Overall Reviews at PepsiCo
Pilot | Valhalla, NY | Sep 27, 2018
Great Place to work
Before I experienced a horrific off the job accident, I enjoyed my 2-year tenure at Pepsi-Co. At first, the idea of handling and/or performing heavy duty tasks had me trembling. There was a lot of heavy lifting and machinery involved. Luckily, I started off making boxes and assisting the tech center workers with packaging beverages. Sometimes I would empty the trash and clean the preparatory room. A few months later, I performed heavier duties such as helping the warehouse workers lift packages that weighed at least sixty pounds. Another task I was assigned to in the warehouse was to help organize heavy pallets and assist the recycling department. Soon, I learned how to operate machinery in the recycling area. It was nice to learn how to perform these overwhelming tasks with fluency within a year.
The managers would always make sure the machines were properly working, forklifts were constantly inspected and charged. When I walked into the Pilot Plant/Warehouse, the trays were filled with hairnets, ears plugs, safety gloves, safety glasses, and other types of safety gear. It was required that we would have to wear safety shoes or steel toe boots.
On the first day, I was quite overwhelmed by the gregarious behavior that the men displayed. As someone who is a little on the introverted side, I did not know how to haul in such behavior. While working with these men, I found out that we had a lot in common. To my surprise, my co-workers found my eccentric behavior to be...more
ProsLunch, Hours, and weekends off
ConsI was never hired as a permanent employee
Operator | York, PA | Jul 29, 2019
Great pay but you work 7 days a week and holidays
This place has a super high turn over rate. Ask anyone you know that works there(Frito Lay of York, Pennsylvania), they typically pay the top hourly available in the area and that is the only reason people will work there and have been trapped to work there. The cost is that you have no free time and you end up working 6-7 days a week and you have no control over it. Most hires aren't even told their schedules until after their training is complete. Congratulations new hire, your schedule is 3rd shift 11p.m.-7a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and your off days are Tuesday and Wednesday(which you will have to work those too because they are so understaffed its not even funny). WOW WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. Their forced overtime means they can force you in early 4 hours @ 7p.m. or over 4 hours until 11a.m. as well as 12 hours on your off day(s).
They also don't care if there is 5 feet of snow outside, they won't shut down, and you will get hit with attendance points if you call off. They also force you to work holidays and they are eliminating more paid holidays away each year. Want to spend time with your family on New Years? Sorry you can't do that, you have to work... You can say no and decline over time but they will slap you with attendance points for not being cooperative(you get terminated after 7 attendance points). The company does not care about you or your personal life. They only care about one thing and that is pushing product out the d...more
Merchandiser | Phoenix, AZ | Jan 14, 2020
Poorly Managed that equates to a terrible workplace culture
I had two good managers and a few bad ones. You could tell that the good ones had their hands tied. This translates to a terrible workplace culture. The company always comes first so when customer accounts are in the wrong, they assure you that they have your back, but they never do. I worked with a sales rep that was incompetent at their position and when I would report the lack of work output, nothing was ever done about it and was just asked to correct (the many) errors to appease account management. Therefore working twice as hard as anyone should have to. When I found out that I was going to be a father, I immediately filed my FMLA paperwork with management, giving them 6 months advanced notice, then reminded them two more times at the second and third trimester markers. When my wife went into labor, I called my manager that I was at the delivery ward and he responded by telling me that he didn’t have anyone to cover for me and that I needed to come into work. I expressed to him my dissatisfaction and told him that I gave him more than enough time to figure it out on his end and that I fulfilled my duties and even confirmed it with backend HR reps. He again told me that he didn’t have anyone to cover and then asked me ‘what am I supposed to do then?” I responded “ your the manager, figure it out, that’s your job isn’t it?” Ever since that day, that was supposed to be joyous and supportive, turned into resentment, anger, and frustration. I was then consistently retaliated...more
ConsWages, management, culture
Material Handler | Rockford, IL | Nov 10, 2018
Fast paced and stressful workplace
Overall Pepsi was a decent place to work at. The management where I was located wasn't very good. Their training process was a joke, it was a "learn on the go" type of enviroment. You would work with the lead for a couple of days and once they felt you were comfortable you were left on your own. The type of work varied by the order you recevied some were very easy but at the same time some were rather difficult for a new person.
