Georgia-Pacific Corporation Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Good company with some bad apples

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay was reasonable and the Atlanta office provided some nice perks, such as covered parking, daycare, onsite cafeteria, and coffee bar, etc. Company had good values and senior management is pushing the company in the right direction.

    Cons

    Mid level management isn't being held accountable. They aren't pushing the values that are being passed down from senior management. They're trying to continue working in years past and not open to new technology that makes day to day task easier. There is no mentorship for employees looking to move up. Bonuses are rarely given. Departments don't work well with one another.

    Advice to Management

    Watch the mid level management closely. Don't let them stop the company's progress with their personal agenda. Keep pushing technology. Value your new young employees as they're your future.

  2. Operations Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perry, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perry, FL

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Large Company, MBM principles and cultures

    Cons

    Micro Management, poor work/life balance

  3. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good starting salary. Company matching 401k. Never have to question who to vote for in the next election. Just pick anyone other than the ones suggested through emailed.

    Cons

    Stuck where ever you start unless you know how to fake it long enough. Don't ask for a raise unless you give them money first.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop acting like there is room for growth when there is not.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    assistent operator

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Waxahachie, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Waxahachie, TX

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    long work hours, decent pay, great people to work with, free lunch on most Thursdays,clean shop, a week of vacation after 6 months employment.

    Cons

    not uncommon to work 84 hour weeks for months, unknown breaks, 108 degree heat in building in summer with same production quota year round, no heat in winter.

    Advice to Management

    Production is the reason that your still in business, but your employees are what gives you that production. Your people need rest and time with their families and raises.

  6. Helpful (1)

    converting

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    Current Employee - Converting in Clatskanie, OR
    Current Employee - Converting in Clatskanie, OR

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of overtime if u want it. decent wage

    Cons

    every contract they take away benefits

  7. Helpful (1)

    No-nonsense, results driven work experience where results are valued more than people

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay well for top credentials, experience and education. You will be indoctrinated to the corporate culture of Market-Based Management or MBM, which is extremely successful. If you have an interview, do yourself a favor and either read the book, "The Science of Success" by Charles Koch, or at a minimum, Google Market-Based Management and be familiar with the 10 guiding principles. You are given a fair amount of creative latitude to do your job. The company is very profitable and well funded and they value good ideas. Lastly, you will meet many hard working, very smart people.

    Cons

    Results are valued more than people. Many talented and smart people were forced to leave the company for reasons that never made sense to many. Develop a backup plan to working there because any day could be your last.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO, Jim Hannan, is an incredible business leader. He is probably the smartest guy I have ever met, yet very down to earth, is accessible and is open to ideas and suggestions. His business unit leaders are all very smart, but don't have his charisma nor people skills. They are more robotic and have little to no concern about their people and only focus on results.

  8. Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Pros

    This is a big company.

    Cons

    Lots of lip service and no real action on problems.

  9. Decent company where you can learn

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Crossett, AR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Crossett, AR

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Able to work with many departments and learn many skills
    -Decent starting salary
    -Exposure to many different parts of the company

    Cons

    - Not much work life balance
    - Some employees have not fully embraced MBM thinking and can be difficult to work with

    Advice to Management

    Look into more ways of retaining employees, the turnover rate is way to high

  10. A good company...relative to others in the paper and building products industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company's Market Based Management (MBM) philosophy (brought in after Koch Industries acquired GP in 2006) is based on sound principles of having employees with the right qualities, and a framework that helps leaders make sound economic decisions. No one in the company claims to perfectly emulate the 10 guiding principles of the company, but managers (and some front-line supervisors) genuinely strive to live up and improve the business culture based on them - Most leaders do their best to "walk the talk."

    * The business is run well and safety is a top priority.

    Cons

    * MBM philosophy prescribes to decision-rights being delegated to the lowest level possible, but the corp. headquarters centrally controls far more decisions than they realize to field locations where value is actually created. This point, along with the fact that there's very limited transparency in this private company's profitability makes it challenging for its employees to act like "principled entrepreneurs" as the company culture prescribes.

    * The last of the 10 "guiding principles" of MBM has to do with employee fulfillment. I must give credit for fulfillment to have made the list, but I don't think it is co-incidence that it's the last one on the list. Key opinion leaders of MBM appropriately explain that there's much more to fulfillment than compensation. But in many employees' opinions, the company does not make much investment of time and focus (or money) to make the workplace someplace employees want to be - not uncommon for a heavy industrial manufacturer. Leadership at some mills just don't see the long-term value in putting focus in such areas.

    Advice to Management

    See the value in making investments in your people, including developing your leaders in-house. Strive to be a true employer of choice, which means better understanding employee fulfillment. Investing in those kinds of efforts isn't just fluff...there's a real business case to be made in doing so.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Wish the talking matched up with the walking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At the highest level, the market-based philosophy is credible and makes sense.

    Cons

    MBM is not practiced or applied consistently.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus more on people and less on process.

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