Portland Bottling Company Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Contractor, more than 3 years

    Excellent Working Environment

    Nov 20, 2013 - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Recommend
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    Pros

    To work at PBC is to be part of a family. Office politics are non-existent.. Everyone is respected for their contributions.

    Cons

    Occasional long hour may be required, depending on the job.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Getting there but still a lot of holes

    Mar 25, 2021 - Operations Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    CI and lean manufacturing are gaining traction

    Cons

    Lots of heavy lifting and slow to implement needed changes and updates for ergonomics

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee

    A company run by many people who don't know what they're doing.

    Mar 23, 2021 - Production Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Free energy drink/take home every two weeks on paydays.

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement and incompetency.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    run away

    Oct 12, 2020 - Technician in Clackamas, OR
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You get free energy drinks

    Cons

    Your shift will be changed without notice. Your Work location will be changed without your consent. You are givin pto, but are forced to use it whenever it is convenient for the company, Your vacation will be cancelled. Not a safe place for females to work. You will be underpaid. Walmart or Mcdonalds is a better option.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Enjoying the experience

    Nov 4, 2019 - Production Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There are some really neat people at PBC. I enjoy working with them.

    Cons

    At this time there is some compartmentalization that hampers production.

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Operations Manager Beverage Co packing Company

    Nov 15, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Friendly staff with good bonus structure

    Cons

    Management was very dis-respectful to staff

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  7. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Ok place

    Feb 17, 2019 - Production in Portland, OR
    Recommend
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    Pros

    warm in winter ok place

    Cons

    hot in summer. new management

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  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    No work-life balance

    Feb 22, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Easy, but busy work. There are good people at the lower levels and floor management. Free drink allowance. Decent pay for the type of work. Great place to work if you don't want to spend time with your friends and family.

    Cons

    Upper management has absolutely no concern for the production employees. Many, many 6-7 day work weeks due to the inept scheduling of production. Equipment breakdowns are a constant due to old equipment and cheap new equipment. This causes lots of down time for production which in turn the cause for the long weeks. Management doesn't care because they don't come in on the weekends. You are given the distinct impression that you are easily replaced.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Your decision

    Dec 20, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommend
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    Pros

    To start a good thing is this company hires people who have a difficult time getting jobs due to their past history. Most people there are good people you can work with easily.

    Cons

    Management needs to be restructured.

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  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Lab Technician

    Jun 8, 2017 - Lab Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - There are a few individuals who work there that make the constant fight of showing up possible. This is the only positive thing about working there. There are a good number of friendly people in management positions and HR. (The people that don't work in production are generally nicer because they can be. They don't have to do physically demanding jobs while being shouted at).... - The location is good. - You can take home 2 cases (around 48 cans) every 2 weeks of your choice of one of the extremely unhealthy drink beverages that they produce. - Health Care beneifts are ok. - If you have to work weekends, the company provides lunch (usually Subway, Jimmy Johns or Pizza...usually Pizza).

    Cons

    - no guaranteed days off ever. If production gets behind schedule you better hope you don't have a personal life. In the summer, you'll probably work 2 weeks at a time then get 1 day off without much warning. - Pay is terrible. The company is clearly willing to work people into the ground and see what they can get away with. Production staff in particular are payed even worse. What's worse, is that sadly a lot of the production staff have come from hard backgrounds and have finally turned their lives around in a sense. They're busting their tail and getting payed pennies for it. Imagine doing a repetitive task 8hours a day in a loud, hot humid environment while people shout at you.... - There are a few extremely unpleasant / grumpy people. One of them is an older woman who grows accustomed to shouting at people and getting away with it by virtue of being "senior", and i mean that in the literal sense. Her human skills, decency and awareness of things such as teamwork, supportive camaraderie and encouragement are foreign concepts to her. I dare say she will be retiring soon. - There are no career growth opportunities. Mangers become mangers by virtue of years in industry. - The people in the lab were some of the most easy going and friendly people to work with luckily. Although working in the lab is extremely boring as well. The only people with college degrees tend to be the lab technicians (generally....) and the senior managers. Working as a lab technician you'll probably be testing the pH, carbonation, can dimensions and occasionally some basic yeast/mold testing. You'll be doing this all the time, if it sounds extremely boring it is. - Lab Technicians start at around $15/hr, which for someone with any type of college or science degree is (let alone college debt and the high cost of living in Portland (15th most expensive city in North America) a total slap in the face. - The company only offers breaks because the law requires it. As an example the company offers 15min breaks for every 4hrs work because that's the legal minimum requirement. Considering the work is very labor intensive 15mins is nothing. It might even be 10mins, i can't remember but you get the picture. If you've got a college degree, hate repetitive trivial work, dislike working weekends, have any type of career aspiration or have anytime of personal life then stay away from this place.

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