International Paper

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International Paper Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
219 Reviews
3.5
219 Reviews
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International Paper Chairman and CEO John V. Faraci Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Compensation is great, training is great, benefits are great (in 15 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are great and the management team is very accessible (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to have a work life balance since it is such a stressful and demanding job (in 5 reviews)

  • Long hours in certain production lines (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for robots, Not so much if you want a future.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator's Assistant in White Bear Lake, Ramsey, MN
    Current Employee - Operator's Assistant in White Bear Lake, Ramsey, MN

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good if you need a job, and don't mind management making it up as they go along, at your expense.

    Cons

    Where to start? I guess we will start at the top and work our way down. The plant general manager, walks around calling employees "peter buffers" the things that come out of his mouth are repulsive and offensive. How he has not been sued yet is beyond me.

    The atmosphere consists of bend over at the drop of a hat. we will sacrifice every last one of you to move product and protect are bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish corporate would come in and re-evaluate leadership, if you can call it that. By no stretch of the imagination is managements behavior suitable. From reported drug use, child molestation.... we work right across the street from a mark, mind you, to so called T.R's sleeping with employees wives while they work mandatory overtime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    every ones related

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disrepected in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Disrepected in Rockford, IL

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good hourly wage....nothing else...as stated above people on floor are related as well as related to management

    Cons

    as stated above people on floor are related as well as related to management...threats and intimidation is how it works here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do what's best for the corp. and resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ancient technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Austin, TX

    I worked at International Paper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Long term job. If you never want to leave a company this is the place for you

    Cons

    No growth and no new technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See what can be done more efficiently. The same people do things the same way year after year.

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

    Worst Culture I've worked In

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Sales in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Compensation is great, training is great, benefits are great

    Cons

    International paper's management positions are predetermined and minorities are not treated equally when being considered. During training instructors in their late 40's were drinking with new employees like a frat party. They also made goals and training for minorities harder than their peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales associate program needs new leadership. You are losing amazing reps that could help your company in a changing environment. Trainers look at people of different races with skills they don't have and see them as a threat. It secures their place in the company but weakens IP's chances with competition. Your company is not as diverse as you may think it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    They preach one thing and do the opposite , they do not care about the employees, and neither does their union

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strapper in Prattville, AL
    Former Employee - Strapper in Prattville, AL

    I worked at International Paper full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I would say the work load is rather slack , production varies from week to week ,but its never to stressful or physical .

    Cons

    The swing shift keeps you tired all the time, the pay scale was cut so you do the same work as the person beside you but make on average five dollars per hour less, your supervisor is whoever is friends with the manager , the union takes your money and doesn't try to help you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Screen your supervisors before you make them in charge, try to care about your employees and keep them happy, and practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    NO work/life balance - Good luck planning weekends

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The plant is close to home.

    Cons

    Poor management, scheduling, hiring, communication, etc has made for a long term career of missed weekends and evenings with family and friends. Telling us at the last minute whether or not we have to work late or on weekends is completely unacceptable. You leave employees without any true opportunity to catch their breath or have a life outside work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire appropriate staff for all positions and make overtime more the exception rather than the rule. Posting weekend mandatory work schedules on Thursdays is ridiculous. Making employees work the weekend of their scheduled vacation is insane. You have gone down this path for YEARS. We're all tired of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very clicky, not employee friendly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get your paycheck and if that's all you want then it's the company for you. If you can talk a good game chances are upper management will do no leg work to prove you can do what you say.

    Cons

    Horrible management practices, doesn't value long term employees or their families. This company says safety is #1 but we all know it's about the money. They put safety practices in place that make it near in possible for you to perform then hold you accountable for it. Arm chair safety policies in place by people who can,t haven't, and won't ever understand what it takes to get a job done. It would be like having your child write an ergonomics program for someone who does desk work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. If you want your plants to succeed hire employees who know the work environment. Why hire someone who sits behind a computer monitor all day who knows nothing about running heavy machinery? Horrible upper management, this company will begin to fail in the next 3 to 4 years because of it.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Safety Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at International Paper full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They don't have very high expectations of anyone. Good place for people with no ambition.

    Cons

    They don't like people who think for themselves. They want people who will do what they're told and that's all. It's almost as if they encourage people to do an average job. No place for anyone wanting a career. It's a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start encouraging people to achieve and allow upward mobility. Stop micro managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Job openings are not real

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Wheat Ridge, CO

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    $20-$30 per hour plus benefits even after a pay freeze for ~4 years. Even entry level receive about $20/hour with barely a high school education.

    Cons

    Always 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days.

    Very, Very Physical, heavy labor and a lot of walking.

    Personnel, Maintenance and Production openly criticize and ridicule each other. Management regularly mentions that production people are “stupid” and some use profanity often toward people. Almost all of Production and Maintenance Personnel are computer illiterate. High School and below is the education level plant wide.

    Maintenance Department has 6-7 people. All with at least 20 years tenure. They constantly criticize each other in private and provoke new maintenance people with rude comments, not answering questions and giving them the worse jobs. Consequently new maintenance people don’t last more than about 6 months. Everyday your threatened with termination and have to put up with constant bullying, innuendos. Plant management has told the maintenance department to get more people, but the maintenance department doesn't want anymore. There really are no openings in maintenance, six have been forced to leave in ~two years. They will not tell you about the people who left during the interview process. The process is disingenuous.

    Management regularly turns his back on people and walks away mad when people ask questions. Looks at floor, not at your face when he does talk to people. Weird, strange irrational assignment of projects with no detail initially on how it is to be done or parts to do it, yet when the project is completed, or almost complete told to do it over, this time with detail on how he wants it. Wastes a lot of money, throwing parts at a problem via next day air. Management can barely speak and write English and consequently hard to understand.

    Looking at the equipment on the floor you would think it is well maintained and in good working condition. That is not true. It is barely running and we constantly are being called to fix things, often just patched together so it will run a little longer, then break again on another shift. Your not going to sit down hardly at all, getting a break or lunch is not always the case, because of constant breakdowns. There are no parts. The parts room is more bins turned upside down, than parts. Mechanics buy extras and stash, hide them around the shop.

    Management pretends to be very knowledgeable on electrical, mechanical, equipment, but is not. Theatrical shows are put on, with a messy desk, papers, manuals everywhere along with nonsensical dissertations on maintenance topics. Most of the people, and the most knowledgeable are on day shift with management . Mechanics are usually alone on night shift.

    No backups programs for Programmable Logic Controllers or Variable Frequency Drives. Collection, mess of cables, interfaces in drawers for a 10 year old laptop that locks up constantly and is covered with dirt, grease. Will not instruct, show or answer questions about PLC controlled equipment. Will get mad if you ask, turn back on you and walk away.

    Usually covered with grease everyday. Unlikely, you will get a uniform even if you ask. It is unlikely that you will get a uniform even if you ask. The shop is a mess. Junk, old parts cover all the benches month after month along with a heavy coat of grease. To work on something, you have to shove junk off onto the floor. The next day, the same bench is covered again with junk, grease.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pretty disrespectful, rude in the way new personnel are treated. Training is always required irregardless of the company and equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Helper in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Machine Helper in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at International Paper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Learned many different skills and was introduced to container board machineing and printing.

    Cons

    No training program in place. And safety is based on company need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A happy worker is a more productive worker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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