A typical day at work consisted of clocking in and going back to the warehouse office to setup your personal headset and getting things ready for the nightly shift. They didn't tell us the case count for the night it was always kept secret from most of the employees. It all depended on who you were and how close you were to the supervisor. There was no set end time for the shift and we worked until we were done, some nights we could be out in eight hours, some we would be there for ten plus hours, depending on the orders for the next day.
The environment in the work place largely depended on the employees there, most of which didn't want to work and someone else always had to pick up the slack made by other employees.
The hardest part of the job was the physical and mental tolls created by the work itself. Learning to the deal with the employees that weren't trained correctly or enough to do the job efficiently. There were many variables to consider that made the job hard. There was definitely a 'buddy" system at the facility that I worked ...more
Proscompetitive pay, PTO, fair breaks/lunch time
Conshealthcare, work environment, management
Coordinator | Winston-Salem, NC | Sep 26, 2018
Productive and Rewarding Work
A typical day at work included exporting new orders, for coolers/vending machines, to a routing system, creating daily routes, importing them back to the original system, and then confirming a scheduled date with the customer to receive, move, pick-up, or exchange equipment. There was a specific script that we needed to follow when we confirmed with the customers. I learned how to work with my field partners and create relationships with them over the phone rather than in person. This was new to me because I'm used to working with individuals within the same vicinity as me. I also learned how many moving parts there are in a supply chain. Before this job, I never knew how much work was put into placing equipment at a store. The process starts with sales speaking to the customer to make a sale, orders for equipment are then created, equipment has to be available, I then schedule the equipment, equipment is prepped and then sent to the warehouse, and then the drivers and field team place the equipment. If everyone doesn't do their part in the process, then we fail as a team because ultimately the customer is the one who is disappointed. The customer is the top priority and we all needed to work as a team to get the work completed quickly and efficiently. In regards to management, they provided advice when I had questions and was there to support me when I needed backup during certain situations. I would say that the hardest part of the job was sitting all day. Other than that,...more
ProsGreat healthcare, two 15-min breaks as well as an hour lunch
Conssitting all day
Manufacturing Supervisor | Newport News, VA | Nov 7, 2019
A dishonest,unhealthy,down trodden place to work lead by Antiquated Barbaric Senior leaders
Started to work for the Newport News Bottling facility with 15 years experience and excitement. My 1st clue should have been the excessive turn over for production supervisors/managers. Shortly there after I realized that the senior leadership team was lead by a narcissist with no empathy, compassion, leaderships skills, honesty, professional conduct,or integrity. His antiquated and barbaric leader ship was based solely of fear of reprisal. He would lie and expect others to lie with him for positive reports to corporate. He trained other senior leaders to follow his example and would protect them at any cost. I believe this behavior was condoned by corporate PepsiCo leaders due to zero interaction on their part when credible and substantiated claims were filed on him and his 2nd in charge were filed through the HR department. The excessively high supervisor/manager turn over was directly related to this manager and the team he had surrounded himself with. This issue was also never investigated by Corporate PepsiCo, which only shows how much they value their teams or people. They do not want good leaders or good managers but promote and advance the "yes" group regardless of their process knowledge, people skills or leadership abilities. This will be their undoing in the end or at least until someone is smart enough to recognize the issues. I would never recommend anyone accepting a job with PepsiCo based on my two year tenure. No work life balance and no compensation for the e...more
Production Worker | Piscataway, NJ | Oct 17, 2019
Live, Breathe, and Die for Pepsi
Sure all jobs have pros and cons but it didn’t take long for me to see all the cons in this place. From the get-go there are some things my manager never told me about in the interview:
-Mandatory Overtime- and not planned overtime, I’m talking about you’re about to clock out and your boss says you have to stay behind for 4 more hours. And not knowing you’re working weekends until Friday afternoon.
-Points: sure it makes sense to get points for being late and such but points for using personal days and sick days?
-Vacations: it’s union so everything goes by seniority and all departments have certain rules about it, like only being able to take 1 week off at a time.
-Union Dues: absolutely outrageous dues for the horrible contracts they get us. Top tier is Over $30 an hr pays $75 a month.
-Layoffs: again goes by seniority so new guys get laid off first. And don’t be surprised being there for your first week and finding out they’re laying you off next week. At least it’s usually only for a week or two.
