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Bemis Reviews

Updated May 19, 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 (2)

    "Want to go unnoticed?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Factory Laborer in Centerville, IA
    Former Employee - Factory Laborer in Centerville, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People know your product (or how your product is used anyway)

    Cons

    everything else seems to dissapoint.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to you employees more.


  2. "Average employer"

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    Former Employee - Market Manager
    Former Employee - Market Manager
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Possible to work there and have a balance between life and work.

    Cons

    Not enough career opportunities for women.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clearer direction on skill sets needed for future advancement opportunities. Do more training for leadership on management skills.


  3. "Bemis IT is a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Oshkosh, WI
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Oshkosh, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company that has a small company family feel to it. Bemis allows most employees to leave to take care of family or personal issues with no questions asked. Company is progessive with technology which allows you to work with a lot of great technologies. Very little micromanagement which allows you the freedom to do your job without someone staring over your shoulder all of the time. They tend to give you "cost of living" increase every year.

    Cons

    IT does not have a ton of visibility from the Senior Level Management which allows for a lack in urgency in keeping up with needs especially in the facilities. This is also caused by the fact that IT has done such a good job of meeting the needs of the company that there is no perceived problem. The separation of IT between Neenah and Oshkosh creates a disconnect between what to two areas are working on which can cause issues. Certain divisions or departments have too leniency to do their own things which creates support issues and undermines policies. Salaries tend to be 10-20% below industry for the size of the company. No review process just standard raises.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great environment and add value by giving IT the tools they need. Do a salary review based on what the employees are doing not what their title is and compare it to the rest of the industry. Get IT department back to one facility.


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  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worldwide leader in plastics manufacturing. Very large company. Good benefits. I am glad to work for such a stable company.

    Cons

    I believe there are times when the sales force and the rest of the company don't communicate as well as they should.


  8. "Exposed to opportunities to better my career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Different opportunities throughout the country and you are given the chance to explore these opportunities. Smalleer plants do give more of a personal job.

    Cons

    Large company, nothing is personal. Some jobs the pay isn't at where the competitors are paying for comparable jobs and positions.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more focus on rewarding the production associates. This is where the money and buisiness opportunities are made or lossed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, difficult Plant Mgr to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Manager
    Current Employee - Production Manager
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative company, good people, great products, interesting work

    Cons

    Metrics causing company to lose focus on people; it's totally about $$; pay increases are less each year; benefits are less each year


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are great to work with.
    Large company culture
    Bemis' Products are located in every aisle of the grocery store

    Cons

    Large company culture
    Human Resources department can be tough to deal with, too bureaucratic
    Bemis doesn't understand their key assets are employees.\


  11. "I loved most aspects of my job even during the stressful economic times that the company experienced in recent years."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I felt there was great interaction between departments to maintain a cutting edge within the industry. The manufacturing facility in Indiana managed to recover during economic challenges that required substantial downsizing.

    Cons

    It was very difficult finding opportunities for advancement. Most exempt employees worked very long hours on a regular basis, particularly during the economic hard times.


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