Resolute Forest Products Employee Reviews

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Horrible place to work
Maintenance (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, Sawmill5 August 2016
There is a reason they are always advertising for people, staff turnover is huge. Poor wages and benefits. They can't attract competent management so you end up working for supervisors that know nothing and act like little children throwing temper tantrums when they don't get their own way. Safety is a big issue with management always pushing to cut corners to get production rolling. Management style is that of trying to rule by fear, always trying to threaten to suspend people or discipline them, they fired one guy because he took 10 feet of rope from the garbage to tie his truck door shut because it froze open, they disciplined another because they crimped a hydraulic hose wrong, is just some examples. Best advice I can give is find somewhere else to work, everybody else does.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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A downward spiral, a company going nowhere fast
Many, 30 year employee (Former Employee) –  Several10 January 2017
30 year employee, worked in every department of this newsmill. Once a forward thinking company, now definitely in survival mode. One would think that a few well paid businessmen who succeeded in having all their debt erased after coming out of bankruptcy a few years ago might find a way to make a profit, and stop beating up (especially) long tenured employees. My advice, if you are young, educated and want a long lasting meaningful career, go elsewhere, regardless of profession. Once a proud employee, The Resolute company should be avoided at all costs. If you get the chance, regardless of location, steer clear. Mean, failing and desperate company.
Pros
Pay deposited on time
Cons
A desperate organization, fighting for survival.
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Great summer employment and fun work atmoshphere
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON4 January 2017
This was a great work experience. The work was demanding and the hours were long but we were compensated accordingly. The management and team building that is there is great and provided good direction. They stress on safety procedures and a healthy workplace which makes ergonomics in the workplace great. The hardest part of the job was being able to cope with the heat and physical demand.
Pros
good hours, 4 day weeks, 10 hour shifts, very safe work.
Cons
Had to return to school
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Find employment somewhere else
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Ignace, ON4 December 2016
Very poor management, starts at the top. Try to rule by intimation and threats of shutting down if things don't go as they plan. Manager wouldn't deal with issues as they arise, making things worst. Safety is important as long as production is not effected. Have to have the beloved piece of wood out the door at any cost. Employees are expendable, when you have served your purpose they don't need them anymore. Worked for many companies, Resolute was by far the worst. Avoid if possible
Pros
Days off
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Terrible place to work
Operator (Former Employee) –  Ignace, ON5 January 2017
This mill is poorly managed! They do not have enough trained management staff! the most important thing to management is production and if they don't get production they will threaten your job. Safety is at the bottom of the priority list at this mill! I don't now recommend working for this company unless you absolutely have to!
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OK Place to work.
Sawmill Employee (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON27 March 2017
Very short staffed with high turnover makes it a very frustrating place to work. Management doesn't seem to value it's employees which is causing the high turnover and lack of ability to attract qualified employees.
Pros
Coworkers are an excellent to work with.
Cons
Management doesn't value employees.
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Unrealistic Expectations
Sawmill Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Ignace, ON29 March 2016
Management has unrealistic expectations from management staff. They increase workloads without compensation and expect all to act like they are getting the same salary as the CEO.
Pros
weekend positions
Cons
unattainable goals
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Productive enviroment, nonstop attitude
Millwright Apprentice (Former Employee) –  Atikokan, ON19 January 2017
Got to work with other employee's who were very knowledgeable about the Millwright trade. Got to see how my first year prepared me for industry and was able to apply the things I learned about applied in the workplace.
Pros
Millwright apprenticeship
Cons
Comuting to work everyday
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Excellent co-workers
Health and Safety Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON19 January 2017
The co-workers are very much like a family, strong safety culture.
Brother's keeper mentality has brought much success to the workforce's health and safety efforts.
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Professional Working Enviroment
Mechanical Engineering Student (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON2 January 2017
Throughout the duration of my summer employment at Resolute Forest Products, I was exposed to the inner workings of an engineering department, while simultaneously gaining knowledge related to the processes and equipment utilized in a pulp and paper mill.
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Reactive
Fibre Technician (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON8 November 2016
Dispassionate employees, paid and trained to react to plant interruptions. Sit in a chair and gripe with coworkers.

