International Paper
3.5 of 5 177 reviews
www.internationalpaper.com Memphis, TN 5000+ Employees

International Paper Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.5 177 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

International Paper Chairman and CEO John V. Faraci Jr.

John V. Faraci Jr.

(99 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Pay and benefits are great and the management team is very accessible"
    in 10 reviews
  • "The benefits are great and the overall goal of the company is a good one"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lots of travel, but it balances in total to a manageable work/life balance"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Some positions could be long hours during the month"
    in 5 reviews
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    They preach one thing and do the opposite , they do not care about the employees, and neither does their union

    Strapper (Former Employee)
    Prattville, AL

    ProsI would say the work load is rather slack , production varies from week to week ,but its never to stressful or physical .

    ConsThe swing shift keeps you tired all the time, the pay scale was cut so you do the same work as the person beside you but make on average five dollars per hour less, your supervisor is whoever is friends with the manager , the union takes your money and doesn't try to help you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScreen your supervisors before you make them in charge, try to care about your employees and keep them happy, and practice what you preach.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a amazing internship!

    Co-op Export (Former Employee)
    Memphis, TN

    ProsLarge company! Great pay! Wonderful people!

    ConsHave to make up projects; sometimes not enough work

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to convert great interns to full-time employment before other competitor companies take them

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Small Cog in a Very Large Wheel

    IT Manager (Former Employee)
    Memphis, TN

    ProsThe company offers structure, formalized policies, career path (if at corporate), and decent benefits. There is also a degree of autonomy provided to mid-level managers.

    ConsIt is working for the "Old Guard". It is not a nimble/agile organization. It takes months for decisions to be finalized. For those in the know, it is a SAP shop. Enough said...

    Advice to Senior Management"Lifers" need to be cut from the pack if they have remained in the same position for years and years and years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Training but Lacking

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsGreat Training in the subject matter in which you were hired to work in.
    Solid Benefits plan

    ConsWork atmosphere is very 80's businessmen-like, not mush room for creativity.
    "You're a number" feeling when it comes to your yearly goals, objectives and merit raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, allow them to work outside of the box (not pun intended) and the overbearing processes set in place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was one to remember

    Dispatcher (Former Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsNo layoffs, even when the economy got bad, the company was still recycling paper.

    ConsIt was not climate controlled

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more sincere to employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Procurement (Current Employee)
    Memphis, TN

    ProsExcellent growth potential.
    Extreme focus on Safety.
    Very supportive of diversity in all facets of business.
    Good pay, decent benefits.
    Good appreciation and recognition of going above and beyond.
    Great corporate citizen.
    Good leadership.

    ConsCertain paper markets shrinking in demand for products.
    Somewhat narrow experience transferability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue working to develop middle management, still pockets of old style management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive career and growth environment

    Technology (Former Employee)
    Erie, PA

    ProsPeople focus is very good. Professionalism in the workplace and community.

    ConsLots of travel, but it balances in total to a manageable work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYounger talent is not a commodity, it is your vehicle to thrive in a customer focused environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Big company with great benefits.

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsStability, fair compensation, good work-life balance. The CEO is extremely focused, diligent and does a great job.

    ConsCulture can be pretty old-school and innovation did not seem like a high priority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The work was engaging, fun, and rewarding.

    Division Controller (Former Employee)
    Memphis, TN

    ProsGreat people, great opportunities for advancement, and great organizational framework. The company aggressively promotes from within which is very motivating.

    ConsA good degree of politics is needed to advance up the ladder. Also, there is a bit much emphasis placed on diversity. I witnessed a fair share of incompetent diversity hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Memphis, TN

    ProsGood People and sometimes a good work environment

    Consmicro-management, "good old boy" mentality, no rhyme or reason why people get promoted to Senior or Director levels. It is all about who you know. People with no skills often promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApply the rules consistently and fairly. For instance, you do not just give a job to a person, you post it, review the applicants and hire the best candidate. I have seen too many instances where jobs I have to fill HAVE to be posted but when a VP or Director steps in they just "appoint" a position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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