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productive and fun safe place to work
Machine Operator (Current Employee), Casa Grande, AZFebruary 12, 2015
Pros: money
great company a employment destination
i would recommend this company if you have prior expiercence
i have learned alot here developed many skills
and made new freinds at this company
management is great
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Seasonal
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee), Houston, TXFebruary 11, 2015
Pros: good location
Cons: no support for employees
Job is seasonal, management is weak.no replacement parts.The management at this location is more concerned with their earnings than those of the workers.Most of the workers are dedicated to their ork but don't get the respect they deserve.
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lack of organized leadership
Injection Mold Operator (Former Employee), Fremont, OHFebruary 5, 2015
Pros: training was one of the few positives
Cons: too numerous to mention in a short space.
The Lack of organized leadership has lead to the classic problem of too many chiefs and not enough indians. They also exhibit the ianability to fix machines that have had issues for an extended period of time, and I mean years not months.
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Fun Work Place
Sidel Operator (Former Employee), Atlanta, GAFebruary 4, 2015
Pros: offsite activities
Cons: really short breaks
A typical work day consist of operating a Sidel machine an producing top quality bottles at a rapid pace.I learned how to get the best out of my Sidel everyday.The best management team an wonderful co-workers,
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Watch for this one..
clerk (Former Employee), hazletonJanuary 11, 2015
Pros: maybe money
Cons: back stabers, nepotism, no consistancy, no procedures, surely not a team place to work!
Company spins people constantly out the door. Very much lacks a team environment to work in. Be cautions look deeply before you jump into their water!
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stay away
Automation Mechanic (Current Employee), hazleton paDecember 15, 2014
Cons: management is terrible
responsible for all equipment (allot) no one cares and just runs everything into the ground including people. high turnover,no training,no raises,no respect. Management is so bad, they don't no what they're doing. up to the people to get it done and management takes credit. everything there is junk. everyone crying. what a sad place.
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Not a bad place to work.
8 hour Automation Tech (Former Employee), Hazleton, PADecember 15, 2014
Big thing is the health care is bad. Good employees, and for the most part, good management.
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excessive turnover tells the true story
Quality Control (Current Employee), York, PANovember 19, 2014
Pros: it's easier to think of all the negatives.
Cons: poor bonus program, raises are insignificant our non existent, corporate management flip flops with the wind, a lot of cyaa
People don't leave good companies if they are treated well and compensated appropriately for their good work. Constant turnover at corporate and at the plant management levels. If you are a slacker and you know the right people then you have it made. The people that work hard and care get slammed with extra work and ridiculed if they can't get everything done. There are certain facilities that are amazing to work for and with because their managers still care about their employees and those facilities are very productive. Unfortunately those managers continue to leave the company because of the increased stress and unproductive busy work. There are only so many ways you can tweek the same spreadsheets. The number of controllers assigned to the business units is excessive. I feel bad for them because they are usually locked in conference rooms for weeks at a time to get the budgets ready to meet unrealistic goals. The company has really gone downhill since it was bought out a few years ago.
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Nice Company to work for with skill building and there was opportunity for growth until downsizing.
Extruder Operator (Current Employee), Chicago, ILNovember 10, 2014
Used propane forklift to load trailer at warehouse. Prepared pallets by following prescribed stacking arrangement and properly tagging pallets. Recorded numbers of units handled an moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
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Challenges galore
Plant Controller (Current Employee), Selah, WAOctober 27, 2014
Pros: large company with long tenure.
Heavy responsibility with little authority. Multiple levels of chain of command create havoc and difficult conflicting duties.

Company has the right ideas but implements short-term and knee-jerk implementations and focuses on short term results instead of long-term results.

