Weyerhaeuser

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Weyerhaeuser Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
66 Reviews
3.0
66 Reviews
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Pros
  • My boss is supportive when it comes to training and work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • decent work environment, decent supervisor, interesting work (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / life balance can be hard most of the year with over time (in 4 reviews)

  • Favortism is out of control and people are not held accountable if they are "in good" with middle management (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Used to be great, not so much now

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Federal Way, WA

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time

    Pros

    Great people, decent work-life balance, decent pay

    Cons

    Cost cutting environment during an economic upturn. Selling off business divisions piecemeal over the last decade to make money. More work with fewer people and small raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forgetting to appreciate and compensate your employees for more work is a really bad idea, lowers morale, and nudges employees toward jumping ship.

  2.  

    Company is very conservative.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They put safety as first priority.

    Cons

    Lay offs that makes employees do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I learned many skills.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Weyerhaeuser because of the benefits offered as an employee and to my family.

    Cons

    Working in the different types of weather was a challenge cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Top heavy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Easton, PA

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, you get some good experience if you are the right "kind" of person. Some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Constantly taking something away from the production associates. Management tells you they want your opinion, but you quickly find out if it's not in line with theirs they pick you out, then shut you out, then find a reason to get you out. Too many cons to list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat. Give back to those who are actually keeping your business going. Managers regularly leave the site for personal reasons......(I.e. pick up kids, run errands and so on) should hold managers just as accountable for there time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    A formerly great company changing direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Leader in Federal Way, WA

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great, hard working people working in Weyerhaeuser facilities who really care about each other, have deep roots in the forest products industry, and are very committed to meet the needs of their customers. Safety is serious value and is imbedded in everything.

    Cons

    An over 100 year old company which was built on creating sustainable growth and results for your grandchildren's generation has now evolved to caring only about the short term results to the shareholder. The company has progressed from 55,000 employees (with too much bureaucracy) to a 13,000 person company with no soul. Too leaders are only good at figuring out how to sell off everything for cash vs the ability to make those businesses successful. The engagement of employees has been slowly eroding in the last 5-10 years with senior leadership continually demonstrating their lack of respect and regard for the people who have built and sustained this formerly great company. Most employees were initially excited about the energy of the new CEO, but after a year it appears he is driven by ego and his short term name for himself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly the company cares only about looking good to the bankers and shareholder--without regard to the customer nor the employee who are all viewed as expendable. Do some serious thinking about what the results will be to the shareholder longer term if you are not taking care of the customer or your employees. Other companies with much greater financial returns think Weyerhaeuser has it backwards. Treat your employees as you would your finest customer. They will take care of the great customers. Do that right and you don't have to worry about the shareholder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    100+ year company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Programmer Analyst in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Programmer Analyst in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part of Weyerhaeuser experience was its IT internship program and the relationships developed. I worked with an excellent team of people. Benefits were great.

    Cons

    Company business overall is changing in a market that has become quite competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Communications

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser

    Pros

    coworkers get along well. family environment. you feel like you are part of a welcoming community. everyone wants to do their best.

    Cons

    Old school leadership still slow to change. New CEO is a tool with a huge ego.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great fun while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer/Scientist in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer/Scientist in Federal Way, WA

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with great people, both in the corporate region and in the mills. The company name was well respected. And the value placed on safety - going home as healthy as you arrived at work - is top tier for any industry.
    I had great opportunities to learn and at times to have a real impact, but...

    Cons

    New CEO ( 8/2013) is (IMHO) working for the shareholders near term cashout, not the long term success of the company or long term investors. Corporate overhead is being slashed, and the individual businesses are being siloed from each other. Expertise and experience gained over decades is being riffed out, retiring, or leaving voluntarily.. Weyerhaeuser has been divesting big chunks of itself over the last decade, and the siloing of the remaining businesses makes that process even easier. I wouldn't bank on there being anything left in the portfolio except Timberlands 3-5 years from now. And the current corp. campus in Federal Way is on the market, and corporate functions are moving to Pioneer Square - not sure that one corp office is enough to make Pioneer Square an appealing place to work. And it puts pretty much everyone into the horrible Seattle commute. Fed Way was a "reverse" commute for Seattle-ites and not bad for folks coming from the south and east.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wow, I think it may be too late. R&D has been gutted, so the only thing left is a race to the bottom on cost. As far as attracting talent, salary & benefits will have to come up significantly to compete for top talent in the Seattle market. At least in Federal Way, folks could offset compensation deltas by living in lower cost suburbs and still have a decent commute.
    A company does not exist for the instant gratification of the shareholders. If it can't keep them happy without massive layoffs and selling off all the assets, that's a management/ leadeship failure -- and it's a shame for a once great company.
    CEO and SMT shouldn't earn more by failing or selling off the company than by making it succeed. Look at the severance agreements for the SMT and think about what that might incent them to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not like it used to be....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very professional. Promotes from within.

    Cons

    "Back in the day", George Weyerhaeuser visited company locations and appeared to be interested in his employees. Today, employees are a number. But, I imagine it is that way with most large companies today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ethical Company - Proud to be Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture of integrity, diversity and respect for others. Absolutely amazing safety focus and this company means it. Increasingly focused on high performance and winning at everything it does.

    Cons

    The near constant sell off of business units and corporate downsizing within Weyerhaeuser over the last 10 years has left an indelible mark. The challenge for Weyerhaeuser is to remake itself into a growth company and a destination that more prospective employees will seek out. The company faces stiff challenges to achieve this due to its REIT corporate structure which places limits on re-investment in non-REIT business units where most of the people work e.g. manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work - make sure we have A Team employees and then make sure they have everything they need to succeed and reward them for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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