Pay & benefits are excellent ,there are some really good people working there BUT management is another story. The worst case of "the good ole boy" network I've ever saw ,it's not what you know it's who you know that matters.The employees love the pay but HATE that place and it's evident from listening to them talk about it and their plant manager and his good ole boy click. There is a lot of tension there amongst the employees.
Packer (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – January 19, 2016
A typical day at work would be to come in and check in, see what station you are at and begin your work. I learned how to make your job more entertaining with speaking to others. Management wasn't that excellent because of constant irritation with payment until the last minute. my coworkers were not fairly treated and we were not really too involved to have them tell us what to do. The hardest part was the organization of the company as a whole, since it is such a big company that the lines for check out were too massive and hard to pull together. The most enjoyable part about the job was meeting people that were different and were very kind to talk to and get to know.
lackey (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – November 13, 2015
Management are laughable. That's what they do; laugh, giggle and joke but when it comes down to a serious interface they squirm. Mandatory 10 hour days with a moment of notice.Warehoused and piled up like sardines in cheap cubicles amidst a terribly noisy and loud enviroment. BTW, if you're a temp, you are considered to be nothing more than persona non gratis. Picking cucumbers in a dusty field is more rewarding then this job.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Shelton, CT – May 11, 2015
-steady work load, fast paced, daily customer interaction, data entry -I learned how to manage an account as well as interact with a variety of customers -management was minimal and there was a lack of growth encouragement, guidance, and positive reinforcement . -my co-workers were team players and determined to succeed -the least enjoyable part of the job was the routine work and data entry. -the most enjoyable part of the job was my co-workers and successfully solving customer needs
Finance (Current Employee) – Clearwater, FL – May 24, 2012
Unprofessional management team at Clearwater, FL location. Work life balance is terrible. Corporate culture is not ideal unless you enjoy profanity, disrespect, and lack of accountability. No teamwork within groups or across departments.
No growth potential as hiring is done externally, despite qualified internal candidates. No loyalty to employees but they expect complete loyalty and dedication from employees. Total lack of communication and respect.
Not a good place to work if you have kids or have a life outside of work.
A good starting place for any college student or graduate.
Graphic Artist (Current Employee) – Sleepy Eye, MN – September 18, 2013
I learned as a graphic artist that the work keeps coming and you learn a lot about how the process works. We make calendars and my job is about ad setting. I don't do too much hard work, but from time to time I get challenged. The people are great, but the supervisors lack - probably because some of them didn't go to college. I like the work the days, pretty typical and steady with paid lunches and breaks. It could be a lot better, but its not a bad place to start.
paid lunches, paid breaks and holidays off. plus, opportunity for overtime.
no advancement and management is kinda poor at times.
Production Lead (Former Employee) – Clearwater – June 11, 2012
This is absolutely one of the worst managed companies that I have worked for. There is a complete lack of respect from management for the employees. As a person in a leadership role at the company, I struggled to be able to manage my areas without having to deal with micromanagement from the Director level, along with constant negativity, profanity and ridiculing at all levels of the organization.
The performance management system in the company is based on individual contribution and does not focus on teamwork.
The decisions that are made are not well thought out and often seem to be shooting from the hip. Hence, many decisions are implemented and then reversed because prior planning/feasibility had not been considered, or after implementation there are numerous issues to be addressed.
Work life balance is non-existent. The priority is the company.
Good individuals are rewarded. Good team players are not recognized. Favoritism definitely occurs.
After several years with this company, I was happy to leave on my own terms.
pay was good, looks good on a resume, variety in manufacturing
no teamwork, environment of disrespect, hard to get promoted from within unless you know the right people
Checked the daily schedule. Prepare for any meetings for that day, providing proper correspondence, example...Excel spread sheet, Powerpoint presentation, Marketing tables. etc Heavy phone volume with outside vendors. Travel arrangements, hotels, air and then preparing Travel Expenses for my boss and the engineering group. The hardest part of my job is when I was laid off after 10 years. I really loved working for Bic. Great Friends and a great experience.
It is hard to find a big company that you still continue to learn great work ethics from other employees.
IT Manager (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – August 5, 2013
A typical day at work was hectic running all if the IT functions. What you learned was everything about manufacturing. Management was like a dictatorship My co-workers were young talented IT individuals. The hardest part of the job was keeping up with all of the demands of the business. The most enjoyable part of the job the day to day work.
Packer (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – October 13, 2013
It is a typical day at work. I've learned to always keep your composure even in bad situations. The management was okay but it could have been better. My Co-Workers were cool. There was not a hard part in doing my job. The most enjoyable part was being in a good environment.
Incredible company; fantastic opportunities, wonderful 20-year career
Director, Corporate Communications, North America (Former Employee) – Shelton, Connecticut – September 6, 2013
BIC is an excellent company in all ways. I am very proud of the opportunities given to me for both professional and personal growth over 20 years. Gained invaluable experience in so many areas, including the continuous evolution of social media, in-depth understanding of all finance areas as member of North America Management Team, reporting directly to President, BIC Consumer Products, North America. Enjoyed executive speech writing for a variety of stakeholders, from our employees to financial analysts and shareholders to college students, excited to learn about the corporations of today. Also, invaluable experience as crisis team leader, leading and managing the inevitable crises that occur at all companies, even with a robust education and prevention plan in place. At BIC, I created and delivered engaging/interactive educational workshops for Chairman, CEO, Board of Director members, and all levels of employees to ensure that all are engaged in active "Crisis Communications Education and Prevention" ' -- so critical for companies of all sizes, given the lightening speed of misinformation via social media, especially TWITTER, and, most sadly the violent tragedies Americans have faced in recent months, e.g., the Boston Marathon bombing, and the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, to name just two.
After an exceptional 20-year career, I felt it was time to begin a new career chapter, to meet new companies and teams and support and guide them in all areas of corporate communications.
Shortly after leaving BIC in November, I formed KWONG Communications LLC, so I couldmore... do pro-bono work for not-for-profit organizations. This work is fulfilling and my clients are wonderful.
However, I greatly miss being a member of a corporate team and setting and exceeding strategic goals with my colleagues, closely aligned with the corporation's Vision and Values.less
culture of teamwork, and continuous learning through bic university
Management lacks in communication. New rules often implemented at a moments notice 'Effective Immediately' with no updates to SOP's / not everyone in department notified / supervisors not notified. Often, the new procedure is changed via email several times or repealed within hours.
Mandatory Overtime is at the discretion of the company. You are typically notified mid afternoon - with the number of hours you will be required to work the next day. This includes Saturday. This makes planning (appointments, daycare, fitness routine and other events very difficult). At BIC - flexibility begins and ends with the employee. There is no 'work / life,' balance. 10 hour days with 6-8 hour Saturdays is not uncommon.
Management implements new policies and procedures. When they encounter extreme customer dissatisfaction they rely on Marketing to send some deals to the customers to try to save business.
Clients frustrated with new policies. They feel that they are not considered in the decisions being made. They feel that they are not being heard.
Poor training, little to no support from management, poor feedback, dissatisfied customers. I found it to be very unfortunate. Clearwater has many talented individuals who genuinely want this business to succeed. They are trying to balance the business needs with the needs of the client to strike a winning balance but management is nowhere to be found - behind closed doors sending urgent emails to force policies.
poor life/work balance, little concern for customers, no management support, poor communication, poor management