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Asia Pulp & Paper Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Asia Pulp & Paper Executive Director, President, and CEO Teguh Ganda Wijaya
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  1. "Disaster"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pulp & Paper (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company.

    Cons

    The owners have no clue how to do business in the US. They treat their employees like cattle to the slaughter. No one can make upper mgt unless you are Asian. Horrible discrimination. Riduculous sales number are given and then they are always 3 to 4 weeks late on delivery. Quality does not matter either, as it is just tons out the door. Thank God more duties and fines are crippling this horrible company. Finally, their pay is a joke as well. They at least 30% under US pay scale in the USA.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the dictatorship mentality as it may work in Indo and China, but not here.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "GD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people I work with every day. Other than that, there are no pros and I wish someone would have told me to not start working here.

    Cons

    They do not care about employees, higher management does not know how to do business in the US, they aren't accepting any advice from people who have worked with the American market, they are closing the Atlanta branch, reasonable severance is ONE more paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people you hire. Change upper management. Start caring about the people you hire.

  3. "Verify the product performance and quality"

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    Former Employee - Eastern Regional Manager, USA in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Eastern Regional Manager, USA in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you can sell a product and can deal with overseas shipments then you could have great success, but make sure you have a salary plus incentive and not full commission.

    Cons

    Service is a key obstacle to your success. This means delivery, technical, quality and customer service are not in your control...

    Advice to Management

    Create a better system of follow through with all service aspects to show customers you respect their business and want more in the future. The customer buying a commodity is buying a relationship that can only be handled by the local representative whose recommendations must be considered.


  4. "Total Chaso"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good relationships with the US team, great product if you can wait 4 to 6 weeks if your lucky

    Cons

    To many to mention but APP NIngbo does not know the US market, they send in expensive unqualified people from corp and agencies to figure out what - but the answers are within the US sales team - IF they can hire people who know paperboard

    Advice to Management

    I have been a part of APP going back to the late 1990's to 2013 either selling their product or working for them and they come to the US market not knowing and not listening, they will never capture more than 2 to 4% of the US market because you "must build for them to come" and not 7000 miles away


  5. "Run for the hills"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Massive buying and production power
    $14 billion in sales volume
    The remuneration is fair

    Cons

    Horrific management style that continually changes at the whim of the overly aggressive owners.
    Its not the knowledge that you carry, its the B.S. that you spew that will get you anywhere in this company.
    There aren't any values associated with this company that many would look at this company for a long-term career. People in positions of power in the North American market should be held accountable...every year its the same old stories from the same old tired, worn out managers trying to save their jobs. Ex-professionals coming in as managers or VP's to markets because of 'favors' and produce nothing but turmoil and good stories of previous false achievements. If you truly want to take the market (like they say they do) reward the ones that bring you the business, not the ones with good stories.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from knowledge, not from hearsay. The Asian model may be a good thing in the Asian markets, no doubt, it does not work in the North American markets. So to continually send people over to 'tell; us like it is' only creates an unproductive team that could produce double in North America


  6. "Good to explore"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In this company their is lot you can explore and learn from different people. get opportunity to interact with top management. Its growing company in Pulp & Paper industry

    Cons

    From day one you need to be ready with you Resume to apply with other company because there is no job security
    You can get fired anytime without any prior notice and policies keep changing
    And you salary is been deducted for not achieving target every month, so i would suggest to negotiate keeping in mind that your 10-15% salary is going to be deducted.
    Unreasonable targets which can't to achieved in any case

    Advice to Management

    I would advise top management to trust their people & allow them to run organisation and keep your focus on larger issue. If top management keeps interfering they people get demotivate.


  7. "Relentless Volume Goals"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging job for professional sales types. Good view of the world class production facilities in the paper industry. Perspecitve gained on the Asian approach to business through the eyes of a privately held family owned mega company.

    Cons

    Indexes used to judge sales performance do not coincide with market realities. Products that are to be world class must pass criteria for all markets. In the US the federal standards are difficult for APP to meet since they will push the limits on qualifications regarding product acceptability under US law. If on commission you will not get paid until the customer pays his invoices no matter what the holdup may be. Therefore you will not get paid or any credit for booking sales no matter what the issues will be with customer credit, product quality, delivery service or market conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the markets you are in and behave more like the domestic competitors if you expect to succeed.

  8. "Dazed and Confused at APP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and housing package.

    Cons

    Not very encouraging to new comers.
    Company has low moral due to never ending target setting.
    Confusing directions from the top.
    Little guidance, would not recommend this company for one's first full time job.

    Advice to Management

    Should treat customers and employees with more respect and stop trying to cheat customers and employees.


  9. "A twister of chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. You got few good and smart people working with you and you will be able to learn a lot from them provided they are not harassed by headquarter
    2. Compensation and benefit could be very competitive if you join this company in the right time and right position
    3. Career opportunity could be possibly rewarding

    Cons

    1. Endless and ridiculous target setting from upper management could easily confuse employees
    2. Lots of repetitive pointless meeting with extremely short notice occupied all your time
    3. Reporting line is a mess
    4. Company culture is not friendly to new comer, orientation is nothing and training is surprisingly weak

    Advice to Management

    1. Recruit people you trust only and once they join trust them fully, delegation is everything for company with this size
    2. Stop all the micro-management activities immediately as it will only hamper subordinates' morale
    3. Do not promise much but once you do you follow through
    4. Performance comes from daily activities and work site, not from meeting room. Having meeting all day long generate not even one penny


  10. "Great Place to Learn & Enhance Business Knowledge"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asia Pulp & Paper full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, Great Place to Learn Business Knowledge: Management System, Sales Strategy, Labor Efficiency, Cost Savings, etc

    Cons

    You will NEVER be on TOP unless you're related with the family or been a good friend with family. Salary is differentiate by Passport (Not Knowledge): Indian & Taiwanese = High Salary; Indonesian = Low Salary.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce Indian & Taiwanese employees. Many local employees are smarter than them.


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