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International Paper Reviews

Updated March 20, 2019
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Pros
  • "good environment; good pay; convenient location" (in 76 reviews)

  • "They have good benefits and base salary at plants by local market" (in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expectation to constantly check work email while on vacation or after you leave work did not contribute to a good work/life balance" (in 34 reviews)

  • "Requires hard work and long hours" (in 46 reviews)

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  1. "Overall Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You define your future- plenty of opportunities for advancement!

    Cons

    Higherarchical organizational structure that can reward tenure and age over capability and performance.


  2. "International Paper is a good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Safety Driven - they genuinely care about employee safety and will change processes to ensure it.
    Union friendly - organized collective bargaining agreements are not a sin.
    Opportunity for advancement - you move as far as you want. Work hard!
    Fair salary and benefits which are competitive with industry.
    Work-Life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Risk averse - very difficult to procure capital for improvements, especially if you are in a static or declining market sector. Prefers stability and the status quo as opposed to being first to market or a maverick.
    Large bureaucracy - paper mills like to generate paperwork.
    Medical benefits suffer weak packages along with most American businesses.

  3. "Great company !"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Real caring from the leadership.
    Opportunity everywhere as long as you’re willing to put in the work.

    Cons

    Culture can be a bit lagging but it’s still very open and inviting.


  4. "Management Ability"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are on average compared to the same industry sector.

    Cons

    No official training and documentation. Micro-management. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    many unqualified manager. Ability to manage is below average. Upper management to re-screen the qualification of managers who seem to suppress rather support and empower the employee.


  5. "Supply Planner Experience"

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    Former Employee - Supply Planner in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Supply Planner in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to learn a lot about supply chain operating model. Great entry position to learn a lot and get exposure to different functioning department within supply chain organization.

    Cons

    The work can be challenging if you are not motivated and do not understand the organization on how to get things done. Sometimes you ideas can be dismissed because you are not talking to the right person.

    Advice to Management

    Think differently and allow your team to work on projects that they are interested in developing their career.


  6. "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great pay, and caring company

    Cons

    none that I can think of.


  7. "Great benefits and pay"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Bogalusa, LA
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Bogalusa, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Maintenance department had great teamwork and we always made safety a top priority.

    Cons

    Worked a lot of hours 12-16 hours a day 7 days a week. No work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees some time off and limit work hours

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No life and work balance"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Salary and Decent benefits

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance
    Work 6 to 7 days a week that you’re not told about upfront
    Cutthroat environment
    Zero employee value-doesn’t matter if you’re a production employee or management

    Advice to Management

    Buying lunch on the weekend doesn’t constitute valuation of employees.
    There is life outside of the workplace.
    If you want better quality, invest in maintaining your machines with a great staff. Hourly employees are NOT your maintenance department.
    This is why the company has so many Unionized facilities.
    If you want value creation from employees, you have to start with yourself.


  9. "Great Company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Senior in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Senior in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Paper (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee recognition
    Leadership vision
    good pay
    Employees love Plants

    Cons

    HR IT team need leadership changes


  10. "It's an okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They Let you take time off

    Cons

    Stuck in the past Technology wise