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Canfor Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Canfor President and CEO Donald B. (Don) Kayne
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  1. "Worst Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canfor full-time

    Pros

    Some good people work there

    Cons

    The senior leadership has no integrity. They make promises with no plans to fulfill. If you work there make sure to get everything in writing do no take anyone's word.


  2. "Sorry Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conway, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conway, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canfor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overtime. Uniform rental. Some employees.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Favoritism. Horrible management

    Advice to Management

    not even worth mentioning

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Only job in town"

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    Former Employee - Planning Forester in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Planning Forester in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The only job in town for foresters, close to home, some good people, salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    low-cost corporate culture, intense competition for positions, expected to be on-call all the time, hire a specific type of personell that obeys orders and follows procedures, not honest about career paths and possibilities, string part-time employees along with the promise of full-time positions.

    Advice to Management

    Create a real team atmosphere instead of condescending to junior and intermediate employees.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Fear & intimidation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canfor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair salary, better then average benefits, able to work unlimited hours with possible extra compensation, good after the fact training,

    Cons

    always someones fault, find the root cause of any challenge or missed key performance indicator and teach someone a lesson, A scared worker is a better worker, better work half you day and cover your but the other half, as the blame game will start and hope it someone else this week

    Advice to Management

    Fear and intimidation was in 1950 open your eyes to keep good people


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A real mess."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canfor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I can't think of any pros other than a handful of good people that still for the time being work there.

    Cons

    Backwards thinking.
    High Turnover.
    No Recognition for effort.
    Every Man for Himself attitude.
    Un-Qualified Leaders/Managers/VP's.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Be Careful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Only benefits are the pay and benefits.

    Cons

    That being said about wages, you're going to lose your soul working here for the wages. Expect false promises, doing jobs other than what you were hired for, politics that make politicians look like soothsayers, supervisors that have nothing better to do than troll a plant looking for trouble when none is present, arbitrary decisions, lack of interest in employee's true health, verbally aggressive employees (they almost seem to hate each other, with the exception of a handful of good ones), workers that simply don't care from exposure to wood dust and 30+ years of seniority with no retirement in sight, management that favor people who work all the overtime, extremely high turn over, rookies can expect to work always on nights, misleading about vacations and contract obligations, treated like a peon and valueless person (you are replaceable), a union that doesn't always know the law and appropriate course of action to complaints (always get a second opinion from a lawyer), a discipline policy that is rigged with no recourse and no time-limit for forgiveness for infractions, extremely poor training which is unbelievable considering many workers have been there since they were young lads, language barriers and communication equipment too old to be useful to understand anything being said, militant work shifts and breaks, migration to full automation, and many, many more things that are too subjective to be useful if they had to be proven in a court of law. In general, if you are a young, healthy man, go back to school and stay far, far, far away from any mill. There is no future in this career choice.

    Advice to Management

    No point giving any; not open to advice.


  7. "The grass IS greener on the other side"

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    stable employment in a great area, many community programs for families in sports, recreation, schooling, etc.
    Company gives at least a moderate effort to ensure safe working conditions for employees

    Cons

    lack of appreciation for any extra done by hourly workers, a lack of common sense in hiring of staff and management with a total disregard for hourly workers that seek such positions

    Advice to Management

    open up opportunities for workers to advance professionally and regularly discuss growth and career direction

  8. Helpful (2)

    "fibreline process coop position"

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    Former Employee - FIBRELINE PROCESS COOP in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - FIBRELINE PROCESS COOP in Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canfor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    company is fairly big as it has been in the industry for quite a while. In addition, the pay is competitive when compared to other companies of equal size.

    Cons

    The management does not know what it is doing. When i was working there back in 2012, there was an explosion that blew off a part of the plant I was working in. It was kind of scary.


  9. "Overall good, but low pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Canfor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, free parking, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Pay and vacation schedule. You only get 2 weeks vacation - you can buy an additional week after a full year of work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CAC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, a lot of good people work here

    Cons

    Old mentality, resist change, unclear communication

    Advice to Management

    find better on-boarding processes for new staff, get rid of the bad apples that hold you back from going forward


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