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Portland, OR
501 to 1000 employees
1953
Company - Private
Agriculture & Forestry
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
With its roots dating back to the mid-1800s, Stimson Lumber is one of the oldest operating forest products companies in the US. Stimson Lumber owns and manages about 500,000 acres of timberland in the western US. The company has manufacturing operations in Idaho, Montana ... Read more

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  • "Stable, poor supervisors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For a timber company, it is a very stable place to work. Health insurance is pretty good. HSA contribution and 401k match. If you start from the bottom you will progress quickly to the mid level of your position.

    Cons

    With stability comes lower pay for the skilled positions. Most of the supervisors have poor people skills, most don't recognize the positive and focus on when you make mistakes. Progression is limited, especially in the area of skilled trades, top level isn't very attainable. Lots of talk about getting people to those positions, in reality it's not what you know, or how you do your job, but how you are perceived. To be fair, There are some good managers and supervisors, this is just my recent experience.

    Advice to Management

    It has been my experience that mill level management doesn't communicate with the employees that often. As a result they rely too heavily on the supervisors for thier information, and as I stated most of them are poorly equipped to deal with people. The result is turnover, good people that do a lot everyday don't get noticed, and the glad handlers get promoted from the ideas and work from their teammates. As a company you do a good job of getting good people to come here but they don't stay around because of the culture. The company spends time and money to identify and recruit good people and then turns them over to poor supervisors and training, so they leave. Train the supervisors, this is the tip of the iceberg.

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    Anonymous Employee in Gaston, OR
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    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Stimson Lumber Company (Gaston, OR).

    Interview

    5 interviews as 500 prospectors applied. The final interview was a competition between 5 other interviewees. I was not intimidated but many others were. This process may not still be used but it was in 2000 when I applied. My past experience is what gave me the edge. Even though I never worked in the saw mill industry I did work fabricating CAE curv cutting saws used in saw mills.

    Interview Questions

    • The question that stands out the most was the last one. we were asked to explain what we would do in a situation where conflict between employees became heightened.   1 Answer

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