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Overall, it was okay. It paid well, but management was poor.
Laborer (Former Employee) –  Elko, BC10 March 2018
It was an okay job. I didn't care much for waking up so early. The pay was great, but management staff was disorganized. The job was decent. Not many complaints.
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Company doesn't walk the talk
Middle Management (Former Employee) –  Prince George, BC7 March 2018
The corporate culture is supporting bullying and abuse regardless of the official communication. CANFOR leadership doesn't walk the talk it puts out and try to promote.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Abuse and resistance to change
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Very good place to work with work/life balance
Kiln Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Houston, BC27 January 2018
Very good place to work with work/life balance. Competitive pay and benefits. Good team environment with a commitment to quality. Highly recommend working here.
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Interstng
Labourer/Operator (Former Employee) –  Radium Hot Springs, BC22 November 2017
The management team at the Canfor I dealt with were and still are very unprofessional people.
It if it were not for the USW you would not have the great salary and benefits that the workers received. The brothers and sisters that work here are amazing people and really make it worth going to work everyday.
Pros
co workers and the union
Cons
managment
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freemason cult running the place
Pipefitter/Steamfitter (Former Employee) –  Prince George, BC16 October 2017
to say that canfor management are human beings would only be half correct. They profile for egocentric individuals who will preach safety and practise manipulation and lies to support a convoluted sense of employer/employee relationships. As mentioned in previous reviews the culture of safety exist only for PR ...the reality on the floor is down right scary. As a long term employee I have witnessed the deterioration of what was once a very good place to work. It would be so nice to see people both union and management....rediscover their souls.
Pros
fair wage work schedule
Cons
freemason cult dominates management structure
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Good culture
Millwright (Current Employee) –  Elko, BC26 September 2017
a good place to work, friendly people who are easy to get along with. (both hourly and management included)

In the past year we have seen two different shift schedule changes, it is making me crabby! A lot of people pretty cheesed off about that. However management is "trying" to work with us but you can't please everyone all the time.
Pros
friendly co-workers, good pay
Cons
management not as proactive as one would hope...
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fun work place
High school student summer job (Former Employee) –  Prince George, BC13 September 2017
was a great place to work, very fun accepting environment to work in. The people a very nice the work is good, they provide more than enough training and safety equipment.
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Canfor is B.C's #1 employer
piler (Current Employee) –  Wynndel, BC9 September 2017
Canfor is an awesome company to work for, pay good, co-workers good, benefits good, management good, safety culture good, 4 days on 3 off good, tones of jobs to apply for internally good,they move the stat holiday to give you 4 day weekends which is wicked, solid place to work, the other folks on here slamming this place are full of b.s, hard work is respected and recognized in this company, i think it is a great place to work, couldn't be happier.
Pros
4 day weeks, pay, benefits, co-workers happy, management easy to approach
Cons
the only con is i wish i started working here years ago.
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Good job
Forklift operator (Former Employee) –  Prince George, BC5 September 2017
Considering you don't need any form of education to work at Canfor its a great job because of the salary. The work is repetitive and can be tough on the body but you have decent benefits
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Stay far away !!
Millwright (Former Employee) –  Radium, BC18 August 2017
I worked as a Millwright in the Radium mill. Management is some of the worst I have ever worked for. No maintenance planning or parts available expect you to just get it done. Management changed my shift on me constantly with little to no notice. Management points the finger at anyone just to pass blame there motto is "work now greave later". To top it all off it is very unsafe working alone all the time equipment is all falling apart. They say safety is number 1 but I was not trained on anything and left to figure it out from day one.

Moral was also very bad everyone is unhappy there. I would say stay away not worth relocating.
Pros
good pay
Cons
everything
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Adequate, decent paying with a poor shift rotation
Millwright (Current Employee) –  Chetwynd, BC25 July 2017
Canfor offers good entry level opportunity. They offer lots of apprenticeship opportunities, though the training given onsite is rather poor.i would recommend canfor for someone trying to get into industry.
Pros
Good entry level opportunities
Cons
Poor shift schedule
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Know someone higher up or you're just an easy to replace number
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Chetwynd, BC4 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.
Pros
Fair wages, in town
Cons
Management, unprofessional, backstabbing
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Productive workplace
Process Engineer Co-op (Former Employee) –  Prince George, BC22 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.
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Focussed on employee well being
Field Operations, Layout (Former Employee) –  Vanderhoof, BC23 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.
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Meh
Summer Student (Former Employee) –  Taylor, BC8 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.
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Manager (Former Employee) –  BC21 February 2017
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.
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Challenging to advance
Operator (Former Employee) –  Chetwynd, BC24 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!
Pros
none
Cons
management! wages! task! cross shift will leave you shafted!!!
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Worked with good people in chetwynd. They expect alot but what employer doesnt. Over all a great place to work.
Forklift driver (Former Employee) –  Chetwynd B.C.6 January 2017
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!
Pros
Close to home. Good foremans
Cons
In the middle of nowhere
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Some Good, Lots not so good
Various Management Positions (Current Employee) –  Various BC10 November 2016
As company has grown, many of the previous positive aspects have been replaced with what would be expected with large, slow moving, company focused on appearance rather than substance or results.

Public relations and "spinning" of results have become the norm and while there is lots of talk about the value of employees, safety, etc, the actual effort applied to these "core values" are small.

Compensation is reasonable, but there is a constant erosion of benefits and expectations of longer hours, etc
Pros
Salary
Cons
Most other things
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was a productive place to work at.
Planer Mill Worker (Former Employee) –  Quesnel, BC17 October 2016
It was a good place to work at. Provided lots of learning opportunities.
Eight hours shift.
Co workers were good and friendly.
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