Deadlines come fast and furious with little regard to impact on existing work load.
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Joke
Molder Technician (Current Employee), Harrisonburg, VAOctober 27, 2014
Pros: compensation and benefits
Cons: everything else
Cluster of management pulled from different areas of expertise, none of which having anything to do with this company or the processes involved with it. No training, unclear expectations, lack of regard for safety.
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stay away
end of line firklift operator (Former Employee), hazleton,psJuly 30, 2014
Pros: was a job hired through temp service
Cons: alot
Supervisor has a job to do upper management lost.plant is not capable of handling workload unless 24hr shipping.
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A very friendly work environment
Packer (Former Employee), York, PAJuly 17, 2014
Pros: friendly and happy environment
Cons: 12 hour shifts
The people who work there are friendly and helpful. The schedule made it easy to plan family events and vacations because you always know when you're days off are going to be. Management is helpful and easy to talk to.
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Terrible Place To Work
Blow Mold Operator (Current Employee), Mt.Home, NCJuly 7, 2014
Pros: great co-workers
Cons: dishonesty
This is a place that will steal from you, cheat you out of benefits, point blank lie to you, break federal law and then tell you its your fault. This is a place that needs a union and I generally do not support unions, but this company needs one.
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Steady Employment With Limited Advancement
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Casa Grande, AZJuly 6, 2014
Pros: pay. most of the job duties were easy. friendly coworkers, good teamwork.
Cons: mandatory overtime. mandatory meetings on days off.
The 12 hour shifts were nice because you were under the assumption you'd only have to work 3 or 4 days each week. Unfortunately mandatory overtime typically negated the chance of having a real weekend. 60 or 72 hour weeks were a norm for months at a time, depending on sales and rework.

Hourly staff was very friendly, most were very cooperative and helpful when it came to teamwork, and most of the shift supervisors were respected and well liked. Upper management often would request constructive input from hourly staff, but upon getting feedback, would dismiss their ideas. Quality was stressed above all, but many times the actions and demands of management made it clear that quantity was more important.

Mandatory meetings on off-days were bittersweet. Though it was nice to chat with coworkers and enjoy cooking out on the patio, it would've been nicer to actually enjoy the day off by not having to go to work.

Pay started low, but increased quickly within the first year. Final pay rate of machine operators and maintenance technicians was fair. Stress level depended highly on which production line you were working that night, and if any of the other operators called in sick.
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No room for error ,underappreciated employees
Blowmold Operator Tech (Former Employee), Bradenton, FLJune 9, 2014
Pros: great pay
Cons: worked 6 to 7 days a week for a solid year
Not a fun place to work for, learned to operate blowmold injectors, management never seemed to care much for the employees just the bottom line, co-workers were good guys
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overall a good company to work for besides the old equipment it was a good job
Downstream Operator/Temp (Former Employee), las vegas,nvJune 4, 2014
Pros: good staff, good training
Cons: needs new downstream equipment
very good company with room for advancement,typical day you come in have a meeting to find out what downstream you will be working once all jobs are delegated by the night manager you go to work.how to produce plastic bottles.management was very good always there to answer whatever question,my co-workers were very good helpful open fun to talk to,hardest part of the job downstream 2 and 3 always breaking down the most enjoyable day was final bell to go home after a hard 10hr day of work
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Fast paced and demanding
Production Lineworker/ quality Control (Former Employee), Berkeley, MOMay 29, 2014
Pros: safety adcentives
Cons: concrete floors
Enjoyed working there for all those years. The people were like my extende family and we worked together to get the job done..
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Say one thing, do another
Employee (Current Employee), York, PAMay 29, 2014
Pros: coworkers are nice.
Cons: out of date tech, poor culture, out of date management, not an employment destination.
The company talks about "talking straight" but this only applies to certain people. Management is not accountable. They will tell you things are one direction and then change abruptly without notice.

This company is going through layoffs, restructuring and doing a lot of "right sizing". Expect nothing.
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Line Operator (Former Employee), Hammond, LAMay 16, 2014
exercise daily .safety first. love working wit a team.there are no hard part for me

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