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International Paper Reviews

Updated November 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "good environment; good pay; convenient location" (in 71 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 33 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and management really care.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better as well as compensation.


  2. "The people make it worth it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    The people, the challenges, the community

    Cons

    Work-life balance at times, reliability issues

  3. "I want to work there."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dependable and a secure job.

    Cons

    It is a long drive.

    Advice to Management

    5


  4. "Various Commercial Roles"

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

    I have been working at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    Vast amount of opportunities to expand, grow, and promote.

    Cons

    The culture is shifting toward a more progressive outfit; this has been a bit of a struggle in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, especially when it comes to people review and development.


  5. "Process Improvement Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Company with good people

    Cons

    Every plant is different and you could get good or bad managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Impossible to grow in a old boys' club"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    IP is a good place to start out of college and that is about it. IP loves interns and puts 200% emphasis on them. You get 3 weeks of vacation from the start. If you live in or nearby Memphis then you can live “comfortably” from paycheck to paycheck after 401k and all other deductions. I have been with the company for almost 7 years and I honestly cannot think of any other pros. I hear people say that it is a good company to work for… Well, read my first sentence.

    Cons

    If you are not an intern, or CORE (college recruit) participant - forget about the growth. It is all about who you know here; your experience, academics, and all that stuff do not really matter. If you are a good-looking female wearing hills to work – you will go far and quick enough. Most people are miserable eight-to-five’ers that do not treat newcomers very well. The management in most cases does not deserve to be where they are and frankly very little amount of them have the competencies, skills, and qualities to be managing others. Most of them got there through their 30 something year career ladder. There is a lot of micromanagement going on and you will be dinged for every little thing they do not like. I can say a lot more, but I am glad that I finally had enough courage to break this relationship and leave. I got what I wanted out this company.

    Advice to Management

    There is no such thing as giving advice to management. They think they know everything. I just can’t wait for all of them to retire so I can come back again and give this another try. It’s not the company that’s bad, it’s the people that run this place. I have absolutely no hope in anyone at least in Southwind facility and frankly can’t wait for all of them to retire and leave. That’s the only time something might change. If I ever decide to go back, I will never even look towards Southwind.


  7. "Overtime"

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    Current Employee - Production in Elk Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Production in Elk Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good union who negotiated great union medical plan!

    Cons

    Overtime overtime overtime! You will make good money with all the forced overtime so you should carry photos of your family to work if you want to see them!

    Advice to Management

    Quit blaming employees only for your reduced production goal numbers, the equipment is old and the experienced employees who retire walk right out the front door with all their knowledge!

  8. "Best Job"

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

    Pros

    The family environment was amazing

    Cons

    It closed before I retired from there

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Has Problems"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician

    I have been working at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    They do provide us with some tools for less common repairs

    Cons

    Lack of parts, little to no training outside of sitting on a computer watching slides.

    Advice to Management

    They need to make more of an effort to train people on specific equipment


  10. "Great company, but hard to move into management positions"

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

    I worked at International Paper full-time

    Pros

    Great 401k company match, very good salaries are offered

    Cons

    It is difficult to move into more senior or managerial roles at IP unless you are a white male
    Vacation time off could be better. It took me 10 years to earn 4 weeks of vacation.
    Expectation to constantly check work email while on vacation or after you leave work did not contribute to a good work/life balance.


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