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KapStone Paper and Packaging Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits are only good if you aren't hurt or injured due to a lack of safety (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay for the charleston sc area and decent benefits for union members (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Forced overtime in unsafe conditions (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management places lower management in bad positions and no support (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Boring but get paid well"

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    Current Employee - Rollshafter in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Rollshafter in Longview, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well paid considering how easy the work is. There's really no experience that you need to qualify

    Cons

    Weekly rotating shift. You only find out what shift you'll have the next week on a thurday.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of maintenance running mill in to the ground. Lack of benefits running morale into the ground."

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    Current Employee - Operations in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Operations in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. For the most part good people in operations, maintenance and lower/middle management.

    Cons

    Company doesn't want to spend money to fix and maintain vital equipment. When said equipment fails tries to blame it on operators.
    During last contract negotiations they pillaged our health insurance. This has caused low morale and tension between operations and management.

    Advice to Management

    Please spend the money to fix and maintain equipment. If the equipment is running properly you make money. When you put off maintenance to "try and make your quarterly budget" the equipment inevitably fails and costs you more money in the long run.

  3. "Good Company"

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

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time

    Pros

    Good pay. Normally lots of hours.

    Cons

    The people. New management is cool.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "My stomach turned"

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Longview, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There was some very nice people that I worked with and enjoyed being around I've my 19 years at kapstone.

    Cons

    Most of those people I saw either fired or the quit in disgust. As a member of HR they made it where I could not sleep at night.

    That aside the benefits are better at the other local mills.
    This mill took away the 401 k last year without notice.

    I would not work here again or recommend anyone moving here and feeling trapped as some do.

    Advice to Management

    Quit deleting my reviews. Fix the problems not the feedback.


  5. "Electronics and Instrumentation Internship"

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

    Pros

    7-3 Monday-friday
    Commradery amongst employees
    Management is decent
    100% Recyclable
    Provide training for systems present.

    Cons

    Hot and humid
    Paper mill by products.
    Downtime is stressful
    Shutdown every 5 weeks


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Hostile work environment"

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    Former Employee - E & I Maintenance Planner in Longview, WA
    Former Employee - E & I Maintenance Planner in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I learned a very valuable life lesson at Kapstone. Don't leave a previous job over minor frustrations as the next job could be much worse.

    Cons

    Sexual harassment in management.
    Poor benefits.
    No retirement.
    Difficult people in the union.
    Difficult people in management.
    Boys club.
    Weak PTO plan.

    Advice to Management

    Look at all these reviews.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Krapstone"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Longview, WA
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are just a little bit better to work for than North Korea. But the benefits are better over there.

    Cons

    Poor benefits that they go out of their way to make it difficult to use. Combative management. Everyone at the facility is angry and disgruntled. It makes your days long.

    You will either leave or develops a bad attitude from the culture. The culture also causes a lot of divorces.

    If your single and love to work all the time and can tolerate the nonsense and don't need benefits this could be your place.

    But the extremely high turn over says something else.

    Advice to Management

    Apologize and make nice to what's left of your good employees.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Bleak future here."

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    Former Employee - Mill Shift Manager in Longview, WA
    Former Employee - Mill Shift Manager in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only pro I can give for this place with a good feeling is that I was able to learn something.

    Cons

    They will and have arbitrarily took away our 401k which is our only retirement.
    The healthcare benefits are basically garbage. If your spouse has a plan use theirs.
    The PTO is draconian.
    The work environment is difficult as the employees are encouraged to be difficult if not destructive by the union.
    Upper management at the mill is disconnected with what's really going on the floor. They only go around lolling for things to fault or people to write up, rather than listen to the few workers left that care and want and need to make their areas better.

    Lower level managers try to tell them what the good employees concerns are and it falls on death ears.

    Rumors of the place shutting down or being sold is constant.
    Constant blame game at the mill.

    Advice to Management

    Act on what people write on here. I am not alone.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accounts Receivables"

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    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary. Director always willing to help and teach employees. No micromanaging, they empower employees to take control of their responsibilities and take the lead on their accounts.

    Cons

    No more cons now that the toxic management is gone.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within first, your employees are your asset they are the ones that work hard to build relationships with your customers and its not fair for an outsider to take positions that employees have worked hard to reach. Listen to your employees when they are reporting unfair treatment from their managers. Dont wait years before action is taken on unfair treatment.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "I come to work upset, leave more upset"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a full time job, when the economy is down this might be a good place to wether the storm.

    Cons

    Management is horrible.
    They are running the place into the ground.
    They barely fix things.
    They barely invest in their mill.
    They never invest in their employees.
    Mandatory overtime.
    Harsh management.
    Terrible benefits with astronomical deductibles.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who cares


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