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Avery Dennison Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  • You have to be disciplined to keep a good work life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Cult-like over-zealous monthly calls with upper management about how the company is wonderful and perfect - fails to address common issues (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avery Dennison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly people. Driven but collaborative environment. Innovation is encouraged.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes awhile to get changes made.

    Advice to Management

    Be able to delegate responsibility and allow people to move quickly to get things done.

    Avery Dennison Response

    Mar 2, 2017 – Director, Global Digital Corporate Communications

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Backward management, slow motion train wreck"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The rank and file employees that are currently there generally love the company and put forth 100% effort.

    Cons

    The Executive team is seriously old-school, with backward views on brand management and human resources. The company has recently dissolved it's corporate research center, is sustainability group and its corporate communications group. The CEO is trying to sell off the company piece by piece.

    Advice to Management

    Read some contemporary management books, i.e., Good to Great. Avery Dennison fits squarely within the parameters of companies bound for failure, which is sad.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Where are we going?"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avery Dennison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Coworkers (the ones that have chosen to stay among the turmoil) are fantastic.
    Leadership sometimes gives their LA Clippers/Lakers/Kings tickets to employees.
    Opportunity for international travel

    Cons

    Leadership does not communicate business direction.
    Layoffs always around the corner, very stressful.
    Re-organization and re-structuring 2+ times per year.
    Hard to do process improvements with shrinking budget.

    Advice to Management

    Share your vision for the direction of this company. A lot of us are worried, and are not getting any answers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sweet to sour"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Painesville, OH
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Painesville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avery Dennison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Avery painesville at one time was thr best place to work. The management in the 70's 80's and 90's involved the employees on team to deal with issues (FEA members). In 2000's Avery went degree for all management from teamleader up and thats when it went sour.

    Cons

    Micro managed, misleading on issues, no retirement or benifits when you leave in the future from avery. I would not by stocks anymore in this company. the CEO will take a large raise and stock option while the workers on the floor didn't get a raise for a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Hope that Stan Avery cannot get out of his grave because you all will most likely loose your jobs. Look at the OSHA and labor laws closer and start following them to be a better place to work


  5. "Not so great"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avery Dennison full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of major challenges working in a global corporation and experience that you won't find in most corporations. The facility has a great location.

    Cons

    Like any large corporation, the company is run for the benefit of upper management. The little folks just get used and then thrown away. There isn't any really commitment to employees, regardless of their contributions or sacrifices.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the value of those employees that combine experience with a commitment to the corporation. Don't throw them overboard to achieve a short term financial goal.


  6. "Stuck in the '80s"

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    Former Employee - Inside Account Representative in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Inside Account Representative in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance...most employees are nice.

    Cons

    Management is stuck in the '80s and are able to grasp that the ways of selling have changed. They need to embrace technology and change and communicate with people the way they want to be communicated with.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good embrace it!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not good for career growth only for people looking for a stable , so get out as fast as you can if you want to grow"

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

    I have been working at Avery Dennison full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The job is stable , good benefits in terms of healthcare and compensation for a starting role.

    Cons

    This is by far the worst company I have worked for. Management is pathetic- they have no clue what their subordinates are doing though they are paid more than 10 times of a fresh graduate employee.Employee evaluation is not based on job performance or workload but purely on impression, people who do no work get promoted and the others work their ass off for years with no reward or recognition or career growth. There is no focus on team work or projects because everyone is interested in impressing the boss by putting the blame on someone else rather than resolving the real issues or understanding the problems. Meetings are merely debate contests with no action items so it is all talk and no action.
    Too much buraeucracy and different levels for escalations especially with the IT, it takes way too much time to get things done so it is very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Please get out of your office and interact more with employees from all levels in your organization to know what are the real issues affecting the company. Fancy powerpoint slides and closed loop discussions are completely useless if you have no clue what your subordinates are doing. Please ensure to take your team members's feedback before making crucial decisions affecting them.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "production specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I believe I do not know any pros.

    Cons

    brown nosers to the bosses will only get ahead


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Political nightmare with a bi-polar President running the show!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avery Dennison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only reason you want to work here is for the money. Avery truly tries to compensate you for all the personal abuse they put you through. However, if continuous disagreement with the leadership team and a President, who is simply nuts, don't scare you, and if physically and mentally you can make it through strategies going in full circles, and a continuous deterorating financial outlook, then hang in there! You will be paid a nice sum eventually to leave, no questions asked ....

    Cons

    A bi-polar President, who leads a "yes, Sir!" Team, uses the "f" word more than 10 times in a leadership team meeting and disregards employee input and expertise. A deteriorating market position. A desert of innovation paired with chaotic execution of strategy. A culture that is only marked by "fear".

    Advice to Management

    A fish always starts to stink from its head!


  10. "Work Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible Work Hours, If needed can work from home

    Cons

    Growth, Company Politics, How they treat you


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