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Doyle Simons
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    Great fun while it lasted

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    Current Employee - Engineer/Scientist  in  Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer/Scientist in Federal Way, WA

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


    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...


    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.

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    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.

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