Resolute Forest Products Employee Reviews

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Long shifts and odd-ball management
Saw Filer (Current Employee) –  Atikokan, ON21 September 2018
Been a employee for almost 2 years. I climbed through the 'ranks' fairly fast, but there is a lot of serious occurrences that get brushed under the carpet, or just plain out ignored. A few of the staff members are very nice and knowledgeable in their trades, but the majority of them are just there for the pay and thats it. The hardest part of the job is going in and wondering what stupid stunts the company is going to try and pull today. The most enjoyable is that the pay is very well, and overtime is as easy as signing your name on a sheet of paper. Some days are good, but they are few and far between.
Pros
Pay is adequate
Cons
Long hours, Shift work, Inexperienced and arrogant staff(management).
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Overworked - Not enough positions filled
Electrical Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON10 November 2018
Staff positions get worked pretty hard. Seems like the trades are the only ones who benefit from a lack of staffing since they get compensated for overtime worked. If you are staff expect to get maybe 25-50% of what you put in.
Cons
long hours, lack of compensation
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Guys were mostly good to work with and became close friends off the job with some of them.
Retired (Former Employee) –  Fort Frances, ON16 January 2019
Was good pay and good benefits but the unions had to fight to improve them and keep them but shift work was hard.Vaction time was decent as was sick pay.
Pros
Benefits and pay.
Cons
Shift work.
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3.0
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Poor management support
Controller (Current Employee) –  Augusta, GA7 January 2019
Managers do not provide functional support. Blindside you with poor reviews with no discussion or opportunity for improvement. Work life balance does not exist for managers - expected to be available 24 hours a day.
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5.0
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Good place to work, friendly work space
Block Bins, Chipper Attendant and Clean Up (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON11 November 2018
Hard but rewarding work, nice co-workers management was a bit iffy at times but generally alright. work could be challenging at first but becomes easier
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Ressource humaine malhonnête et incompétente
Mécanicien de machine fixe IV (Current Employee) –  Baie-comeau22 November 2018
Les Ressources humaines de cette usine sont incompétent et malhonnête, on ma approché en m'emvoyant un courriel comme quoi il pouvais m'offrir un programme de relocalisation, après avoir été embauché j'apprend que la chef RH refuse d'honoré l'engagement, WOW méfier vous de leur ressources hummaine et de leur belle promesse.
Pros
Belle équipe
Cons
Ressource humaine
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Just Business
Level 2 Operator (Current Employee) –  Atikokan, ON25 July 2018
Not Suitable for a person who wants to grow and achieve the best they can. Good pay rate for a decent comfortable lifestyle. Averagely safe work environment
Pros
Free Lunch every month
Cons
Poor management
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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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Its garbage
Operator (Current Employee) –  Atikokan, ON7 June 2018
It's a horrible place to work. Bad staff and nothing runs properly. I'm not sure how the mill is still running. I wouldn't recommend anybody working there. Im.not sure why they would want too.
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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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Okay if your from Quebec
Millwright (Former Employee) –  Atikokan, ON29 September 2017
Management is all french, they choose non local contractors so the can fly french contractors in. Not good work exposure for a millwright apprentice, you can expect to clean the shop of oily rag bins, sweep the floor and dispose of garbage and be paid 25$ an hour as a fourth year millwright. the like to get you to use the CNC finding machines to sharpen and change planer head knives, this company has great hourly workers but lacks in the operations supervisory roles, and upper management is favoured to french speaking people only. think carefully about considering them as an employer.
Pros
Great hourly employees.
Cons
Too many to list.
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4.0
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productive work with a good schedule
Operator (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON26 November 2017
long but gratifying days. learned lots from certain employees but nothing from others. good pay for an intown job that doesnt require relocation. management needs a reboot
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5.0
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Excellent place for students to learn
Power Engineer Summer Student (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON26 March 2018
Excellent place for students to learn in a safe fast paced environment. Helpful honest people. Excellent pay and balance between work and life. 5 star work place.
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always like working with people, showing how to do things right and safely.
saw mill worker (Former Employee) –  Ignace, ON1 August 2017
Days work are good, put the night shifts are long too, put i loved my job as a sawmill worker. I work 2 different shifts every 2 weeks. Very stressing driving home each way 2 hours every time i go to work....put i still liked my job. I like working in the lumber Industry, where trees are cut down and bring then into the sawmill, making into lumber.
Pros
yes i like my lunch breaks and stretch
Cons
yeah we do long hours too if you want to work on the weekends.
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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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Très mauvais employeur
Operation (Former Employee) –  Clermont, QC25 December 2017
Particulièrement l usine de Clermont, la gestion est malsaine de plus les cadres sans compétences non scolarisé (Ami de.la famille gagnon) l employeur n a aucune reconnaissance envers ses employers. Il faut ce battre pour faire respecter les normes du travail, employeur sans coeur ni âmes. Elle se crois tout permis elle se dit même au dessus des lois
Cons
Ne pas travailler la
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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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5.0
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Productive and Team spirited
Accounts Payable Clerk (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC4 February 2018
Hard Working oriented company
Very friendly environment
Everything centered towards team spirit
Multicultural
Headquarters located in a heart of Montreal
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There is alot of history in the plant, moral was a challenge to improve
E&I Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Thunder Bay, Ont.25 June 2017
The site is an interesting place, the crew provided superb support with issues that were a daily task
Management provided training was not provided, learn as you go is what I faced daily
Biggest issue was learning there systems and operating thought processes
Pros
Excellent worker interaction
Cons
24 hour call in requirement
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4.0
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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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