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Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Production Manager and Production Scheduler in Delaware, OH
    Former Employee - Production Manager and Production Scheduler in Delaware, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greif (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment , the team was outstanding and the growth is up to you

    Cons

    When you can work and have a home life, there is nothing else you can ask for, so I have no cons


  2. "Production and money are the only things important here."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alsip, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alsip, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent, comparable with other companies in the area.

    Cons

    You will work 10-12 hour shifts 6 days a week, every week. The supervisors do not care about the employees at all. They are here to make sure they get their quarterly bonuses and that's all that matters.

    Advice to Management

    Show respect to your employees. Tell them when they've done a good job and don't just work them to death.

    If you hire 1 or 2 temps and they don't stay, it's probably because they didn't want to do the type of work you are asking of them. If you hire 10 temps in a month and none of them stay, you have a problem with your management.


  3. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - N/A in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Greif (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The management is very people focussed

    Cons

    Can't really think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    Good job


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  5. "Great company to work!"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greif (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Only positive feedback. Co-workers are ready to assist. Family atmosphere. Great experience, a lot of trainings

    Cons

    No negative experience. I am proud to be a part of the company


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Greif Business Review"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greif (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong market position with nearly all industrial packaging lines. Global reach providing an ability to structure deals with major international customers to leverage supply chain. Solid benefits with middle of the road salary competitiveness. Past technology leader with strategic plant locations.

    Cons

    Poor investment decision making by the executive board has led the corporation into new, under performing market areas that has bled the company of cash. Technology leadership and plant re-investment in core businesses has suffered as the organization retrenches to improve cash flow and lower costs. Hyper focus on lowering SG&A metrics has drained the company of experienced technical and commercial leadership forcing the remaining middle management to compromise customer satisfaction, facility maintenance and equipment re-investment. Necessary facility shuttering of unprofitable plants has been executed without appropriate global customer interaction causing serious market share erosion that could have been avoided with better planning. It appears as if corporate management is moving quickly to cut costs and praying profits will spike in order to prop up the numbers for a company sale.

    Advice to Management

    Intense focus on corporate wide SG&A percentage reductions is being driven by over reliance on third party consulting (McKenzie Group). Key accounts (and employees) have lost confidence in the management team to execute strategic plans and provide reliable, timely supply. Competitors are moving rapidly to fill the supply void and locking up account positions with multi-year sourcing contracts to provide assurity of packaging availability. Improve focus on key employee support, customer satisfaction and plant excellence rather than personnel reductions to improve the business.


  7. "It adequately pays the bills and there are opportunities to learn new things and move up with the proper motivation"

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    Current Employee - Back Tender in Massillon, OH
    Current Employee - Back Tender in Massillon, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It pays well and it's a steady job that lead the way to success with the proper motivation

    Cons

    The schedule can be very demanding and the line between safety and production is often blurred

    Advice to Management

    Help make the employees feel more valued and involved


  8. "Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good range of benefits. Medical, dental, and vision coverage was very good. 401K, they provided 3% of salary plus matched your savings for another 3% of your salary. They also had a good bonus structure based on your position. Vacation time is also based on position.

    Cons

    Salaried employees had a much better vacation package than hourly.

    Advice to Management

    Review hourly employee vacation policy and improve on.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Plant Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety as an above all priority. Continuous improvement learning and training.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is non-existent at the Management level. Currently the senior management team is struggling to get all headed in the right direction.


  10. "Company rebuilding"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Delaware, OH
    Former Employee - Vice President in Delaware, OH

    I worked at Greif full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, large multi-national footprint and quality products.

    Cons

    Still a lot of change occurring.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Working for Greif"

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    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greif (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people in their plants, safety focused, continuous improvement focused, work life balance is pretty good, a lot of team work in the plants.

    Cons

    Upper echelons of Greif are really disjointed, leadership is poor, the company makes no capital improvements or reinvestment back into upgrading equipment, budgets are often cut to meet short term goals. Greif promotes who they like, not who is best suited for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a focused long range plan and support it. Don't just give lip service to it.


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