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Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj is a global company that provides fiber-based products such as decor paper, filters, release liners, abrasive backings, nonwoven fabrics, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, food packaging and labeling, tape, medical fiber materials for medical diagnostics. More than 90 percent of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s products are made from renewable fibers.Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj is a r


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Sparehand (Current Employee) says

"Many weeks you work all 3 shifts. Sometimes back to back. No time for appointments as you won't know your schedule until Thursday the week before and many times HR doesn't approve you for days needed off for appointments or other activities."

E & I Supervisor (Former Employee) says

"Absolutely run the other direction. I've never seen such unprofessional top management in my life. You will live there, forget about a personal life, you can never give enough, especially if you are E & I."

sparehand (Former Employee) says

"While advancement is fairly quick the training is horrible. Once you get a permanent job your continuing to learn a job above you and even then the training is no good. The pay is legit but it seems as the only ones who have constant work these days is management due to difficulty keeping work for everyone. I wouldnt reccomend this employer based out of depere by any means us the benefits are terrible minus the 401k match. STAY AWAY!"

stock prep operator (Former Employee) says

"terrible place to work. very hot and very noisy. co-workers are mentally challenged. union sucks and management sucks worse. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CESSPOOL!noneeverything"

Material Handler Spare (Former Employee) says

"Mill jobs have people that have been there their whole lives that are miserable. If you can handle being yelled at at swore at, have at it. You will make a living wage with benefits that are not too great.Ok benefits and payBad attitudes all around"

Laborer/Operator (Former Employee) says

"I worked for the former expera regime for 9 years. All that matters is production, and who you know. Was bent over by the Union as well as the company. Had no choice after being in a hostile work environment for more than 6 months but to leave or be forced to move to a different dept for way less play, rather than deal with the hostile employee.MoneyEverything else"

Spare Hand (Former Employee) says

"I worked at the Depere mill. It was AWFUL!! The job I could handle, but the people were terrible! Training, wasn't really even there, and the supervisor didn't really deal with anything, basically layed everything in you to figure out on your own.NoneToo busy for breaks. Very hot work environment. Management was terrible."

Utility Operator (Current Employee) says

"Management does not help employees No empathy to personal health Working conditions are horrid Does not care about "safety" as stated and posted everywhere in the buildingGood pay and benefits"

Rewinder assistant (Current Employee) says

"Management is awful. Need a complete restructuring of management in coated products(problems). It’s called coated problems for a reason if you are ever looking for a job ask to not be in coated products because all you will ever deal with is bad managers and harassment from management. Could be a good job if it wasn’t for such terrible managers. But, it’s not and nobody cares either so don’t waste you’re time here.Management, schedule, harassment"

Pulper Operator (Current Employee) says

"treated poorly and the manager and person that was training me always and hiding so had to guess and do things without training or instructions. Good place to make decent money if you like being thrown under the bus.MoneyThe managment sucked"

Production Worker (Current Employee) says

"Truly understand what being a number means. High amount of favoritism. Poor maintenance practices. Very poor floor management. Unfortunate situation for a well paying job. Makes one question if the money is worth the environment."

Digester (Former Employee) says

"Nobody likes the job, managers are against employees. They do not care about us here at all just the product. I used to be upbeat and happy until I started working here. This place really has a big negative energy vibe.The long weekend.Negative people. A lot of harassment."

Former Employee (Former Employee) says

"I gave my all to this organization on one of their start up projects only to be told that I did not meet their standards 6 months later... I felt "used"...Decent WageNo direct management involvement and understanding of work actually being performed.Expera successfully stepped in to restart the mill in 2013 and began to rebuild the organization; however, following the restart, the decline of the Canadian dollar exchange rate, combined with a significant increase of new pulp capacity, led to a material drop in market pulp prices. Additionally, wood costs did not moderate in Maine commensurate with the decline in demand. The combination of these forces did not allow Expera to be able to sustain operations beyond December 31, 2015, even with a dedicated and talented team of Old Town Mill employees."

Operator 1 (Former Employee) says

"Management is terrible. Pay/benefits are terrible. Teamwork is non existent. The union is garbage, but hopefully after the contracts expire they can redeem themselves."

Lab Technician (Current Employee) says

"The management is very horrible. There are way too many managers that don't do any work and are overpaid. To save money, the company takes it out on the workers. Schedules are changing constantly and at the last minute, so forget about having a life outside of work. Very few of the managers are actually in charge of anything, so there's no accountability. HR is very patronizing while cutting jobs or bouncing you from one shift to another. The pay is good, but there are other places in the area that pay similarly. The vacations are horrible. One week after one year. Two weeks after three years.Poor management"

Machine Operator (Former Employee) says

"Worked there 8 1/2 years. Was bullied by an employee and company choose to look the other way as did the so called Union. Decided to leave instead of being fired for dealing with bully on my own.PayEverything else"

