Good pay/benefits, poor management, difficult work conditions
Two Color Die Cutter Flexo Operator (Former Employee) – Rogers, AR 72756 – March 13, 2017
Rock Tenn's pay and benefits offered for the job are satisfactory, but management is not good. The management team yells and cusses at their employees on a daily basis and the work conditions are horrible. The employees work 12 hour days 6 days a week and during the summer, the plant is at least 150 degrees with no fans available to help with the heat. Employees have had heat stroke because of the conditions. Opportunities for advancement are not available either. Several times I was promised supervisor opportunities but this never happened.
CREW LEADER (Former Employee) – Lithia Springs, GA – March 9, 2017
Really like working with them as long as you go to work they will keep you working I have been working with them a long time I cant say any thing bad about them when someone give you a job what can you say
It was a very good place to work but unfortunately it shut down.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Mansfield, MA 02048 – February 26, 2017
I had a very good experience with RockTenn. The work place was enjoyable, the hardest part of the job was setting up the machines. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to work in a good environment with good coworkers.
Great for work experience, Poor for internal advancement
Senior Category Manager (Former Employee) – Duluth, GA – February 11, 2017
RockTenn now known as WestRock provides plenty of challenging projects (which is great) without much consideration for work-life balance of the employees (which is highly unfortunate). Great for workaholics. That said, even the best achievers do not get recognized or appreciated and there is little to no career advancement within the company.
They compensate slightly better than average in the market, which they tout to make up for the shortcomings listed above.
As the company has dramatically grown over the past 10 years, the culture has gotten worse. It used to be very people oriented (which is what made it so successful) and now they seems to have forgotten the recipe of success.
Sr. Leaderhip is quite impressive team but as the company grew it seems that they have gotten far away from the roots and the people that continue to make them successful.
Salary and number of diverse and challenging projects to be engaged on
Poor work-life balance, Not so great IT infrastructure
I have enjoyed being a part of a life changing experience. I have been able to have a good friendly relations with people throughout my career. Job skills have advanced in all fields, from trouble=shooting to increasing productivity.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Plymouth, IN – January 28, 2017
Very fast phased environment to work with.people are great and everybody is busy with their own machines.the hardest part of the day is on break time because you will be feeding the machine and pack at the sametime.
Even with medical certificate from the doctor they will point you out
Forklift Operator Front end loader (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 6, 2017
A typical day for me consisted of spotting rail cars finding a supervisor to see which car recive what kind of baled material which could consist of newspaper,occ,magazines,ppe,etc...while weighing every bale I guess doing this everyday was ok everything else sucks no team players pay was horrible 10 cent raise every year supervisors we're fair it's just workers ran the plant telling bosses what they ain't gone do the place just wasn't organized I guess looking back now we got paid what we were worth
Safety lunches safety awards Walmart gift cards
To many bosses not enough supervisors pay scale whack
Excellent workers, but emphasis on production numbers create a hostile environment. Employees spend too much time worried about getting in trouble, i.e afraid to go use the bathroom. Supervisors are not to be found, unless to cover their behinds. Cliques have developed between department and refuse to help each other.
Leadman/Foreman (Current Employee) – Latta, SC – December 22, 2016
This has been a rewarding and challenging company to work for in which I have had a great career with. You will learn your most rewarding lessons from leading people. The calvary isn't coming... We are the calvary!