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Great company, if you can get in as an employee. Contractors, read the fine print. I was well treated as a contractor but disposable. When the rules change evaluate your options.
Great place to work for an in town position. Crash and burn maintenance, little to no planning in the maintenance department, some people are not in the correct positions and people are not often managed correctly nor given key assignments. Little to no accountability for anyone..
If it weren’t for the other employees, I would have quit after a few months. Management does not care an iota about employees, just profits. The money is good, the pension is solid, but you’ll figure out pretty quick that people are as good as inanimate machines to management. Such a shame, the crew is awesome and deserves better.
Solid pension if you can sell your soul.
Crooked management, toxic worksite, low morale
They want you to stay and work for them but do very little to encourage you to want to stay. Accommodations are not good. I would never ask someone to live in conditions that I would not live in. It seemed like getting certain things done was impossible.
I got paid on every second friday.
wasn't worth it.
New management is horrible. There is no equality between workers (women and men), alot of slander and negative speech between coworkers and management. I was give a apprenticeship as a millwright, but there is no support to train those taking the trade. If you are good at teaching yourself and bookwork then you will get your trade, but don’t expect the support you need. Pay is ok, but not worth the degradation you receive from management.
Got an entry level position, and through hard work learned all the positions on the production floor in 2 years. Got an apprenticeship, which developed into a salaried supervisor position in under 10 years. Sent me to first aid courses, supervisor courses, trade shows, other divisions for training and support. Awesome job!
I never actually was hired on. But I want to say the interview process is THE biggest waste of time. I have tried getting on for years and finally received a call and a interview. They check your references in a real weird manner. Like 1 reference call a week for 3-4 weeks. They provide no updates unless you email them. Finally found out they wanted to pass on me over a month after the initial interview. For how low they pay I figured it was a secure long term position but they act like it is a golden temple to be employed at. All my references were shocked when they heard the demeanor of HR and how they went about the process. The place is a joke, alot of current/past employees told me it wouldn't be a good idea to work there but I was doing what was best for my family. Urns out they were right as the interview process was a joke right off the bat.
I enjoyed most of my time with West Frasier, my job was challenging and rewarding, and there was a strong team environment with good co workers. I left when I could no longer resolve the differences of opinion with my superintendant. This site has a great deal of potential, as well as a great deal of opportunity for advancement to someone with a strong work ethic. The biggest issue that some may find with this site is that there was a cycle of managers with a do as I say, not as I do attitude. This may be changing, as the new GM at the time when I left was very much in favor of a by the book approach to the operation of the site. I feel that this will correct the issues I found with the company, though for myself it was too little too late. I would, however, encourage anyone interested to pursue employment with the company, as it is a reliable and stable job opportunity.
If you are willing to do more that the average person, advancement is relatively quick. Fast paced production atmosphere, good safety programs, work from -40 to + 35, no layoffs, many jobs are repetitive by nature, you will smell like sawdust at the end of the day.
Other company who does not care about the employees. Just make lumber. This company does not support the community they pay their taxes that’s how they support the community and they hire people. Wow for a huge company and no community support this is why we need to support the little companies.
Is a good, well paid production line job with a good benefit package. I was able to get my lumber grading ticket as well as my level 3 First Aid. A typical day would have me doing the final grade on the wood before it got wrapped and shipped out. The hardest part of the job some days as a supervisor in training was to get some of the people that were employed at the mill for 30+ years to buy into my way of running the mill.