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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 6 reviews)

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  1. "Just Ok, but not great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Designer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment, safe and stable. Gain share is nice and 401k match is great. People are friendly everywhere you go. The bar for success is pretty low.

    Cons

    Too risk averse, difficult to get direction from leadership. Decisions seem reactive. Lack of turnover from middle management leads to lack of opportunities for ambitious employees. Long term employees are complete barriers to progress.


  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 (3)

    "high and mighty"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great R&D experience!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities within the company (domestic and globally)

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to track the proper information or to know which person is the expert on a certain thing. You have to ask your contacts for advice and for people recommendations a lot.


  5. "Solid Company; Great career opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company that does a good job balancing long-term business health with short term demands. Leadership is placing a focus on improving performance, from both a total-company financial perspective and an individual-employee perspective. Accountability is weaving its way throughout the organization, which is a great thing for hard-working, results-oriented employees. Lots of career advancement opportunities, and the company rewards employees who deliver/perform.

    Cons

    It takes time to weave the change through the entire organization. Good start, a way to go yet. Probably true at any company undergoing change.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to have high expectations for our organization.


  6. "Good Company To Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bemis full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Good Work/Life Balance
    I have an approachable boss who cares about my career development

    Cons

    Medical Insurance is costly
    High Out-of-Pocket maximum
    Not much investment in old plants


  7. "Good Benefits"

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

    I have been working at Bemis full-time

    Pros

    Full insurance and two week vacation starting (salary)
    Good pay for the area
    Good company practices
    The company does a lot of extra stuff for the employees i.e. feed them, take them on trips, etc

    Cons

    Work to home life ratio is really, really bad
    Occasional tiffs with management can turn into grudge wars

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Converting"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Electro/mechanical technician"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bemis full-time

    Pros

    Competitive wage and a safe work environment

    Cons

    Difficult schedule, 12 hour swing rotating shifts


  10. Helpful (9)

    "No growth opportunity or potential."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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