Supervisor (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 21 June 2017
Western has a solid future, I worked for the company for over 20 years. However, Salaried employees are leaving all the time, some don't even have a job to go to. At a time when the company is it's most profitable it is eroding salaried employees benefits and vacation packages. Be preparedv for long workdays and inadequate relief for when you go on vacation. Be prepared to work during your vacation. If you are a supervisor be prepared that your employees are making significantly more than you. If you are applying for a union job I would definitely recommend the company, I would never recommend that you take a salary position under the current leadership of the company.
Solid future as a Coastal lumber producer on Vancouver Island
There is no respect for work life balance for salaried employees
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 16 February 2018
I have never seen a company with worse HR than Western. The head recruiter must secretly work for another company because they do a great job at steering both new and old employees away before they even begin. Will not contact you even when they have an offer ready, making you wonder and wait for nothing, until you call them and they makes excuses as to why they were unable to keep you in the loop.
Fed up with the company before I even started working for them, and instantly looked for a new job where the employer actually cared about gaining talent.
Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) – Duncan, BC – 15 February 2018
Mill Managers, Superintendents and Foremen are climbing over each other to please an egomaniac! Also, their heads are buried deep in the sand like a bunch of ostriches when it comes to many issues, ie, rampant bullying/harassment. Do not know know how to deal with this stuff or simply do not give a ****! My personal experience speaks to the latter! My hope is one day the incompetent Management, toxic culture and all that breeds in this environment is brought to the Media's attention and exposed as was the RCMP, Military and other organizations!
Welder/Fabricator (Current Employee) – Holberg, BC – 10 February 2018
I enjoy what I do for western forest products. Its a great job where I have gained a ton of experience. The only problem is that it's in camp with a Monday to Friday shift which makes it difficult to have a home life.
Carrier operator (Former Employee) – Vancouver Island, BC – 30 December 2017
Horrible company to work for management always changing. And don't trust mill workers. Management likes to play the pekabo game watching workers doing there jobs. There mills are outdated. Or obsolete Never lock outs. Everything left wide open. Dangerous place to work if your desperate enough. Rather drive truck. Make more.
Business Intelligence Specialist (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 17 May 2017
I managed the BI for western Forest products. I am the only BI person who was delivering BI solutions. I'm responsible for data warehouse architecture plus all the ETL packages loading data to data warehouse. Learn a lot of new things and troubleshooting techniques.
Production Worker (Current Employee) – Duncan, BC – 12 May 2017
These guys dont care about you or the community they operate in. They dont care about your family. New management every week while they cut production jobs, giving workers extra work load. Managers in the bite also no lock outs on there ends. Should be canned right there new. All they care about is there pockets being lined with bonuses while WE the works wear our selves out and never see our families. Sure we could leave but were do you make this money without leaving BC. Safety is out the door here ....production production and u guessed it production. I hate working here they shut down more mills and lay people off but where do you go? Walmart Mc donalds?
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee) – Squamish, BC – 29 March 2017
Great job. I was a lifer here until they shut down for good. It was a strong union which was good at times but there was some things I didn't approve of. But it was a union and majority rules. Wish I still work there. But the pulp mill is gone.
Export Coordinator (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 22 February 2017
It is a fast- paced environment and its so exciting specially at the end of the day when you know you were able to manage the heavy workload at the fullest extent and you know you have done a good job. The best company ever.
Bonus for an excellent job which I have deserved.
Long hours - heavy workload but is very satisfying at the end of the day.
Accountant (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 24 January 2017
Vindictive, predatory management. No respect for employees family and personal requirements and goals. Work, work, work. Be prepared to fight to be able to take your vacation time. Ever changing goals. Inconsistent policies. Rules dont apply to execs. Nepotism. Despite the fluffy corporate values statement, people do not matter at wfp and the ridiculous turnover of staff proves it.
Job on the island
Too many to list. Just an awful, toxic culture created by a handful of egomaniacs
Tradesman (Current Employee) – Port Alberni, BC – 9 June 2016
Company was good when I started a few years ago but has since spiralled into the abyss...management doesn't trust us, nor are they capable of leading us... always looking for ways to fire or discipline, everyone is on edge and it's a really poor place to work...
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) – Jordan River, BC – 8 December 2014
Everyday was a different opportunity to learn from a great logging operations camp manager. He was a mentor to me. This job gave me the opportunity to go to school and follow my dreams of being the medical field. Will never forget my time at Western Forest Products.
Millwright/Safety Captain (Current Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 10 May 2014
Start shift with all safety P.P.E. My job was to maintain the machinery and develop safety with the head of each department. Work with employees on their needs and safety requirements. Work with younger tradesmen in the development of their skills knowledge and their abilities and keep them safe.
Forest Technician (Former Employee) – Holberg, BC – 21 November 2012
Really enjoyed my summer working for Western Forest Products. The job entailed 95% field work every day, which was great because I enjoy field work. The majority of my co-workers were great and easy to get along with. The hardest part about the job was dealing with all the rainy days (it rained alot), but when it was nice out, you could see miles away on top of a mountain and it was a delight to see. I learned how to conduct a number of field plots: from regen surveys to free-to-grow and green up surveys.