KapStone Paper and Packaging

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Updated June 25, 2015
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KapStone Paper and Packaging Chairman and CEO Roger W. Stone
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  1. Life is what you make it

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    KapStone is a great company to work for. The value of work/life balance in our department is high, and employees are always encouraged to take care of themselves. The benefits we receive are competitive and our culture is one that seeks to engage employees, keep them informed, and help them achieve their goals.

    Cons

    Depending on what department you work in, you may find trouble when looking to advance

    Advice to Management

    The number one complaint I hear from others is that upper management doesn't take a lot of time to spend time with their employees on the floor unless it's a disciplinary action.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Maintenance Employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with plenty of vacation time. Gym on site for employees and their spouses. Coworkers were the best to work with. Some managers were great to work for. Subsidized health insurance when employees participated in certain programs. The majority of my working years there has been good.

    Cons

    Many positions eliminated to meet industry standards. Micro managing in some departments. Very demanding most of the time and made it difficult to leave work at work. When on vacation I felt I needed to stay connected to keep up with the work. I made provisions to cover my area but everyone was swamped with their own work. When others retired their responsibilities were divided up between those that were left. These events happened within the last 2 - 3 years. Morale was 100% better before that time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees happy and production will improve. You can run a machine until it falls apart but that will never work with people. If you respect, listen to and let employees give input into the process then they will own it and go beyond the call of duty. Value the employees, their experience and input.


  3. production supervisor

    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in South Amsterdam, NY
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in South Amsterdam, NY

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    thought i was gonna retire here but corperate restructuring changed that

    Cons

    poor upper management did not listen what was needed to improve


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  5. Nice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company with great plans

    Cons

    Pay isnt competitive or consistent with goal setting

    Advice to Management

    Practice what is preached as far as employee satisfaction goes


  6. Challenging to work for

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

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stable employment and good salary for the area. Company seems dedicated to Safety and Environmental issues.

    Cons

    Company is going through a growth phase due to the acquisition. Many projects underway draining all available resources. Too many overlaps in needs for resources. No willingness to hire more people.


  7. miserable place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shipping Clerk in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - Shipping Clerk in Bowling Green, KY

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    there are no pros to that place

    Cons

    treat their employees horrible rude management

    Advice to Management

    learn how to treat people with respect


  8. Helpful (3)

    Wouldn't go back for any reason

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good AFTER entry wage for 6 months. Work is steady on paper side.

    Cons

    Culture is one of fear of reporting accidents, NOT a place accepting of minorities (women, disabled)

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees poorly. They are the reason you're successful. Stop lying to employees, too.


  9. Excellent experience for the most part. The vast majority of and aspects of my experience were excellent.

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

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company leadership allowed plants to "make their own way" in autonomous fashion. Very loyal to long term employees. While a public Company, Kapstone was run like a family business.

    Cons

    Many assets are under-captitalized and being operated with 20th century methods. Blind loyalty, particularly to for Stone Container employees who have under-performed has caused a series of actions that have produced unacceptable results.

    Advice to Management

    Make data based decisions in the future. Leadership needs to get current with Industry trends in Marketing, Sales and Operations. While some of the methods from the 1980's work today, many do not.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Management - Wake-Up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer in Charleston, SC

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Randy Nebel has single-handedly destroyed the culture at Charleston. Somehow he convinced Roger and Matt that he is the next best thing and worked miracles at Longview. Look under the covers and beyond the smoke and mirrors and assess what really happened there. Now, look at what he has done to ruin Charleston.

    Cons

    Micro-management, instilled fear in all employees, favoritism towards young engineers and criticism of experienced older employees.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots and values when KapStone was first established.


  11. Helpful (1)

    good company with growing pains

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

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has strong management and treats their employees well. There are opportunities to move within the company if you put in the effort.

    Cons

    due to various acquisions the company is struggling to combine into one efficient company. A lot of resistance to change from those that were acquired.



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