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Bemis Reviews

Updated July 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance; location has low-cost housing; opportunity for advancement; mellow organization overall (in 9 reviews)

  • Great flexibility with intern hours, worked with a lot of great people, loved my managers and peers (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management doesn't understand what it's like in the departments, although they think they know everything (in 9 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 (1)

    "It's a family company, with all that comes with that"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shirley, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shirley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First, the company is very important in the surrounding towns: it's a big employer locally, and the owners (the Howard Family) make a lot of local investments and coordinate a lot of volunteer work. The benefits include access to a small onsite gym, family healthplan with no premium, and a pension plan in addtion to a 401K plan.

    Cons

    If you've come from a larger corporate environment, you may be disappointed. The management is rather amateurish. My impression is that the current generation of family ownership is very civic minded, but lacks business experience. Middle-management especially is homegrown and very week. This could be an opportunity if you have a background in modern, metrics based management...you would be bringing religion to the wilderness here.

    Advice to Management

    Although it's worked well for you so far, you may be left behind unless you embrace modern management techniques. Senior-management would especially benefit from some more seasoned hands.


  2. "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Plant Engineer in Shelbyville, KY
    Current Employee - Plant Engineer in Shelbyville, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good overall company to work for.

    Cons

    Company has some culture issues

    Advice to Management

    Work on Culture at certain locations

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Communication Problems and Slow Response to Questions"

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    Former Employee - Logistics
    Former Employee - Logistics
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bemis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is friendly. Rate of pay is okay. Opportunity to advance if you play the game their way. Occasionally proactive to situations.

    Cons

    Management has HUGE problems communicating effectively or accurately to their employees or perspective (contract) employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to tell the truth and not WALK on your employees. Remember you came from somewhere.


  4. "Bemis review search rich dough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Acceptable salaries for the majority of people

    Cons

    Slow decision making towards a customer claim

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the middle management


  5. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, lots of structure (which can also be a con).

    Cons

    Not convinced that the company values employees as much as they claim they do, too strict with job pay ranges.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start and get experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bemis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, decent benefits, 40 hour week for most employees, adequate pay for the area.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for growth, unless you well connected. If you do get a promotion, it will only reflect your title, without change in pay. Poor communication from upper management. Company is behind on innovation side of things.


  7. "Reasonable place to work."

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bemis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is growing and hiring a number of engineers and specialists within Research and Development. Very good place to start your career. There's a lot of room to learn, make mistakes and grow.

    Cons

    An incredible amount of idle time. Also recently suffers from fairly high turnover of late. The work can also be kind of boring.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the benefits. They absolutely need to be better. The tuition assistance is no good. The opportunities to work remotely need to be expanded. Improve the workplace atmosphere to make it more fun.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fostered good professional relationships and friendships.

    Cons

    Lack of management commitment and direction to make changes at the plant management level

    Advice to Management

    Please be aware of how the local plant management functions or more like mis- functions .


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate office salaried position"

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    Current Employee - Category Specialist in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Category Specialist in Appleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Executive management
    Good coworkers
    Safety conscious
    Reasonable work life balance
    Plants are very well run

    Cons

    Some middle managers are very poor leaders and micromanagers
    Pay significantly lacking, greatly trails the market for similar experience and duties
    Not promoting from within. When employees aren't promoted, doesn't that reflect poorly on middle management?
    Regular layoffs and plant closings create an environment of always watching your back

    Advice to Management

    Look at the areas with high turnover, are all of those employees bad or dissatisfied for the same reason?


  10. Helpful (2)

    "OK place to work but does not pay as well as other companies."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Challenging work for the self-motivated. Company has grown significantly and has tried to keep the small company feel.

    Cons

    Stress of becoming a big company is evident in the working environment. Not always consistent direction from group leaders in job duties.

    Advice to Management

    There appears some disconnects in mid management levels in taking corporate strategic directions and implementing the logistics at lower levels of the organization.


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