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PepsiCo Chicago Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi
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  • Really got the sense that full time positions have a poor work / life balance (in 645 reviews)

  • Depending on your project you may be working at night some days or just long hours (in 540 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Summit, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Summit, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Company going in a different direction

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  2. "Great Internship Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research and Development Scientist in Barrington, IL
    Former Intern - Research and Development Scientist in Barrington, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PepsiCo as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interning with the largest food company in the US is a great way to gain experience prior to graduating from university. Projects vary greatly among interns, and not just because of area of specialization. Projects in R&D range from new product development to improving current products to conducting hardcore research on a new technology. Everyone constantly emphasizes that the interns are doing valuable work for the company, which is true.

    Cons

    Projects can vary, as well as the managers that come with them. Depending on your preferred working style, this can be very good or very bad. My project required a lot of independent research and work without my manager, so if you are not one to work without a team that would be very challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Ask interns their preferred working style prior to assigning projects or designing how a project will be handled. This would help people that prefer group work not get stuck doing independent work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly Environment an with Work/Life Balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Operations Assistant Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Operations Assistant Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PepsiCo (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Decent pay
    -Significant time off/Summer & Winter Hours/Ability to Work from Home
    -Chicago Plaza has on Sign Nurse Practitioner (Free)
    -40-50 hour work weeks
    -Polite office environment that is very friendly and accepting (including LGBT community)

    Cons

    -Annual raises are low (2-3% average)
    -Must stay in a role for 18 months minimum before moving internally

    PepsiCo Response

    Jul 24, 2017 – Talent Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate your dedication to PepsiCo.


  4. "Marketing Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, positive culture/environment (at least in Chicago plaza.)

    Cons

    Large, bureaucratic organization. Nothing happens quickly or efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more modern work-life styles such as work from home days.

    PepsiCo Response

    Jul 24, 2017 – Talent Manager

    Thank you for your review. Be on the lookout for our Global Flex Policy to be rolled out later this year!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Director"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Major CPG company, best in class marketing with access to lots of resource; top brands, smart people, lots of global opportunities.

    Cons

    Pepsico Nutrition group is extremely matrixed. Continue to cut budgets, overall declining morale, and the business just cannot turn around.

    PepsiCo Response

    Jul 24, 2017 – Talent Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Short sighted mgt"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multi faceted experiences with lots of opportunity, benefits on par average but not top notch, many challenges at every level

    Cons

    Very political environment, low accountability for poor or fast talking associates, solid performers overlooked or taken for granted, turnover high

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk, manage for long term, not short term personal gain


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Supply Chain in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Supply Chain in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an open and honest work environment with great senior leadership that are supportive. Interesting work, flexibility, good people.

    Cons

    People often discount prior experience outside of the company. It can be hard to move to other role as there are people that seem to remain in roles for "life" at higher levels.

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn new things and work in many different functions. Groups with good leadership do a good job of creating development opportunities for employees. Benefits and perks are pertty good (health, dental, 401k match, on site gym and health clinic).

    Cons

    Finding your next role can be difficult if you don't know the right people, so networking within the company is a must. Work/life balance can suffer depending on which group you are in.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Part time detailer Frito Lay"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Detailer in Valparaiso, IN
    Current Employee - Part Time Detailer in Valparaiso, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PepsiCo part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Function with very little supervion

    Cons

    Poor communication, no raises, now cutting hours, been working there for 4 yrs , same pay.

    Advice to Management

    District managers seem to only care about numbers and detailers are invisible employees


  10. "Customer Manager, Senior Account Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Smart People
    2. Collegial Corporate Culture
    3. Great Brands
    4. Competitive Pay and Benefits

    Cons

    While the Leadership Team and HR stresses the importance of employees being in charge of charting their own career destiny, driven by the accumulation of critical experiences and success in key roles, PepsiCo is still very much a "who you know" environment. I've seen colleagues get passed over for roles by less qualified people who were more networked, connected and liked.

    Advice to Management

    There's lots of talent on the front lines being overlooked and under valued.


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