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International Paper Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
229 Reviews
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229 Reviews
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International Paper Chairman and CEO John V. Faraci Jr.
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great place of Employment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packaging Line Operator in Sumter, SC
    Current Employee - Packaging Line Operator in Sumter, SC

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

    Pros

    The best thing I like about working at IP is enjoying the Benefits of salaried employees. Leadership is great and the company as a whole is one of most safety minded engaged facility that I have ever worked for. IP Sumter Sheeting that is! Not one complaint in the area of safety.

    Cons

    12 hr rotating shifts, while not all that bad tends effect your sleep habits. I think we could stand another dollar or two, I think we are the lowest paid IP facility that exist. That in-turn is good for company cost and expense's, but not for the employee or the moral withing a facility where everyone does they're best to see the company succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing an Outstanding Job, and try to get us some more money. Im just being honest!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unfair treatment across the board

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Paper

    Pros

    Good pay and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Machines not kept up.
    Management plays favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees the same.

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

    Awesome employer - low wages

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Ticonderoga, NY
    Current Employee - Laborer in Ticonderoga, NY

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers. Fun jobs. Feeling accomplished at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Some jobs have terrible pay. Some Dept's have terrible management (PS+D). Company wastes a lot of money in the name of "safety" without doing proper research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company in a unique industry

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Paper

    Pros

    IP is a fantastic company to work for. There's plenty of opportunity to succeed if you're willing to put forth the effort. Those who do good work are often recognized with opportunities for advancement. The pay is on par with the industry and high for those living in Memphis, which has an incredibly low cost of living.

    Cons

    Office politics can get in the way at the corporate office, but that can be said for any large corporation. Decision making can be a challenge, which causes unnecessary and frustrating delays in some circumstances.

  6.  

    Good Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

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

    Pros

    Better access to business, encouragement and solve problems

    Cons

    Growth is tied to the paper or forest products industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think outside the box, be trans formative, industry is dying, need to be creative for new revenue streams.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company, solid people, reasonable expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Outside Sales for xpedx, an International Paper Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Hayward, CA

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

    Pros

    Growth Potential, awards for attaining goals, great products to represent

    Cons

    working with the internal processes to move things forward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to just let the sales rep be outside and sell

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    repair man

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

    I have been working at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    very good pay and benifits

    Cons

    Not easy to advance at this place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider training and growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    International Paper Reliability Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer in Ticonderoga, NY
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer in Ticonderoga, NY

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

    Pros

    - Great mix of hands on and desk work
    - Fantastic Boss
    - High salary for intern

    Cons

    - Location, middle of nowhere NY
    - Union workers not the friendliest
    - Dying Business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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