Pros: benefits, 401k, subway in break room
Cons: hot, busy and slow seasons, barely any weekends off, doesnt offer as much overtime
As a thermoforming technician at Berry Plastics, the moral in the past year has gone down quite a bit. We were on a 21 day schedule and able to get over time any time that we wanted and weekends were based by seniority. This past year we have been placed on a 10 days on and off for 2 days in the attempt to "improve our family time". The only time that seniority matters now is on holidays and when you put in for vacations.
The moral has made an incredible downward spiral and our manager has stated "If you don't like it here then quit". With the new schedule, it is not worth the money. If I were to demote to an operator and work 2 weeks straight, I would make the same amount of money I am making working my 10 days in a row. I believe that even the operators are about to be forced onto a 12 hour rotation.
I enjoy working with other people and have made many friends. It really is a team based job when things go wrong. You rely on one another to complete tasks and get a machine operating again.
The hardest part about the job is probably the sheer boredom on most days. When machines are operating at full potential you are literally standing around and watching conveyors. On bad days its a sweat fest. Cutting sheet and doing technical processing on machines to get it running to the point you can stand around and watch conveyors.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the compensation and going home at the end of the night.