West Fraser Timber Employee Reviews

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Not worth the stress
Maintenance Worker (Former Employee) –  Edson, AB6 October 2018
Great people to work with, not so great to work for. The management has been there so long that they "know" how long every job should take, and will give you a real hard time if it takes any longer. It's difficult to get holidays, even if you ask for them many months in advance. Some of the machines are a little newer and not too bad to work with, while others have been there for a lifetime and seen a lot of neglect. Morale is very low due to how all the workers are treated, suspensions are handed out like candy. They don't have enough employees because people often quit, and not many people want to do overtime because they aren't happy. They have taken away entire positions just to save cost, ie)there were some knifechangers who had that title for many years, who were then demoted to clean-up and the job of changing knives was delegated to sawfilers and maintenance, who are already under staffed and over worked.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
High stress, poor management
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great workplace
Geographic Information Systems Specialist (Former Employee) –  Quesnel, BC2 July 2018
Working for West Fraser was a dream come true due to the amazing work culture.The forestry industry is as dynamic as ever, so should West Fraser be hiring, be sure to apply!
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Decent family job
Labourer (Current Employee) –  Chetwynd, BC22 May 2018
had good work life balance, have no real complaints, would recommend for anyone with a family, as it can provide security and also benefits, with a great pension plan.
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Terrible management.
Maintenance Worker (Former Employee) –  Chetwynd, BC16 March 2018
Worked here for two years and the 40 hr work weeks are miniscule. If overtime is wanted you must work 7 days a week which is terrible for life outside of the work place. Job security is great because they dont fire people easily.. which means workig with alot of airheads is a must. Management is absolutely terrible and they treat their employees badly. Can't make a good decision or practical one if it fell out of the sky and hit them in the face.
Machine maintenance is lacking due to patch and go work rather that root cause repair. Which means maintenance and production personell are constantly chasing Thier tails and it's very frustrating. On the upside they have a drastic turnaround rate so advancement in ranks is easily achieved so it's a good starter place but to be used as a stepping stone only.
Overall I would never work for this company again.
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Horrible experience truly traumatizing.
Maintenance Worker (Current Employee) –  Edson, AB13 October 2017
Review summary explains it aside from the crew which is amazing nothing else exciting about this place it will suck the life out of you as it did to me no matter how hard I try to be a really good employee in every way they still bring you down and make you feel useless, and have no care for accomodating employees, declining holidays all year because they do not have coverage or changing shifts last minute to avoid paying overtime for coverage, even not allowing to go see family in need because they changed schedule last minute and did not have coverage.
Pros
Good Co-workers that keep each other and the place going
Cons
Management, Unorganized chaos, Short staffed/Way over worked, Everything other then co-workers really
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Its alright
Labourer (Former Employee) –  70 Mile House, BC22 May 2017
Good place to have a weekend job in grade 12 to get money for post secondary, but not really a place you should stay for the rest of your life unless you have a family or something.
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Good pay just a lot of stress
Stacker (Current Employee) –  High Prairie, AB25 March 2017
It's a good paying job but manegment needs improving, all about the numbers you know lol and safety rules are strict not a bad thing really but make a quick job twice as long then it should be and the machines are junk never work and poorly maintained
Pros
Good pay good benefits
Cons
Work you to death and expect more from you never enough!!!
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Technical improvements created an ageing work force
Chief Engineer Quesnel Plywood (Former Employee) –  Quesnel, BC9 June 2016
The forest industry has been in decline for years. Plywood was being replaced with Oriented strand board. The timber supply was questionable because of Bug infestation. Capital projects were non existing as an available log could be sent to the most profitable mill.
Pros
WFT was located in a small community
Cons
The future of the lumber industry was always in doubt.
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Good Job Security/Bad Advancement
Operator (Current Employee) –  Quesnel, BC19 November 2015
You are treated as replacable, but they are unlikely to fire you even if you do a bad job (if you are in the union). Just remember to move up in the company you need to work there forever, kiss management's behind and back stab people.

Take care of YOURSELF and your crew because other people don't care about you, only the bottom line.

Salary is good, but don't expect oil patch wages.
Pros
food
Cons
management, advancement
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best job I had
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Edson, AB15 September 2015
I really enjoyed the atmosphere at west Fraser and i worked hard as well as advanced while employed with West Fraser. I liked the shift work it gave me a well balanced home life as well.
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Great Shift Schedule
CHIEF ENGINEER (Current Employee) –  Chasm6 February 2015
Love the 7 on 7 off shift schedule, lots of time off to enjoy life in Kelowna, sun, sand and golf. Great people to work with.
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a company where you are more than a number.
Ticketed Millwright (Current Employee) –  Fraser Lake, BC26 January 2014
one of the most employee friendly forestry corporations I have worked for.
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