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Bemis Reviews

Updated July 3, 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)

    "Average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Terre Haute, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    above average pay, great bonus system, above average benefits

    Cons

    top down driven organization, disjointed from the field operations, low empowerment, just a number, high turnover, low engagement


  2. Helpful (1)

    "good company"

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    Former Employee - Electro-mechanical Technician in Lebanon, PA
    Former Employee - Electro-mechanical Technician in Lebanon, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and a lot of days off.

    Cons

    If you are an hourly employee you must work 12 hour shifts and every other weekend.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "high and mighty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centerville, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centerville, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bemis full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for the area
    benefits
    all the overtime you could ask for

    Cons

    Extreme Mandatory overtime
    little work/life balance
    work 13 days on 1 day off often
    Policies seem to change often without notice to the employees
    Communication from management lacks
    Plant seems to want quantity instead of quality.
    upper management doesn't understand what it's like in the departments, although they think they know everything

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your employees more, ask them for their input. working 60 hours a week just makes employees fatigued and puts the safety of the employee, work, and product in jeopardy.


  4. "work issues"

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    Former Employee - New Hire in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - New Hire in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great hours with a 2,2,3 schedule and very relaxed atmosphere. Great career if interested in one and many jobs are skilled labor. Non-Union which keeps 3rd party people from taking unnecessary money from peoples hard earned paychecks. Friendly management for the most part. If on days, you get to enjoy all of your days off. Air conditioned which is abnormal for production facility.

    Cons

    Very relaxed atmosphere as many employees have no sense of urgency. Because many jobs are skilled labor it makes it hard to hire from off the streets and keep good employees. Some employees are younger and seems like are only here for the paycheck while others work their butts off. If on night shift then most of the first day off is spent sleeping and they really should throw in some kind of rotation. Thought about going into management as they had an opening but know that on days off the supervisors have to go in or stay over and that kills part of their day off and they don't even get paid for it.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the veteran employees as long as they can and show them they are needed and necessary.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Converting"

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    Current Employee - Converting Assistant in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Converting Assistant in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Nice paychecks/benefits
    -Fair amount of downtime
    -Simple tasks
    -You're lucky if you meet and get to know the cool people there

    Cons

    -Snitches/Sabotage/Clicks/Fake Individuals
    -Management picks favorites
    -Management spies on you to find any reason to fire you or put you on their bad list
    -Management has a bully mentality and likes to intimidate you
    -Management gossips about employees constantly
    -Management picks on the hardest-working employees [imo because they are humble (goes back to the bully mentality)] while saying nothing to the slackers
    -Management pretends to know everything, but have no clue what's actually going on on the floor (out of touch with reality)
    -Half the people I work with don't even do their jobs and get paid to just walk around and talk
    -Poor work ethic atmosphere depending on who you're grouped with (it's like high school when you were forced to do group projects with kids that didn't care/help at all; your grade will suffer and you will be forced to do all of the work while the slackers get credit for your hard work/effort)
    -There are individuals that will mess with the machines to sabotage you (this is completely counterproductive and just wrong on so many levels)
    -By the time you get to your off day, you're so exausted you'll want to sleep for 12+ hours
    -Not sure who to trust (people make up all sorts of rumors)
    -NO PROPER TRAINING
    -NOT A WORK ATMOSPHERE YOU'LL WANT TO PUT UP WITH FOR LONG

    Advice to Management

    Bemis is not a life/death matter. What we do on our off days is none of your business. Our lives do not revolve around Bemis, we have lives outside of Bemis too. You wonder why your hardworking employees walk out on you, it's because they have to put up with such immature behavior and they find that out fairly quickly. Sorry not sorry to spill the beans. Definitely need to treat your workers with more respect. Find qualified trainers to teach the job so that employees actually know their responsibilities. Also, find qualified managers to manage properly. And there's no reason to make things personal, just use constructive criticism like a normal manager, it's far more productive.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "No growth opportunity or potential."

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    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.


  7. "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in West Monroe, LA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in West Monroe, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay, some holidays off, most of facility is air conditioned which is rare for a production plant. Benefits are very good. Health insurance 401K , Two weeks vacation after the first year.

    Cons

    Schedules can change with little warning. Mandatory overtime can come with little warning. Occasionally work weeks can be shortened when business is slow.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Like many companies, profit comes first"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Pauls Valley, OK
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Pauls Valley, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and job security compared to the surrounding area

    Paid vacation and personal days

    Some holidays off

    Regular breaks

    Cons

    Boring, not an exciting or interesting industry

    Lots of mandatory overtime

    Frequent weekend and holidays worked

    Shift work

    Advice to Management

    People have lives outside of work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Operator Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Operator in Trevose, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Operator in Trevose, PA

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

    Pros

    It was a great company of manufacturing. I enjoyed the job of being an operator assistant.

    Cons

    Overnight 12 hours 7pm to 7am


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Graphic Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Administrator in New London, WI
    Former Employee - Graphic Administrator in New London, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were easy to get along with.
    Employee appreciation lunches provided.
    Lunch & learn seminars provided.
    Decent benefits.
    Holidays off.

    Cons

    Mandatory extreme amounts of overtime.
    Unrealistic expectations of a single person.
    Unbalanced workloads.
    Favoritism among family members in the company.
    Management is way out of touch with reality.
    The sales force is lazy and unwilling to do their job.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to expect your employees to work 12-14+ hours per day on average without OT pay just to be behind on workload anyways, you need to be willing to stay and help...not leave at 5pm everyday.

    People have lives outside of work.

    Your employees need your support, not constant criticism of a single mistake out of hundreds of jobs.

    Stop closing your doors and scheduling meetings all day so you're unavailable, leaving employees to fend for themselves.


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