But one of the most disgusting things I’ve witnessed was a 15 year employee getting fired for having a bottle of Gatorade on his forklift. Technically you’re only allowed to have water on the factory floor but
1. They tell us to stay hydrated and drink water and Gatorade, even give it away for FREE.
2. I’ve seen people walk around with coffee and all types of drinks.
I dug deeper into the story and found out the real reason was because his wife had brain cancer and...more
Loader | Manchester, NH | Sep 15, 2019
Fast paced, hectic, fly by the seat of your pants, long hours, hardly any training.
My first day I started with three other people. We were all sat in a room and were rushed through packets of paperwork with hardly any time to read it and sign. Some were pertinent to our job, others were not. We weren’t given a copy of our union contract either. The manager, who apparently didn’t even work at that location, but somewhere in Maine, then proceeded to hand us off to a trainer. This was literally no more than 15-20 minutes after we had walked in the door. No mention was made on benefits offered and how to sign up, etc. We then proceeded to follow our “trainer”, I use this term loosely, around the warehouse as he used a powered pallet jack and selected cases of drinks. We did this several times as he completed the orders and brought them to the truck. About two hours into the shift we were then thrown to the wolves to do the jobs entirely on our own. There was no training on the powered pallet jacks, which I’m sure OSHA would have a field day with. Good thing I had already operated them before but someone without any experience may have had a tough time. All in all, my first night I worked 12 hours with just a half hour lunch, no breaks. We were told by our trainer that’s all we were allowed. There is no set end time and even when the orders are all finished we had to spend another hour+ sweeping and cleaning. I guess my point is if you like to work almost non stop for 12+ hours and receive little to no on the job training this job is for you. The starting pay i...more
ProsPay, benefits, free Gatorade and water.
ConsPoor training, if any. No orientation. No set end time. 12+ hour shifts and only a half hour lunch.
Driver | Livingston, LA | May 4, 2018
It's not for everyone
At first the job was great. But once you get used to things you see how it's really ran. Management is so poor. They really don't care if you're sick, hurting, car ran off the road, or dying. All they worry about is the product getting off the truck and all the stops getting hit. Which is fine because that is what you sign up for, but it's a way to treat your empoyees. A lot of us really stay because the pay is awesome and the benefits are good. But we don't care for the treatment. You're never in the same area everyday so you can't get use to every account and their system. And the routing is horrible! Stops could be an hour or more from each other and you have 15 or more. The warehouse just throws the pallets on the truck any type of way which causes some of them to flip over making your day longer having to pick it up. The salesmen send way too much in the stores and either have too many credits coming out taking up too much space in a already fully loaded truck or don't write them up causing the people at the account to refuse the order or curse you out when you haven't done a thing. The days are long so by the time you get home you don't do anything but get ready for bed to do the same thing the next day. Management doesn't listen or care about your issues. They just want to look good and if they take a downfall you're getting the write up or suspension. We do our best but we get treated like the enemy. And they wonder why they can't keep drivers. I believe the job would...more
ProsPay, benefits, personal days
ConsLong hours, poor treatment, poor management
Driver | Tillamook, OR | Oct 20, 2019
Originally I felt loyalty and pride working for Pepsi. That changed when an incident happened to me on the job that in the end made me realize that to them, i was just the number they issued me when I was hired and their priorities lie in their sales numbers and the numbers they use to grade the work of employees and departments based on their global expectations. I felt that employee appreciation was even less of a priority than customer appreciation and satisfaction. The customer's appreciation and satisfaction I noticed was not a top priority as I watched the marketshare percentages over the nearly 7 years I was employed for Pepsi. Before Pepsi corporate took over, my location owned over 75% of the nonalcoholic beverage market; over the next 6 years after corporate took over, it declined to less than 50% mostly due to the fact that innovation and agenda was prioritized over customers' needs and satisfaction. Basically Pepsi runs on numbers, whether it's the numbers by which they identify their employees, or the grades they base their perception of work quality according to their global expectations regardless if the expectation is feasible for the location or not, or the product sales and profit margin numbers. Everything else is just a necessity they would do without if they could.
ProsBenefits are excellent and the pay is acceptable, as long as your numbers are to their satisfaction they leave you alone
ConsDespite the benefits being excellent, receiving said benefits can be a pain and n es ar impossible