Weyerhaeuser

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Weyerhaeuser Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
178 Reviews
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178 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    A formerly great company changing direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 2 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
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  5.  

    Honest point of view......

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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

    The pay is decent, the facility is fairly new, benefits package is solid. Operations associates are very diverse. A lot of very good people when it comes to sales and production associates. Safety 1st.

    Cons

    No where really to be promoted. Shift time schedules are very weird and difficult. HR is not present to help out effectively in matters. Work / life balance can be hard most of the year with over time. But most of all working outside in all weather conditions is hard in the north east.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should look at adding an HR "rep" locally to each site. Truly value your good associates and their perspectives.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great fun while it lasted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not like it used to be....

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    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Good while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small Office part of a large company. Work-life balance is good. Software work is interesting - the engineering that goes into houses.

    Cons

    Tied to the housing industry. Half the staff got laid off at once. No room for personal growth, promotions. Culture is not as good as it used to be...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about employees as much as you think about shareholders.
    Listen to your employees, they might know more than you do...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Up and Downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Salary, Advancement, Benefits and Great Co Workers

    Cons

    They place everyone into a "position" and that is how they are compensated, however there were a few of us doing several "positions" but were never valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to get out of the Good Ol Boys club and realize the value of all your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK overall, stale and political leadership, lots of lifers

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

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

    Pros

    Very focused on safety of employees. Individual teams tend to work very well together and be loyal. Very little advancement during the downturn, but a good incentive program if you are high enough up in the company.

    Cons

    Very political leadership team. Lots of egos and power plays. They talk a lot about growth and advancement but more words than actions. Lots of meetings that are a waste of time because the decisions are actually made with the cronies in the hallway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corp headquarters is like a library, zero pulse. Bring some energy into the company by getting younger and diverse workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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