"We have yet to find the limits of accountability that our best people are able to assume."
— Carl Wilson, VP, Information Resources

Mainframe, midrange, and client-server SAP
Lumber mill Large shop


Georgia Pacific Corporation owns more than 6 million acres of timber in the United States and Canada, and manufactures and distributes pulp, stationary, copy paper, envelopes, tissues, container board, and packaging materials. The company is the largest U.S. producer of wood panels, the country's second largest lumber company and the third largest maker of gypsum boards, used to cover interior walls in homes and office buildings.

Founded in 1927, Georgia Pacific is a publicly-held corporation with revenues of $12.7 billion. The company employs 50,000 people; 11,000 are at corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.



Georgia Pacific has a varied hardware and software environment, including COBOL-based IBM mainframe legacy applications, while the company moves toward client-server and object-oriented designs.

Job titles for the company's 700 computer professionals include Programmer/Telecommunications Associate, Programmer/Analyst/Associate Technical Analyst, Senior Programmer Analyst, Systems Analyst/Database Analyst/Technical Analyst, Senior Analyst, Consultant, and Senior Manager. Recent projects included the move to a TCP/IP Wide Area Network backbone; implementation of electronic data interchange (EDI) for purchase order placement, development of an order confirmation advanced shipment notification and invoicing system, and development of a SAP sales and distribution system. Staff members also recently developed an integrated order management and paper roll tracking system, a graphical sales analysis tool, and a wood supply information system through Joint Application Development (JAD) and Rapid Application Development (RAD) techniques.


Travel from 5 to 10 percent of an employee's time may be needed to install, train, and provide technical support to Georgia Pacific's 400 locations. Standard office hours are 8 AM to 5 PM, with a 40-hour week typical.

Georgia Pacific pays the full cost of medical, vision, dental, and life insurance and funds a retirement program. Stock purchase plans and a 401(k) program are available as well. The company also provides credit unions and tuition reimbursement. There have been no layoffs except for short-term positions in mills.


A fundamental technical skill base is important for job candidates. An understanding of business needs, communication skills, and negotiation and project management experience are also needed. A college degree, preferably in a business discipline combined with technology, is important. Current staff members have from 0 to 25 years of experience. Most have Bachelor's degrees and many have Master's degrees. Georgia Pacific does hire entry-level computer professionals.

The company finds the 70 or more computer professionals hired each year through college recruiting, job fairs, the Internet, professional associations, and selected employment agencies.


Letters or faxes are accepted.

Technical Staffing Manager, Corporate Staffing

Georgia Pacific Corporation

133 Peachtree Street, N.E.

Atlanta, Georgia 30348-5605

Phone: (404) 652-6989

Fax: (404) 584-1481

Copyright 1998 Carol L. Covin. Covin’s Southeast Computer Job Guide