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Stimson Lumber Company Reviews

Updated October 23, 2016
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  1. "Commitment to excellence"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Expectations are set high and safety and quality has been a consistent focus, with the realization that proper training is a key ingredient to success. Training seems to be a highly valued part of development and safety of employees. Leadership seems to be evolving in a positive direction and the end product shows. Opportunity and advancement is possible. Pay for performance vs tenure is also a bonus for those who are seeking to develop in a team environment rather than wait for their turn to replace headcount up the ladder.

    Cons

    Crew morale can be hindered by lack of communication and clear understanding of production expectations. Relationship between maintenance and production operations could improve to allow operators to have a voice in changes to their work areas.

    Advice to Management

    Support and be transparent with your team. Some of the best ideas of improving safety, quality, and production come from the ones sweating everyday to make this business run. Do not let safety be a practice only "preached" but not "proven" through actions as the previous leadership allowed.


  2. "Helpdesk Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Administrator in West Linn, OR
    Current Employee - Help Desk Administrator in West Linn, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Of all the places I have worked in Portland this is the best one. Great staff. Good pay. Good intermediate job. All in all a good place to work.

    Cons

    No PTO. Old school time off. Fairly rigid out dated upper management ideals which doesn't help a company trying to revamp the way they do business.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great place just needs some restructuring"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Idaho Falls, ID
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Idaho Falls, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Do your job and you'll be there forever, lots of room to move around.. some positions have overtime some do not. Good 401k match..insurance used to be better seems to be getting worse and worse

    Cons

    Management doesn't do their job, if they know of a problem but don't have a complaint about it they do nothing.. new cfo/ceo is the worst human being I've ever met, seems like corporate is getting greedy with raises and insurance hikes not caring about the little guys...

    Advice to Management

    Make it about the little people.. you know... the ones who actually make you the money... and get rid of the ceo/cfo


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Love the business but upper management needs to be flushed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, People, Benefits, Pay & Locations.

    Cons

    Portland Management - horrible group. This poor management group trickles down to all levels of the company and people (good people) continue to leave left and right. It's always the best that leave first.

    Advice to Management

    I would highly recommend the Board & CEO look for a new COO.


  6. "Good pay, benefits but questionable safety procedures."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, plenty of hours available including overtime, room for raises/promotions.

    Cons

    Safety is preached, but not practiced, especially on graveyard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep tabs on graveyard crews, don't develop such an emphasis on production; it leads to compromises with a safety-oriented attitude.


  7. "I love my job!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company full-time

    Pros

    Stimson takes great care of its employees. Great managers. Excellent benefits. Opportunities for advancement (especially in Manufacturing). Promotes from within. I love my job!

    Cons

    Jobs in the Corporate office and in Resources do not become available often.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "So much potential, such bad leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stimson Lumber Company full-time

    Pros

    Great business and great people...long history of profit for a family owned business. Lots of people stay for decades. Would have loved to end my career there.

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible. Current COO/CFO who came on board in 2011 is a poor manager and leader. Unethical and definitely has issues with women in leadership positions. Too bad the Board did not step up.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership only cares about making money for themselves and not with the career paths or goals of its employees. However, it is an easy place to work. Never more than 40 hours a week and very little performance pressure.


  9. "Great company with many problems..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stimson Lumber Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The product is great, the employees are amazing, and the mills are very well run by the local managers. Stimson is world class in the 2x4 world.

    Cons

    Where do I start...Stimson is backward with regard to women and minorities. The new CFO/COO is unethical and even though the company is profitable due to the boost in the housing market, he is the worst thing to happen to Stimson. The CEO is brilliant, but has lost his passion for Stimson as he concentrates on politics in Oregon and beyond. There is so much untapped potential at Stimson that is being buried by the above mentioned COO. So sad...

    Advice to Management

    Really look at the executive team and rethink the roots and values of the company.


  10. "Not bad but could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fork Lift Driver in Gaston, OR
    Former Employee - Fork Lift Driver in Gaston, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stimson Lumber Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good at rewarding their workers with monthly safety awards, and quarterly savings bonds, and occasional cookouts.

    Cons

    Not much on individual employee recognition. No reviews so you know how your doing or communication with supervisors or management. Ever.

    Advice to Management

    Get more personable with your employee's. Yes some of the perks are great, but show that you care on a one on one so they know you care about how hard they work.


  11. "High turnover, low morale but many good employees/coworkers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Stimson Lumber Company full-time

    Pros

    Company has been around for over a hundred years. Dedicated employees that work hard. Sustainable practices are used. Some very good and honest managers. Pay and benefits are fair for the industry and markets.

    Cons

    Some senior managers practice bullying by singling out employees that share honest, open recommendations and feedback. Employees are then mocked or picked on. There is an environment of distrust and fear. High turnover and low morale throughout, especially in the corporate offices.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what is being said by the employees that are leaving in droves. Worry about your high turnover and listen to the feedback and recommendations that honest employees are providing. Stop allowing people to be treated poorly by certain senior managers. Be concerned about the constant high turnover and review the exit interviews with an open mind.



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