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WS Packaging Group Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, small team environment works well (in 5 reviews)

  • The best reason to work here is the talent and dedication of the people out on the floor (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • managent does not care about their people who bust butt daily, just a number company (in 3 reviews)

  • Horrible turnaround, too much standing around when forced on 12s, poor communication (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office in Algoma, WI
    Current Employee - Office in Algoma, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WS Packaging Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    wages are very good, benefits are good.

    Cons

    some employees are stuck in the past

    Advice to Management

    keep up the drive to make us better


  2. "Customer Service Specialists"

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

    I worked at WS Packaging Group full-time

    Pros

    Great equipment, great workers, good location

    Cons

    employee retention is very low

    Advice to Management

    WS CARES

  3. Helpful (2)

    "A lot better opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Digital Press Operator in Peachtree City, GA
    Current Employee - Digital Press Operator in Peachtree City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WS Packaging Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for flexo operators, not a digital company in any way shape or form. Maybe a good starter company for someone wanting to get into printing on the flexo end.

    Cons

    Company has no real understanding of digital and what the machine is capable of. Their idea of a digital press is to print jobs flexo came up short on.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who have the digital back ground and training. You wouldn't lose money marking digital operations as flexos. Giving the company better profits in the long run.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Customer Service Manager"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WS Packaging Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The group of people that put the hard work in, all got along together

    Cons

    Deception from the corporate management

    Advice to Management

    Try seeing life through your employees eyes


  5. Helpful (5)

    "You mean nothing to them"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WS Packaging Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There really isn't much positives. They will do some fun company outings and bring food in once and a while.

    Cons

    No raises in two years, took away profit sharing, bad benefits, said they would hire more people (which they have) but also brought in more work so everyone is still working overtime every single week and weekend, don't train people so ones who know the most end up working even more overtime. The managements amswer to everything is "put them on overtime" it dosnt matter to them since they don't have to work it and can go home to see there family. You can have a day of vacation planned months in advance but week before it they tell you your on overtime that week so the extra hours you work don't count as overtime

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like their lives matter. They would like to have a life outside of work as well. Treat everyone fair and train everyone on all the equipment since you want to work 24-7. Stop taking money out of employees pockets ... cost of living goes up but no raises in two years is a joke


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WS Packaging Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At one time when owned by Menasha Corporation it was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing good to say at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ask employees to mislead/lie to top customers to save a money.
    Horrible position to put a employee in and it should come back to bite them.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Executive Leadership"

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

    I worked at WS Packaging Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The plant leadership teams are great.

    Cons

    No raises, always looking to restructure management, won't backfill very needed positions and will stick all of the work on the salaried managers. Took away bonus program because company is not doing well financially. They've been "working on it" for months, but as soon as they think they have it right, they'll just pull it and change it again. The executives will give bad company news and run the opposite direction and leave the plants to defend the reasoning. Timing of communications are terrible. The executives forget how the decisions they make impact the people of the company because they only care about the bottom line. I think they are trying to cut back financially so much so that the company can be sold, even though they say it's to give raises.

    Advice to Management

    It seems like the COO is calling all of the shots, I'm not really even sure why the CEO is still there since he just sits back and lets the COO do whatever he wants. Raises should be your top priority, people are leaving left and right. You can tell people they are appreciated all day long, but eventually words mean nothing.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't do it."

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    Former Employee - Flexo Press Operator in Elk River, MN
    Former Employee - Flexo Press Operator in Elk River, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WS Packaging Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You make money until they close shop.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Doesn't invest money or time into new equipment or repairs. The company only cares about short term profit and not long term growth. 2 CEOs in 2 years. Promises growth but shuts down plants. Constant OT.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Former Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of Work. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Long hours. High Expectations. Lack of Training. Very focused on any mistake a worker makes.

    Advice to Management

    Value worker's opinions and be more family friendly to parents with children.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it use to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at WS Packaging Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is the talent and dedication of the people out on the floor. The ones who actually add value to the products we produce

    Cons

    For the last 10 years or more it has been impossible to get required maintenance or any sort of upgrades on machines approved.

    Advice to Management

    The honest truth is management is all about the numbers without a clue on how to achieve them. If you gave the people who produce your product fair reviews and raises the numbers would take care of themselves. No raises and no communication along with failing machines is a disaster. You lose the good people and then hire in clowns to replace them and pay them as much or more than current operators. And you actually think we will properly train them ? Not a chance.


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