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Weyerhaeuser Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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  • Very few women in upper management positions (in 10 reviews)

  • They are no longer the company they once were (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Layoffs and Job Eliminations an Annual Thing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time

    Pros

    Trees really are the answer and Weyerhaeuser plants a lot of them. A robust research program means that Weyerhaeuser could reemerge as an industry leader.

    Cons

    Weyerhaeuser is in a massive contraction mode and has been for several years. Singular focus is on cutting costs. Morale is very low as repeated layoffs have gutted teams. Senior management is out of touch or simply does not care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    Needs improvement.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "WY is flushing out experienced older works"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bringing in new MBA's that lack work experience but are quick to learn

    Cons

    Pushing out those with experience to lead, guide and train the new hires. There is no sense of comradery, no feeling that the top executives all the way down to the managers care about the employees. The company is still laying folks off, so you come in every day and never know if you will have a job. This has been going on for years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the lay offs, restructuring and get on an even pace for awhile so employees can adjust. Moving to Seattle will take us all time to adjust to the commute, let alone new jobs or covering for those that lost their jobs with no plans on how we are suppose to cover these roles.

  3. "In a word, Change"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees in corporate and manufacturing are some of the brightest and dedicated people I've ever known. The people are very friendly and genuinely care about you and your safety. Pay is reasonable for some and really great for upper management with a bonus structure that really pays out well at top levels.

    Cons

    A lot has changed at Weyerhaeuser - the size of the company has decreased significantly and promises to get even smaller as it unloads the CF business. The location of the corporate HQ is physically moving to Seattle from Federal Way and the culture has been in a constant state of flux for years. I guess none of these things in and of themselves are bad and some of the changes may end up being really great for the company. But the impact of constant change has been challenging and it seems like people are exhausted trying to keep up with all of it.

    Advice to Management

    As Weyerhaeuser moves forward in a new direction, my hope is for a new culture that learns how to celebrate again.


  4. "Shift Team Leader (Product Line)"

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    Former Employee - Shift Team Leader (Product Line) in New Bern, NC
    Former Employee - Shift Team Leader (Product Line) in New Bern, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation good, solid learning structure, possibility for advancement

    Cons

    Upper management tends to micromanage, top heavy management, too many salary positions looking to validate their value. Front line management not allowed freedom to manage area without constant input and negative feedback from superiors.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people manage their areas, let your operators make decisions, your management style is killing your business, example is the recent move by Weyerhaeuser to abandon Cellulose fibers, management by fear leads to a death spiral.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Weyerhaeuser Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Normally good for work/life balance. Many competent people. Highly ethical and safety oriented.

    Cons

    Constantly going through change and resizing, even when profitable. Makes for an unnecessarily stressful environment. Latest leadership seems geared to sell many of the businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Damage has mostly been done.


  6. "Its not the same Weyerhaeuser we all knew :("

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work with highly talented co-workers.
    Flexible work schedule.
    Beautiful setting in the woods.
    Great short term profit sharing.

    Cons

    New CEO has quickly changed the R&D culture from innovation to bean counting.
    Short term view makes me question the long term existence of R&D.
    Corp is moving to Seattle, divorcing any connection with the existing community.
    Middle management has difficulty in planning and communicating the future.
    Specific business focus means no one has an eye on "outside the box" opportunities that cross business lines.
    What used to be a culture of constantly developing innovative products has digressing into the maintenance of commodity products. Good for short term, not so much for long term . . .

    Advice to Management

    Start planning a long term strategy, communicate this to all and execute to those objectives as a company. Be concerned with how to manage R&D more efficiently so that cost control doesn't just mean laying off people.


  7. "Weyerhaeuser Technology Center"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Weyerhaeuser full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a research technician for several years. The tech center has some plush extras, including a cafeteria and gym. Both were excellent. Comradery of fellow technicians was a big plus.

    Cons

    Extremely male dominated company. Very few women in management, virtually none in upper management. Like taking a step back in time. Sexism and sexual harassment are far too prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    Promote women.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Soulless, gutless, clueless"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Manager in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are pretty standard but company no longer offers pension to new hires. Very safety conscious. Brand name is respected in lumber and OSB. Good at growing saw timber.

    Cons

    During my career I saw Weyco go from an honorable company with outstanding leadership, values and culture to a snakepit that would make Chainsaw Al proud. The new norm is managers are expected by their gutless bosses to show how tough they are by firing people. HR used to make sure employees were treated fairly and consistently but now they lead the fire 'em all bandwagon. Management is clueless about strategy and blindly follows consultants from one convoluted plan to the next. Worse yet, they never pay a price for their epic failures, like iLevel and SAP......that honor goes to the workers in the mills and branches who lose their jobs because of these pathetic putzes. Won't be long and they'll jettison CF, TJ, OSB and Distribution, and more good people will be looking for work. But as long as the SMT continues to pocket boatloads of stock options and outrageous bonuses, who gives a crap, right?

    Advice to Management

    Your army of overpaid yes men and consultants won't tell you this, but you really, truly and sincerely suck.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Weyerhaeuser full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is commited to operating with integrity and has a tremendous safety culture. The company is performing strong financially. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Shareholders are the company's key customer. The culture that considered the employee as a key stakeholder in decision making is gone.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "A company that struggles to pass the torch to the next generation."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Management was always considerate of work-life balance.

    Cons

    Weyerhaeuser struggles with developing new talent. Risk aversion is a common theme throughout the corporate office, and they want to feel 100% confident that you will be able to perform new tasks. Basically, if you are a young and ambitious individual; this isn't the place for you. This ultimately leads to missed opportunities with newer employees, and continues place a heavier burden on a lot of the aging staff, that have been there for many years, to complete what needs to be done.


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