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Updated February 4, 2018
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Pros
  • This company has good pay and benefits (in 18 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits and a weekly paycheck grest co workers (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Owens-Illinois full-time

    Pros

    This was a great company to work for. I loved every minute of it. Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Very hard work, long hours


  2. "Organization Issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Fair Salary and benefits package

    Cons

    Organization changes are frequently made leaving everyone with no clear direction on what their role is. This being said nobody knows what each other are doing or supposed to do so it ends up they do what ever they want. Very chaotic, no true guidance and no clear succession planning.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on truly getting to know what people do before implementing change.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Shift work"

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    Current Employee - Journeyman Maintenance Technician in Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Journeyman Maintenance Technician in Waco, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In our area the pay is outstanding, and until this year the benefits have been extraordinary. It is union labor, and we just joined the steel workers union.

    Cons

    Until you can bid for a day shift only job, you will be on a rotating shift. 1st shift (5 days on 2 days off) rotate to 3rd shift (5 days on 2 days off)rotate to 2nd shift (5 days on 1 day off). That is the order of the shifts that you will rotate through as a shift employee.


  4. "Machine operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Awesome job great benefits you'll love it

    Cons

    Rotation shifts are Terrible oh well


  5. "selector"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Selector in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Selector in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good co-worker and everybody worked good together. Great Bosses just a great company to work for and good benefits.

    Cons

    none what so every there to me.

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Warning: Layoffs, disloyalty, lack of direction, stagnant career growth"

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    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Perrysburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Local HQ in Perrysburg has a small-town feel. Great location if you prefer more rural suburbs. Offices have adequate space.

    The plant jobs house some great, hard-working individuals that tend to truly care about the product they are producing. These plants are typically located in rural areas that maintain the surrounding community.

    Cons

    What used to be proud staple of Toledo, OH, O-I has become plagued by misguided executive decisions to keep its insignificant share price from falling further as its only product (glass bottles) slowly falls out of consumer favor. Layoffs and outsourcing have become the norm with no transparency from senior management as to what the end goal is. Job security at any level, even high upper management, simply does not exist as the c-suite continues to slash labor costs. As a result, employee morale is incredibly low with most folks concerned about what little jobs exist in the Toledo market. While local Toledo firms continue to expand, O-I seeks to cut and outsource.

    Career advancement has been stunted due to most middle-management jobs being eliminated. For those looking to start their careers here out of college, I would be VERY cautious.

    Advice to Management

    An executive was once asked during a employee forum about the layoffs, and their only response was that "We simply must do more with less. There is no other way". This mindset is exactly what is wrong with this company. My advice is to get your head of the clouds and understand that you are trying to squeeze juice from raisins. The plants are falling apart, literally, and you are hemorrhaging talent that's already in short supply within the region. This company will not survive until it starts to actually innovate it's product and production, and that innovation requires a culture that O-I refuses to cultivate.


  7. "Drive Individuals Into the Ground"

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    Former Employee - Plant Engineer
    Former Employee - Plant Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was decent as was 401k match.

    Cons

    Rountinely worked 12+ hour days and weekends. Company is run by nepotism or "the good ole boy" network. Many management individuals do not have the education or experience and are promoted based on who they know. It clearly shows. Their work just gets pushed to more capable people even if it is not their role. They find good individuals and absolutely drive them into the ground in 1-2 years, just look at the retention rates in the plants in certain positions. They are only focused on quarter to quarter results and not long term success.

    Advice to Management

    They are an echo chamber and only listen if it is something they already agree with.

  8. "Tough but rewarding"

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

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Good Benefits
    Good Retirement
    Helpful Management

    Cons

    Long Hours, Stressfull work, Rotating Shifts


  9. Helpful (1)

    "3 Stars"

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

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay/benefits. Great coworkers. Fun company events.

    Cons

    Short-term leadership approach, little opportunities for advancement, outsourcing jobs constantly, too much reorg with poor change management.

    Advice to Management

    Need to plan better for change. Understand how to mitigate risks of change prior to full implementation. Understand what your department does day to day. Communicate corporate strategies and made decisions in accordance with those strategies (i.e. Don't say your strategy is one thing and then act totally opposite).


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pay is great but Management is bad and Facility is old and ruin down."

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    Current Employee - Auto Controller Attendant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Auto Controller Attendant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Owens-Illinois full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay rate is good. It’s a union job.

    Cons

    Work schedule, old facility and bad management

    Advice to Management

    Need to get more young employees cause the older ones been there to long and don’t care if the doors stay open or close


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