KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation

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Great work enviornment
Assistant Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  West Springfield, MAOctober 21, 2017
I'd still be working there lay off came for me. Working conditions were fine, small work place as far as how many employees everyone was helpful. Would go back if called back.
Pros
Hours, pay, time off, benefits
Cons
None
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Great Place to Work
Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) –  Longview, WAOctober 21, 2017
KapStone has been an excellent place of employment during my career. It has provided me opportunities for growth and given me the autonomy to learn without feeling I am micromanaged during the process. Management does require your best but they are fair and provide you with the tools needed to perform your job.
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Great pay and benefits.
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Amsterdam, NYOctober 19, 2017
Pay and promotions are really good. Shifts are by union seniority so its hard to get to days. Some older day people there are bitter and mean. Night shift peple are really friendly and helpful. Hours are long sometimes during week but hardly any weekends. You can make alot of money if you want to work. Safety is really good.
Pros
Lots of free lunches and good safety and pay
Cons
Not really friendly until you get in union. Union dues high but union seems ok.
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It's all about fhe numbers.
Shipping and Receiving (Former Employee) –  Yakima, WAOctober 17, 2017
If you are ready to work very long hours and a lot of overtime. This job is for you ! There is no family time and no life outside of work. Sometimes having to work through breaks and lunches
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feelings about getting hired
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Cowpens, SCSeptember 13, 2017
This company will work you a long time and then will make out as if they are going to hire you but never will.The job is good but you never know when you my get hired
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Productive and positive place to work.
Operator (Former Employee) –  Spanish Fork, UTAugust 19, 2017
I worked at kapstone for ten years and was given opportunity is grow and learn my job. Very good health benefits and 401 . Very go opportunity for advancement.
Pros
Rewards program
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Worse place I have worked for
Customer Service Associate (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAAugust 18, 2017
Management did nothing but blame others for their inability to run a successful business.
General Manager at the time promoted family member to high level management position who didn't deserve it .
No accountability
Pros
None
Cons
Accepting the position
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look elsewhere
Clamp Truck Operator (Current Employee) –  Cedar Rapids, IAAugust 7, 2017
Terrrible union
management sucks
no time off
mandatory overtime
supervisors always looking to throw someone under the bus to make them look better or to keep managements eyes off of them
Pros
you get paid
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Awful place to work
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  West Springfield, MAJuly 15, 2017
Management is awful. They just bully you into non stop overtime and threaten to punish you if you can't stay. The place is always dirty with dust in the air and machine leaks constinatly. All corporate cares about is money and doesn't care about employees and it shows. I would not recommend this job to anyone. It's just not worth the stress and constant headache management throws at you.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Its ok
Folk Lift Operator (Former Employee) –  College Park, GAJuly 14, 2017
An ok place to work. It will be beneficial to understand management and the duties expected to be performed. Sometimes lower management can cause problems.
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A terrible place to work
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Longview, WAJune 25, 2017
The pay is not in an equitable range of other employers for electricians.
This matter becomes worse when you consider how much you have to pay for medical insurance that you will likely never use because of the 6000 dollar dediuctable.
The vacations and paid days off are not available to. Ew hires unlike other non union jobs.
The benifit package is not fully available until after working 6 full calendar months.
Most new hires quit by then.
At Longview the electrical staff is below 50 percent staffed, this leads to excessive overtime, 16 hour days, no time off to see family and they eventually quit, making it harder on the ones left.
Management will run off new hires if they think they will complain about safety issues or are pro union.
There is an active movement there to bring in new blood to break the union.
The union doesn't represent people well, which makes the 2 percent of your pay you give them plus a high joining fee seem ridiculous.
There is an extremely high turn over rate here due to these issues. Do not quit a job to work here!!!!!!
Pros
None
Cons
Adviserial employee management
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Bad
Operator (Current Employee) –  North Charleston, SCJune 5, 2017
Pay is good, benefits decent. Expect long hard hours, 12-16 a day/night. Rotating shifts. Very hot nasty environment. Paper dust and oil leaks everywhere. Better options elsewhere for around same pay. Management has a bad attitude towards repairs and employee concerns.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Everything else
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Poor management and there's not a great place to work if you have a family
Millwright (Current Employee) –  Summerville, SCMay 3, 2017
Poor management and there's not a great place to work if you have a family. if you want to work a lot of overtime this is the place for you. they always try to change your schedule at the drop of a hat
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Safe productive work environment, people there are nice
1st Helper on Post Gluer (Former Employee) –  Bowling Green KentuckyApril 10, 2017
I was a hard worker and enjoyed working with the people there. I did my job and helped others. I was one of the best workers on the machine and got along with everyone.
Pros
Pay, health care
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General Manager is mindless of people
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CAApril 8, 2017
Recently Plant Manager was let go and the issues are deeper rooted. Management is mindless, employees are not treated fairlly and equipment is in poor condition.
Pros
Its a job
Cons
Working there
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Worst place I have ever worked!
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Longview, WAApril 4, 2017
Management will lie and throw you under the bus for anything and everything, no matter who you are.

I would not recommend working there, benefits are horrible with a 6k deductible and horrible insurance.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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production worker
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Bowling Green, KYMarch 20, 2017
I enjoyed working at Kapstone because the hours I was working. Ten hour shifts and weekends off. I helped run the Die Machines and Make Boxes. As well as checking the Quality of the product.
Pros
Great Hours
Cons
Repetitive work
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productive and green place
Production Operator (Current Employee) –  Cowpens, SCFebruary 20, 2017
100% recyclable plant. Unique experience with chances to learn new skills. Task demonstration is a must. Willingness to work night's and weekends is a plus
Pros
pay
Cons
night shifts
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The people who you work with are great.
Pipefitter (Former Employee) –  Longview. WAFebruary 3, 2017
Pay is ok. Union job and management does not like it. Safety is number one. If you make a mistake it will always be your fault as far as management is concerned.
Pros
The people and lower management are great
Cons
Upper management is all about money. Workers are just a number.
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You have no life
Flexo Operator (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 30, 2017
If you like working for a mindless company that only cares about productivity and want to never see your family. This is the perfect place for you.
Working 6 to 7 days a week, averaging 56-72hrs a week, overtime is plentiful, but mostly mandatory.
Pros
None
Cons
20 minute lunch, 1 10 minute break. Work 6-7 days a week
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