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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. "Nice company, bad work practices"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greif full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, a lot of overtime

    Cons

    No chance for progression, bad management, union is useless


  4. "Be Careful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greif full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are friendly but

    Cons

    Culture is not as nice as it seems or tell you during interview. It is always much worst.


  5. "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


  6. "Inside Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the company and the benefits! Easy to get leads. Easy to sell product. Well known company. Job stability. Upper management is very driven and for the people. Been around since the late 1800's. Lots of history

    Cons

    I can't think of any so far. I need more time with company. Working in the plant is noisy sometimes but it's not a big deal. They need more plant security for sure.


  7. "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

  8. "Terrible place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, new CEO should turn company around

    Cons

    HR has turned over and new people have no idea what their doing! No respect for their employees. No opportunities for growth

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach "respect and ethical" company.


  9. "Worked for Greif"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    small raise each year
    great people to work with
    team oriented
    can buy their stock
    unionized

    Cons

    overworked and no respect
    high turnover rate
    no disciplinary action
    favoritism
    no work/home life balance

    Advice to Management

    listen and respect the employees


  10. 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.


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