International Paper Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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International Paper Chairman and CEO John V. Faraci Jr.
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Pros
  • Compensation is great, training is great, benefits are great (in 15 reviews)

  • Good pay, good training, good leadership (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Some positions could be long hours during the month (in 9 reviews)

  • Lots of travel, but it balances in total to a manageable work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great workplace and good benefits. Lack of upward mobility

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator/Windows Administrative in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator/Windows Administrative in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great and environment is easy going. They just re-insourced networking so it will be a while before they try that again due to tons of problems. Standard 2-3 percent yearly bump.

    Cons

    Lack of career ladder in WEA/Windows Group. Upper PL levels are limited to a few and those people wont be going anywhere soon. Standard 2-3 percent yearly bump.

    Advice to Management

    Create some upper positions


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company really cares about their employees and their families. Great opportunities coming out of college and being hired directly into IP. Great growth opportunities

    Cons

    Some jobs travel more than others - if you want to travel you need to let management know that up front - but there are not always opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support employees


  3. Overall good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a large company with many opportunities both domestically and worldwide. If you like to travel there are many jobs that require travel

    Cons

    It is so large that you can become just another number. You really have to network and get to know many people to move around. Also, internal talent develop is needed, as not all managers know how to develop their people.

    Advice to Management

    Overall it is good, but continue to improve. Do not get content and continue to work on developing the talent that is already in the company.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Analyst

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    Former Employee - Tennessee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Tennessee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is very family oriented and cares about your health and your need to be with your family if you need to be.

    Cons

    Managers need some further training

    Advice to Management

    Some of the managers need "manager training" not experienced enough to handle conflicts and scions making.


  6. Great Company!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Very small Security department for the size of company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very Poor.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Checker/Loader in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Checker/Loader in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can get all the overtime you can stand. Even if you don't want it. They have recently started doing a company outing.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. They do not respect or appreciate employees. They leave people on 12 hour shifts for months and sometimes a year on end most of the time 6 days a week. You have no time for a family or a life.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your employees. People need time for their family and a life to stay happy and have a higher moral.


  8. Helpful (1)

    National Sales Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at International Paper (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good pay, opportunity for development if willing to relocate; all the benefits of working for a major corporation

    Cons

    Senior Management is isolated from the day to day; need to listen to the employees more, program for promoting people is not always effective; highly competitive across business segments; stressful with long hours/weeks

    Advice to Management

    When a business repeatedly has reports of leadership issues with negative results senior management needs to listen and respond quicker to address issues and eliminate roadblocks. The people that work in the business become victims of poor, unrealistic leadership objectives. If there is smoke there is fire. Don't wait 4 years to address; get rid of poor leadership when results are not there.


  9. A great place to work all around, especially in IT and for new hires.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Information Technology in Memphis, TN
    Current Intern - Information Technology in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Paper as an intern

    Pros

    Big focus on employee development and supports continuing education. Will pay for graduate degree after a year, and offers new college recruits the opportunity to participate in job rotation program every 18 months to 2 years for up to 3 rotations. This allows college graduates the chance to get experience in multiple areas of IT. The new hire retention rate is around 95% which is pretty amazing for any company.

    Cons

    It is a big company with a large IT organization (1200 IT employees). This could be a pro and a con. My only thought is that it may be more difficult to advance into management with such a big organization, but that is more dependent upon you and how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing; IP is an amazing company. Being number 35th on the top 100 places to work in IT is definitely something to be proud of, and I hope the company will continue to strive to be best.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Probably great environment for aged workers, not necessarily millenials

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    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Memphis, TN
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at International Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want a place to play it safe with your career, then you've found your match. It's not necessarily an exciting industry but at least you know the company is stable, the pay is decent (not to be confused with fair), you'll get a full range of benefits (not the best, but not the worst either), tuition reimbursement, processes are centralized and automated, and career, learning, leadership training, and travel opportunities exist. If you work at corporate, there are even greater perks such as drawings for attending arena events like NBA games and major concerts or getting classroom projects sent to your child's school like watching butterflies grow or magazine subscriptions.

    Cons

    I felt like the company bullied Memphis when it threatened to leave the city unless it extended a tax benefit it had been receiving for 20 years. As someone who remembers attending school without air conditioning, that tax revenue from this multi-billion dollar company was greatly missed by the city's school system, yet the company will like to tout its $1-2M charitable donations per year to local organizations. After getting it's way and expanding it's HQ, you would think maybe an onsite daycare or pumping rooms would have been included as part of the plan with what more modern-engaged companies are doing, but maybe that's a symptom of the leadership being mainly baby-boomers. Also, a lot of the field locations are in the boondocks. So for younger employees, the prospect of spending three or more years of your best years in a place that lacks basic recreation or the potential for finding a partner becomes bleak no matter how much they pay you. If you aren't careful, you will notice that IP will slowly, but surely become your life. Meanwhile, piece by piece you will have given up the parts of your life that made you who you are. It's a lot of people there that have spent their entire careers at the company so it's all they know. As a result, if you have an existing, continual commitment in your life that conflicts with work arrangements, these types of employee feel like you just need to give up what it is you've always done before you got there because IP is all that matters and there should be not flexibility on its part. At IP, you get sold the mantra of infinite possibilities regarding career opportunities. However, what they don't tell you is that at the end of the day, they will place you where they want you to go when they want you to go there. So that means even if there's an opportunity available for which you qualify, you may not get it because your manager considers you to be non-releasable. There also isn't a whole lot of credence given to your experience gained outside of the company. It's almost as if what you had done before doesn't matter because they didn't see you do it there.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of the management is from the baby-boom era and tend to view the VPN as more of something you use to get more work done at home after you've been at work all day or to slave your weekends away. Instead they should be leveraging it as an option to allow those who want to primarily work for home to do so. They have all of the technology available that a non-customer interacting employee should be able to work from Rwanda everyday if they wanted to. It doesn't do any good to hire younger workers if you want them to conform to antiquated business practices. Unlike the people you hired 30+ years ago who are committed to the company, these millenials are committed to their careers. Those two things can align if the company gets it right; otherwise, the new talent will choose themselves over you, re-opening that knowledge vacuum you're trying to close.


  11. HR Professionals

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent career opportunities across the US.

    Cons

    Must be willing to relocate which can limit a lot of excellent talent



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