PepsiCo Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
1,786 Reviews

3.5
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fast paced environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PepsiCo

    Pros

    fast paced environment - lots going on, always learning new things. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Hard to achieve worklife balance. Stressed managers. Young people with too much responsibility. Sometimes poor at execution.

  2.  

    Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Global brand, respect for other, Professional work environment

    Cons

    Nothing major to report to

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill at an increasing rate

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good challenges, great learning experiences, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    The politics has become stifling. Constant re-orgs don't allow any time to adapt to new playing field. Senior management has lost its attention span. You can work yourself to death expecting compensation or advancement, but those opportunities are evaporating rapidly. The promotions are based on who you know rather than what you know or how hard you work and you'll get lame excuses when you ask why. Hiring contractors is more important than retaining high performers and having actual continuity. The whole atmosphere has become very demotivational this year especially. Infighting between groups is also on the rise probably because after the recent round of re-orgs nobody knows who should do what any longer and its seen as an opportunity for empire building.

    The corporate interest in being seen as positive part of the community has employees out doing charity work on Pepsi's behalf rather than doing their real job and making things work inside the company. The focus on management buzzword fads du jour has really gotten silly lately too. They don't actually pay attention to what those buzzwords should mean, they just love to spout them and sound all corporate positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop reorganizing every few months, its like working in a tornado. You set something up and then re-org it out of existence. FOCUS. Stop managing by fads and buzzwords, say useful meaningful things to employees. Stop promoting in dark alleys like you're dealing drugs. Promote openly and fairly. We have courses on ethics we all have to sit through, pay attention to them please, they aren't merely for entertainment. Make it count for dedicated, motivated employees. We do care, but if you keep up the random shifting landscape with no apparent benefit that motivation will end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company I've ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Decent salary for the work

    Cons

    Long hours, treated terribly, unreasonable expectations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to start your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Saint John, NB
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint John, NB

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good co-workers, strong focus on moving the company forward, wide-range of products. Most sales jobs have a small base salary and commission.

    Cons

    Long hours, company waste is an issue (getting the same promo materials 3 times etc) limited room for advancement unless you are scouted through their 'New Grad" programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have employees working hard for you right now. Let them share their full potential instead of brushing them off to find the next potential university star.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Account Development Representative  in  Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Account Development Representative in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, not much else though.

    Cons

    No work/life balance
    Don't value their employees at all
    Promote based on favouritism
    Penalize you for not overselling product to customers. Then when you do oversell and have to take unsold, expire product back, you get in trouble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your biggest asset - your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    an interesting summer, lots of money to be made if your willing to work overtime

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    Former Employee - Summer Student  in  Cambridge, ON
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Cambridge, ON

    I worked at PepsiCo as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    for a student its a good first job to make a decent amount of money. In the summer I was there had a great opportunity to have a decent job with responsibility and importance to the factory, something I could really use for the future and pad the resume with (eg. organization skills, coordination, communication, supervision, etc.) this year students are given zero chances to do anything important. Basically used as cheap labour for low level jobs, I don't see why anyone would return to this organization after one summer, can't use it at all when looking for a real career now.

    Cons

    you get paid about half what the full time unionized employees do for the same if not more work so its discouraging in that sense. Usually zero time off, vacation days/ time does not exist for students. Any sick days must be accompanied by a doctors note. Have zero control of your schedule. They say you must be available to work any shift which is fine but that means all summer long, things are not always consistent. For example, went from afternoon shift to night shift to weekend to day shift all in the course of a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand the importance of keeping the factory smoothly but you have to trust your student employees with better job replacement options, otherwise you will never have any of them return as the experiences they get for the low level jobs can never be used properly on the resume after they finish school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Exponential career growth opportunities abound

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Exponential career growth opportunities, very competitive wages and full benefits, excellent training opportunities to grow individual skills and interests, great people to work with,

    Cons

    Military-like structure, 60+ hours week to be successful in role on average, very high pressure to perform work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sense of urgency from upper management can be too much and often times lead to making decisions based on quick fixes vs. long term outcomes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Magnificent company!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good perks offered to employees! They also provide professional advancement and good working environment!

    Cons

    Lots of overtime sometimes it drains you for being overworked!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Salary Checks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PepsiCo

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    No cons to refer to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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