Safety Coordinator (Former Employee) – Merritt, BC – 7 June 2018
I worked for Tolko for approximately 11 years. I began my employment as an “on call” general labourer and very quickly (one week’s time) moved to having full time hours on a regular shift. This, I noticed, was a somewhat common occurrence. My position advancement occurred at almost the same pace. By the end of my time with Tolko, I had advanced to the position of technical writer and Safety Coordinator. Over the 11 years I was there I observed a monumentally positive change in the safety culture through the updating of the company’s policies and procedures. Form this, the management team and shift crews also improved in general moral and production.
I learned a great deal of lessons in my time with Tolko. The hardest part of the job for me was leaving when the plant closed in December of 2016. I had made many friends there that I honestly wasn’t ready to part ways with.
Overall, I would recommend Tolko as an employer not just for a job but for the opportunity of advancement as well.
Most positions are subject to the weather conditions.
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.
Millwright (Current Employee) – Armstrong, BC – 19 January 2018
The maintenance group in the sawmill that I work in is a great group of guys, the guys that are on the tools anyway. That being said the management are very much bosses and not leaders. There is very little to no coaching and building up of the employees, just belittling, micromanagement and managing the task and how it’s done rather than who does it. There is no leadership on major events, just after the fact conversations.
At times it can be extremely frustrating working her and it all boils down to the management and their attitude and approach to the workers. Fix that and it would be a great place to work. Instead it breeds low morale and lost productivity.
Excellent pay, good benefits, good location
Lack of leadership, poor management, lack of positive engagement, unprofessional atmosphere
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.
Weekend Cleanup (Former Employee) – Quesnel, BC – 27 November 2017
this place was amazing to work at. it was always safe and I was constantly learning. the supervisor was nice to me and was able to diffuse issues calmly. the hours were always consistent and sometimes Saturdays would be longer so we could have a short Sunday.
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
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
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