By Carla Short
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IMSE Undergrad Class of 2017
Procter & Gamble
What does the company do? Procter & Gamble, also known as P&G, is an American multi-national consumer goods corporation headquartered in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, founded in 1837. It primarily specializes in a wide range of cleaning agents and personal care and hygienics products.
Current role: Site Equipment Area Owner (SEAO) of the downstream equipment of Swiffer Wet and WetJET, startup engineer for the new Tabler Station Plant in Martinsburg, WV.
How I got to my current role:
A day in life of a Procter & Gamble Engineer – It’s hard to pinpoint one day in the life of a Procter & Gamble Employee, especially when part of your job consists of starting up the largest manufacturing plant in North America. No day is the same, and I am not often working in one location. I began my job in Martinsburg, WV and was moved to Brockville, ON, Canada for an extended business travel (EBT) assignment less than 4 months later. I will be testing new equipment for Swiffer in Italy, France, Belgium, and Canada throughout 2018. It’s safe to say working for P&G gives you worldwide exposure.
At P&G, we serve the floor, everything is about making life easier for people actually running the equipment, and it is this reason that my day-to-day completely depends on the line’s production schedule. For example, I wouldn’t go into a running piece of equipment in order to get measurements to update a standard, I would wait until that piece of equipment wasn’t running due to the production schedule. Every day is different- which is one of the things that I love most about working for P&G!
Below is an example of a recent day I’ve had.
6:30AM – I typically like to get up around 6:30 in order to get ready for work. I like to make sure my lunch and gym clothes are packed, my coffee is made, and I have something to eat for breakfast. I also make sure my cat’s water and food bowls are filled and the house is cleaned before I leave to go to work.
7:30AM – By this time I have arrived at the plant. We have our Daily Directional Setting meetings (DDS) on the floor no later than 7:30am. You are expected to be at this meeting with all of your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on. This includes steel toe safety shoes, full pants, micro jacket, cut gloves, hairnet, bump cap, safety glasses, and hearing protection. You should also have whatever you need to run the equipment, which includes locks, scissors, and OLFA knives.
8:00AM – After going over the schedule for the day, including any safety and/or quality incidents and watch outs, I head upstairs to my desk to lay out my plans for the day.
9:00AM – At this time I have checked my emails and planned anything I need to do on the line. My plan today is to finish creating a certain type of standard document, for which I need pictures on the line. I plan which pictures I will take, and head down to the line. The reason I have the freedom to get into the equipment to take photos is because the line is running “bulk” today, which means the downstream equipment is not energized.
10:30AM – I head upstairs from the line with the pictures I need on my work phone. I head to my desk to upload the photos on my work computer and begin to update the documents needed. The documents I will be working on are in reference to our “pit stops” in which we clean and inspect the equipment.
11:30AM – Head to the cafeteria with some coworkers for lunch.
12:30PM – Continue working on updating the documents with pictures and measurements I had gathered this morning. I aim to update about 40 different documents which include three different pieces of downstream equipment.
3:30PM – Update my glide path to reflect the work I’ve done given that I am on EBT assignment in Canada, I don’t have any leadership here. I don’t have deadlines or anyone looking over my shoulder, I am just expected to come in, do my work every day, and have most if not all of the standards updated before leaving the country.
4:00PM – Begin working on a different type of document. These documents are in reference to the measurements of different parts of machines when at home condition. They are helpful for setting up new equipment and for troubleshooting stops. I only want to make a rough draft of one of these documents, and show it to my leadership in a weekly standard review meeting to gain feedback before continuing with all of them, as there could be as many as 200 documents to create.
4:45PM – I gather my computer and personal belongings and head to the gym.
5:50PM – After finishing up at the gym, I make a quick 20 minute call to a coworker at another plant for a help request with the information systems that I am working with in Brockville. She is completely helpful and we schedule an additional meeting for next week!
Why chose P&G? When I was applying to jobs, I noticed that P&G stood out from the other prospects that were available to me. P&G presented me with a very unique opportunity which I may never experience in my career again- the opportunity to startup a brand new plant. Not only did this specific opportunity help drive my career path with P&G at a far more rapid pace than any normal situation, but it gave me the ability to learn every inch of the manufacturing process, from construction, to standardization, to production, and everything in-between. Not to mention, it also gave me the capability to travel the world at the age of 22!
What’s the end goal? I don’t necessarily have an “end” goal in site. Only being 7 months into my career, I have been focused on learning, and doing my part to drive a vertical start up for the Tabler Station Plant. My future goals for my career would be to get to an Operational Department Manager Leadership position, but I feel blessed that with P&G I can take my career anywhere I want to, whether it be in operations, engineering, or even advertising, the sky is the limit.
Most surprising thing that I didn’t expect coming out of college I definitely didn’t anticipate being thrown right into the project the way that I was. In college, I always envisioned getting a house, going to the same workplace every day, working my 8 hours, and heading home. I didn’t expect that the September after I graduated I would be moved to Canada for six months, and I definitely didn’t anticipate having the privilege to travel all over Europe for my job. It’s been quite the whirlwind- but beyond my wildest dreams!
Least favorite thing about P&G P&G has a specific method of leadership which either meshes with your personality or does not. Basically, they give you more work than you can handle, and then have a “hands off” technique, in which you are expected to handle it. This method is very high stress, but in the same breath, it’s extremely rewarding. It’s hectic and busy, but you are able to do work that you can take pride in.
My Mantra Work life balance is everything! There’s always more work to do, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! Don’t burn yourself out in your first year. Enjoy the perks of your job and the opportunities your post graduate life has in store for you! Take time to spend with the people that are most important to you, and do something you love every day, whether that be exercising, reading a book, watching a movie, taking a bath, etc. Take pride in your career, but know that it is not the only definitive part of your life.