Caraustar Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. It's a company where your made to feel like Big Me Little You by management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austell, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Caraustar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to top pay fast

    Cons

    Pay average but almost impossible to get cost of living raises even if you are a high achiever. Management at I&CPG full of little man complexes.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty and respect is a 2-way street.


  2. Not the same company that it used to be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation and benefits. One of the few employers in metro atlanta located in the suburbs with much better traffic than average.

    Cons

    Used to be a place that felt like a family. The new leadership put in place several years back was the beginning of the end. Sr. management is concerned with what is best for the individual and not the best for the team/company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication among divisions, departments and all levels of employment. Do the right thing and strive to retain the best people.


  3. flat growth opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pride in customers that we did business with

    Cons

    company not progressive and is being left behind...chapter 11 and downsizing...unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Management

    treat others with respect and do not micro-manage


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  5. Dynamic environment

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Tama, IA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Tama, IA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Caraustar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not resistant to change Grounds and facility are very well maintained Knowledgeable customer service, scheduling, and sales staff Small town location and history of facility are impressive

    Cons

    Location at the south end of town adjacent to railroad tracks made it very noisy Chemicals and materials used in the production process can have an unpleasant smell Production area is extremely warm in the summer time


  6. Helpful (1)

    Hard work little reward!

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Austell, GA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Austell, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caraustar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with caraustar for five years in various plants.Good benefits and somewhat decent pay. If you work your hard you can reach top pay fairly quickly. Coworkers are pretty cool and laid back for the most part.

    Cons

    Management makes you feel like you can move up In the chain but that rarely happens. Once topped out on pay your stuck there until it is time for cost of living raise, which is not even worth the struggle and dedication you put into the company. Management seems they do not really understand nor care what your daily struggle is on the particular machine your running nor do they try to fix the problem they just keep beating you down wanting improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and get off your high horses. Have some kind of incentive plan to make employees want to care and work harder. Dont make it impossible for employees to get the production you expect. Lastly understand the processes before jumping to conclusions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good pay but not many opportunities for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, easy work, great benefits, co-workers are usually easy to get along with, good opportunities to learn new job skills

    Cons

    Poor management, scarce raises, no recognition for good work, managers are now willing to spend extra money to raise employees ability to work more efficiently

    Advice to Management

    Consider suggestions made by employees to better serve the customer, consider suggestions to speed up production, be more willing to attempt to satisfy employees


  8. Caraustar is a great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Dalton, GA
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Dalton, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Caraustar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Caraustar has a great Management Team

    Cons

    Bonus program not so great


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small teams and not a lot of red tape to work through to get things done.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. Good company, bad location

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    Former Employee - Finance in Austell, GA
    Former Employee - Finance in Austell, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is doing well financially. Great place with lots of good folks (in HQ).

    Cons

    No complaints other than location in Austell. Depressing location


  11. good factory job

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caraustar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay, weekends off, good benefits

    Cons

    customers are going with cheaper products less quality

    Advice to Management

    lower your prices get your customers back, offer rock bottom discount on 1 year of 5 year contracts



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