Best Places to Work in IT 2017 Employer Profile

No. 26, Large

International Paper

Memphis, Tenn. [South Central]
International Paper
Credit: Paige Melvin

Why you want to work there

International Paper invests in its IT workforce, offering skills training, hands-on experience and personal coaching, and making sure that individuals are recognized for their achievements. The Memphis-based company has a performance review and professional development program that includes customized career road maps for each employee, ongoing feedback sessions with managers, and recognition for achievements. Through a program called CORE, IT employees rotate through a series of assignments during their first five years at International Paper. Professional development opportunities, such as forums with business leaders and extracurricular activities, are available through the company's CORE Network. Additional professional development initiatives include the IT Talent Development Council, which helps people cultivate their talents by taking on new roles and project assignments, and IT University, which offers a full menu of courses.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 35,711

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,025

IT employee turnover in 2016: 5%

IT promotions in 2016: 15%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2016: No set maximum

Training budget per IT employee in 2016: $884

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 22

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 27

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 75%