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Georgia-Pacific Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Market-Based Management and the company's commitment to excellence provides a maximum growth and development opportunity (in 30 reviews)

  • good work life balance at headquarters (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "Manager - Process Safety"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing company business philosophy. Market-Based Management and the company's commitment to excellence provides a maximum growth and development opportunity.

    People are great, willing to work with you, help you and challenge your thought processes and ideas to foster the best knowledge and the greatest return from a personal perspective in a fulfilling environment, and also provide business growth that is constantly surpassing its last projections.

    Cons

    Silos exist between business groups, and often duplication of efforts are an unfortunate consequence.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving Market-Based Management and the Five Dimensions deeper into the organization and foster development and continuous improvement from a business and personal level that consistently challenges and provides fulfillment in new and creative ways to the business as well as the employees.


  2. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cumberland City, TN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cumberland City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at a Plant, so my experience is unique due to the Plant-level being somewhat isolated from Corporate policies and practices. In general, I enjoyed the people and the freedom from sometimes domineering Corporate upper-management. MBM, although sparsely practiced at the Plant-level at GP (will talk about in the Cons section), is a fairly effective way of dealing with HOURLY employees and making them feel more valued.

    Cons

    Because GP has so many Plants operating under so many different kinds of people and departments, even in 2016, communication was horrendous. I had the displeasure of working under a manager who lacked any basic communication skills and relatability, but because they performed well, was lauded and considered a major asset. I was never asked to give feedback on their performance. I was never trained. Over year long period, my manager probably spent two hours explaining processes and the business to me. Instead, I was forced to write up more things I could be doing better and given criticism after criticism. There was also a major disconnect between all employees at the plant regarding MBM. You can hold meeting after meeting about continuing to push forward an MBM culture, but the more you push people (most of whom just want to work and go home), the more they mock the system behind your back and see it as almost a cult. Most things MBM preaches are common sense anyway and if your a decent person with a brain you do them without thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on early-career development and training for plant-level associates.

  3. "Customer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary potential, work/life balance, close to public transportation

    Cons

    Old fashioned culture
    Unethical human resources

    Advice to Management

    Honesty, Integrity, and Ethics


  4. "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits are OK. Ample time off offered but it can never be used.

    Cons

    Long Hours, on-call 24X7. Anytime there was a production problem the expectation was that you were on-site. No work/life balance -- all work with phone calls all day and night including weekends and when on vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the workers, they are not indentured slaves. Do not expect people to be at you beck and call- they have a life too.


  5. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific full-time

    Pros

    active with safety drives accountability

    Cons

    doesnt seem to compensate employees based on their value
    will stretch you thin at times

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and pay for the talent you have


  6. "Great company to work for with a lot of opportunities to grow your career."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Howard, WI
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Howard, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move and grow your career. A lot of great benefits and the philosophy of how a business should be ran is perfect.

    Cons

    In my current role I feel is a dead end unless I want to go to shift. I feel I am not using my full potential in my current role


  7. "It is a busy job, and is always changing from procedures, training, and new equipment installations."

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    Current Employee - Multi Craft Maintenance Mechanic in Brewton, AL
    Current Employee - Multi Craft Maintenance Mechanic in Brewton, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have good a salary, pension, 13 paid holidays, and 4 weeks vacation from 14 years of service .

    Cons

    The health insurance is terrible and new hire benefits and wages are decreasing.

    Advice to Management

    You need to learn how to distribute the work equal and not just load up a certain few.

  8. "Want to see more"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging
    Great Benefits and 401k options

    Cons

    Feel under appreciated considering that management is supposed to be following MBM.

    Seem to forget about performance reviews and compensation increases


  9. "Process Technician III"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Bowling Green, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great safety policies and procedures.

    Cons

    Twelve hour shifts are hard on employees.


  10. "Director, Strategy & Business Development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia-Pacific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Opportunity to move around within the company.

    Cons

    Silos exist. Too much time spent selling ideas internally. Challenge process and getting buy-in from too wide an audience. Lack of decision-rights.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach about rewarding value creation. Trust the people you have hired or have experience with decision-rights.


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