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Silgan Containers Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, "Union shop" seams like you got two unions here older employees got it made new hires no so much (in 11 reviews)

  • 4 on 4 off schedule is nice if you actually get your days off (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Mid-managers are trying to implement change however upper-management does not allow anything that might boost moral (in 15 reviews)

  • If below Plant Manager, not enough ways to escape any/all plants run by a "bad" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Silgan Containers full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    Too much drama and rumors.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to gain on the job training but not a place to make a career out of"

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    Former Employee - Production in Penn Yan, NY
    Former Employee - Production in Penn Yan, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silgan Containers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If your starting out in the job market or just need something untill you find someplace better this place is alright. You get days off during the week and the schedule is mostly straight forward

    Cons

    You will work many weekends with the 12 hour shifts. The pay is substandard for what's expected. Your treated like a number rather than a person. 12 hour shifts can be tough and the jobs can be very manotinous. The health insurance is expensive and covers just about nothing. In order to use vacation time it's up to the employee to find thier own coverage for the time off, if you don't find it you are not expected to take it. They are redicuously strict on attendance which in this day and age of people doing as they please is understood but sometimes even the best employee can run into problems and might need a little break. This is not a place to retire from.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all of your employees like you need them because you do, it's not the other way around like management seems to think. Pay people fairly for the work they do and upgrade the health care. Worry more about the people working for you than you do about the stock holders and your pockets. You might be surprised what people who are treated well can accomplish for your company.

  3. "Good pay, poor management/ benfits."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Lots of overtime opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor management. They do not value their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within.


  4. "Pallitizer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Silgan Containers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and ok job

    Cons

    long hours, they don't follow threw with what they promise


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Production"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, that's all I can say

    Cons

    Really enjoyed going in at first, then started dreading each day. Here's a hint as to why the high turnover rate from new employees : they are treated like crap by the employees that have been there forever. If those people don't like their job, retire, then we don't have to hear you complain! Instead, it's easier to talk crap and treat new people like imbicles and put them down every chance you get. Seems like everyone has an attitude, is angry or has chip on their shoulder. That's from " management" on down. " Kid" managers have no people skills and that shows. People skills are ingrained in a great manager and obvious-- not the case here. Any problem spoken to manager is ignored or twisted. They say silgan is a family company, but it seems like the most dysfunctional family you don't want to be a part of.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people skills-- for mid managers, managers and department workers. I guarantee the high turnover rate will continue because of lack of people skills on all ends.


  6. "Quality Manager"

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager
    Former Employee - Quality Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Procedures/Processes. Good salary. Good 401K contribution.

    Cons

    If below Plant Manager, not enough ways to escape any/all plants run by a "bad" plant manager. No good HR means to address. At mercy of Plant Manager......better hope he's a good one. Health Benefits were poor for $$.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The jury is still out"

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    Current Employee - Line Mechanic in Rochelle, IL
    Current Employee - Line Mechanic in Rochelle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, "Union shop" seams like you got two unions here older employees got it made new hires no so much.... 4 on maybe 4 off schedule.... nice when you get 4 off

    Cons

    4 days off are rare at times. Management currently has head up buttocks syndrome. Department Managers have no clue how to effectively man the plant. Mid-managers are trying to implement change however upper-management does not allow anything that might boost moral.

    Advice to Management

    Quality employees are a prized possession....
    worthless employees are poison to quality employees......
    Pull your head out of your buttocks and train your managers to listen and utilize your lead mechanics as actually leads and follow true leaders

  8. "Okay wage only goes so far..."

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

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

    Pros

    Very few. Clean plant. A few people actually work hard.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits. Too much forced overtime. Antiquated management methods. No real incentive to bust your butt. Non-union performance bonus is really just a non-bonus. Your hard work has nothing to do with collecting it. Mgmt lost the carrot and only knows how to use the stick.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to reward individual effort. Seriously review your wage and benefits schedule. Change your management style to this century. Computerize your parts inventory. You know...scan in, scan out. Provide real training. Find a way to attract and retain QUALITY employees. Treat people with respect.


  9. "OK pay, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Coater Mechanic in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Coater Mechanic in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent
    Union shop
    Employees tend to help each other out

    Cons

    Awful management style
    High turnover rate amongst new employees
    Mandatory OT to cover for vacancies

    Advice to Management

    Improve training, talk to employees before drastically changing things on the work floor


  10. "Could be a good employee job for life. A good stepping stone for mng."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and ability to move up.

    Cons

    Always could be better but not bad.


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