Weyerhaeuser Interview Questions & Reviews
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- Popular Job Titles:
- IT Intern (2)
- Process Control Engineer (2)
- Technician (1)
- Technician II (1)
- Technician III (1)
- Product Manager (1)
- Human Resources (1)
- Production Shift Supervisor (1)
- Lumber Sales (1)
- Entry Level Laborer (1)
- Labourer, Lumber Production (1)
- Maintenance Planner (1)
- Maintenance Tech (1)
- GENERAL SALES MANAGER (1)
- Sales Manager (1)
- Sales (1)
- IT Consultant (1)
- Engineer (1)
- Human Resources (1)
- Human Resources Manager (1)
- Director, Product Development (1)
- Senior IT Analyst (1)
IT Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in February 2014.
Interview Details – DO NOT APPLY TO THIS COMPANY, horrible structure.
The first time I got an phone interview(behavior question only), couple days late they told me
"Unfortunately, due to some corporate restructuring decisions that were made late yesterday, we have decided to suspend the IT Intern program until 2015. All positions have been closed.
Our apologies for the abrupt change of direction but hope you will consider Weyerhaeuser in the future."
Then a months late, they posted internship offering on our school career website again. I applied again, and a month later, they replied me the same thing:
"Thank you for your interest in Weyerhaeuser. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the IT Intern - Lumber Manufacturing position (requisition number 01008287) you applied for has been cancelled. We wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you can continue to explore other career opportunities."
Conclusion: stay away from this company
Production Shift Supervisor Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in January 2013.
Interview Details – Pretty basic interview questions. A little less formal than some companies which is nice so you can be open with your answers.
Interview Question – What do you expect from the company for which you work? Answer Question
Human Resources Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in September 2013.
Interview Details – To clarify, this position was for two lumber mills in North Carolina, not headquarters. A recruiter contacted me after seeing my credentials in the system; this was not a position I applied to on my own.
The initial interview occurred in August via conference call with the Regional HR Manager, current HR Manager and another HR Manager from a mill in Mississippi. The questions were all standard related to experience, past contributions in my field and my willingness to relocate out of Texas. I easily passed this step and was scheduled to interview with the Lumber HR Director, again via phone the following week. This was another standard interview with similar questions. After passing this step, I was scheduled for a site visit in early September.
The site visit included a tour of one of the mills, an interview with management, another interview with the HR manager and regional manager and a role playing exercise. Much of this process was redundant and somewhat unnecessary considering how much information we had covered over the phone. In speaking more in depth about the transition from the current manager to the new manager, it turned out that the impending retirement was not happening until 2014 and the new manager would only be supporting one mill. I found it interesting that they were planning on having two managers for the next six to eight months since the workload did not appear to require more than one person. In terms of the role playing exercise, I was given a union scenario to resolve, but the instructions were very muddled and I was unclear as to who was playing what role. Even the mill managers were confused by the process and kept looking to the HR team for assistance. There was clearly a disconnect with what they were trying to accomplish with this exercise and how it was executed.
Their main concern during the interview process was my willingness to relocate. It came up numerous times throughout the weeks of speaking to various individuals. I explained that although I was excited about the possibility of moving, I was concerned about the limited availability of job opportunities for the person whom I'd be relocating with and also the lack of diversity in that particular area of NC. This seemed to put them off a bit, but it was obvious in doing research and speaking to some of the locals that these issues could be a deal breaker for me.
Despite going through a month of interviews and a site visit, no one has contacted me to officially say I was not selected and I would not have accepted even if they had been interested. The overall environment was uncomfortable and for a Fortune 500 company, I was shocked at the outdated technology and run down appearance of the offices and break room areas. Based on my experience, I would not recommend this particular mill to professionals not accustomed to working in an industrial complex.
Interview Question – The role playing exercise requires you to resolve a union situation with one of the mill managers, but there is very limited information provided. Answer Question
Technician II Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser.
Interview Details – Was interviewed by 3 scientists, including the hiring manager, then came back to get a short presentation on the project the group was working for and had a meet and greet with the group I'd be working with and all 14 other candidates.
Interview Question – They gave you a microscope to look at tree embryos to describe and compare Answer Question
Process Control Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in November 2012.
Interview Details – Interview took about 30 minutes and was handled over the phone. Asked basic interview questions, focusing on how to diagnose problems within the facility. I was interviewed by engineering managers after a basic phone screening from a third party recruiter.
Interview Question – How would you fix a broken pump? Answer Question
Entry Level Laborer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in April 2011.
Interview Details – The initial application process consisted of standing in line for several hours at the unemployment office. This was followed by a fairly in depth application and a knowledge test. After a few weeks there was a phone interview, a few weeks after that they called to set up a initial interview.
The initial interview was brief and relatively informal it was more of a description of the potential job and a slightly better explanation the remaining interview process. I was informed at this stage that I would be contacted in three to five days if I had been chosen for the next level of the hiring process. After two weeks had passed I assumed they had gone with another candidate when they called to inform me I had made it to the final round of the interview process. They set up a meeting for the following week, a group interview.
I arrived at the "Gauntlet" interview, there were five employees ranging from Human Resources to foremen and supervisors all asking questions and writing in their notebooks. As intimidating as the situation initially appeared they managed to present a fairly relaxed environment throughout the interview. I left feeling like I had made a good impression and was told I would hear from them by the end of the week to hear if I had gotten the job or if they had gone with the other candidate. Friday came and went with no call, it's now been a few months so I assume they went with the other guy.
Interview Question – The most difficult questions they ask you are hypothetical situations ranging from co-worker safety violations to witnessing theft or fraud. The interviewers tell you that there are no right or wrong answers to these questions, their facial reactions and writing in their notebooks as you speak are the most difficult portion, it was quite distracting. Answer Question
Director, Product Development Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in February 2009.
Interview Details – online application and a resume were required. One on one interview with the hiring manager. A panel interview with 5 people (HR, hiring manager, two co-workers and a bar raiser). 20 min presentation. About 15 questions in total. Some behavioral and some technical. Average difficulty. Management style is top down. Try to finish each question with a positive ending.
Process Control Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in November 2010.
Interview Details – They asked me about my education. They asked me about my group participation. They asked me about my previous employers. They asked me how my education would relate to my job position at Weyerhaeuser. They gave me a plant tour. It was really, really fun.
Interview Question – What is your name? Answer Question
Maintenance Tech Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in October 2009.
Interview Details – Spoke with Employee and was forwarded to HR. HR contacted and set up interview. Interviewed with HR, Employee, 2 Management persons. They asked specific job related questions. Only a few "HR" personality questions and questioned me on how I would rate myself on specific job related skills. Overall it was an interview where both parties communicated the needs of the job and if I met them or not. I had little doubt of the outcome of the interview but was not dissapointed because the job skills/needs were out of my skill set.
Very Easy Interview
Sales Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in December 2009.
Interview Details – No real shot at job, they just interviewed others to be "fair" as they never gave anyone other than the preselected candidate a chance at the job.