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Boise Cascade Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, good benefits, job security (in 7 reviews)

  • Offer good benefits, Safe, Clean, Enviroment, training, cross-training, promotes from within, vacation package, open door policy, personally I love it (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low Pay, long hours to make money (in 4 reviews)

  • They just fluff the title to try and compensate for the low pay, I guess (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Flat Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Boise is a company that really appreciates their employees. It is a culture that is driven from the top down.

    Cons

    Boise tends to run on a more conservative basis


  2. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time

    Pros

    Decent place to work in.
    Very Safety orientaded
    Decent Pay
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement.
    If you are not in sales you are a nobody.

  3. "Reputation from a long gone era no longer apply."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally good people that work in the operations side. I'm not speaking of management, corporate, or sales team. The boots on the ground guys.

    Cons

    I could spend all night listing the things that are wrong with this company and environment. I'll try to keep it short. First off, a living wage should be something that's a given. Corporate needs to enforce hiring individuals at a market wage and nothing less considering the demand that this job requires and not leave that up to branch management. Deceptive hiring practices are unfortunately far too common within this company. Managers will offer an individual a low starting wage with promise of scaling up over a certain amount of time as long as you meet expectations. Unfortunately, since there is no written contract to this practice these promises are never honored and managers deny ever making them. Let it be mentioned that your safety program needs to be totally scrapped and rewritten. When your program hinders efficiency and your employees are treated like liabilities just so you can keep your insurance costs down, it gets to the point that people start to figure out that it's not really about your safety and it never has been. If you have such a problem with the cost of your self-insured package, maybe you should consider losing it and actually going with a legitimate plan that is offered by someone else - you already scrapped your pension plan and sold your company to investors so why not? Sales and operations are too far apart in how much they are valued by this company. Operations employees are pushed to the edge over meeting a sales quota so that an inside sales rep can achieve their quarterly bonus. Classism is unethical - policies and practices set up to benefit sales at the expense of operations is a poorly designed infrastructure. It should be mentioned that company branded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and water bottles are not an acceptable substitute for a living wage and mediocre at best benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking advantage of people. It's cruel, unethical, and flat out wrong. When you're in a management position there are people with families and bills to pay that depend on you to do your best and not fall back on your word at every turn. The fact that we are humans and not machines means that we do require certain things in return for giving your life to this company. Hire more people. Yes, the economic downturn was hard on the industry. Yes, you sold your company to investors. Yes, you should be more conservative to an extent to protect your employees and company from a future economic catastrophe. What you shouldn't do is put all of it on your employees, cutting wages, lying about performance based incentives that you know full well you will never give to anyone, not letting people have time off that they have earned to do with as they please because you say that your short handed but seem to be too lazy to actually hire anyone. When you offer mediocre benefits, a meager 401k package, and not even a market wage - you should at least offer opportunity for advancement that is actually achievable. The worst thing about this company is that loyalty gets you nowhere. Compression is a much bigger problem than it ever should be considering the profits I see coming out of this company. Even if you can't seem to find a reason good enough to solve these problems, maybe you should consider not treating your employees like garbage on a daily basis. Soon enough, they might actually ask themselves "what does this company do for me?" and you might not like the answer.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Nightmare Boisetopia"

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    Former Employee - Millwright in Medford, OR
    Former Employee - Millwright in Medford, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Boisetopia this might sound like paradise by the name. Picture thos off in the distance at what looks nice but as get closer you find out it's the Twilight Zone. That's right don't be mistaken by the appearance because it will deceive you it really is a living nightmare and that is what I have to say that is good about it because once you're in Boisetopia you'll find out you're in the Twilight Zone. No joking here as a person who has worked there for many years and left with a bad taste in my mouth and much more. I am trying to be polite so this post won't get band but there advertising people will probably find a way. Anyways let's just say I was a person that fix the machines that kept the place running and I did my job very well in the end there was a lot of lies rumors but I don't need to get into that because I'm only here to say don't join the job unless you want to be sucked into the Twilight Zone and never come back

    Cons

    I will try to keep this short and sweet upper management the worst ever in the world rated number one worth management ever in the galaxy. The employees are blind to the way they are being treated and actually partake in ways maybe they wouldn't if they had any common sense. Now I will say something good in the con section there are people out there that are honest good and true people but they get stepped on lied about and rumors told about them so they are forced to leave or they are fired for somebody else's gain. Now for those people that I mentioned that are good that are few now they've pushed out the old-timer that were honest and now putting in Young and brainwashed people from upper management that do not know the job or educated I'm sorry that you have gone through this. I am saying this and I am not old I am younger with a college education and more knowledge than most. I'm not saying this to gloat just telling you I know what I'm talking about. This place needs that are whole infrastructure from CEO down to the maintenance leaders replaced reevaluate or just fire now. To those few that are left there that are honest and good I wish you luck and Godspeed

    Advice to Management

    To every person you did wrong to in this place of business you need to walk up to them and let them slap you every morning before they start work and 10 years down the road once you've been slapped enough you are free to be a employee again and start at the bottom and work your way up if that's your desire but until then you just need to be fired or quit and slapped every morning by these people you did wrong thank you and have a good day

    Boise Cascade Response

    Jun 14, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry to hear your experience at Boise Cascade did not match our intention of being a great place to work. We value and consider all feedback, and we will share... More


  5. "Boise Cascade Overview"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time

    Pros

    Awesome crews, Great Management, decent pay

    Cons

    insurance is OK not the greatest


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Management????"

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    Current Employee - Process Technician in Thorsby, AL
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Thorsby, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boise Cascade (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Schedule isn't to bad. Gives you alot of off days.

    Cons

    Management!!!! No hr at our plant. When a job comes available they just give it to whoever there friend is that drinks beer with them. They never post a job opening. No opportunity to move up unless you hangout with supervisor on your offer days. Don't care if you have 5 point or no points as long as they like you.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair!!!!!!!!!! Post job openings even if you know who your giving it to. That way your an equal opportunity company. Stop showing favoritism just because you hangout outside of work.

    Boise Cascade Response

    Jun 14, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. We are committed to being a great place to work and are disappointed to hear we are missing the mark for you. We hope we can address some of your concerns here. There has... More


  7. "Applications Programmer"

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    Former Employee - IT Applications Programmer in Medford, OR
    Former Employee - IT Applications Programmer in Medford, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and work life balance. Descent salary.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Boise Cascade Response

    Jun 14, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for investing three years with our company. We strive to be a great place to work, and it's good to hear you enjoyed your time with us and left with a positive feeling. Thank you for taking... More

  8. "Great People"

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

    I have been working at Boise Cascade full-time

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Laid back environment

    Cons

    - Corporate is too controlling
    - Politics are involved
    - Underpay employees


  9. "Shipping Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shipping
    Former Employee - Shipping
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boise Cascade full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the pay was excellent. i started out at 14.00 hr and after being there 3 years was making 23.14 hr. match you on 401k. lots of freedom in the shipping department, guys inside are watched like a hawk

    Cons

    Management plays favorites and holds grudges. once you top out at level 5 thats it, no where else to move up to. worked with guys who had been there almost 20 years and was making same as me.

    Advice to Management

    they wouldn't listen to it anyways.


  10. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Rock Hill, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boise Cascade (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to advance, good management, plenty of work to do, PTO, good benefit options, friendly environment, resources available for help

    Cons

    slow market, average work life balance, too much grunt work, not enough work requiring degree

    Boise Cascade Response

    Jun 14, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. It's good to hear we're meeting your expectations with our benefits, environment, advancement opportunities, and management. We have shared your constructive feedback... More


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