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Sappi Fine Paper Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, ME

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper full-time (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.  

    Too much of a good old boy network.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Technician in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Some of the co-workers share knowledge and support each other. Mill people are very supportive and share information.

    Cons

    The good ole boy network starts with some of the managers. One manager has set up employee's to fail. If you excel or try to move up, you are made to look bad. Bonuses are given out to favorite employees, not tied to performance. The yearly PMP's are a joke. The manager determines the grade. I was once told outstanding grades are only given to the manager and regardless of how well I excel, I would never qualify for outstanding marks. There is prejudice and discrimination toward minorities in Sappi North America, look at the company mix of employee's to confirm my belief.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove managers who continue to layoff and hold back good employees. Get rid of the good ole boy network and managers who promote it. Hire managers with better people skills. Make bonuses performance based decided by HR.

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

    Disconnected Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, hard working and care about the future of the company. Good benefits, above average pay for the area.

    Cons

    Leadership seemed to be disconnected from the rest of the company. In a shrinking industry doing more with less was a way of life. Advancement opportunities are limited if you are not one of the selected few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to your employees, they are the foundation of your company!

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  5.  

    Older, conservative company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper full-time (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
  6.  

    Nice people - limited upward mobility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Fantastic Company

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

    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
  8.  

    IT Professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9.  

    nice place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sappi Fine Paper full-time (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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    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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