PepsiCo Reviews

Updated 17 September, 2014
Updated 17 September, 2014
1,815 Reviews
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PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance was given to those who handled it responsibly (in 99 reviews)

  • great pay and benefits, plenty of opportunities for growth, very stable company (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to be focused on your own work life balance because there's so much to do (in 218 reviews)

  • long hours hard physical work, stressful at times to complete all requried (in 153 reviews)

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    Finance Manager

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A great company to work, family environment and caring people

    Cons

    A lien organization, work life balance is hard to manage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    plant worker

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    Former Employee - Line Worker  in  Taber, AB
    Former Employee - Line Worker in Taber, AB

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    higher than minimum wage, good benefits. If you can land a FT position. Next to impossible as it is mostly relatives.

    Cons

    available for 24 hr shift work, Favoritism given to relatives and friends. Difficult for outsiders to get FT position. Break times too short for the amount of physical demands. They encourage you to speak up/out to supervisors, but if you do, they fire you for being too opinionated or adhereing to policies drilled in during orientation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break times too short, not enough time to do what needs to be done on a break as you must roll off each time before re-entering again. You do not get proper muscle relaxation in 10-20 min. by the time you get to your locker, go to toilet, wash hands, walk to lunchroom or smoking area outdoors and several meters away from bulding, your time is up and you have not yet rested the muscles you were meant to rest. Is this not the purpose for breaks? to reduce injury and relieve lactic acid build up that causes muscle breakdown. Lots of WCB cases, should be putting up RED FLAGS..... why are you not asking yourselves "Why?" and so many booking off with short notice prior to shift. This would be reason enough to investigate and evaluate breaktime and floor forman for their attitude and behavior towards employees. Why are so many getting hurt or booking off so much? Orientation drills in safety and speaking up to supervisors and to adhere to these policies no matter what!. When speaking to supervisors about such policies and issues you get fired!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Route Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative  in  Regina, SK
    Former Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative in Regina, SK

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility of starting really early in the day if you want to be home sooner than later. Work in an unsupervised environment, the ability to make your own decisions throughout the day and the opportunity to see how the decisions you made affect your business. Good pay if you can work fast enough.

    Cons

    Terrible upper level management leadership, lack of opportunities unless you want to move, poor management support. Can't take 1 or 2 days off, must be a week at a time. No extra employees to cover your route if you're sick, so you now work 16+ hours/day when you come back to catch up. You are made to feel guilty if you get hurt or are sick as your boss was supposed to cover your route off. Overtime rate is less than what you make in a regular day. In 9 years, no route sales rep received a raise. I was actually lied to about how much time I could take off when my grandfather passed away because they had no one to cover. They violate many labour standards but get away with it as they employ scare tactics, and labour laws are totally different for commissioned sales employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, and you will get it in return. Create a work environment that supports its people and acknowledges them for them going above and beyond to help the company. example- There were more employees that not that were working overtime to help the company due to shortages in staffing....like I said before, we were paid less than a regular day's pay for overtime, so it's pretty obvious it isn't the money that's motivating people to do this. I once worked 42 days straight, and many others worked similar stints.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Some longer days, Average pay, Overworked management

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, Car allowance, Innovative culture

    Cons

    Long days, Average pay, Overworked managers, Training system needs change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Starting Point

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to different parts of the beverage and snack business. People fresh out of school can get a lot of experience in a short amount of time. The company can appear as a good corporate citizen.

    Cons

    Career opportunities can be limiting depending on what division you work within. Changes to the way we do business always looks good on paper, but is often poorly executed (left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing) which causes for major inefficiencies and morale issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great job straight out of school.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair market compensation, plenty of opportunities for advancement, solid benefits and great stock option program available.

    Cons

    Given the large number of people in the organization, aligning resources is sometimes a struggle and the facilitation of this alignment does not appear to be a priority for the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay, poor management

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    Former Employee - Warehouser I
    Former Employee - Warehouser I

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay, easy enough work, flexible scheduling, incentives to reward employees, free training, free products from all divisions of the company

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized management, almost zero chance of upward movement or career advancement. Receiving all their products for free will damage your health (but that's in your hands)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, don't be afraid to try something new

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Summer Job for a Student!

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    Current Employee - Retail Customer Developer
    Current Employee - Retail Customer Developer

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - semi flexible hours
    - great compensation for the difficulty of work
    - drive around all day
    - can be quite social in the field

    Cons

    - poor communication between DSD's and upper management
    - high expectations for things that are sometimes uncontrollable
    - HR is totally out to lunch, saw them on my first day and not once more in a year
    - you are paid by week as a summer student. You get the same compensation whether you work 25 hrs or 50 hrs
    - no culture building events for employees at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen closer to the advice of your DSD's, they have direct contact with the customer and know what the trends are

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company, Smart People, Tough industry

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    Former Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative
    Former Employee - RSR Route Sales Representative

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The training and mentorship are very good, because mentorship is built into evaluations and required for promotions.
    The people, for the most part, are very smart and capable.
    Benefits and pension plan are pretty good.

    Cons

    The industry is declining which makes it very competitive. Most of the competition is directed at the market, but some people are competitive with each other for the next job etc. Somewhat cutthroat atmosphere.
    Sales roles are hard work and thankless. Field sales people are viewed with suspicion despite the fact they are usually over-worked, and do not have all of the resources to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people. Most of the field employees are very hardworking, and want to do a good job to grow the business. Provide sales people with the resources they need, instead of punishing them when things don't go as well as planned. This includes extra people for holidays and busy seasons, and more up to date information on promotions and price changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    PepsiCo a place to develop skills

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Sales
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Sales

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Global organization with advancement opportunities. Great place to develop skills and gain broad cross functional experience

    Cons

    Too internally focused. Not a customer centric organization. overly processed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diminish process , take customer first approach to business and results will come

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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