decent facilities and colleagues, upper management lacked credibility.
Red Seal Millwright, Charge Hand (Former Employee) – Merritt, BC – 21 January 2018
My peers and colleagues were good to work with and my immediate supervisors were good to work for. The company culture was not forthright and upper managers did not always act in good faith.they did offer and provide further training in my scope of work, which was appreciated and I utilized as much of it as I could.
Marketing and Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Vernon, BC – 12 January 2018
Worked in domestic sales as a co-op student. Helped the sales team in anyway possible. This included finding customers, pulling up past sales information, simplifying documentation. Co-workers were great and knowledgeable.
Shipping Administrator - part time (Current Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 21 November 2017
My responsibilities were to cover this position when my co-worker went on holidays and when she went back to school. It was interesting work but stressful. There was great attention to details. I am still on the payroll but have not worked since April, 2017
Productive and fun work place, when goals were exceeded there were many perks
Log deck,Tilthoist,dropsort,chipperman,clean-up (Former Employee) – Merritt, BC – 8 May 2017
I love the sawmill life, hence why I've been in the industry for over a decade... sadly our mill was shut down due to what they said was lack of materials.. whether it was or wasn't the case, I will forever miss the lifestyle it brought into my life.. a jobs a job yes, but the pay was enough to live comfortably and the jobs were almost like a competition which made kept me on task and always striving to be better
Basically not bad, don't take ownership, others dont like
journeyman millwright (Former Employee) – High Level, AB – 24 April 2017
Not too bad, there was a definite lack of advancement and when you took some ownership in the tiny part you played, horrible life altering events would happen and you would be reminded that you were just a number and that sort of behavior just brought you sorrow.
Administrative (Former Employee) – Slave Lake, AB – 15 March 2017
Way too many family members working together at the slave lake division. If anyone ever needed to do a study on how nepotism affects the workplace, Tolko would be a perfect example. Management seems to personalize things and fire ppl without much apparent reason, which creates fear that an employee can be fired cuz a manager doesn't personally like you. No work life balance. The cost of travel to the mill, plus vehicle damage caused by the gravel road to the site made the job not worth keeping.
Great benefits package, decent wages
Nepotism, travel to work site on gravel road, work/life balance
Maintenance Supervisor (Current Employee) – Slave Lake, AB – 20 January 2017
I find Tolko to be a fair and caring company where Safety is a very important part of the job and a big part of the culture.It is a very forward thinking company and encourages advancement in management careers.It is a very fast paced business and has its ups and downs like any business,but at the end of the day when its running and all things are good,you leave with a feeling of pride knowing you've played a role in helping to bring all this to life.
Good company, lots of good people, very open to forward thinking
Lab technician (Former Employee) – Slave Lake, AB – 10 January 2017
For a computer science graduate it was my first time to work at the forest industry. It was new to me; however I picked up and learn everything quickly the fit in very well and have earned the APA, american plywood association certificate for certified quality technician. During the work I also need to communicate frequently, make a lot of decision and troubleshooting, so I am not afraid of challenges or multitasking. I am a fast learner and have good time management. On the annual performance evaluation, mine were all excellent and above the expectation.
Summer Student - Equipment Operator in Woodyard (Former Employee) – The Pas, MB – 29 March 2016
Environment promoted laziness over the course of long "work" hours. Supervision is a joke promoting further laziness, but the pay was very good. Not a good environment for those first joining the work force as it will destroy your work ethic no matter who you are.
General Labourer (Seasonal) (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 25 January 2016
A day at work I would either be on clean up, production, or safety watch. Clean up was 12hr shifts or removing veneer panels and sawdust from the machines. Production was 8 hr shifts either feeding the dryer or doing quality control on the patch line. Safety watch I was outside doing fire watch and monitoring lockouts. The management was really good and mt co-workers were hard working. The hardest part of the job was the 12 shift of physically demanding work and the most enjoyable was up on the patch line. I really enjoyed my experiences there.