Working at Sappi: Company Overview and Reviews in South Africa

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Overall Reviews at Sappi

Quality Controller | Mpumalanga | 25 Jun 2015
Team building sports activities and celebrated or observed certain dates like birthdays and anniversaries.
The mill covers a wide area, its a big plant with various integrated section, mainly using three pillars of processing the raw product to its finest output. Thermo, mechanical and chemical tri-aspects instilled being more cautious as far as safety is concerned. During the operation any troubleshooting would keep everyone on toes until the problem would be solved. One would recall that in an industry, everything is measured on a good product in a minute basis. I learnt to work independently but still as a team player and learnt to be an unbiased middleman between the production team and the client. Hence its what is key about quality-controlling duties. Being involved in observing ISO series { 9000( Quality), 14000 ( Environmental) and 18000 (OHSAH)}. As an employee, you would not always flow in the same direction with the management but is health is to have good dialogue supported with company policies where necessary. I would enjoy my team as I was the youngest of them all, they would treat me like toddler and they expect me to exercise every latest trick. on a very serious note, it takes a strong person to maintain good self-esteem, concept and remain principled in a team in workplace. Whenever there would be differences, I would always do an introspection before engaging dialogues. I had to acknowledge that conflict would always be health if it is addressed in a fair and open manner. Surely as a shift worker sharing information during a handing over would always be an or
ProsOffers good training, helps with furthering studies and many incentives.
Conscould not have a fixed schedule with family as one would be called anytime, though it would not be frequent.
Associate Analyst | Pretoria, Gauteng | 26 Mar 2013
Rotine work
Typical at work: We analyze the paper for its consistence and viscosity and also its kappa number. There are two types of liquors we have to analyze, white and black liquors. These we check for its SG, viscosity and do some titrations. It depends on the work the researchers are doing so some days is more of the liquors and others is more of the paper. What I learned: From the work which I do, i have learned to be accurate since this is a necessity for every analyst. I have also be diligent as one mistake one do will affect the outcome of the results. It was not a practical thing for me to work with people and for people in a work environment than in a school environment and so I have learned to be patient with other people and be able to stand for what is right and have confidence in my values and the company's values. Management: My boss is very kind and willing to help when one needs help. As a person who has never worked before as independent, he has been like father who also know when to put you to order and when to try and assist you. The overall managent is good people who know how to deal with new comers and people from school. They are kind ready to help where they can. My co-workers: The person I am assisting is very patient and understands when I do not get something. The mistakes I make due to fear, she try help me culm down and explain to me why it is of most important that I do my job diligently. The hardest part of the Job: Having to learn and understan
Prosi haven't had any fun part with the company and the people.
Conslong hours of standing and forcussing.
In-service Trainee | Pretoria, Gauteng | 16 Jan 2018
Productive and Focused place
The company as a whole is focused and result driven. It is a research company/branch. A typical day for me usually consisted of planning and prioritizing since I dealt with projects. After a while though the work became routine but the work still required and observant eye and an out of the box thinking. I learned how to prioritize and plan out projects (I am forever thankful for that). I also learned how to work with different kinds of people and be in sync with other people's energies. This instilled a a whole new form of patience and understanding. It is a professional work place and therefore professionalism was required, something I learned from the job and from management and everyone else. My superiors were and are very professional, mindful and understanding of experience level. They were helpful and encouraging. The hardest part about the job was consistency and the accuracy of the results (well it was hard at first, but not so much as time went on). I had to adjust, and quickly in order to deliver. I enjoyed my entire experience at SAPPI, EVERYTHING! All the adjusting, the ambiance of the workplace, the different people, the actual work I had to do (I LOVE lab work). I am grateful of the experience I was granted.
ProsOpportunity to complete my Diploma. Free lunches, sometimes
ConsLow stipend (From the university)
Customer Service Supervisor | Germiston, Gauteng | 23 Jul 2013
Although Mpact is a highly productive company it is an extremely fun filled work place.
My daily work starts with plant inspection. To plan the days maintenance and ordering of necessary material and spare parts. Discuss maintenance and production issues with factory Manager in morning meeting. Do daily maintenance repairs and supervise all services and repairs done by appointed service companies and own people. With the huge area I cover daily I continuously learn new things in my field of work regarding people and machinery. As a current employee of Mpact I can state that the management is of the highest qualified in their fields and there cannot be asked to work for a better team in any other company. As for my co-workers, we always work together as one team, and source the best solutions to solve any problem. I know that the hardest part of my job is to find enough time in a day to do everything I want to do for the company. The most enjoyable part of my job is to know that people working with me listen to suggestions and work together to solve problems.
