Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 59

International Paper

Memphis [South Atlantic]

Why you want to work there

Since 1952, the charitable foundation at this Memphis-based paper manufacturer has supported nonprofit organizations with primary focus areas of environmental education and literacy programs for young children. The foundation's signature program is "Coins 4 Kids," which provides meals in schools for more than 72,000 children in poverty-stricken areas near Nairobi, Kenya. The foundation also supports the use of National Geographic Explorer magazine in schools, and a recent grant of $1.25 million was allocated to help improve Memphis' public schools. Employees are also encouraged to submit grant applications to the foundation on behalf of the agencies they work with. An employee relief fund assists co-workers and communities impacted by natural disasters, personal tragedies or other circumstances beyond their control by pooling both company and employees resources. In 2010, employee and company donations to the fund totaled just over $380,000. Through a volunteer program, employees contribute to key service projects like the United Way Day of Caring, Habitat for Humanity, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes. Regal rewards In addition to traditional rewards such as merit pay increases and incentive bonuses for exceptional work, the company also offers annual cash bonuses to employees nominated for exceptional work efforts. In 2010, IT employees collectively were the recipients of $37,000 in special awards.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 35

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 36,118

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 932

IT employee turnover in 2010: 6%

IT promotions in 2010: 9%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $691

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 34%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 34%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 23%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 11%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 26%