Boise Cascade Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
22 Reviews

3.5
22 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good atmopher to work in and great people.

    Cons

    The weather plays a factor in this job.

    Recommends
  2.  

    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 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    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 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,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    low pay, mediocre retirement benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Hot workplace filled with people who hate their jobs.

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    Current Employee - Feeder  in  Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Feeder in Eugene, OR

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time

    Pros

    You get to go home at the end of the day. Training is unprofessional.

    Cons

    Laid off a lot of the time. Short lunch breaks. Boring hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with your employees better.

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

    Good company with caring management

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    Current Employee - Administrative Tech
    Current Employee - Administrative Tech

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    CEO, President, regional manager, etc. very caring and competent. There are a lot of great supervisors
    Decent salaries and benefits
    Employees feel valued

    Cons

    It's a bit of a good ol' boy system (at least at this region)
    There are no management tracks and promotions are slow
    Seems like a large discrepancy in women's salaries compared to men's salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of brilliant younger employees who are stuck in entry level or secretary type jobs. If these employees were put on a "management track" of some sort, they would be able to contribute a lot more to the company. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing a lot of talent to other companies, as well as a large skills discrepancy when all the baby boomers retire and the 20-somethings don't have the experience to fill their shoes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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