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International Paper Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
216 Reviews
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216 Reviews
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International Paper Chairman and CEO John V. Faraci Jr.
John V. Faraci Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Compensation is great, training is great, benefits are great (in 15 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are great and the management team is very accessible (in 11 reviews)


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

  • Long hours in certain production lines (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Solid company, solid people, reasonable expectations

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    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.  

    International Paper Reliability Engineering Intern

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, needs more diversity at mid-, and senior executive levels

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Paper (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    IP has numerous opportunities if you are willing to move and can adapt to living in smaller, rural locations. The Memphis headquarters provides a broad range of jobs and young professionals with drive will typically excel and be recognized. Compensation is above average for the industry.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is still an issue, though it improved over the time I worked there. Career paths are relatively specific and those who do not get experience in manufacturing, may find it hard to advance to senior levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to add diversity within your ranks - more women at senior levels is a must.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place to work but management is bad

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    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Aurora, IL

    I worked at International Paper full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money is the best reason to work here

    Cons

    Management is all about the rates and money and doesnt care about family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and try to adjust policy.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I'm a maintenance mechanic, been here 14 years and I still love this job!

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic (Millwright) in Riegelwood, NC
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic (Millwright) in Riegelwood, NC

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

    Pros

    Great money!, hourly, overtime and profit sharing. NEVER hassled about time off EVER! Lots of additional trade training. My opinion and experience counts. They have an excellent safety program and they take safety very seriously. Everyone is equal, you can talk to anyone from supervisors and area managers all the way up to the mill manager anytime about anything. I like the atmosphere, it's laid back when things are going good and serious and challenging when they aren't.

    Cons

    Typical stuff like lack of communication, why don't they fix this or that, nothing to lose sleep over. I can't think of anything that would make me want to seek another job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Corporately, they stand for the values and integrity. Locally, there are serious gaps that need addressed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay structure, career, and benefits are all there for those who desire to aspire toward goals and objectives.

    Cons

    Gaps with HR standing in alignment with core values. Too much focus on some being only career-minded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solid bonus plan for those in middle management or higher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Co-op student 3 terms. Worked in white paper. my experience is not a great representation of the average co-op

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    Former Employee - Co-Op Process Engineer in Selma, AL
    Former Employee - Co-Op Process Engineer in Selma, AL

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

    Pros

    -Empowerment
    -Great projects
    -great pay
    -bosses who tried to make sure you did meaningful work
    -Opportunity to be an outstanding intern

    Cons

    Great opportunities for advancement for young engineers. They give promotion preference to young people. Long hours in certain production lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management. need to make sure that all employees are engaged.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    pay is good for the area

    Cons

    too much favoritism and politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to get work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Shreveport, LA

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

    Pros

    People, management style, culture, challenge, opportunities

    Cons

    Location, sometimes long hours, salary, personal growth, promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good company to work at

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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

    A friendly place to work

    Cons

    The eight hour shift will get old.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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