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Stimson Lumber Company Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Production Worker II in Gaston, OR
    Former Employee - Production Worker II in Gaston, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stimson Lumber Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers(best i've had), extremely safety oriented, decent starting pay

    Cons

    Can get quite cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Work can be pretty physical.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "millwright"

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    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

    great work environment and co-workers

    Cons

    outside groups should be more accountable for their actions

  3. "Stable, poor supervisors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  4. "Commitment to excellence"

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    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.


  5. "Helpdesk Administrator"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great place just needs some restructuring"

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    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


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.

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

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I love my job!"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "So much potential, such bad leadership"

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    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.


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