Plum Creek Timber Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Manufacturing and Finance Department in Corporate Office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia Falls, MT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia Falls, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plum Creek Timber full-time

    Pros

    I resigned and best decision I could of made in my life!

    Cons

    Favoritism, harassment, no trust, wouldn't advance unless I obtained a masters and incurred $80k in school loan debt- no thanks! treated very poorly as I was hard working employee for 15 years!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to build your employees up not break them down.


  2. Helpful (3)

    In today's economy, a good employer, yet middle management is territorial and most upper management is earnings focused.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plum Creek Timber full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plum Creek strives to provide a good wage, fair work-life balance, competitive benefits and encouraging environment to its employees. There is a lot of talent within the company and a strong sense of team. Employees have a strong work ethic and you'll find a good number of "career" Plum Creek people. Those who work in the trenches seem most relational and connected to customers or day to day operations. Slackers don't last at Plum Creek. Hard work and value embodies its employees and motto. The land and forestry ethics and practices are exceptional - they strive to surpass legal and morale standards.

    Cons

    Mid-tier management can be territorial. By this I mean, some take their mid-management position as license to a "good ole boys club" and create a sense of separation-ism. Those with differing viewpoints or creative ideas can, at times, be prevented from advancement or fair compensation. Yes, this exists in most companies. At Plum Creek this appears to be most prevalent in the IT Department - but strides to change are happening. Upper management is strongly focused on performance and company earnings. They attempt to create an "open door" atmosphere with only marginal success. Plum Creek is slightly stuck in previous decades with regards to issues like flex time, telecommuting, virtual presence and dress code (this can vary by department).

    Advice to Management

    Trust takes time to build and moments to lose. Mid-management needs a purging based on that one principle. Listen to your employees! What's happening in day to day operations and on the floor is often best understood by THOSE DOING IT. Budgets and spreadsheets are important, but without customer satisfaction and employee morale the race is run much slower.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Excellent executive management, trouble below"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plum Creek Timber full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely well experienced executive management team and guided the company through the recession very well. Strong growth prospects for the future for the company as a whole. Well diversified geographically and opportunity to grow *if you're in the right business units*.

    Cons

    With the caveat noted in the Pros section, the company is fairly old and set in its ways. There are some growth opportunities, but only really in its primary business lines (forestry and timber products). Most of the operations are managed out of Montana (Flathead Valley), so if you want to move up in the company you often have to move there on that path. However, there isn't much growth in ANY field. You often have to wait for more senior workers to retire or get jobs elsewhere. Significant cultural problems in IT. Merit is not often recognized and reviews are subjective, not based on work performed for all employees. Will only support continuing education within the business line you're currently employed in, and even then it is arbitrary (some get it, some don't, manager's discretion).

    Advice to Management

    Take a long, hard look at the review process. Review of this process needs to be handled across business lines to ensure fairness and mitigate arbitrary behavior on the part of senior IT managers. The drive to control costs is good, but good employees shouldn't be sacrificed with BS reviews in order to justify the poor performance of others.


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  5. Deer in the headlights

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plum Creek Timber full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High pay, low turnover, 401K and pension plan, renewable resource

    Cons

    Small & petty management, head in the sand approach to running company as homebuilding represents majority of revenues, unsustainable dividend, is canaballising itself to pay dividend, has sold 20 some percent of assets to pay dividend in last few years, CEO is a bully who only does things his way, next in line CEO is a yes man with no credibility with employees, CFO is a bufoon

    Advice to Management

    Skae the trees and let a new breed of employee lead the Company before you sell it all and kill the goose that laid the golden egg, cut the dividend although they won't because the CEO believes you can only cut it once in your career and he did that years and years ago


  6. Plum Creek

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plum Creek Timber full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people. Size and distribution of timberlands creates opportunities for a challenge and diverse career experience. Opportunities for personal development are bountiful. Competitive compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Willingness to relocate is a factor in career advancement. In addition, career advancement can also be limited to the flat organizational structure.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not on the cutting edge in technology but managament cares

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Kalispell, MT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Kalispell, MT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plum Creek Timber full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In the midst of this recession everyone was given a blanket 2% raise to show they cared. We also still get a well run, well funded defined pension program along with a well run 401K. We are always told that management says people first

    Cons

    Small company with a lot of petty small compay politics. A single person can carry to much churn with a couple of allies.

    Advice to Management

    I was told ther other day that a person I work with feels like working for Plum Creek must be a little like what it feels to win the lottery. In these difficult economic times she felt like the top management is looking out for us -- there's not much more that can be added to that.


  8. Good company, no advancement opportunities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plum Creek Timber full-time

    Pros

    Downtown Seattle office - great for commuters from all over Solid management - very little turnover Stable company, looks good on a resume Good bonus and benefits package

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. Most Finance jobs were either in Arkansas or Montana


  9. Helpful (1)

    Most employees were friendly and helpful, and the pay was good.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plum Creek has some of the best people! Because of the dispersed geography with small offices across the country, it has a small company feel. Many people have worked together for years, especially in the smaller towns, but they also have a welcoming attitude towards new talent. It is a fairly flat organization, which allows for good communication. Compensation is good, and the HR team stays current on pay rates in the market. The bonus program is generous and based on performance of the company and individual. Insurance and 401k match are good.

    Cons

    Because it is a flat organization, it can be difficult to advance. This is not a great place to race up the corporate ladder but is good for people who are willing to stay in their roles for several years. Another potential downside is that some central functions are primarily based in one location (accounting in Arkansas and Montana, IT in Montana) and employees who work in a different location may feel disconnected from the group.


  10. Employees are treated well

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Meridian, ID
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Meridian, ID
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job, well paid and well treated. I don't know what else to say other than I try to do my best work and in return I am treated well and compensated well.

    Cons

    It is a small company and therefore has the politics and limitations of a small company. If you need a large environment with lots of ways to advance then this place is not for you. If you like the small company atmosphere where everyone knows each each other. It's more like a family than a traaditional corporate environment.

    Advice to Management

    none. I'm not plugged in at a level high enough to really have insight for the top tier management.


  11. Good company.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous Bonus Program. 3 Weeks vacation to start for senior folks.

    Cons

    IT personnel are mostly in MT. Working in Seattle office can be a disadvantage.

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be able to review their direct managers to their managers manager.



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