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  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours with no time for family (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rexam full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is above average and retirement benefits are better than most.

    Cons

    Management is focused only on maximizing their own compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to really care for the employees.


  2. "Maintenance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse, OH

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

    Pros

    Very good wages and benefits good schedule

    Cons

    Poor management and to many layoffs

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Helpful (1)

    "ITO"

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    Former Employee - BMO/ITO in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - BMO/ITO in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, benefits and schedule make you forget about the short comings for a long period of time.

    Cons

    Companies refusal to put money and time into areas that require attention. They ignore obvious problems to avoid incurring repair expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Most maybe habitual complainers but if more than three employees have come to you about an issue then there is something there!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Poor leadership but good pay"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Fairfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, bonus for team performance, steady paycheck. For the most part this is a steady place to work with a consistent paycheck. Layoffs are rare and the industry is solid.

    Cons

    Just a number no individual rewards, extreme Nepotism, poor leadership, uneducated managers. The politics are the worse part of the job where favoritism and family get trumped over hard work and performance. Many supervisors have relatives/children who work at the facility and turn a blind eye on performance issues and personality conflicts with other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Go to college and learn some basic leadership skills. Majority of supervisors and managers have limited or no formal education, and it shows.


  5. "No work/life balance."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for salaried employees. Especially the 401K program. Unfortunately you have to be employed for three years to be vested in the retirement program. Not too many people stay there that long.

    Cons

    Terrible working hours. I never worked less than 60 hrs. a week. Overwhelming workload.
    Apathetic hourly work force. A very hostile hourly employees union.
    The turnover of the salaried employees is unreal. It's a constant revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people to do the job instead of relying on a few people to do the job of many. Give people the resources to do their job.


  6. "IM Function is failing and in turn failing the profit making company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rexam full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary and Bonus compensation package.

    Cons

    Horrible people, lot of Politics, no Work/Life balance, no Training for Employee Development, Vacation policy & FMLA sucks, IM function & HR Org are poorly managed, etc.

    Advice to Management

    In short the company is NOT investing for future growth, but is cruising on what was designed to work 1-2 decades back. No new technology initiatives and Rexam wants to be the best in the market!
    Advice to IM Management - Get rid of Global IM, its not working. Focus on your strengths and concentrate on local Business/sectors.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisors are regularly subjected to verbal abuse and workplace bullying is rampant."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rexam full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are the only benefit. Period.

    Cons

    Middle management (Supervisors) are expected to achieve unrealistic production and spoilage goals all while working excessively long hours (13-15 hrs./day.) Managers routinely resort to belittling, profane language, and job threats to intimidate and bully subordinates. The issue is not only overlooked by HR, it is secretly encouraged as an "effective form of "management."

    Advice to Management

    The ONLY reason any Supervisors remain is due to the attractive compensation package. Take notice of the high turnover rate for Supervisors. At least the hourly workers have a strong Union to protect them from this type of abuse. Note: This seems to be primarily a Winston-Salem plant specific problem and is not representative of other Rexam locations.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It was a much better company before it was acquired by Rexam."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, some very talented people work at Rexam in BG. The facility is very nice and the equipment is state of the art.

    Cons

    Bottom line driven, do not really care about the employees, just a front for business as usual. Revolving door and high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Refine the diamond you have and stop growing through acquisition. The potential of the existing assets are incredible. Figure out what to do with them.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Rexam Needs To Bypass "The Clique" in the Franklin Indiana Plant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Getting Something Done in Franklin, IN
    Current Employee - Getting Something Done in Franklin, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rexam is the 800 lbs gorilla of packaging. Rexam has some super competitive products in the Pharma packaging sector. Rexam's former OI plastics knowledge base continues to be a beneficial force. The Franklin facility works with employees in most any family, medical or personal situation as far as time or working around issues. The low turn over at the Franklin facility provides a degree of stability.

    Cons

    Rexam's purchase of OI has allowed some unsavory elements to take advantage of the situation in Franklin. Education, Job Performance, and Experience are irrelevant at the Franklin facility. A small clique with limited outside experience, formal education or technical knowledge controls the facility. Recognition for a job well done is non existent. Age, Sex, and Racial discrimination are arguably rampant. I am a white male and uncomfortable with this. If you like "nepotism" Rexam Franklin is the organization for you.

    Advice to Management

    Please avoid the organized tours of the Franklin Facility. Visit the plant "unannounced" on Friday afternoons preferably so you can see how the plant management is noticeably absent from day to day operations.

    Ask workers at Rexam Franklin questions, WITHOUT PLANT MANAGEMENT (the clique) present. The plant management has been known to punish people for giving honest answers to senior managers after they left.

    Please insist that senior plant level managers achieve some degree of education before achieving the title of "manager". Most "managers" in Franklin do not have any more than a High School education, while their subordinates often have associates, bachelor degrees, and are continuing their education. Achieving any level of education in Franklin is actually a counter productive career move.


  10. "Decent Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Decent pay in comparison to the rest.
    - Flexibility when needed
    - Bonus structure
    - Tuition assistance m m m m

    Cons

    - Absolutely no work life balance
    - unwilling to hire additional help, even though we are running very short staffed


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