Boise Cascade Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Former employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company and has many employees and offices

    Cons

    Needs good upper management for all offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. The company culture is very supportive and developmental opportunities are out there for those who want them.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Aloha, OR
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Aloha, OR

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

    Pros

    The company will give you back what you give them. Give them hard work, they give you opportunity. Give them a hard time, they give you a pink slip.

    Cons

    They tend to promote from within until a person is one job above what their skill level is equipped to handle. Then, they stagnate and start pulling everyone else down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Absolutely love my job.

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    Current Employee - Driver
    Current Employee - Driver

    I have been working at Boise Cascade

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, communication is excellent, treat employees with respect. I couldn't be more content. Home most nights and off weekends. Safety driven and caring.

    Cons

    If you're not afraid to work you'll love it here. Long days and early mornings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Hit and miss

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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

    Good co workers, union!

    Cons

    Salary will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brown nose

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    Negative Outlook
  6. It's a job.

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    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Alexandria, LA
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Alexandria, LA

    I have been working at Boise Cascade

    Pros

    Great co-workers who are dedicated and take their jobs seriously.

    Cons

    Corporate is a typical wood products company, cheap and very demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job, at plant level. Above that, the higher up you go, the less of a clue they have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Clean-up Worker

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    Former Employee - Clean Up Worker in Pilot Rock, OR
    Former Employee - Clean Up Worker in Pilot Rock, OR

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for general labor. 40 hours plus with lots of OT. Small town and most workers work hard for the company. There is focus on safety and it is non union mill.

    Cons

    Wish just more update equipment on some things that could easily been replaced.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Overall it was good. The people were pleasant and the Managers there were top notch.

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    Former Employee - Sales Management Trainee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Management Trainee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Boise Cascade

    Pros

    Laid back environment, very egalitarian. PTO was more than reasonable and the hours were the same everyday. Sales is empowered to negotiate prices even at low levels. Mistakes are expected and the management is more interested in solving the problem than finding who is to blame.

    Cons

    Not much room to move up. You're waiting for someone to retire in order to get good products to sell. Not a good place if you're not interested in being an entrepreneur type. A promotion here is more like a lateral move and because there is such low turnover there is rarely a chance to make a decent paycheck until you have around 5 years in. It's a very low pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My experience here was great and you should really look for certain traits in the people you hire. Entrepreneur types would probably excel here as the selling is much like running your own business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good ethical company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Maintains a decentralized structure but rapidly deploys best practices. Strong and efficient internal controls for accounting and HR.

    Cons

    Easy to become impatient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful with the transition from older associates to newer ones.... You may experience a much greater loss of productivity than you anticipated in the next 5 years due to a loss of many associates to retirement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 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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