I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company full-time (More than 5 years)
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.
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.
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Stimson Lumber Company (Gaston, OR).
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.
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