Boise Cascade Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
Updated May 11, 2014
22 Reviews

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22 Reviews
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    Good pay and benefits, terrible communication from and among supervisors. (All across the region)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Medford, OR
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Medford, OR

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1.) The base hourly wages are great for the valley. The benefits package is fair as well.
    2.) Many great people work at Boise. Great friendships can be forged.
    3.) The work is fast and hard. This could be a pro or con
    4.) Most of the management (superintendents and above) are competent.

    Cons

    1.) While upper managers are very intelligent, compassionate, and motivated; the same is not always true of department leads and shift supervisors. In fact, most of them are nincompoops.
    2.) Due to the short-comings mentioned in #1, a significant communication gap exists where operators feel disconnected from management and communication (all around) is so poor that it borders on incompetence.
    3.) Very often, leads/supervisors pursue personal agendas under the guise of "safety" and / or "best in class".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold higher standards of your leads and supervisors.
    Make more information public so people know what is going on.

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    Union and management at odds made for a bad environment. Promotions based on who you know.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grader  in  Kettle Falls, WA
    Former Employee - Grader in Kettle Falls, WA

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay. The coworkers are great people to work with. People are helpful when they are needed. Everything is based on seniority as Far as other union jobs. I have never seen a lay off. Stay on the bosses good side and you'll enjoy the job. This is the best job for those that have no schooling. Can't beat the benefits.

    Cons

    In the summer it's very hot in the mill, well over a hundred with no way to cool off. Management will side with anyone in management over any employee unless there is absolute proof. Most workers won't take a side against management due to the possible repercussions they could face. Safety is said to be important but they will write up anyone that gets hurt regardless if it's the companies fault.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at woman and men equally. Use those employees that want to advance. Hold your Supervisors to the highest standards. Promote those that have an education in the field. Anyone that is put in a supervisor trainee position should be respected by co workers. If someone has a complaint take it seriously,

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  3.  

    It was an Alright place to work depending on your position

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boise Cascade

    Pros

    Great People, good hours, paid lunch breaks

    Cons

    Loud and sometimes can be extremely hot (especially in the summer time). boring repetitive work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate your workers (stackers) to different machine every few weeks or so, so they dont dred coming to work

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