Process Engineer Co-op (Former Employee) – Prince George, BC – 22 June 2017
Very productive company with knowledgeable engineers and operators, however the company needs better management and the work culture is not very friendly. The company strictly monitor employee's internet usage instead of focusing on their actual performance.
Know someone higher up or you're just an easy to replace number
Labourer (Former Employee) – Chetwynd, BC – 4 July 2017
Was a valued employee worked graves for 6 months before making the switch to production. Was always praised for being the employee they went to for work to get done, once my "usefulness" wore off the amount of immature and outright harassing treatment began. A year and a half later since being wrongfully terminated and still recovering from the financial stress. Management is horrendous with "safety first" being preached but rarely practiced, and if caught in the crossfire of something happened your hide will be first to be thrown to the wolves to save their own skin. Seniority will often be ignored to bring on friends and push them through to higher paying positions before they're even hired on 30 days. Hopefully the company as a whole operates better than this sad excuse of what should be a professional workplace.
Field Operations, Layout (Former Employee) – Vanderhoof, BC – 23 March 2017
The best employer I have ever worked with. Really go out of their way to make work an enjoyable place; always looking out for the employee and presenting opportunity to expand employee training wherever possible. Plenty of room for advancement.
Summer Student (Former Employee) – Taylor, BC – 8 March 2017
My entire time with Canfor was spent hearing employees constantly complain about every decision that management ever made but not a single one of them ever voiced a complaint to management itself. I have never seen anyone put in less effort to their job on a daily basis than the staff at Canfor Taylor Pulp. That being said they were overall a nice bunch and when things really needed to get done they did and they were done properly.
There are some good people that work here but corporate management has something wrong with them. They do not follow employment standards and when mentioned they don't care. Only place I have ever worked where I understood the need for a union.
Operator (Former Employee) – Chetwynd, BC – 24 January 2017
Management can be okay if you're doing what needs to be done that being said there's no trust between employee and management! this job is for someone who's starting out in the industry. wages are not the greatest if you have a family! it's not a career type job wages are low! they preach safety first but its production then safety! bottom line if you're desperate and hurting for a job take this!
management! wages! task! cross shift will leave you shafted!!!
Was a great place to work. Work hard, be a team player, keep your mind on your job, don't get caught up in the bs that goes with every job, and it's a good job. Overtime is always welcome in my book. Overall a winner!
weekend clean up , then moved to graveyards (Former Employee) – Chetwynd, BC – 28 July 2016
The job was great, good money, decent bosses, never a dull moment. except the other employees were lazy and to "tired" to be working so hard. how ever i never let that stop me, i worked my little butt off and now i know the defference between hard works and lazy people.
this is the adjacent pellet plant not the sawmill side
no comment (Former Employee) – chetwynd pellet plant – 12 July 2016
This position is offered for the pellet plant not the sawmill side. Through CENLP ( CANFOR AND PACIFIC BIO) .
That being said. I would not recommend applying to work for them unless your desperate. The managment or there lack of is atrocious. There are NO supervisors, the communication lines between staff are non existant, there are no defined job duties and your workload changes from shift to shift at times with no warning, leaving one to discover the hard way.
As far as the longevity of the pellet plant goes, things are not.looking good with the way its run. Avoid if.possible
OT available, pay for ticket courses (fall arrest, etc) union staff are friendly
management, no morale, no trust, no communication, no on site first aid/first aid room
maintainence electrician/supervisor (Former Employee) – Chetwynd, BC – 3 March 2016
A typical day involves preparing the mill for startup and keeping it operational until it shut down at midnight. The most challenging part of the job was troubleshooting while the mill was stopped and the pressure was on to get it running quickly. It was rewarding to be valued for my skills.
Great co-workers! Challenging with a young family.
Labourer (Current Employee) – Vanderhoof, BC – 17 February 2016
Decent wages. My coworkers are a great team! I found it difficult coordinating life with young children when I started my family. I enjoyed data collecting to ensure a quality product was brought to customers globally. I enjoyed working in the quality control department.
welder (Former Employee) – Fort St John, BC – 24 January 2016
where to begin on this long list of flaws DO NOT RELOCATE UNTIL THROUGH PROBATION -first of all the equipment is terrible and outdated (doesnt even have enough duty cycle to gouge) and doesnt reflect on jobs taking longer -if you have any sort of pride in your welding be sure you can throw it out the window as doing a good job "takes to long" so be prepared to scab out to the max -no sense of guidance for people new to industry but are expected to produce as much as a person whos been there for years -spark watch takes off for hours at a time (not able to cut grind weld etc without their presence) also reflects your work abilities -Cant trust many people as far as you can throw them -the superintendant looks at your list and determines himself with no knowledge of what the job entails how MANY things you should be able to get done in a day -as well as no other welders to show you the ropes I GAVE UP MY LIFE TO RELOCATE FOR THIS JOB TO BE LET GO NOT FOR SLACKING BUT DUE TO ALL THE FLAWS THIS MILL HAD WITH EVERYTHING I WAS DETERMINED TO BE NOT A RIGHT FIT NOW MY FAMILY IS ABOUT TO GO BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF THIS COMPANY. THIS IS ALSO THE FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN LET GO FOR THIS REASON IN MY 8 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS A WELDER.
Shift millwright (Former Employee) – Mackenzie, BC – 19 October 2015
Current team leader prefers to use sub-contract skilled labour so he can bully workers. Typical day was pretty much as expected for sawmill / planer mill shift millwright. The hardest part of the job is obtaining the proper parts to complete repairs. most ebjoyable part of the job is working with a good crew of workers.
good wage/ benafits package
maintenance supers motto " my right to manage and your right to greive."
labourer (Former Employee) – Vanderhoof, BC – 26 September 2015
management easy to get along with as long as you work hard and do what needs to be done...learn a variety of tasks and do them safely and efficiently...worked with a variety of characters that made it more interesting to go to work everyday...
Great atmosphere and always fun to socialize with friends while on breaks
Mill Worker (Current Employee) – Bear Lake, AB – 31 May 2015
I really enjoy working at Canfor because of the good atmosphere. The four men are really polite and generous. The hardest part of working here is nothing really. What I enjoy most is working with the positive attitudes that the co-workers show.