Boise Cascade Reviews

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

3.5
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful safety driven company with family and faith based values

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    Former Employee - Crew Chief  in  Biddeford, ME
    Former Employee - Crew Chief in Biddeford, ME

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

    Pros

    People friendly and safety committed to providing stellar working atmosphere to grow and advance.
    Regionally competitive salary base and benefits.
    tremendous chance for advancement and ability to relocate as there are 34 branches

    Cons

    tough to get hired. Very thorough process.
    Outside manual job can be difficult in certain climates
    Only one corporate office for whole company country wide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Boise Cascade/OfficeMax was the best company I have ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist/Marketing Coordinator  in  Garden Grove, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist/Marketing Coordinator in Garden Grove, CA

    I worked at Boise Cascade

    Pros

    Working at Boise Cascade/OfficeMax was a positive experience. They care for their employees. They made coming to work fun. There were opportunities to cross train and grow. I actually did not cringe when Monday came around because I liked working there. All my co-workers were like a second family. I truly miss working there, but will always remember it fondly.

    Cons

    It could be slow climbing the ladder there, but they still gave you the opportunity to learn other positions so when the time was right you could move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would just say to continue to do the great work that they have been doing all these years. I had quite a few managers there and loved them all.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work at

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

    I worked at Boise Cascade

    Pros

    It is a highly professional company, sales and operations structure allways in place ready to generate communication and performance.

    Cons

    It was a tough change regarding the Office Max aquisition, we allways wanted more information in order to be prepared for the change, but things happened very quicly, which also meant to learn how to work in that environment. Not bad however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To review all past profiles not currently in your company, and device a "recovery plan" I am sure you will find pleasant surprises.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  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 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
  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 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
  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 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
  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 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
  10.  

    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
  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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