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Bemis Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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Pros
  • People are great, lots of opportunity for an engineer to be hands on and make a difference (in 10 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance; location has low-cost housing; opportunity for advancement; mellow organization overall (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management doesn't understand what it's like in the departments, although they think they know everything (in 8 reviews)

  • Unless you are from the fox valley, enjoy traveling or hiking there is not too much to around here (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Culture Change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career advancement opportunities available, opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    Company is working to change culture, however not making a lot of actual changes to do so other than talk about it. Frustrating to employees after talking about it for a couple years already.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals.


  2. "Quality control technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Safety and quality very important.

    Cons

    poor mid-level and plant level management in relation to pay and compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Not everything is a negotiation. Pay what is reasonable, without haggling.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "No growth opportunity or potential."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bemis full-time

    Pros

    People are friendly. The job is interesting. Pretty good life-work balance.

    Cons

    Bemis is stuck in the past. The vacation and leave policy are from 1980. The other benefits are from 2000. I feel like they take 15-20 year old HR play books from large companies (like GE) that failed and blindly follow. its a medium sized company that is in the process of de-leveling which equates to zero opportunity for career development and growth. There are zero opportunities for vertical movement as a research professional. Any previous work experience at other employers is disregarded, everyone enters the technical research group as a fresh college grad. People in management have been with the company 30+ years. Then next rung has been there 15+ years waiting for promotion. HR doesn't even pretend there's any opportunity, they tell you to try for more lateral movement...hard when there are no lateral opportunities either, especially with high level technical background.
    In general the company is just stuck in the past. People openly make comments like 'its women who do the shopping and no one can figure them out.'...Unfortunately for Bemis, that attitude is likely attributing their their loss of sales. its a very, very insular culture. Very old boys club, and proud of it.

    Advice to Management

    The company seems to be stuck in a rut for sales. Management seems to acknowledge that they need to do something, but they have no idea what to do. Unfortunately you can throw as many old GE play books at a problem as you want and try to implement 'systems', but if you don't have real ideas and real leadership it won't get you anywhere.
    You can't even tell if the CEO and executive branch have good ideas because no one underneath is following them. Its a ship with no head bobbing in the waves.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not worth it"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A handful of the people are fairly good to work with. It would be a 1 star except the benefits are actually decent compared to most other large organizations with the exception of pay.

    Cons

    There is no unified organization. Each plant operates in it's own way with it's own rules. Things such as pay, overtime rules and vacation vary significantly even within the same section of a state for multiple facilities. The company is not interested in providing financial commitment to the upgrade of outdated equipment, instead the primary focus is to save pennies by bringing in lower quality materials which create additional headaches. Everything is extremely micromanaged to the finest detail. You better have an engineering degree or there's not many opportunities no matter how much experience and knowledge you gain. Pay is not very competitive with similar positions in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who have actually been doing the hands-on work and understand the processes. Give people the chance to do their work without wasting time on ridiculous ideas.


  6. "Rewind operator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rewind Machine Operator in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Rewind Machine Operator in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was ok for the work but the scheduling in production sucks wouldn't recommend if you have a family or life outside work

    Cons

    High turnover in production the 12 hr shift work sucks can't get use to the day/night rotation management doesn't listen


  7. Helpful (3)

    "IT Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good Salary and benefits, and good life balance.

    Cons

    too much Gossip environment, very little opportunities for promotion, favoritism for certain employees, lack of credibility in IT leaders


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Dissatisfied and Disappointed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly People
    Location- Downtown areas are nice- also close to other big cities (Madison, Milwaukee, etc.)
    Commute to work

    Cons

    -Hours
    -Lack of Management
    -Lack of Direction / Vision
    -Few resources/tools available to actually do your work
    -No training or mentorship for new employees- sink or swim!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's concerns!
    Provide equipment that will allow for jobs to be completed
    Provide job clarity- what is it you hope to accomplish? What's the vision?
    Provide useful and relevant feedback


  9. "Good benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanic
    Current Employee - Mechanic
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of over time decant pay

    Cons

    To many bosses and lack of communication and follow through

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on projects and more communication between management and the workers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "You could not work for a more company more hostile towards its lower level employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Terre Haute, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a pay check and has decent benefits. But they will never hire another full time employee only season help and temp workers.

    Cons

    Constant policy changes designed to write up and fire as many hourly employees as possible.
    Constant harassment from management.
    Now matter what you do or how good you do it it is never enough.
    Unequal treatment between employees.
    They hire people to run departments that have no clue about the production process for the department.

    Advice to Management

    Quit changing policies every week. When your employees tell there is a problem listen. Employee morale is important and right now it cant get much lower. Learn to cooperate with the bargaining unit. They are not your enemy but are there to help.


  11. "Department Head Maintenance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of oppurtunities to bring improvements

    Cons

    Poor leadership due to breakage of communications from top to bottom

    Advice to Management

    Top mgmt need to have more direct communications and feedbacks from the downlines...mid level managers playing politics and you are fooled by them and losing and lost alot of good employees



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