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KapStone Paper and Packaging Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits with plenty of vacation time (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people, solid culture, sophisticated benefits package, interesting and challenging work, growth opportunity (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Unfortunately when Kapstone bought the Longview Fibre company on the west coast they acquired the Oakland box plant in the deal (in 3 reviews)

  • I do not have any problems with no one always do my job (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are great and are willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Still in need of serveral system improvements.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Numerous take aways despite publicizing record production."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Having a job is better than not having one...

    Cons

    - Withheld the entire last year of 401k contributions.
    - The only medical insurance is a high deductible plan that costs as much in premiums as the old plan while covering less.
    - Unattainable goals set for bonuses.
    - No regard for life and plans outside of work. Frequent last minute decisions to work on Saturdays to meet production goals (that still are not enough to earn a bonus).
    - Salaried employees have to work 4 Saturdays for free before being paid for 5th and subsequent weekend days. Even then the rate is straight pay. No 'sorry we ruined your weekend plans [again], here's a little incentive'.
    - Vacation time is lacking compared to what union employees get. If you were to stay for 30 years in the union you would have earned 17 weeks more vacation over that same time period.

    Advice to Management

    Employees who are appreciated are going to be more motivated to do extra and work harder. A blanket email telling employees they made the investors happy with their record numbers followed up with 'sorry, no bonus' doesn't cut it.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "IT Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay insurance costs, reimbursements for personal phone use, remote work, the people are great, trying to standardize, seem to have the right plan.

    Cons

    High travel, lack of organization, lack of communication, knee jerk reactions, Longview is remote, feels unsafe, lacking organization in execution, acquisition company

    Advice to Management

    xXx XXX


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  5. "The toxicity at the Longview plant is epic"

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Electrician in Longview, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I always looked forward to going home each day. Working hear made me appreciate normal people family and other employers I once had.

    Cons

    They tasked away benefits they are inconsistent in their scheduling. They fail to communicate well with the rank and file. They appear out to get anyone for any reason which destroys the moral and attitude of the rank and file. This leads to the new hire being forced to do all the overtime as the more senior people could care less if the place runs. Turn over is terrible as most people feel abused by the company and the lay is similar in other mills who have better reputations. Many tradesmen come from far away because they don't know the reputation this company has in the area. They come and feel stuck as they don't get days off to find a new job for a year.
    Management is notorious for making people do unsafe things and punishing them if they don't. They have a few court cases against them for this sort of behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, quit firing people for bringing up safety issues.


  6. "Keep scrolling until you find a better company."

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Electrician 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

    Full benefits partially laid by you after six very short months. 1 week of vacation after up to just 21 months of employment.

    Cons

    Management treats all hourly employees including tradesmen as disposable. The economy in the area stinks and they can replace production workers at will. However the abuse the company dishes out is well known among the local tradesmen and union shops. People will not leave a local job to work here.

    The environment is caustic. People are leaving like rats on a sinking ship. There is almost no electricians there that have been electricians at the mill for more than 5 years. Most new hires are either ran out of there for one reason or another when they speak up about unsafe behaviors or not doing things up to code. Yes you will be fired if you bring up the NEC. Many of their people are in house trained and could not cut it elsewhere. If you like connecting circuits with just electric tape, no wire nuts or lugs, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stuck working here"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay check and a very short commute to beautiful downtown Longview. Free employee parking. Sidewalks to walk on. Some safety gear provided.

    Cons

    Erosion of benefits is causing people to leave.
    Terrible work atmosphere, constant war between management and union workers makes everyone hard to deal with.
    The company even does wrong to its managers by taking away their bonuses and 401k matches.
    The HR people paint this as a wonderful family atmosphere to attract skilled people. But when you get here you see it's a lie and you can't look for other work as you don't get a day off for a year (less holidays if you are lucky). We regret moving here from Minnesota. They can't hire local skilled people.

    Advice to Management

    Change your ways.


  8. "Worst employer in the area"

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

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great view of the Columbia river, cowlitz river, rainier Oregon, mt saint helens and ships and wild life that frequent the river.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment full of rats, tattle tails, union standing committee members who are narcs and in the pocket of the company. Failed union with no representation and a contract they do not enforce. The moral is broken and most people a looking for a way out or stay there and are vindictive to the point they slow down production or. Team things to get even with the company for the way they are treated.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people better.


  9. "Worst job I ever had"

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

    I have been working at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck is the only positive I can think of while working at kapstone at Longview Washington. Maybe other sites have a better work environment.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Management has forced me to do things that are unsafe while writing me up if I do not do the unsafe act. Benefits are decreasing and union dues are rising. Company doesn't supply all tools needed to do specialized jobs. Company does not always have the proper safety gear.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


  10. "Place is headed downhill"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Operator in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at KapStone Paper and Packaging full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None place is a dump and maintenance is worse than ever

    Cons

    Management and the equipment is both bad

    Advice to Management

    Buy better equipment


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Operator"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of hours. So many hours you won't have time to spend your money. Low expectations. Don't have to work hard to make it, just need to show up everyday.

    Cons

    Poor management, high turnover rate. More and more people leaving to find better. Lack of trust. Management says one thing but does another.

    Advice to Management

    Stop passing blame. Hire and promote within.



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