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International Paper Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay compared with other companies (in 56 reviews)

  • Good benefits package from Teamster Union (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours very hot work environment (in 37 reviews)

  • Somedays could find yourself in work-life balance issues (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Slave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay and advancement opportunities

    Cons

    You can say good by to having a 30 minute brake. They are terrible at training new hires job has a high turn over the employees will throw you under the bus. Long shifts look forward to working 6 day a week

    Advice to Management

    Focus more time and effort on the workers without the workers this company will fall


  2. "Okay place to work.... It's not the job.... It's the people and the hours...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, learning experience, looks good on paper....Plenty of overtime, work is moderate at best

    Cons

    7 day swing shift needs to change to allow family time

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people


  3. "Excellent company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laborer in Vanceboro, NC
    Current Employee - Laborer in Vanceboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, weekly overtime, great employee benefits, unionized

    Cons

    Employees work both day and night shifts


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  5. "International Paper experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Tender in Queen City, TX
    Current Employee - Process Tender in Queen City, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great opportunity to provide for your family, great working environment with co-coworkers, exponential ability to learn tools on the job to take throughout our life and career

    Cons

    inconsistent working schedule, managerial practices, and training regiments

    Advice to Management

    making notable changes to aforementioned cons will lead to lower turnover and happier employer/employee relationships


  6. "Machine operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Shelbyville, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Shelbyville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros are that they pay well and is a very serious company that is very successful and take very good saftey percautions.

    Cons

    Too far from home and if someone doesn't show up to work on time you have to stay there to cover their shift.

    Advice to Management

    To keep the bathrooms cleaner and to fire the people that sit at work all day and do nothing but stand there not working.


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Pensacola, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great coworkers, real team oriented atmosphere

    Cons

    Still work the old school 7 day on 2 off shift, and the pay seems a little lower than it should be

    Advice to Management

    No real suggestions for management, they do a good job of working with you and are really reliable


  8. "Good work environment.. good benefits.. good pay.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Visalia, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Visalia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    equal opportunities at all position..

    Cons

    Usually have to start on graves and work put in some years & an opertunity to open to move to another shift.

    Advice to Management

    To fill management positions from with in.


  9. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Memphis, TN

    I worked at International Paper (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good environment; good pay; convenient location

    Cons

    hard to find open positions


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management, Good Ole boys, Dangerous place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Eastover, NC
    Former Employee - Operator in Eastover, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no positive things I can say anymore!

    Cons

    Used to be a good place to work when it wasn't IP! All jobs that could possibly be contracted out were gotten rid of and lower payed, unmotivated contract employees were brought in to replace all of those who lost their jobs! Former employees were given the option of staying as contract employees with less pay and no benefits! The CEO was taking millions of dollars a year in bonuses while average employees were losing their jobs and benefits! NICE WORK IP!
       Managers at the site, (I worked over 20 years at), were unfairly chosen and promoted! Most of them didn't know their job as well as the operators, and didn't even have degrees!
       If you brown nose and kiss up you can get ahead at IP. Otherwise, if you're simply a good employee, ambitious, punctual, conscientious, etc. but don't "hang out", or are related, you won't advance at IP!
       It's a good place to start your career if you are an engineer. (Low starting pay but good on a resume!)
       Safety is a low priority with IP! They talk the talk but they definitely don't walk the walk! It's all window dressing! PRODUCTION IS KING! I witnessed people running around like crazy working on equipment without anything being locked out simply because 'this is costing us $50,000 a minute every minute we're down!' And if someone says something about it, they are labeled as a trouble maker and their career at IP is done!

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act! Recognize employees who want to succeed! Those employees will carry you and make IP a much better company!
       Get rid of the nepotism, unfair diversity programs, and the Good Ole boy system! Reward employees who do their job! Advance those that go the extra mile, not those that just want it handed to them because of who they know!


  11. "seems like an ok place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Golden, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    plenty of overtime, stable hours

    Cons

    very boring and very strict.


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