ProsMpact always make sure that employees has opportunities for training and skills development
ConsLong working hours.
Controller | Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal | 13 Feb 2013
Implementing machanisms of good production quality to sestify customer's beyond expetations
I remember my few weeks at work, i always lost my wat to control room because I never noticed my may leading to control room simply because I amaized by this magnicificant architect construction. So being told that this Plant will be expected to be run by me in future, i kept looking at it and thinking about not making any mistake cause all will be burnt down in a minute. i learnt so many skills matric in operating level. My manangement team was the first people who welcomed and introduced me to the rest of team members. I had a wonderful time with all of them because we met for one goal. My hardest part of the job was when we had to briefly explain the the tube leak we experianced in the furnace boiler. Basically, i learnt about piping system at school. i had to come up with what I think could be a precuation and sources of error. The most enjoyable part was when i suggested that we can somehow use our Plant bi-product as reflux based on quality focus.
Prosmeal vouchers
IT Technician | KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal | 18 Jun 2012
never a dull moment
Starts of with with checking up on backup and scans that ran over night, checking systems with outdated antivirus’s and general user faults like email’s intranet issues and printer problems I have learnt a number of mill developed software, office support, network support incl wireless and cisco networking, support for mobile devices, desktop support, call management and routing, pabx systems, vox orion ip phones, historians, vlans, virtual servers and machines AD support Exchange support, backup exec support Our management is split in 3 because we fall under shared services and they report to 2 more mangers so sometimes we get mixed answers and solutions, but other than that they are an ok bunch of guys good people We have and excellent team we work together well and share knowledge The hardest part of my job is knowing what the problem is and how to fix it but not having the access to The most enjoyable part is when you fix a problem that no one else can.
Prosnot far from home
Consno room for improvement and 24/7 365 on standby
Maintenance Mechanic | Nelspruit, Mpumalanga | 03 Dec 2013
Place to always work in
My day will start early morning meeting Where we discussed the accomplishment of yesterday and planning for the day ahead of us which simplifies one's day. The most important thing is planing which helps one to know what spare does he have to attach the job and if they are enough. Communication is always the key in every work place which prevent breakdowns and help in managing things. the people I have worked with the are easy to accept they mistakes if there is one and that was helping me to do the same to them and the job continues smoothly. the hardest part is when the production management and the maintenance does not agree to some schedule because all team are looking at the company's best interest. the most enjoyable moment about my position is at all time because this is what I wanted to do since forever therefore I never feel out of place.
ProsEach day is a learning curve
Conssome days are too rest full.
Clerk | Durban, KwaZulu-Natal | 12 Oct 2015
maximum productivity, smartness and speed
everyday at work is challenging educational and fun, I have learnt to work efficiently and productively under any amount of pressure and yet enjoy and find something some skill to acquire each day. we were a diverse group of people with different cultures, beliefs and personalities, I have learnt to accept, respect and embrace every one as they are and ensure that I keep the environment as peaceful as possible. the most challenging part is when you do not get feedback and cooperation from the other side and as a result risk deadlines and the good image of the company and your credibility yet be as professional and calm as possible. the most rewarding part of my job is when you get a get call from a satisfied management and of customers and recommendations to our company because of the job well done by our department,
Prosemployee of the month recognition
Conslong hours
Foreman | Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape | 27 Nov 2012
Productive and fun place
Typical Work Day: Start by doing rounds to check if every operator is at work, check if any problems( e.g breakages,stoppages etc.) encountered during the night shifts and they were overcome or if they were still there and how to overcome them. Check if all machinery still in good working order and also calibrate when due. Go to Multi-disciplinary Team Meetings to discuss problems encountered and production quality, safety and environmental impact and the days production. See to time and attendance. Go to safety meetings and reviews, check water quality and supply. Evaluate quality and technicians. Order consumables and raw materials. Do rounds to check in-process quality. Team meetings and standby. Coming in when there's problems. Do internal auditing. See to it that ther is enough staff for handover of shift.
Prosinternal training
Consstaff shortage, no certificates at end of training
Communications Assistant | Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal | 13 Nov 2012
Friendly work environment
A typical day at work would start at 07:30 and end at 16:30, each day was exciting for me because each new day brought along something new to do and i gained a lot in terms of putting the theory from my text books into practice. Management made time to find out and understand about working conditions and the needs of employees, my co-workers were excellent and were always there to help when required. The hardest part of the job was being undermined at times, but then that is to be expected in life and all I had to do was prove that I was capable and knew what I was doing. the most enjoyable part of the job was when we had departmental team building sessions because that's where we interacted with colleagues on an out of office level and were able to learn more about each other.
