West Fraser
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Fast pace work place, sometimes relaxed, highly safety oriented.

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Good place to work if you don't mind extreme noise, dust, heat, extreme cold, physical repetitive work, following strict safety procedures and rules. Very good pay and benefits. To advance up the ladder one will have to wait years sometimes due to a seniority system that is followed in the company. Have to adapt to new changes every time management is changing, which happens often.
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Nothing more then a number

Worked for this company for 18 years. And no member of management. Came over to say a word to me no thanks for your hard work nutten…. West Fraser treats there employees like they are nutten more then a number no respect
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Painted a rosy picture of High Level site. In reality, completely opposite and cheap internet connections.

Other WF sites are better than High Level counterpart. There are no consequences for poor work ethic and no reward for good work ethics. Mainly pay their close friends, relatives good and everyone near the bottom of the barrel rate (when everything cost twice as much up in Northern AB). They expect you to do all the work while they relax and pretend to "work hard." Overall, you will get paid less, expect to do more with weak internet access to do your job properly...HRA emotionally manipulative, so beware.

Pros

Some colleagues

Cons

Too many HR drama, Mill Manager turning a blind eye, low pay more work, personnel hired are unqualified so injuries happens regularly
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Fun workplace, amazing people, brilliant job opportunities

I was very happy there and would return in the future. Only reason I left was cause I couldn’t find child care. I loved my job.The people I worked with were amazing, always very supportive and considerate of certain obstacles life throws at you.
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Work is hard and managment is not great

You make an awesome wage there, start off in clean up and move your way up. Managment is less then stellar there but your crew team is usually good. Alot of drama but keep your head down and your fine. 28 day rotation days and nights, 4 on 6 off, 4 on 4 off, 6 on 4 off.

Pros

Great pay

Cons

Long hours
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No time to learn, harsh environment and no feedback. Thrown into rotating shifts day/night alternating, 13 hours sometimes and more. You need to be on top of your game health and know computer automation at MASTER level. You will have to debug programs at 3 AM you never seen before with over 10000 of lines of code, shut down 600V 3 phases and more, and do emergency repairs under pressure from operators/managers/supervisors and big boss are watching. They want your blood and more. Lot of non-sense repetitive debugging eats time, most people had their father trained them since 4 years old so they can do this job and succeed, you as a stranger has almost no chances. 1/10000This job is for starters who have no fear for their health because it is an accident waiting to happen. I had a negative experience, the reality is different.
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One of the best place to work

Very satisfied to work at Slave Lake Pulp. Great management, fun place to work, safety focused, huge opportunity to learn and lots of training opportunity. Staffs are friendly and helpful, made me feel inclusive. A place with good work-life balance.
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Great place to work

Great place to work. Current management has made large strides to improve the mill since the last GM ran it to the ground. The managers care but the safety department is always looking to get you fired.
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Management is problematic

Management typically refuses to listen to experienced operators/maintenance workers, and is generally disrespectful. There are a few amazing people who lead by example, but most are focused on short term "hero" jobs instead of sustainability. The preventative maintenance program is mostly reactionary maintenance, though there has been a small amount of improvement. Equipment is mostly ran to failure. On the floor there are a lot of supportive workers.Pro's-good wages-good benefits-good co-workersCon's-management
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Traditional Canadian Company that has undergone restructuring dilemmas

Nice family type culture, easy going in general but filled with very mediocre talent pool from bottom of pyramid till top C suite. Believes in importing C suite from other companies and from what I saw were under pressure in 2018 - thru 2019 on account of dropping lumber prices and hence restructured a.k.a let people go in Finance, Sales and IT
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Upper Management seemed kind but to much toxic behavior from senior staff

Pays well, some genuine friendly people but they have a serious problem of toxic work behavior in the middle management. heard its different at each mill. work place is worse than a highschool with the usual few bad managers gossiping and erupting in angry yelling over little changes. woods manager was a nice guy but constantly ripped into by the same handful of people to the point of very unnerving threatening conversations. if you are at a place where it is nice to live I'm sure the mill is great, if your in a town where no one wants to live, best of luck

Pros

good pay, nice work, upper management seem to know a lot of the problems

Cons

bad workplace environment, upper management doesn't change any issues, bad work life balance
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Good place to work

Good place to work.Coworkers are nice.Work is fun and positively challenging.Area is small and remote.Maintainance and Operations are good to work with.
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Steady work, little opportunity for training, managers that don't care

There are positives and negatives working here. Stable for the most part, lay offs do happen with the fluctuating market. Pay and benefits are ok, although no overtime opportunities. Training other than getting your basic trade certification is none existent. Managers used to be good but there is a few there now that talk a big game and don't follow through. In short, its a job that will pay the bills, you are home everyday and if you don't have big aspirations then its perfect.

