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KapStone Paper and Packaging Reviews

Updated August 18, 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 10 reviews)

Cons
  • The only medical insurance is a high deductible plan that costs as much in premiums as the old plan while covering less (in 6 reviews)

  • They took away the 401k match with no warning to some employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Kapstone"

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    Current Employee - Journeyman A Mechanic in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Journeyman A Mechanic in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent wages
    Good outside resources for help

    Cons

    High turnover
    Poor planning
    No communication
    A lot of weekend work

    Advice to Management

    Needs to have more organization and planning.


  5. "Worst company I ever worked for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time

    Pros

    None that come to mind. Maybe the health insurance.

    Cons

    Antiquated box plant with many unhappy employees. Major problem with upper management who can't seem to keep any sales reps and love to blame everyone else. Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing especially when it comes to shipping / receiving. Nepotism is also a problem at this location.

    Advice to Management

    Improve equipment and look into how employees are managed. Quit making staff work weekends to recount inventory, over and over, with no compensation unless you are hourly.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Apprenticeships are worthless here."

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

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

    Pros

    I thought I had a chance to learn skills that I would be able to use anywhere else to feed my family.

    Cons

    Once I completed my apprenticeship I received no license
    ..Kapstone uses a cookie cutter online training system and on hands training to make you a journeyman. Unfortunately you are only a kapstone journeyman. They are not certified to train you to get a Washington license.

    Therefore you may be trapped at kapstone to do your trade you come to love.

    This might not be a bad thing if they were not such a horrible and dishonest employer and a dangerous place to work for.

    This might not be a problem if they did not take away our pension and force us to buy expensive healthcare that we can't use until 6k out of pocket.

    Also many of their tradesmen do things sub par, and pass it on to the apprentices. When they they leave Kapstone thinking they are journeymen, other places hire them as apprenticeships again and go through the process all over.

    Also the pay is low.

    They fired a guy 6 months ago. He now makes 10 dollars more an hour up the river. Why? Because he has a license. You won't get a license working here.

    The managers are very rude.

    The company will not put their apprentices in a state run program because they can take that license somewhere else and make more money or have less junk to deal with at another employer.

    Advice to Management

    Place your apprentices in a state sanctioned apprenticeship.


  7. "Not serious, dangerous, waste of time.Disappointed."

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    Former Employee - Currogator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Currogator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mandatory 12 hour days slightly above minimum wage(?)

    Cons

    No training
    Constant Backstabbing
    Hot.....dangerously so
    No lunches. 10 to 12 hr shifts in 120 degree plus tempatures. 20 minute "Lunch". Hot thick cotton shirt you'll sweat thru you are forced to wear first 90 days
    No training just badmouthing and backstabbing

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Kapstone Paper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job. Keep looking while you have work. A better opportunity is around the corner.

    Cons

    Understaffed, benefits that haven't been eliminated are terrible. With each year is a net loss in compensation due to eliminated benefits and terrible health coverage. At this point one effectively does not have health insurance for half the year.

    Insufficient staffing of technical disciplines inevitably leads to burnout. You are essentially on call 24/7. Zero work/life balance. Morale? What morale?

    Advice to Management

    Get some leadership training and take it to heart. Take better care of your employees. Pay attention to staffing levels. Stop shaving every penny at the expense of performance and safety to increase the bottom line.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Production worker"

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

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to earn almost 20 dollars an hour is there for the right person with a lot of patience.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits that you won't qualify to use for 6 months.
    High cost of the benefits makes your 17 dollar an hour job the same as the 12 dollar an hour job down the road with good benefits.
    No consideration for an employee's family. Flakey hours that change with seconds notice.
    Forced overtime in unsafe conditions.
    This is a temporary job.
    Most of the good employees already left for less paying jobs with less issues to deal with day to day.
    Unsafe place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Read the review.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Unfortunate truth"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Operator in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It pays about median wage for entry level openings in the area. There is potential to be an apprentice in a trade over time.

    Cons

    The most Psycopathically driven management style I have ever experienced. They would sooner burn this place to the ground than treat their employees with value, and it doesnt have to be that way.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the domination strategy. Put value into your employees and foster community. Treat labor less like second class citizens and more like the people who are making you rich. This place could be good for investors and good for the workforce at the same time, its not an "either or".


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