Boise Cascade Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2020

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Boise Cascade CEO Nate Jorgensen
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Hard worker"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good place to work

    Cons

    Recommend by current employees

  2. "A Place To Learn Your Career, But Not Nurture Your Career!"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Programmer Analyst in Elgin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Will allow time for you to develop and learn your skills on your own time and provide good feedback along the way.

    Cons

    The salary overtime (non-paid) can be overwhelming some weeks. Also, the many hats (roles) that one has to wear outside their job duties can also drag the job down when you are already overtasked on your main task.

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  3. "Better Opportunity"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Machine Operator in Chester, SC

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    safety 1st then quality

    Cons

    environment heat and air climate control

  4. "Great"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Assembler in Saco, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great management and great morals

    Cons

    There are none that I can remember

  5. "I am a dryer grader and feeder. It's a VERY manual labor-based job. Very manual-labor based work. The pay makes it worth"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Oregon City, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. Starting out is a little above $20 in Oregon, depending on shift, and a very good medical/dental coverage and 401k. 40hr guaranteed at my facility. Unionized. Overtime is easily accessible.

    Cons

    You have to constantly remind/pressure supervisors to give you correct training, or protective equipment. Most trainees are assigned graveyard (10:30pm-6:30am) or rotate which is filler between the other shifts.

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    Boise Cascade Response

    January 13, 2020Corporate Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide detailed feedback! Your comments will be shared with HR.

  6. "Boise review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Class A Truck Driver in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Too many hours not enough pay

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    Boise Cascade Response

    November 26, 2019Corporate Communications Manager

    Thank you for the feedback!

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Entry Level Job Seekers Beware"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time

    Pros

    Easy interview process. You get your own work space.

    Cons

    If you're seeking an entry-level position, you can honestly do better than this. Unless you want a position where you are essentially a glorified intern who is constantly asking for tasks from your supervisor every few hours and doing a ton of busy work, you won't get a lot of experience modern day experience out of this. The only times you will actually have something interesting to do is when your uppers take the multiple lengthy vacations that they do every month or so where they leave you with their usual tasks. Also, your own life-work balance? You get none. This is a company consisted of mostly middle-aged people who have not taken many other positions and work as if the company still belongs in the 80s. They send out faxes. Seriously. Also, the work environment is actually very gossipy and catty. Everyone just whispers about each other all the time and then will act all nice to your face as if they didn't just complain about you to four other co-workers just this morning. The environment is toxic. The supervisors don't have enough training. And as an entry level worker, you are treated as easily replaceable and on the bottom tier of the company compared to everyone else. You know how in their job listings they emphasize how much they care about you and how great their benefits package is? They actually don't and there's a reason why it's emphasized. 16 days PTO that is vacation, sick, & personal time COMBINED. That's all you get in a year. If management actually lets you take any of it without giving you a hard time that is. Was honestly actively applying for other jobs my entire time here. Only took me like a month to figure it out. Stay away. You'll thank me later.

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    Boise Cascade Response

    January 13, 2020Corporate Communications Manager

    I am very sorry to hear about your experience, but thank you for a very thorough and candid review - we'll share these comments with leadership, especially around work-life balance and supervisor training. We are undertaking several initiatives around digital technology to become a more modern workplace that hopefully will improve the employee experience on some fronts. Again, we appreciate the feedback - positive or negative - as it helps raise awareness further on where we need to get better.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bad environment both management and employees"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Saco, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None. Don't waste your time. The pay is very low too.

    Cons

    Absolutely disrupted environment, low quality work, arrogant employees, vulgar and no clue. Management weak and ineffective. No career opportunities. Work/life balance horrible.

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    Boise Cascade Response

    November 26, 2019Corporate Communications Manager

    We're sorry to hear about your experience at this location. Thank you for taking the time to provide candid and detailed feedback.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Where to even begin..."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is pretty connected among branches so you will always have plenty of contacts.

    Cons

    Seniority rules here at this company. There were a lot of people at my office who had been there for 10-20 years and newer employees do not get the leniency that they do. These employees had the ability to take time off whenever, work from home, have flexible hours at work, etc. whereas newer employees will rarely get the same amount of flexibility. The work-life balance situation is very poor. To start, you are given 16 days PTO that include vacation, sick days, and personal time off, but management gives you a hard time about using any of them while meanwhile, they will take weeks off at a time within a timespan of a few months. Random special rules will apply to some departments but not others. Some of which do not even make any sense and are based on management opinion. This company is very behind on the times management-wise, technology wise, and company culture wise and the seniority favoritism makes it very unappealing for young job seekers compared to most other options and benefits at other companies nowadays. The position I was in was new at the time and I felt like management had no idea what they wanted to do with this position. The job did not even consist of the majority of the tasks on the original job description and there were times I was even asked to complete tasks outside of my job description and department. There were times I had been assigned long, stressful projects only for them to be scrapped and not used. Everything was so inconsistent.

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    Boise Cascade Response

    October 9, 2019Corporate Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide detailed feedback - though it's hard to hear, that's the only way we can strive to get better. Your comments will be shared with HR.

  10. "Boise Cascade"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    Hard hours to work for

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