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"great learning experience but organization lacks direction"

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

I have been working at PepsiCo full-time

Pros

Having PepsiCo on your resume
Ability to learn about processes and systems if proactive
Great amenities
Inclusive culture
fun perks
True work/life balance

Cons

Organization has too many layers of management which causes poor communication between divisions. Too many middle managers execute initiatives properly.
Lack of accountability amongst middle management
Only way to increase salary significantly is to leave and come back
Since 2008 economy has weakened premium brands (Quaker & Gatorade)
Middle management will slow growth by discouraging acquisition of additional responsibility
Large disparity in talent amongst peers
Will often promote on tenure over acumen

Advice to Management

Decision makers are afraid to actually make decisions because of yearly workforce reduction. The company needs to become more lean to foster sustainable growth. There is also too much overlap amongst job responsibilities. Organization needs to make sure that employees have ability to learn other portions of the business to create value. Make sure you weed out poor managers that create unhappy counter-cultures.

Other Employee Reviews for PepsiCo

  1. Helpful (4)

    "High quality people trying to survive in a tough environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director Procurement in Somers, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director Procurement in Somers, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality, very loyal workforce. You will learn a lot. Many, many opportunities to add value. Great relationships with external partners and vendors. Company is a leader in areas of sustainability and diversity. Performance with Purpose is the right overarching vision statement.

    Cons

    Lost its "work hard, play hard" reputation. Huge disconnect with how sr executives value contributions made by a quality work force. Core issue is that sr executive leaders are not able to prioritize thus not able to focus employee's accountabilities and work load. Everything is a priority thus it is a challenge to do the right work the right way. For many years, I use to say I love my job.

    Advice to Management

    Be wary of new sr executives who come in and say the existing work force is not competent. Employee base has always been open to change and new ideas; you taught us that with your investment in diversity training so many years ago. New leadership cannot be disrespectful of the contributions made by legacy employees. When that happens the ROI on the new executive is significantly reduced because there is no trust between the foundational employee base and their new leader.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company, a safe company, many things to learn. Great distribution system and a very well known brand.

    Cons

    Very political like any other large company, at times focuses on the wrong things, one of the worst life balances, very slow career progression

    Advice to Management

    take care of those that you see potential in.

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