Floater (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – November 16, 2018
Berlin Packaging was an easy place to work at but the amount of money i was paid for the job was not enough to keep me there so it was more of a job to hold me over till I was able to find something better.
Overall Berlin's corporate culture is attractive. The CEO stands for a family atmosphere that nurtures healthy competition. The break down comes as each branch operates as its own independent unit with little help from the corporate arm. In my experience, this company is a great learning place for someone starting out in their career especially on the operations side. The business is large and the staff is lean so it drives everyone to think and work outside their comfort zone. The down side to this is that it is not sustainable for a long time. If corporate could find a way to drive each branch's management to operate in a way that honors the corporations mission, Berlin would be a great place to build a career.
Work loads are heavy and the environment is very fast-paced and result oriented. Some flexibility with schedules and vacation time. Benefits are pretty standard and they offer a 401k match.
401k Match, autononimy in day to day decisions
Accrued vacation, below average maternity leave benefits compared to other corporations regionally, lean staff
Worker (Former Employee) – Cranbury, NJ – August 20, 2018
The manager/supervisor in the cranbury location has terrible attitude talks down on you talks like you don’t even exist .. you do something wrong or anything takes a huge grudge on you til they get you fired .. they treat you like trash
N/A (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 5, 2018
This position was a good fit for me to figure out what I wanted out of corporate America. I quickly found that I prefer to work under leadership that promotes talent growth as well as supports growth individually. A typical day at work involves lots of complaining, lots of brainstorming and slow reaction. Management consists of outdated performers who are stuck in a mind frame that the old way of doing things is best for the company even though the company has grown tremendously and has outgrown manual business practices. The hardest part about working for this company is having great ideas to improve workflow and them constantly being shot down by management because they don't see the value that it would add to their role.
Packer (Former Employee) – Tifton, GA – March 19, 2018
Work is nonstop and the hours can be unpredictable at times depending on the volume of freight. The pay is minimum wage, which I feel should be higher considering the required workload. It is very hot in the warehouse in the summertime.
Assembler/Production (Former Employee) – Clinton, PA – March 10, 2018
Interesting products, great people, great culture, and climate controlled and clean. Very detailed with job specifications. Must follow instructions on how to build kit exactly every time, to make sure customer is getting what they are requesting. Very interesting and good job experience. Good pay and health benefits. Recommend.
Not the best company to work for in Houston yet but has potential.
Buyer (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – January 10, 2018
I worked at Berlin Packaging for over 8 years. In the beginning it was a wonderful place to be before management changed. I stayed as long as I did with hopes things could/would improve.
This company isn't focused on honesty, integrity or improvements. The values are simple words on paper and not actively practiced by upper management. If you are not in the right "circle" things can be made difficult for you. Berlin has a very manipulative and stress filled environment. I originally thought this was a local issue only and that Andrew Berlin was not made aware. I was later proved wrong. I've had direct communications with Andrew about the issues along with other colleagues while employed there. I also expressed more details on my exit interview when I left, as did the others. (others = 60% of the staff that left the company) As of 2017 changes still have not been made.
When reading this, Please note that I am not a disgruntled employee. I left Berlin on great terms. I desire for them to be a great company once again. Honesty, integrity and change is the only way to get there.
Until that point is reached, I wouldn't want anyone to be sold on bells and whistles that are simply not true.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
Shipping and Receiving Specialist (Former Employee) – Hayward, CA – December 12, 2017
It is very fast paced and quite competitive when things do not go as planned. The job is not that complex once you understand the outdated programs but the work loaded and responsibility is plenty, even in the slow seasons.
Account Coordinator (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 23, 2017
Good company but not a lot of room for growth. Big changes have to be made at each individual branch for growth opportunity to happen. The company is very busy and doesn't really pay attention to the employees individual needs.