Pros

Stable when you are not at the bottom of the barrel seniority wise. Pay and benefits are ok.

Cons

Not much training opportunities, managers can be frustrating to deal with
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Really fast paced, good employees, good pay, horrible management.

Overall experience is that it pays the bills, but its not worth the mental and physical stress. There's Tonnes of gossip and rumors that get spread. If you get injured, even if it's their fault, you can kiss your job goodbye. The manager and superintendent will make you quit. Extremely fast paced in some parts of the mill, to the point of being very unsafe. Also extreme heat in the summer, it has reached 115⁰F in some parts of the mill.

Pros

Good pay, extended health, benefits, good employees.

Cons

Rumor mill, poor management and leadership, unsafe work place, fast paced, very high stress, no room for advancement, currently not secure for employment, on call work.
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Production in the Planner

It was a fun knowledgeable place to work the planner was a great place to work which had great supervisors but forestry is becoming less secure of a industry that's why I left. You can learn new jobs if you are lucky and win a postings the hours can switch from 5 8s to 4 10s with a weeks notice but it's still a good job

Pros

Good Foreman

Cons

Not super organized Upper management causes stress in workplace
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Good place to work

Experience is what you put into it. Nice to be outside. Opportunity to grow with in the company if you’d like and you get to work with easy going team members.
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Cuts bonuses unexpectedly

West fraser cut hourly employees profit sharing bonus in 2021, employees were told the reason is because the company is too profitable, wrap you head around that one. Forced averaging agreements are used in order to pay staff less OT. Nearly impossible to use your vacation time as there is no coverage due to purposely running short staffed, or "lean" is how they refer to it. West Fraser forces employees to take a vacation pay out, at regular time. The pay is about average for the industry, OT hours are only time and a half, any mill I have worked for pay double time. Very poor morale among the hourly staff since West Fraser took over operations.

Pros

They will pay for safety boots every couple years

Cons

Loss of bonus $ unexpectedly
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Competitive, fast paced and lots of politics.

Current employee, I’ve worked for two West Fraser mills. Both of which boast safety as their number one concern. This is very true except that only those who they want to punish for being unsafe or making a mistake will get disciplined. These mills run on favouritism. If you want to advance you have to know somebody. Hard work doesn’t do any good at these places even non union mills. The pay is good and the benefits are great. However the mills are very frugal for a lack of better words and if it means making people work unreasonably harder to spend less money then they don’t care.

Pros

Occasionally have bbq for breaking records and benefits are good

Cons

Hours, shifts, favouritism, drama, moral, management
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Good pay and benefits

Good pay and benefits with the downside of very little home life. Run shorthanded there a lot of the time and do get frustrated but you work with what you got. Management stays on top of safety concerns which is good compared to a lot of other companies out there. Overall enjoyed my years of service there.

Pros

Good pay and benefits

Cons

Not much home life
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Enjoyed the Atmosphere

I worked here for a little over a year and enjoyed working with the management team. They worked well together and I thought the culture was very good. It was quite relaxed and you were given attitude to get your job done. The team trusted each other and we all got along very well. The hardest part was leaving because I enjoyed working there so much, but we moved for family reasons.

Pros

Tight knit management team

Cons

None that I really can think of at the moment.
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Potential for a career if not for poor management

Due to poor management and no root cause fixes being allotted for machinery (instead it’s only patch work) production and maintenance crews will constantly be at ends trying to do their respective jobs. This will then be blamed on operators or maintenance personnel before recognizing that it’s the machine and it requires genuine work. If you don’t know someone expect to get scrutinized against at any little inconvenience whether it’s something you’re actually at fault for or not. Fully expect management to talk out of their rear to push whatever agenda they have. Intimidation is also not beneath certain management including harassment to the extent of workplace bullying. Some supervisor’s/Chargehands are honestly really awesome and have years behind them with good knowledge that will often go ignored by higher ups which is sadly just the culture here. Lots of decent coworkers but lot’s of airheads who somehow still have a job. Hours are pretty decent but the stress and expectation for west Fraser to be above all else in your life including your own health or family members is not worth it. Pay is good for what you do. Keep your head down and hope they don’t choose to target you.

Pros

Pay, coworkers, hours

Cons

Management
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Based on 500 reviews

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3.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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