Weyerhaeuser Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great fun while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer/Scientist in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer/Scientist in Federal Way, WA

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

    Pros

    I worked with great people, both in the corporate region and in the mills. The company name was well respected. And the value placed on safety - going home as healthy as you arrived at work - is top tier for any industry.
    I had great opportunities to learn and at times to have a real impact, but...

    Cons

    New CEO ( 8/2013) is (IMHO) working for the shareholders near term cashout, not the long term success of the company or long term investors. Corporate overhead is being slashed, and the individual businesses are being siloed from each other. Expertise and experience gained over decades is being riffed out, retiring, or leaving voluntarily.. Weyerhaeuser has been divesting big chunks of itself over the last decade, and the siloing of the remaining businesses makes that process even easier. I wouldn't bank on there being anything left in the portfolio except Timberlands 3-5 years from now. And the current corp. campus in Federal Way is on the market, and corporate functions are moving to Pioneer Square - not sure that one corp office is enough to make Pioneer Square an appealing place to work. And it puts pretty much everyone into the horrible Seattle commute. Fed Way was a "reverse" commute for Seattle-ites and not bad for folks coming from the south and east.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wow, I think it may be too late. R&D has been gutted, so the only thing left is a race to the bottom on cost. As far as attracting talent, salary & benefits will have to come up significantly to compete for top talent in the Seattle market. At least in Federal Way, folks could offset compensation deltas by living in lower cost suburbs and still have a decent commute.
    A company does not exist for the instant gratification of the shareholders. If it can't keep them happy without massive layoffs and selling off all the assets, that's a management/ leadeship failure -- and it's a shame for a once great company.
    CEO and SMT shouldn't earn more by failing or selling off the company than by making it succeed. Look at the severance agreements for the SMT and think about what that might incent them to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Not like it used to be....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very professional. Promotes from within.

    Cons

    "Back in the day", George Weyerhaeuser visited company locations and appeared to be interested in his employees. Today, employees are a number. But, I imagine it is that way with most large companies today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Safety

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser

    Pros

    Very safety savvy and, the live it.

    Cons

    Lack patience in training employees to be proficient at what they are assigned. Moral is low in their press department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build employees' moral up. Take time to train employees.

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  5. Ethical Company - Proud to be Here

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great culture of integrity, diversity and respect for others. Absolutely amazing safety focus and this company means it. Increasingly focused on high performance and winning at everything it does.

    Cons

    The near constant sell off of business units and corporate downsizing within Weyerhaeuser over the last 10 years has left an indelible mark. The challenge for Weyerhaeuser is to remake itself into a growth company and a destination that more prospective employees will seek out. The company faces stiff challenges to achieve this due to its REIT corporate structure which places limits on re-investment in non-REIT business units where most of the people work e.g. manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work - make sure we have A Team employees and then make sure they have everything they need to succeed and reward them for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small Office part of a large company. Work-life balance is good. Software work is interesting - the engineering that goes into houses.

    Cons

    Tied to the housing industry. Half the staff got laid off at once. No room for personal growth, promotions. Culture is not as good as it used to be...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about employees as much as you think about shareholders.
    Listen to your employees, they might know more than you do...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser

    Pros

    Strong work force with a great code of ethics

    Cons

    too many forced lay-offs over the years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work on making us great. Stop the bleeding of staff and try to retain the younger workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Insurance above Industry Averages. Strong Safety Culture.

    Cons

    Large companies in general are slow to adopt new philosophies, ideas and technologies - Change is difficult and slow to. Weyerhaeueser is no different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Weyerhaeuser. It is what you make of it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. All the ideas are considered and valued with an open door policy. Everybody works together to get things done.
    The opportunities are there if you want to work for them.

    Cons

    Benefits are getting cut every year even though profits are up. There is a definite class separation between hourly and salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRY GETTING MORE TRAINING PROGRAMS. BRING BACK THE BONUS.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. If you work in Federal Way, it's probably a good place to work. Not so much for other locations.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. For the most part they treat employees well. Room for advancement.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Big company mentality. Lots of layoffs. Lots of favoritism. If they can't see you in Federal Way they can't figure out how to work with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Up and Downs

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Advancement, Benefits and Great Co Workers

    Cons

    They place everyone into a "position" and that is how they are compensated, however there were a few of us doing several "positions" but were never valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to get out of the Good Ol Boys club and realize the value of all your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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