Georgia-Pacific Corporation

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Georgia-Pacific Corporation Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
283 Reviews
2.9
283 Reviews
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Georgia-Pacific Corporation President & CEO Jim Hannan
Jim Hannan
174 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance may be a the best you could hope for (in 9 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits were OK once the Koch's took over in 2005 (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Guiding Principles should be adhered to at all levels of management (in 13 reviews)

  • GP doesn't practice core values of parent company (MBM "Market Based Management") (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Market based management focus on creating values.

    Cons

    Becoming a little too big with lots or procedures and red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less procedures, more guidelines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor mid management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Pros

    Stable job, and pays well with overtime

    Cons

    Management is clueless on how to manage people. They only know how to manage the machines, but have poor skills on dealing with employees, Very Very Very high turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you preach it, live by it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work and grow

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

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture is very flexible and want you to improve yourself. They want you to challenge each other even your supervisors to find the best solution for a problem.

    Cons

    Entry-level jobs are few and they mostly look for more experience in the IT sector. they will pass up new employee who they can shape in their own culture for someone who will demand more pay because of their experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I feel like I was hyped up hearing about how wonderful this opportunity to join GP was going to be.....all a big lie

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Owosso, MI
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Owosso, MI

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Close to home...good pay...good benefits.. Great employees. Good employee service center online to review your benefits and employee info

    Cons

    Crappy scheduling of work to be done, mandatory overtime working employees on average of 68 hrs a week. Horrible training process. Setting unrealistic goals using a 1/3 of the workforce that would be needed to complete said goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop working your employees into the dirt. Team morale is gone BC of this. Exhausted employees = crap quality products and loss of future business. Stop setting unreasonable goals for production and get more of a lead time to complete orders for customer ( i .e . be prepared for machine breakdowns material issues etc.) Set up a system of overtime for everyone....not just low seniority. Work a week or 2 of 12-14 hr days consecutively and either get a week of normal hours to recharge or get a 1/2 point deducted if applicable. I'll end with this I would love to try and fix this for the people at the owosso Michigan plant and I guarantee if you make these people happy you will have a much easier flow of work better quality products and tons more respect from this group of great people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    MBM - Great concept but no where to be found in practice. An absolute vanishing fog in practice!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager  in  Blue Rapids, KS
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Blue Rapids, KS

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great build-up during the recruiting process - enjoy it while it lasts! Forget about raises and bonuses - Even the Science of Success indicates the are unlimited but in 3 years unlimited = 0; even with exemplary Safety/Quality/Service/Cost and financial results.

    Cons

    Severe micro-management defies a Guiding Principle anywhere remotely resembling Principled Entrepreneurship. An understandable outcome brought on by current severe financial losses in Gypsum but, only if paid analysts would get out of Atlanta, visit the sites and understood the business, it's products, it's site resources, equipment and capabilities; Even better the manufacturing processes and the products produced!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Science of Success very slowly, put it down, reread it, put it down and repeat 10 times. There is some very good advice on how to run a business successfully in there - especially considering the total absence of common sense and logic!! Get out of Atlanta frequently enough to understand that resources in the Plants generate the $$$ that allow you to enjoy the Pink Palace!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    Pros

    I get an office with a door and in general my direct supervisor isn't a micro manager. People rarely get fired, and if they do it takes years, so if you just want to do the minimum and get by, you'll have a job forever.

    Cons

    Theory and practice are two different things. The culture sounds great on paper, but it's not the same in practice. Compensation is great in theory, but for some reason it's never executed like theory. I feel like I'm being watched all the time and there's a general lack of accountability for the people who screw up. Instead, GP uses group punishment - instead of dealing with problem employees, everyone gets punished.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's okay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A steady pay check. Great location. Located in downtown Atlanta. Lean layers between junior levels and senior levels. General Management training.

    Cons

    Don't give pay raises. Average benefits. Management is good at numbers but bad at people development. Be prepared to deal with conservative politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change to reflect more diverse workforce. Develop your people. MBM is not all world end world that you think it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with great values.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Palatka, FL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Palatka, FL

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company truly lives its values and pays a competitive salary. Benefits are great and the PTO is acceptable.

    Cons

    Time demanding. Frustrating dealing with unnecessary issues at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain your values in the face of opposition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Mill I worked at was great. Manager has my own best interest at heart. Can work wherever there are opening company wide.

    Cons

    Frustrating at times to move projects forward due to hoops you have to jump through. Salary wasn't as high as what competitors can offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work/Life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Labor  in  Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Production Labor in Akron, OH

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is outstanding
    Benefits are good
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime. We are told on Thursdays whether or not we are to work on Saturday.
    Terrible point system. Let's just say that you better not get sick or call off because you need personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule work better. Give us a chance to have a life outside of Georgia Pacific. Employee morale is at rock bottom thoughout the plant. Most people working at the Akron Box Plant feel that management does not care about them at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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