International Paper Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
201 Reviews

3.6
201 Reviews
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International Paper Chairman and CEO John V. Faraci Jr.
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great benefits, especially the 401k matching and healthcare options (in 14 reviews)


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

  • Some positions could be long hours during the month (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Bittersweet Experience. Management Could Use Revamping

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    Great perks such as giveaways. Staff is really nice and works well as a team. Will go above and beyond to do a good job and take care of the customer.

    Cons

    Management can be disconnected with daily activities of employees and processes. Systems are not efficient making it difficult to perform duties timely. Very bureaucratic, tough to be heard by management. Promotions and compensation aren't always fair. HR not approachable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider job shadowing employees regularly to get an accurate view of what it takes to get things done. Recognize those who go above and beyond to manage and take care of your customers (even behind the scenes). Compensate them for their continued efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was new and a different, places to work.

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    Current Employee - Cisco Wireless Engineer  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Cisco Wireless Engineer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at International Paper full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I did not see one

    Cons

    Differences, shown toward new employees, their is no learning curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The younger supervisor, are quick to jump to conclusion, when they don't have all the information, when dealing with new employee.

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

    Dying Business

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at International Paper full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly regarded company with good benefits..401k, health benefits, etc..

    Cons

    Management is tough. They give you double signals. You never know where you stand. Lots of turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Varied Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially the 401k matching and healthcare options. Excellent career path development. Good coworkers who genuinely care about each other and doing a good job. Compensation is very competitive. Strong commitment to the environment and sustainability. The opportunity to follow your career path to other locations (some even international!).

    Cons

    The union leadership in the manufacturing facilities can be challenging to work with at times, however some of the union guys have been the best guys to work with in terms of knowledge and commitment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamlining the software and hardware technology adoption curve. Still using Office 2007 in 2014. Still using dated Dell laptop specs, etc. The move away from the BB to the iPhone was a good example of moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst Culture I've worked In

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Sales in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at International Paper full-time for more than a 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
  7.  

    Great Place

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Memphis, TN

    I worked at International Paper part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay & work environment

    Cons

    Some departments are less diverse.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Project Engineer in Manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Great culture for developing employees. Great Benefits.

    Cons

    The amount of travel and relocation to move up can be difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Life changing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Paper

    Pros

    The pay is good and some of the people r good to

    Cons

    Shift work and it's like a soap opera

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy cow produces more MILK !!!!!

  10.  

    Good experience in industry, bad market.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op  in  Courtland, AL
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Courtland, AL

    I worked at International Paper as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot about large scale manufacturing operations during my time there. Most employees seemed happy to be working there most of the time. Lots of training available, great resume builders. Pay was good too.

    Cons

    Paper is a dying industry, and the plant where I worked closed...despite producing great results. It was totally out of left field. It's a risky market for paper makers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company in a dying industry

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    Great company in a dying industry. Making strides to improve. Very good company to work for and I would recommend anyone to work there.

    Cons

    The company locations are remote. Unless there is travel there is not much opportunity for advancement.
    Slalaries are low

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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