Prosfriendly working environment
Consworking at a plant is dangerous, you always have to put safety first
Senior Research Scientist | Westbrook, ME | 16 May 2014
Learning as you experience- a typical experience
On a previous day -Organized work plan for subordinates and reviewed work plan with them. Work plan includes standard control formulations,, designed experiment and a few outliers designed to help learn something new beyond the standard experimental design, During the work , an unexpected result is found. Stop work and review result, make sure plan was followed and there are no errors. In days following: Repeat work to reproduce unexpected result. Attempt to use unexpected result to the quality benefit and cost reduction potential of the work being conducted. If positive for such application, continue multiple replications of the results Apply learning from results to other areas of investigation. Communicate beneficial results to management once data supports desired path forward, Learn and communicate principle related to unexpected results. (I can provide specific examples during interview). Obtain management support for pilot coater trials, and if successful commercial trials. Follow same procedure for expected results that prove to be desirable. Most enjoyable part : Prepare for proper communication of failures learning from failures, as well as successes. Learning how to make technical successes commerciality viable. Use learning's from failures to assist in design of future work which would reduce failures and increase success in a variety of different projects.. Hardest part , Being given a project that presents scientific challenges that have previousl
ProsDediction and high moral values
ConsA shrinking market for products
Manager | America | 17 May 2022
5 stars
What is the best part of working at the company? Sappi is a global leader in the wood fiber industry, promoting safety, innovation and sustainability across all 3 regions transforming the pulp and paper industry. Sappi’s commitment to the employees is highlighted by their world class safety performance, investment to the future and support of community, impacting lives across the globe in a positive manner. At Sappi, you are family. What is the most stressful part about working at the company? All manufacturing companies face challenges on a daily basis, Sappi is no different. An area Sappi sets itself apart is through investment, utilizing advanced technology and the latest in manufacturing equipment / processes to streamline operations. Their is pressure to always improve, but the satisfaction one gets through their accomplishments far outweigh the stresses getting there. What is the work environment and culture like at the company? Sappi has challenged the industry norms, offering an engaging environment for all employees to get involved and play a part in improving their future. Advancement opportunities are always available and the company supports all higher education ambitions. What is a typical day like for you at the company? New challenges yet new opportunities to drive the business forward and impact the lives of many throughout the industry. Work days can run long but you’re never alone when the going gets tough.
Instrument Technician | Swaziland | 28 Mar 2014
A very exciting place to work at due to different processes.
- A typical day at work started with walking the plant and finding out from production their challanges and problems they had. - Learnt that every person is important from the shop floor guy to the most senior person in the organization and the importance of understanding the process. - Management was supportive at its best in trying to better the plant. - Co-workers were a funny crew and one had to understand and appreciate each individual as he/she was. - Hardest part of the job was when assigning jobs to artisans and then finding out that they did not resolve them before knocking off. - Most enjoyable part of the job was doing preventative maintenance, programming of DCS systems and planning for major shut downs.
ProsSupport from senior management and production team.
ConsWorking long hours when we had major breakdowns because at times you would go for 24 hours non stop.

Questions And Answers about Sappi

Does Sappi require background check? What kind of background check does Sappi do and how long does Sappi take to complete a background check?
Asked 21 Apr 2017
EXPERIENCE Criminal record Qualification and takes four weeks
Answered 17 Mar 2021
Criminal record ,qualification and experience
Answered 16 Mar 2021
What should you wear to an interview at Sappi?
Asked 20 Jun 2017
Formal outfit
Answered 26 Mar 2021
Semi formal, smartly dressed.
Answered 25 Oct 2018
How often do you get a raise at Sappi?
Asked 23 Jan 2023
Answered 22 Aug 2023
Each year
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How did you feel about telling people you worked at Sappi?
Asked 17 Aug 2017
I feel good because Sappi Saiccor is one of the biggest Pulp Industries in the country.
Answered 31 Jul 2019
It was good for my experience
Answered 07 May 2019
What questions did they ask during your interview at Sappi?
Asked 20 Jun 2017
What is purpose of the company?
Answered 31 Aug 2018
Why do you want to work here? Your availability? Your current salary? Very detailed explanation of your experience from matric to tertiary to work experience? Technical questions on your field of expertise? Some trick questions on the technical side be prepared
Answered 08 Aug 2018