Operator (Former Employee) – High Prairie, AB – 23 September 2017
I had a great experience in the years with Tolko. Every shift was a challenge to apply my strengths as a leader and analyzer of anomalies. The knowledge I've gained of the MIlls process and the chemistry of its manufacturing is top quality.
Every opportunity to grow
Not focused on community and the families in their Alberta Operations
Millwright (Current Employee) – Okanagan, BC – 1 August 2017
Over all a good place to work. You get your typical politics you'd get in any large industrial unionized environment. However it seems that some get away with more than others. As long as you try to stay out of it you can avoid the drama trap.
Management comes and goes with how they approach things. They often will micromanage, seeming to rotate who they target. Some weeks everything has a sense of urgency and you're being constantly questioned as to why this was done, or wasn't, or why it was done this way etc. It can get annoying, but I have experienced that everywhere I've worked.
The maintenance dept, where I work, at times is a bit unorganized and often not on the same page amongst supervisors. If you come to work with the attitude of "it's broken, I'll fix it, move on" and stay above the fray you'll never have any worries. However, it can get frustrating when it's your turn to be micromanaged! The dept is often fast paced as when something is down all eyes are on you to fix it, and time is money here. But often times things can be very quiet and makes up for the busy times.
All in all it's a great place to work, our facility anyway. Everyone in the maintenance department makes $100k+/year. I am at home every night/day, and almost unlimited overtime available to us. Good benefits, pension and good pay. Can't complain for living in the okanagan
Excellent pay, friendly coworkers, good location
Graveyard shifts, micromanagement, people hiding behind the union
Great place to make good money, but there are problems
Production Worker (Former Employee) – High Level, AB – 24 June 2017
I worked at Tolko for a year as a production worker. Overall, I was very pleased to receive good wages and benefits. The majority of jobs I was assigned were very easy, but tedious at times. There were a lot of great co-workers and my boss was fantastic. My only problem was trying to ignore the negativity and bitterness of some of the workers there. There are those that will go out of their way to try and make you look bad, and show hostility for no apparent reason. While there are excellent supervisors on staff, there are a few that have absolutely no idea how to manage effectively. If you can get past that, this place is a great place to earn a decent living.
Easy work, good wages and benefits, great co-workers
Tedious jobs, uncomfortable working conditions (hot & dusty), poor attitude by some employees
Forestry Field Coordinator (Former Employee) – High Level, AB – 21 April 2017
Worked in the main office in timber planning.. It was like working with a bunch of cowboys. Safety was on the back burner (they made some summer students do some wildly unsafe tasks, including strapping water packs for firefighting...but full of gasoline, to their backs to burn excess timber debris. One new hire had gasoline spill down their back during the day and was working next to open flames. Seriously.). Summer students worked tough field days, and often worked an average of 1-2 hours of overtime a day without pay or being able to bank the time cause "that's what working forestry is about". Apparently, you're supposed to work a few free hours everyday cause its part of the job... New hires were bullied to their face and behind their backs, and established staff often took bets on when new hires would quit from the pressure. A few did after experiencing mental breakdowns.
Change is always possible, but the culture there was horrendous when I worked there. There were a few gems, but unfortunately they were outnumbered. You'll have to stand up for yourself or decide if its worth your time there.
Sometimes, a supervisor would pay for a lunch out.
Long hours with zero pay or banked time, safety concerns, bullying
IT Department (Current Employee) – Vernon, BC – 18 February 2017
Tolko as a whole is a great company to work for; it has its ups and downs like any other company but seems to be getting worse. Everyone is an expert in their field with the exception of the two managers currently running the IT department. They're the worst micro managers I've seen in a while and consistently mismanage the resources they're responsible for. There is no open door policy, feedback isn't appreciated and often taken the wrong way, you'll spend most days searching endlessly to find the two department managers when needed, and unless your above their pay grade good luck getting any sort of email replies.
If you're hard pressed for work and don't mind being bullied until you find something better, then apply. But be warned, it's pretty bad when the running joke is whose going to quit next.
The pay is pretty good for Vernon.
Favoritism is very real, the managers are condescending bullies, and the turn over rate is horrendous for an IT department.
I.T. Person (Current Employee) – Vernon, BC – 2 February 2017
The pay and benefits are above normal in my industry. I have zero to complain about. I can only speak for my department. Our Manager was let go so they appointed the supervisor (in the interim) to manage the department. He in turn appoints a lead to the supervisor role. this guy has a history of belittling, micromanaging his staff and even has an HR complaint against him. All management in my department are excellent people in their fields. Very smart but ZERO Leadership skills. It's surprising they can manage their own affairs let alone a whole departemnt. Communication is terrible, Recognition only goes out to favourites. Engagement at an all time low. How much more can I say. Hi Stress zero payback. If Pay and benefits are the only aspects that concern you then this is the place to be. OTher than that forget it
power engineer (Former Employee) – Athabasca division – 11 December 2016
I worked for Tolko as a contractor for 3 years and a employee for 7 weeks.During the time I worked at Tolko Athabasca division 6 people were let go within 1 week and this happened on more than one occasion, with that being said job security was very weak. A team lead was making employees go into unsafe work conditions that later the employee was the wrong doer and not the team lead. Poor management skills because no investigation was done on this matter. Co-workers are great there despite the leadership issues. I have since quit and went on to better things. If you would like to work for this company you should be a contractor or a trades-person because they get paid the most and have the most slack. If you work on the floor as a regular joe, expect to work in dusty, caustic ash that will burn you and MIDI glue riddled dust all the time. On a final note safety is preached here but never followed but certain people are above that.
pay is always on time
unsafe and poor management, poor working conditions
parts scrubber / shipper receiver (Former Employee) – Lumby, BC – 13 October 2016
Tolko is a great place to work. Tolko has meany great people in there staff such as managers that are vary easy to work with and understand. tolko also is a very flexible company to work for they have great hours to work