If you live in the Portland area, chances are you’ve heard of Portland Bottling Co (PBC). They’re a packaging company for ready-to-drink beverages, but does Portland Bottling Co hire felons? We decided to go to work for you and find the answer to this question and others!
You’re probably wondering how we know what to ask. In case you’re unaware, Successful Release’s employees are former felons and those who’ve worked with them. We put our experiences to good use by helping other former felons in the job search.
Successful Release contacts companies directly to ask about their hiring policy for hiring former offenders.
Some of the many questions we ask are:
- Does Portland Bottling Co do background checks?
- What do employees say about working here?
- Does Portland Bottling Co drug test?
- Will my felony prevent me from working here?
So let’s get started to see what was found about how to get a job at Portland Bottling Co with a felony.
Does Portland Bottling Co hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
Regretfully, we weren’t successful in making contact with PBC. But since we are determined to bring you answers, we have done our own research to get all the facts.
However, even turning to our online sources, we came up empty-handed. We didn’t find anything about PBC’s hiring policy for former felons.
Has Portland Bottling Co hired felons in the past?
We aren’t sure, so we put together some tips about how to get hired at Portland Bottling Co with a felony to give you an edge.
Does Portland Bottling Co hire people with misdemeanors?
If you have a misdemeanor conviction, you’ve probably run into some issues with finding a job too. We looked high and low to see if PBC will hire someone with a misdemeanor. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything on this.
Is Portland Bottling Co on the Ban the Box list?
The Ban the Box campaign was designed to assist former felons in having a fighting chance at being hired despite their criminal record. Ban the Box recognizes the difficulties that individuals with a record have in trying to get back into the workforce.
Their main goal is to convince employers to remove all questions from their applications dealing with prior convictions. Once those questions are removed, the employer isn’t blinded by the applicant’s record. Instead, they see only the qualifications, which in turn gives the former felon a fair chance at being hired.
The Fair Chance Business Pledge is also a support group pulling for former felons trying to get back on their feet. The Pledge is an agreement made by employers who are willing to commit to fair hiring practices for everyone — even if you have a previous conviction.
PBC unfortunately doesn’t support either of these groups, however keep in mind that most companies don’t and it isn’t a requirement for hiring a former offender.
Does Portland Bottling Co have special programs for hiring felons?
PBC doesn’t offer any of these special programs.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
Does Portland Bottling Co hire felons? We think you stand an uncertain chance at being hired, but we can’t say for sure one way or the other. Unfortunately, there’s not enough information out there to give us a more accurate guess.
What are some entry-level jobs?
PBC’s website has a rundown of their current positions.
All of their jobs require a High School diploma or a GED. Check out some examples below:
- Batching Technician — Prepares and monitors raw materials. Cleaning and sanitizing utensils will be a must, as will being able to properly fill out production paperwork.
- Production Assistant — This job operates the machines and keeps them functioning.
- Repack Assistant Lead — As a supervisor position, being able to coordinate schedules, breaks and resolve issues among workers will be necessary.
- Class A CDL Driver — As a truck driver for PBC you must possess a CDL license as well as be a certified forklift driver.
We did notice that each job will require a drug screen. However, the only job that stated a background check was required was the CDL driver, so this is great news!
How to get hired at Portland Bottling Co with a felony
Now let’s take a look at what we uncovered about how to get a job at Portland Bottling Co with a felony.
When applying for any plant or manufacturing job, any previous experience you have is always a plus. Any assembly, warehouse or factory work you’ve done will be of interest to them. Sometimes experience in the same type of work setting can be all that is needed to land you a job!
A great way to display all your experience and skills is with a resume. We understand most people cringe at the thought of a resume, but that’s where we step in to help. How?
Well, we created an entire article to help you out with your resume.
We provide some excellent tips on how to polish your skills and include the experience you gained while incarcerated. For example: The factory job you had while incarcerated provides you with experience in working in a manufacturing setting. The ability to keep production running smoothly is a great add to any resume.
For the interview process, here are a few things you should know:
- Be prepared to discuss any of your previous positions that are similar to the job you are applying for.
- Any work references you can provide will also be a great add to the interview.
- This will be a good time to explain your background. It wasn’t mentioned that a background check would be required for all of their positions, however it’s always a possibility. We recommend that you are upfront about it.
Does Portland Bottling Co do background checks?
This area is a little tricky. When applying for their driving positions, a background check is done. We didn’t see it mentioned for any of their other positions, though.
Here is something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
If an offense is less than seven years old these states will see it:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(*certain pay or salary bracket positions require a screening.)
These states will only see guilty convictions:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
The states that will still look at everything are as follows:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
PBC isn’t a worldwide company. There is one location in Portland, Oregon. So, as you can imagine, there weren’t many reviews on glassdoor.com. They’re rated with 2.8 out of 5 stars. PBC seems to be a great place to work with a family-like atmosphere. The main complaints we saw are due to the long hours often required, and lack of work-life balance.
What felony convictions may have a hard time getting hired here?
SInce we know that PBC will require a background check for their drivers, it’s pretty clear that any driving offense can hinder your ability to get hired for this position. A violent crime may also give you an equally hard time here since you’ll be working with tools, machinery and a variety of people.
Does Portland Bottling Co drug test?
Yes. PBC makes it clear on all job summaries that a drug screen will be required.
Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences
So what can you tell us about working at PBC with a felony? Was our article helpful in answering your questions? We appreciate any feedback you’re willing to provide.