I have been working at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 10 years)
Company has turned around and has become profitable.
Incorporated many new system and process enhancements to help the environment and production.
Longevity Plan (They should be around for a long time)
There are a lot of good smart people here locally.
Many local communities to live and commute from.
Still one of the better paying jobs in the area.
Benefit Packages are continually decreasing. (The New World Class Paper Mills)
Pay is decent but doe's not come close to keeping up with inflation.
No paid or unpaid Sick Leave. Company touts safety but is truly more interested in production. Hide injury's to boost their numbers, they call it managing injury's.
All accidents or injury's are the fault of the employee's bar none.
Job security is no longer present, Union or "No Union".
Do not recognize employee involvement as part of the reason they have become successful. "Presidential Awards" (Money) are given to "yes men" with no respect to the lower ranks. When they do recognize them the are trivial trinkets that gender more discontent than adoration.
Most lower level managers are good people but are continually berated by the upper hierarchy.
Workers are afraid to make a mistake in lieu of repercussions.
Hostile work environment.
Advice to Management
Senior management needs to recognize it's employees for what we have all achieved and reward us in like fashion. Benefit Packages could increase instead of decrease. Pay increases could set at or above inflation.
Listen to your employee's and stop the heavy handed approach, you would be surprised at the amount of cooperation and involvement you would get. In short treat all your employee's with dignity and respect and in turn it will come to you.
I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging (Longview, WA) in May 2012.
Longview has an excellent pair of recruiters who do a wonderful job of profiling the company and opportunity. Unfortunately, when finally flying in for finalist interviews, my candidate experience on a scale of 10 being highest and 1 being lowest would have to be graded as a negative 5. The most senior executive started by explaining that they have not hired the person who would have been my boss. Therefore, I would not be meeting them at my in person interview. After nearly five hours of phone and videoconference interviews in advance of flying in, you would have thought that "truth in advertising" factoid might have been mentioned in advance of the flight. Second, the senior managers had the good fortune of being with the company for 19 and 23 years respectively. Their first in person question expressed their disdain (and exhibited extreme arrogance) over the fact that I had not been blessed with similar longevity in the high tech organizations I came from. When I explained some of the economic downsizing and business changes that led to my leaving companies I invested my heart and soul into, the senior leader laughed at me and joked by saying "we wouldn't want that to happen here." The level of his insensitivity was absolutely appalling to me. Out of courtesy, I stayed the course for the entire interview though my heart knew that this company could never be an employer of choice for me. The same senior statesmen seemed antagonistic to social media recruiting, yet they complained about not having more and better candidates. He refused to provide me with a business card or email when requesting his contact information to send him a thank you card. (So instead, GlassDoor will have to suffice.)
In the second interview with business customers the recruiting team was charged with investing in their success, the level of pain over having many positions unfilled over the course of 18 months was evident. Though there were some truly inspirational managers in the room, two walked out midway in the interview. When being asked about what I might bring to the organization that would increase candidate flow and quality, their most senior marketing manager complained that my suggested menu of items for consideration would take time and cost money. At one point in the interview, he interrupted me mid sentence to chat with his peers. His overt rudeness, in conjunction with the first panel interview left me smiling since life is short and my goal is to be in the best place for my career to grow.
In the third panel interview, I met the rest of the HR and recruiting team. They were pleasant, positive, polite, appropriate, intelligent, passionate, creative, out-of-the-box thinkers, truly service oriented, and delightfully engaging. They were truly some of the best I have seen in my 20 years within this profession.
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