PepsiCo Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2014
Updated 20 October, 2014
1,882 Reviews
3.4
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PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance at Pepsico is the one shining facet that it holds (in 108 reviews)

  • PepsiCo offers great pay and benefits and is truly a fun place to work (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to be focused on your own work life balance because there's so much to do (in 249 reviews)

  • long hours hard physical work, stressful at times to complete all requried (in 170 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good pay, poor management

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    Former Employee - Warehouser I
    Former Employee - Warehouser I

    I worked at PepsiCo full-time (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
  2.  

    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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    Good experience, bad timing with restructure

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Analyst in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at PepsiCo as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Supportive team, encourage internal transfer

    Cons

    I was there during the restructuring, lots of layoffs, not a good environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced environment

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, ON

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent people, secure job, always busy

    Cons

    Always busy, some issues with customers on a daily basis must be addressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your front line, we're the face of the company doing the little things that make the company successful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Route Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PepsiCo

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good pay for performance system and nice colleagues. Your work is very self managed and lots of independence in your schedule.

    Cons

    Not much chance for mobility. RSR position can have too many write-ups due to sometimes almost unmanageable high stales and missed targets for sales goals. Company does not live by its promise of tuition assistance. Managers are left to decide whether you can be approved for this benefit. HR department does not care if you have been improperly denied these privileges. So watch out if you are a life long learner. You only get the opportunity for further education when you are earmarked for promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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.

  10.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
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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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill at an increasing rate

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at PepsiCo full-time (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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