2000 hours per year, 24/7 scheduling.
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Location is and has been in survival mode for years.
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Thorold, ON20 November 2015
Market has had the particular location I worked at shift into survival mode for a long while. The long term workforce is increasingly jaded and its relationship with management is luke-warm at best. Management trends from recent internal transfers are bent on micromanagement from mid-level down through to the worker level, which is met with a predictable outcome.

I have heard that other mills have a better culture. There is opportunity to improve.

People individually are very skilled here, very good at their roles and do their best at lower management roles to co-operate and get things done.
Pros
Safety gear provided, programs in place to be good
Cons
Direction inconsistent, People routinely thrown under the bus, Clique-ish
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Good Job
Accounting Manager (Current Employee) –  Montreal, CA14 January 2016
Good job, great people. Employees are valued. Good work life balance. Canadian headquarters so management is more liberal than United States managed companies.
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Bad place to work stay away
Operator (Current Employee) –  Atikokan, ON27 January 2016
The workers here are good thats the only good thing. Management is terrible don't care about anyone and lie all the time.They pay $5 dollars hr less then anyone else. they ride you all day and allways say your not doing a good enough job. The mill I'm at there is 5 harassment law suits.
Pros
Pay check
Cons
don't treat you with respect and continually lie
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Had good experiences with new and old technology, great people and many different situations that put us to the test.
Control Systems Technologist (Former Employee) –  Iroquois Falls, ON5 October 2015
This was an old but sufficient paper mill that closed in the three quarter mark of 2014. Learnt many different systems and had the opportunity to do a little bit of everything from electrician apprentice to drafter and then to automation but having the title as a control systems technologist. Meet some great people whom I will never forget. Sadly, the building and mill, being almost 100 years old had to permanently shut its doors as newer paper mill from Resolute Forest Products were making cleaner paper with newer instruments and new technology that made them more efficient and easy to keep running. Overall I have a fantastic experience.
Pros
learnt old programming, got to work with older systems, safety appreciation weeks (free lunch during that week)
Cons
old, outdated, dirty, always fighting fires
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Good place to work
Utilities Shift Supervisor/Stationary Engineer (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON22 October 2015
Good place to work.
I worked there for over 30 years. I started at the bottom and worked my way up the ladder, the room for advancement is great.
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Enjoyable workplace environment, but non-existant job security because of forestry market
4th CLASS POWER ENGINEER (Current Employee) –  Fort Frances, ON31 December 2012
I really enjoyed working for this company that offers good opportunities for job mobility/advancement for motivated individuals. Great work atmosphere and team dynamic. I would NOT be looking for new employment if the company was downsizing at the pulp & paper mill in my hometown.
Pros
great staff, good hours, great pay
Cons
job security
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I enjoy working with people in a fast paced environment. Made a lot of good friends and learned a lot about the industry.
continuous relief operator (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON29 October 2012
Working in unison wth fifteen people in a safety conscious workplace. The ability to nurture and train employees for certain jobs to their skill ability. The best part of job is to learn how each employee can use there skill set to full potential and utilize it.The most enjoyable part of job is making sure we have a good shift and no one gets injured so they can go home to their families.
Pros
safety award lunches
Cons
lumber market is unstable
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Well paying job where I went to work accomplished many things and moved afterwards to college and am now seeking f/t work
Maintenance/Operator/Cleaner (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON7 October 2014
-worked hard
-locked out equipment
-used tools
-worked at heights
-used expensive machinery and equipment
Pros
free water + occassional lunches
Cons
long shifts
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no appreciation
fiber line operator (Former Employee) –  Fort Frances, ON26 January 2014
its loud, poorly managed , treats employees very poorly.
after 26 yrs its time to move on ...mainly because theyre closing the doors
Pros
good schedule
Cons
not safe, loud, poorly managed
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