Canfor Reviews

Updated August 7, 2015
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  1. Big company with lots of opportunity for advancement.

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    Current Contractor - Divisional Accountant in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Divisional Accountant in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canfor as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big company. Lots of opportunity for advancement. Good locations in communities that support good family life.

    Cons

    Cyclical industry with potential swings. High dependency on US economy, NAFTA and soft lumber agreement.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify markets


  2. I have worked for the CANFOR pulp mill maintenance turnarounds since 2011.

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    Current Employee - Temp Labourer in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Temp Labourer in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I always look forward to working at the CANFOR pulp mill maintenance turnarounds. I enjoy working with my co-workers, and supervisors. I am always eager on learning from working different jobs threw out the CANFOR pulp mill maintenance turnarounds. Safe working environment. I hope very much to be employed for CANFOR full time. CANFOR is where I want to have my career. Janice S.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for a friendly safe working environment.


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    great pay, above average benefits

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    Current Employee - Millwright in Mackenzie, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Millwright in Mackenzie, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canfor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great pay, above average benefits

    Cons

    intimidation in the workplace, lots of bullies, not much appreciation and uncaring about home life

    Advice to Management

    Promote people experienced in managing people, do not discriminate against people "there is no one hireable in town" stop with the nepotism!


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  5. Canfor a good place to work for a while

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    Current Employee - Lumber Grader in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lumber Grader in Fort Saint John, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work in a relatively warm environment with new technologies in the sawmilling realm. The first jobs you get are menial, dirty and back breaking, usually on a night shift which are hell on your body and mind, eventually you can begin to tolerate it. The light at the end of the tunnel is bidding off cleanup and getting on the line where you can make good coin. Normal operations you get 1 hr OT a day or 10 per check which adds up real fast. Boring but rewarding work when you break a production record. Also most of the managers are pretty good guys and are flexible.

    Cons

    Personally the shift work is the best and worst thing about working at Canfor. Some guys love working the afternoon shift so they can run around in the morning and get stuff done around town, banking, shopping, minding the kids while the wife is at work. Most however just tolerate it and look at the paycheck. The changing from nightshift to dayshift every 2 weeks takes a toll on your body and sleep is sometimes at a premium, especially in the summer when you're trying to sleep through the hottest part of the day. Also missing evenings for me when I want to go out with my buddies or play in my sports leagues.

    Advice to Management

    Right now the lumber industry is in the doldrums and I am just happy to be in mill where our financial standing is better than a lot of other mills. If I was to suggest something to Senior Management it is that more communication about or present financials be filtered down to the hourly workers and let us know further in advance of any layoffs or shutdowns so people can prepare themselves and plan their lives accordingly.


  6. The grass IS greener on the other side

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    stable employment in a great area, many community programs for families in sports, recreation, schooling, etc. Company gives at least a moderate effort to ensure safe working conditions for employees

    Cons

    lack of appreciation for any extra done by hourly workers, a lack of common sense in hiring of staff and management with a total disregard for hourly workers that seek such positions

    Advice to Management

    open up opportunities for workers to advance professionally and regularly discuss growth and career direction



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