Boise Cascade

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Boise Cascade Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
24 Reviews
3.2
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was a learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Warehouse in Westfield, MA
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Westfield, MA

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

    Pros

    Good atmopher to work in and great people.

    Cons

    The weather plays a factor in this job.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Long term employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boise Cascade

    Pros

    Wage is competitive, Benefits are better than a lot of smaller Co.

    Cons

    Management is multi layered and Antiquated. Production workers truly receive no respect from Co. You are just a "body" to feel a "spot" you are expendable, and they let you know this. Micromanaged like I have ever encountered. Rumors run rampant and Management is just as bad. You can not miss any work, do not get hurt or you will be singled out until you break. This Co. Allows the bullies to run over other employees and lets "these type" of bullies to have the better jobs as long as they "report" their distorted view of what happens on the daily~
    Horrible place to work but there are not many mills left in the area. You will be hard pressed to find a Happy, Content employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees not just the employees that are "the squeaky wheels" let your employees know what is going on. Ex: if your machine is going down, let them know. If you are putting in new Machine ask the Operators their opinions After all we are the ones running the machines. This is why you run into long term problems with new machinery, you don't find out what the TRUE needs are before you go to the whole expense of installing. The operators should be the first person you ask, instead we are never asked or even considered. Be more human. If you run a miserable place to work it backfires on you~ this is why you have Huge turnover even though you pay competitive. Take a page out of some of the newer Co.' Like Google, or Zappos. Maybe read Tony Hsieh book Delivering Happiness.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Big Company

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Big Company, there should be good opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Big Company, too many political games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To many political games. People in positions of authority are not qualified in the fields they manage. They have lost site of "The Customer Comes First." To many people in management trying to keep they're job, instead of taking time to understand how to do they're job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good pay and benefits, terrible communication from and among supervisors. (All across the region)

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Medford, OR
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Medford, OR

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time (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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A fulfilling and rewarding career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Place, friendly people and safe environment

    Cons

    None that come to mind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A long term company that will be around for years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A secure place to work

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Boise Cascade offers a competitive level of pay within its industry. Their upper management is striving to be productive while at the same time setting the goal to have satisfied employees.

    Cons

    Employees may have to work at lower level, intensive positions for several years before they are able to move up to a better position that is less physically intensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more ways of cross training and varying employee's responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Some very easy jobs, good machines, some very hard jobs with terrible machines.

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in International Falls, MN
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in International Falls, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay, Union, Shift work with a week off every month, pretty much all the overtime you want. Some days are very easy and boring if machines are running good. That is when they are making money, right?

    Cons

    Paper industry is very competitive and management has just cut 300 jobs and the future doesn't look very bright for the 600 that are left. Mill is on Canadian Border, so if you love -40 degree winter days, 8 month winters and a 3 hour drive to get to a major city, this is the right place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle managers are pretty decent, considering all the pressure that is coming from upper management and the almighty stockholders. Free trade act kind of screwed us all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Grader in Kettle Falls, WA
    Former Employee - Grader in Kettle Falls, WA

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time (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,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good place to work, gained valuable sales & negotiation experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    fast paced, often fun work environment (sales); good health insurance

    Cons

    low pay, mediocre retirement benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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