Georgia-Pacific Corporation

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Local Leadership Abusive to Salaried Employees

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Engineer  in  Zachary, LA
Current Employee - Engineer in Zachary, LA

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

Other reviews for Georgia-Pacific Corporation

  1.  

    Comfortable environment and great place to start.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    comfortable, friendly, great benefits, good work schedule, great starting vacation time

    Cons

    Most are strictly about business.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company gone rotten!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The only pro is that the people who care (very few) are good people and fun to work with.

    Cons

    MBM and Koch is killing GP, plain and simple. The management in Gp Professional hide behind MBM in attempts to try and shield them from showing true colors. The management is extremely politics driven and so horribly hypocritical. Countless mediocre and bad employees are promoted while talented employees who speak their mind are pushed down and out. there is supposed to be a challenge process, but it's a joke. Most employees are afraid to challenge management because they've seen what happens to other good people who speak up. They are tarnished and stripped of all advancement opportunities. Disrespect and lack of humility are so rampant you'd almost think they have meetings to promote these concepts. I've seen many talented employees apply for promotions and feel like they have a good chance based on their experience and results, but they are stripped of any chance due to a heavy political culture that kills all positive attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WARNING! You are losing talented employees every month and you will continue to lose good people as the job economy gets better. There are more than a few managers who are driving this company into the ground due to their hypocritical misuse of MBM. It's time to stop the constant piling on of new tasks and start asking what you need to do to retain good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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