Packaging Corporation of America
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Productive With very long hours

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Worked 5am-5pm non stop very fast paced and no breaks . The coworkers are usually on you about how fast you are going and it gets very overwhelming but there are some good things about this place


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Great coworkers, easy job, fair pay

Coworkers were like a family and expectations were clear and reasonable. Raffles, lunches and gifts were common in addition to good pay and benefits. Truly one of the best places I've worked and would go back in a heartbeat.
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The company big on safety, benefits are great, but plant manager does not show any compassion towards the employees and a lot of favoritism with certain employees.
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If youre into a lot of gossip, this is for you

This place was nothing but a gossip circle all the time. Be careful telling them your business, one little thing and they think they know you. You have to work mandatory Saturdays. If you work night shift, you won't find out till Thursday night when you come in. Job is not for everyone, as it can lead to carpal tunnel and other health issues in the long run. Pay and benefits were great.
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Productive and overworked

PCA is a good company to work for if you want to live at work they require 12 hour shifts 5 to 6 days a week mandatory! Great pay and benefits But no balance Between your work and home life
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If you aren’t in with the management than you’re just another body.

It’s a go, go, go shop they don’t care about your life at all. They want numbers no down times. If you don’t have kids and love living your life working the whole time then sure this is the place for you other than that; big thumbs down.
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Brutal passion....meaning they love making the best product but you better be ready for the style of management to do so.

Great place to work and start your carrier as a young person. The standard will be set so high no matter where you end up you can potentially be a winner. Just remember it's at a cost.


Pays great and awesome benefits.


Your expected to give 100% ALL the time no exceptions.
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They work you until you gets fatigue

Temporary workers wont get hired but get fired after they do background checks and there are no confidentiality of your records because management let the plant workers know so they can tarnish your character.
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Lots of Mandatory Overtime

Basically, your work week is Monday-Saturday. Sundays, are at least with non-supervisory roles, guaranteed off. They'll tell you in the interview "we sometimes work Saturdays." Thats true if sometimes is 2-4 Saturdays a month. You will likely also work 10 hour shifts M-Th on top of Saturdays. Expect to not advance.
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PCA values production numbers over their employees. No work/life balance.

We worked mandatory overtime most weekends through the year and when the next shift doesn't show and calls in that's a mandatory four hour overtime for the previous shift. I witnessed violence/damage by another worker towards company property and management took no action even when they themselves witnessed these actions. Management also dismissed and took no action when a lead made hostile threats toward employees on multiple occasions. This is Not a company to work for.
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Good teamwork among the management team

Really likes working here. Work was challenging and I almost always felt appreciated. The management seemed to really care and a lot of workers had been working there for 15 or more year’s




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Challenging but worthwhile

Environment was very welcoming. Suporvisors were attentive and helpful. Coworkers were knowledgeable and upbeat. Work was tedious and physically demanding, but pay was fair.


Great pay


Physically demanding
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Gain Strong Technical Learning

Old School Management Thinking is probably the largest downside. They are very good at teaching technical on the job learning, some of the best in the industry on execution and being nimble. They are the best on the execution and technical pieces. The weakness is in their people leadership. If they were to become a bottom up organization that cared more they would be the best by far.


Great technical on the job training


Need to develop bottom up leadership and go away from old school industrial leadership
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Horrible place

Do NOT work for them!!! 16 years of BS. Poor management. Poor pay, good benefits is the only thing that kept me around long enough. They do NOT care about their employees at all




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Decent pay, bad work life balance

Really good pay for the area, the job itself isn't bad I've done more for less. Management and upper management back stab each other and it just trickles down from there and pit the employees against each other. Yes you do get gain share, but not what you think you would get. You definitely get skimmed on that. They expect you to bend over backwards for them, but when you ask for flexibility all of a sudden they can't do anything for you.
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Quick paced job with very good people.

A typical day at this job is that it is very fast paced and it does get tiring at times but it depends where they put you at. You will learn a lot of things such as sealing boxes, being fast paced, how to glue boxes, sometimes they make you use a cardboard compressor.
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Oppurtunity to learn

A great company to work for, benefits and pay are excellent. Management could use improvement. Senority shouldnt always be over whom can complete the job well.


Benefits and pay


management, senority rules
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Terrible management

All three plants that I worked at had horrible management. People who were in management should not have been in their positions. The company itself was fair, good benefits, lack of higher pay for job duties assigned.
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Management only has maintenance patch the machines to get one more box instead of actually fixing the problem , they only care about numbers an they trash talk the people who actually show up an do the job but praise the people who are barely there an expect us to pick up there slack


Good pay


Bad management, supervisors who don’t understand the stock is bad
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It's ok. 2nd and 3rd shift supervisors are great, 1st shift, not so much. Upper management, including the General Manager, doesn't seem to care about the employees. We are nothing but a means to a paycheck for them. We are currently heavily understaffed but still scheduling work as if we were fully staffed. Alot of overtime because of this. No work/home life balance at all. We basically eat, sleep, work, repeat.
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Machinery Ill repaired and neglected. No guidance , training , leadership nor supervision.

PCa offers a fair Union wage and benefits package. In return you will Sacrifice your personal life family time, hobbies etc.PCA LIVERPOOL is a poorly managed facility .If it weren't for the umbrella of PCA corporate PCA Liverpool would not survive in the industry
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Based on 624 reviews

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2.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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