 20, 2016 – HR Intern

    Thank you for your positive feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed working for ALPLA. Indeed, we have an excellent working atmosphere, a strong team spirit among all employees and a culture that ... More


  11. "Great opportunity to advance in your career"

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

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

    Pros

    Great schedule, wonderful leadership and great opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    rotating shift doesn't work well with certain people

    Advice to Management

    Listen to co-workers


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