International Paper

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Great Company

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Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Memphis, TN
Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Memphis, TN

I have been working at International Paper as an intern (more than an year)

Pros

The people at international paper is what makes this company great. They have excellent leadership which ultimately leads to customer satisfaction and efficient production.

Cons

My job could be boring at times when I was in the office as opposed to being in the mill. This summer will be spent mostly in the mill though.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Job openings are not real

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    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
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    IT Systems Analyst

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    The company pays really well and are some what flexible.

    Cons

    You can't really have an opinion. You have to kiss butt to get ahead and there are very few African Americans in top management positions. So as an African American, that would mean that there is a limit to have far you can climb the ladder at International Paper. It is very political. The company treats people like resources and not like people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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