Georgia-Pacific Corporation

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Fulfilling

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Pros

People, Work Ethic, Social responsibility, Opportunity, Principled Entrepreneurship, Encourages new ideas, ownership, challenge process, Minimal Bureaucratic Overhead, Accountability, Employees viewed as greatest asset. Top management reviews business results with organization.

Cons

The benefits could be a little better; more formal HR processes and training for new managers would be beneficial; more opportunities for sharing ideas and experiences across operating companies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The benefits could be a little better; more formal HR processes and training for new managers would be beneficial; more opportunities for sharing ideas and experiences across operating companies.

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    Use you and kick you out the door Green Bay philosophy

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    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineering in Green Bay, WI
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineering in Green Bay, WI

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific Corporation as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice building and decent computer equipment/software

    Cons

    No respect for people as a whole. They run you hard and when they are done with you they kick you out the door. I'll never work there again unless I'm totally down and out and need a job at a hatchet shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't abuse contract workers and offer direct positions for hard working individuals. The in out policy doesn't work in Green Bay anymore and that's why Designers and Engineers are not overjoyed to work at the Green Bay location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Local Leadership Abusive to Salaried Employees

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Zachary, LA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Zachary, LA

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Significant personnel reductions since Koch acquisition (2005) provide exceptional opportunities for new college graduates to take on responsibility far beyond their experience. Front line employees for the most part are conscientious, hard working, and keep the faciility operating safely and productively in spite of poor leadership.

    Cons

    Compensation increases and bonuses are virtually non-existant for salaried employees. Work hours for salaried employees are long and unpredictable (constant middle of the night call outs). The 10 guiding principles of Charles Koch's Market Based Management (MBM) are Integrity, Compliance, Value Creation, Principled Entrepreneurship, Customer Focus, Knowledge, Change, Humility, Respect, and Fulfillment. It appears that local management attempts to "maximize value creation" by maximizing hours of salaried employees without comp time or any other form of compensation. The result is an extremely stressful environment for salaried employees, which is getting worse as strong contributors are finding better opportunities in the marketplace.

    The guiding principle of Humility is clearly not followed - it is career limiting to challenge senior leadership (the "challenge process" is supposed to be supported). Respect for subordinates is low as evidenced by verbal abuse in meetings. When combined this makes achieving fulfillment in one's role difficult.

    My advice to anyone considering salaried employment with Georgia-Pacific (particularly in this location) and likely many of the other GP manufacturing facilities is to understand what you are getting into - long, unpredictable hours and little chance of compensation increases or bonuses, and negotiate your income and benefits accordingly.at a level you will be satisfied with for however long you expect to remain employed here. Join the operation to gain experience in an intense environment, but plan your exit strategy well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To local management - you cannot abuse your salaried employees forever and expect to achieve long term value creation.

    To Atlanta corporate management - you might consider having outside of the chain of command personnel (perhaps from Koch) check on the working environment at the manufacturing facilities. I was fortunate to participate in meetings at other Koch companies - clearly their employees at my level appeared to be much more satisfied with their overall work experience. I would like to believe that the local issues are not endemic throughout all Koch companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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