Sappi Fine Paper Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
12 Reviews

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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people - Company in a very challenging industry (Paper & Pulp)

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, ME

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company & people, good salary, very nice office in Boston Downtown. Most people in management have worked there for a long time and know industry challenges inside out.

    Cons

    Not many new opportunities open as many jobs get combined and consolidated. Cost cutting to remain profitable is always center stage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on succession planning and provide younger people with a long term perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Older, conservative company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Boston headquarter location, mill teams are tight knit. Hours at corporate in Boston & Portland are very balanced with most leaving around 5PM. A lot of great people working here.

    Cons

    Older average age of employees at corporate. Career paths not well defined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people - limited upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sappi Fine Paper full-time

    Pros

    Hard working team
    Some managers allow flex schedules; work from home once in a while

    Cons

    Declining industry has created a lot of emergencies
    create new strategies all the time due to early abandonment
    no one knows the path forward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to create upward mobility opportunities -- with no where to go, good people will leave.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Fantastic Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper as an intern

    Pros

    Great people, small location so you get to know everyone, emerging company and trying new technologies

    Cons

    Very flat, many layoffs, difficult to move up, sometimes dont even grant scientists/researchers interviews for new positions; can be political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying to help employees grow and dont just promote people based on how much they hang out with upper management. Allow other employees opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IT Professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    A good company, good pay and great benefits. Plenty of interesting work and opportunities to use lots of different technologies. Big commitment to training employees. Most people that join like it and stay long term. Company has good commitment to environment and people.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of opportunity for advancement within IT, but this will likely change in the coming years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    nice place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    travel could at times be a bit much

    Cons

    advancement potential rather limited overall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back down to earth.....

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pockets of good people and opportunities

    Cons

    Industry is suffering and this company is stuck in the 'glory days' of paper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone is crazy enough to return to this industry after leaving, you should listen closely to what they have to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good pay, excellent people, limited growth opportunities in the corporate offices

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sappi Fine Paper

    Pros

    smart, hardworking colleagues with very good dispositions

    Cons

    no career growth in the corporate offices for mid-senior executives/managers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The job pays well with good benefits but management is substandard, as well as being un caring toward employee needs

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    Current Employee - Department Spare  in  Westbrook, ME
    Current Employee - Department Spare in Westbrook, ME

    I have been working at Sappi Fine Paper

    Pros

    there is a very supportive union, good benefits, good salary, they are a specialty field that the company excels in thanks to the hard work and self pride from the employees.

    Cons

    management very unsupportive of employee needs.. cookie cutter rules and regulations. very little recognition for a job well done or for continuously going above and beyond what is required.. employess can get by doing the very minimum as long as they show up while employess who work hard from time in to time out get the book thrown at them over a deceased reletive or needing time off for other reasons that doesnt fall into there list of approved absences. i feel like because of the union protecting our jobs, the company looks for any reason to fire or discipline you every time there is any gray area, which makes the union more and more necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to help the individual employee, educate yourself on your job, so you can be a resource instead of a middle man messenger. reward hard work and pride in the job instead of rewarding people who fall into the cookie cutter state of mind.. doing the minimum required to get by.. if everyone walked in to the mill wanting and striving to do the best job they can do the mill would be more profitable, but that wont happen while employees feel like they arent getting the support from management they need,

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    World Class Organization

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    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Agent  in  Cloquet, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Agent in Cloquet, MN

    I have been working at Sappi Fine Paper

    Pros

    World Class Organization, Excellent Market position as THE choice for high-end product.

    Cons

    Large organization anonymity obscures both marginal AND excellent performance.
    Union mentality amongst most of staff leads to lackluster performance and lack of recoghnition for above average performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value good employees, not just 'local' or legacy candidiates.

    Recommends

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