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International Paper Reviews in Memphis, TN

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
228 Reviews
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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
  • Long hours expected for salary positions (in 9 reviews)

  • Hard to have a work life balance since it is such a stressful and demanding job (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company, solid people, reasonable expectations

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAP BW Developer in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - SAP BW Developer in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    (For the IT org): Really solid training opportunities, good onboarding, good company culture, truly decent and basically good colleagues. The comp, benefits, vacation, etc., are fairly standard. Start before New Years, and you'll pick up nearly a full year toward your vacation increase at 5 years (effectively waiting only 4 years to get that extra week off). IP is a steady and predictable employer, and managers generally do their best to ensure a happy, healthy workforce. If you're willing to go out on the limb, branch out and learn a new position, you will usually be encouraged. They're big enough to absorb your vacancy, meaning you're usually 'releasable' to another manager for internal moves, and standouts are recognized. Shared Services model in IT allows if not encourages cross-pollination and syntopical learning. You can be silo'd if you choose to be, or you can float positions every couple of years if you like. It is unlikely that a solid worker would be downsized, as efforts are made to retain 'people', not just positions. I had an excellent experience at IP, and would return w/o hesitation if the circumstances making that feasible arose.

    Cons

    If you really dig in and stick to a particular specialty, then advancement can be slow. In big, stable companies, many other employees realize when they have it good as well, so without standout performance or a few lateral moves (to round out technical and business experience), advancement might take a while.
    IF an individual thrives in a churning environment, then a smaller company with less process and planning might be preferred. The truly restless acheiver might feel stagnate, but again, a change of position and new learning is one way to keep things interesting w/o changing companies. IP is big enough to sustain some employee drift within the organization. If I had it to do over, I would have 'drifted' through more roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt I was truly well-managed, so the only things to note is that the culture of stability does discourage innovation to some degree (doing the necessary overshadows it), and compensation levels arguably reflect a trade-off between that stability and higher rates. Since Memphis is 'cheap' compared to a lot of IT markets, the local market rates discourage infusion of new blood. I would recommend Recruiting/HR/Managers take some long shots by focusing on some brand-name schools in addition to the usual suspects. It would be a long-term win for IP and the Memphis, TN community in general to infuse more top-tier graduates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Average experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Engineering in Memphis, TN

    I worked at International Paper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company, tends to offer security, good corporate structure

    Cons

    Too big, in fighting - executives try to look good at the risk of other internal businesses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Common goal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    set in their ways

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, offer to pay additional education

    Cons

    each location has its own culture and very political. Hard to make improvements because everyone is used to how things have always been done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See what other businesses are doing to retain their employees e.g. flextime, work from home, creative hiring etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lots of opportunity for results driven people. The tools and resources are there to succeed. Long term planning.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    I liked that the businesses are changing with the ever changing landscape. They have done a great job through the transformation year to set themselves up for the future. Good pay and opportunities. Cost of living in Memphis enables this to be a good opportunity for families.

    Cons

    You must want to live in Memphis, TN. This is where the corporate office is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Replenishment Planner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Replenishment Planner in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Replenishment Planner in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pretty easy job as long as you manage time and solve problems well. Also depends on who your manager is

    Cons

    Corporate politics governs how much you make and how fast you move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize people potential and pay them what they are worth or you'll continue to lose the young talent that you are trying so hard to attract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Temp. Project Contractor

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at International Paper as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company with small company feel. Everyone is at the top of their game. Challenging and rewarding. Generous to needs and work-life balance. Employees are very engaging and friendly.

    Cons

    No qualms using you and dropping you. Was told a month out that I would need to start looking. Could have been better, could have been worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to have a hard set project finish date. Got through with mine way ahead of time and was swiftly dropped from there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with smart, hard-working...good people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Intern in Memphis, TN

    I worked at International Paper as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth, great sustainability program, employees are like family, hard work doesn't go unnoticed, meet and work with IP employees from across the globe

    Cons

    Some older managers are stuck in their ways - some stick to tradition rather than look for ways to improve,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to adapt and be willing to change - give younger employees leverage to bring new ideas to the table

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Enjoyable work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Planner in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Supply Planner in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay (competitive)
    Great benefits (besides health insurance)
    Great people to work with
    Advancement opportunities
    Extra activities provided by company
    Large company with opportunity to relocate
    Fast paced environment
    Very busy all the time and the time flies by

    Cons

    Very top down approach, everything has to go through your manager, which then goes to their manager etc. It is a lenghty process to get anything approved. I do not know if it is a power struggle or what.
    Everyone gets the same raise every year as long as you do your job.
    Since it is such a large company sometimes you do not get the recognition you deserve.
    Hard to have a work life balance since it is such a stressful and demanding job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow lower level employees to do their jobs.
    Recognize the employees that do go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    - Friendly employees
    - Pretty good salaries (Negotiate!)
    - Alot of different areas to work in
    - Good benifits

    Cons

    Glass ceiling on how high you can go in alot of cases . No Matter how great a job you seem to do, you still get the same raise every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Culture I've worked In

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Sales in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is great, training is great, benefits are great

    Cons

    International paper's management positions are predetermined and minorities are not treated equally when being considered. During training instructors in their late 40's were drinking with new employees like a frat party. They also made goals and training for minorities harder than their peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales associate program needs new leadership. You are losing amazing reps that could help your company in a changing environment. Trainers look at people of different races with skills they don't have and see them as a threat. It secures their place in the company but weakens IP's chances with competition. Your company is not as diverse as you may think it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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