Reliability Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Worked for them a considerable length of time. Great people on the floor if you just listen to them a little bit, current and past management just brow-beat the union employees (really sad to see). Electrical/Instrumentation technicians are difficult to work with in most areas, have little to offer in skill sets and work desire. Management is really poor. Currently there are many changes going on and they are attempting to make it better but, the existing management does not have a finger on the pulse of those whom are on the floor. Overall great pay for the job, poor insurance coverage, claims of end of year bonus, but, not typically there.Decent workforcemanagementIt’s never easy to hear about an employee’s less than perfect work experience. While there may be individuals you found difficult to work with, Expera agrees with you that we have a lot of “great people.” We do believe each person and every job and function within Expera is important and contributes to the success of the company. We are actively working hard to positively manage changes within our business at all of our mill locations (a continuous goal), which includes striving to make Expera a great place to work while focusing on safety and maintaining a welcoming environment. Communication is key and, we agree with you, it is important to listen to our employees. Expera remains dedicated to providing cost-effective benefit options to meet the needs of our employees and their families. Each year all benefits are reviewed to ensure coverages are in place that have the best available value. In addition to our medical plan options, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and 401k plan, we recently added voluntary insurance coverage for both accident and critical illness, and we added several “preferred providers” that offer high-quality services at deep discounts for MRIs and other surgical services. An employee incentive bonus program is in place, and it has paid out the last several years. We wish you the best as you continue to work toward your career goals."

General Laborer (Former Employee) says

"Southern swing shift. You will have zero free time when you start working there. Safety is pushed on you for a week of training but isn't as big of a deal when you get on the floor.Good payZero free time."

Janitor (Current Employee) says

"Good people to work with hourly employed; salary personal not so good. Strong Union but under attack by Union busting management. My day starts early limited to 8hrs straight days. Ego .straight days, Weekends offnot very challenging for what I know and what I can do"

Utility Worker (Current Employee) says

"The turn over rate is absolutely wild and here is why. 1. This company acknowledges that they have a harassment issue and writes it off as being apart of their work culture. Unfortunately if you have low self and are easily triggered. This may not be for you. The advancement is quick. (You could be moved up to 3 or 4th hand within a few months. But if your not driven or fit enough, the likelyhood of putting up with the grueling first few months could make or break you .Umm. Profit sharing. Union.No official breaks within a 12 hour period, You are literally a slave to the machine, Not fat person friendly unless your looking for an extreme workout, Harassment is HIGH, Unrealistic work expectations and job tasks, Extremely high turnover rate."

Former Employee - Operations says

"Company is not financially sound. They are publically traded and are only producing 2-3% profit. Constantly in a state of flux between divesting and consolidation. Management at the Windsor Locks site is some of the worst. Favoritism is rampant and new ideas that are not aligned with management are suppressed. The facility and offices are in a very poor state of disrepair, very hard to attract and keep talent to a job that has average pay poor profitability, poor management and a run down facility. For example one of the plants sewer lines was overflowing for months dropping raw sewage into the basement."


"Poor management, pay is not competitive, too much gossiping"

Shipping Clerk says

"Management does not exist in that place. Too much changing all the time. Favoritism is at an all time high."


"The company doesn't live its values. It's restructured so many times that its lost a lot of good employees and they've moved unqualified employees into new positions. Raises never happen and many employees arent even within the minimum pay range for their position. There are little advancement opportunities due to an extremely flattened organization."

Current Employee - Hourly says

"Work schedule awful. Rotating shifts a killer on body. Promotes based on who you know and not what you know. Training is a joke. Favoritism runs wild. If you go against a boss they will get revenge. The truth is not encouraged. They will ship anything to make reduce waste on there end"

Former Employee - Non-union, White Collar says

"Extreme favoritism for certain individuals. Not the same standards for everyone. Some people are paid in their pay band while others are paid way below. No rationale on this. Raises are the same 1 - 2 % each year IF there is a raise, and not based on merit or level of work performed. 1 - 2 honest white collar employees that carry everyone else. Custom computer programs don't work. No training on how to use them. HR is a joke, never on site or has door closed."


"The executive management team lacks a constant direction and/or compelling strategy. They do not listen and assume they know everything without asking their employees for input. They expect change by simply posting an update on their intranet site. The entire executive team has turned over (and grown) except the CEO and EVP, HR while the company has shrunk by 50%."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Hours worked coupled with pay make anyone trying to find other employment cringe at the total loss of money they would incur. Zero talent management....zero. Site profits are relatively low. Need corporate capital to modernize. Supervisors are blue collar promotions who have expert machine experience but no people/supervisory experience. Little to no room for site promotions. Company promotions move you well out of area (if any). Constant talk of losing business overseas makes some uneasy. Amazing sick pay but if you call out or do not show when on call ~8 times, you will be terminated."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Very limited opportunities for upward mobility. Management style would be more suitable for a call center environment. Very little incentive is provided for performance or performance improvement."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"High intensity organization under financial stress."

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