KapStone Paper and Packaging – Oakland, CA
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KapStone Paper and Packaging – Oakland, CA
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I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than a year)
The Kapstone company as a whole has a firm foundation and is well known for being a great company to work for. Kapstone has a history of taking good care of their employees and strives to be environmentally stable in an industry that has a history of not doing so. That is about the extent of the pro's that I have.
Unfortunately when Kapstone bought the Longview Fibre company on the west coast they acquired the Oakland box plant in the deal. The management at the Kapstone Container Oakland box plant are some of the most unprofessional misfits I have ever had the displeasure to work under. The plant was never a money maker, what box plant is? This particular one has been run into the ground due to a complete lack of management. The Oakland box plant still has a lot of people that enjoy what they do but morale is dropping so fast I don't expect them to stay long. The equipment is a hodgepodge mess of hacked together junk that was not designed to process anywhere near what they are squeezing through. Because of this they cut corners all over. Housekeeping in a box plant is absolutely mandatory. I can't tell you how many times I heard supervisors tell me to just leave at the end of a run rather then work a little OT to clean up, the next shift will clean up. If you don't stay on top of trim and paper dust fires are going to happen and way to many have. Any time you even think about speaking out you get threatened with or outright fired. The turnover rate for both management and hourly is out of this world bad. I can not believe that Kapstone has not taken notice of this fact as yet. Quality is dropping fast because of the lack of proper maintenance. The maintenance team is so understaffed I have no idea how the light are still on. Typically there is one mechanic per shift and they run around just trying to keep the place moving. Fixing stuff right is a pipe dream, it is duct tape and bale wire every time. Someone is going to get hurt if things don't change soon. The Oakland box plant was never known for its safety record. Recent changes to procedures have made a dent in that record. The management at the Oakland box plant use deception and threats to keep the safety record clean. I have been told by more then one supervisors that they were told directly that if they were ever injured and required a clinic visit that they would be fired. I have watched managers threaten employees that were obviously hurting. There is a policy that supervisors accompany their injured employees into the treatment room and consult with the treating doctor on what the hurt employees needs. My boss has no place in my medical treatment! I have heard of this happening more then once. The plant does give out gift cards and treats when there are long periods of no reported injuries. I guess I should have added bribery to the list at the beginning. Work life balance is a complete joke in this plant. They have cut back on people so much that even during slow sales times you end up working 12 hour shifts. There are so many temp workers on the floor the more experienced people end up working twice as hard just trying to keep things running. The OT is the only thing that makes it bearable. The floor supervisors don't get paid OT. They get a 40 hour check and are expected to work 60-80 hour weeks. They are "free labor" according to the upper management.
Advice to Management
Take a good hard look at what is going on in Oakland. Stop by unannounced for a visit and stay for a month or two. They have plenty of office space. They are very good at putting on the dog and pony show but can't keep it up for long.