Canfor Reviews

Updated 10 August, 2014
Updated 10 August, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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Canfor President and CEO Donald B. (Don) Kayne
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  1.  

    Great company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor Level in Prince George, BC
    Former Employee - Supervisor Level in Prince George, BC

    I worked at Canfor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is unlimited opportunity. CFP is well positioned to capitalize on the lumber super cycle on the horizon.

    Cons

    Advancement requires a lot of years and is less focused on merit. The AB oil sands have really hurt trade competitiveness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    trades supervisor

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    Former Employee - Trades Supervisor in Prince George, BC
    Former Employee - Trades Supervisor in Prince George, BC

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

    Pros

    rewarding and challenging and stable employment

    Cons

    trouble calls at night/weekends with no pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect the trades people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    great pay, above average benefits

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    Current Employee - Millwright in Mackenzie, BC
    Current Employee - Millwright in Mackenzie, BC

    I have been working at Canfor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great pay, above average benefits

    Cons

    intimidation in the workplace, lots of bullies, not much appreciation and uncaring about home life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people experienced in managing people, do not discriminate against people "there is no one hireable in town" stop with the nepotism!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice co-workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canfor

    Pros

    People there were nice to work with. Had a good benefit package and retirement plan. There were some opportunities for career and personal growth.

    Cons

    It was very productivity oriented. It put a lot pressure on its employees at all levels. Training and support for new employees were poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and out of box thinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    I had a good experience here gaining valuable knowledge of the pulp and paper industry.

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    Former Employee - Fibreline Process Coop Student in Prince George, BC
    Former Employee - Fibreline Process Coop Student in Prince George, BC

    I worked at Canfor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, friendly people, valuable experience.

    Cons

    Not a particularly safe work environment, smelly work, somewhat of a dying industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spoil coop students to make them want to come there, give them free stuff (e.g. jackets, shirts, water bottles, etc.).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only job in town

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    Former Employee - Planning Forester in Prince George, BC
    Former Employee - Planning Forester in Prince George, BC

    I worked at Canfor

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Canfor a good place to work for a while

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    Current Employee - Lumber Grader in Fort Saint John, BC
    Current Employee - Lumber Grader in Fort Saint John, BC

    I have been working at Canfor

    Pros

    You get to work in a relatively warm environment with new technologies in the sawmilling realm. The first jobs you get are menial, dirty and back breaking, usually on a night shift which are hell on your body and mind, eventually you can begin to tolerate it. The light at the end of the tunnel is bidding off cleanup and getting on the line where you can make good coin. Normal operations you get 1 hr OT a day or 10 per check which adds up real fast. Boring but rewarding work when you break a production record. Also most of the managers are pretty good guys and are flexible.

    Cons

    Personally the shift work is the best and worst thing about working at Canfor. Some guys love working the afternoon shift so they can run around in the morning and get stuff done around town, banking, shopping, minding the kids while the wife is at work. Most however just tolerate it and look at the paycheck. The changing from nightshift to dayshift every 2 weeks takes a toll on your body and sleep is sometimes at a premium, especially in the summer when you're trying to sleep through the hottest part of the day. Also missing evenings for me when I want to go out with my buddies or play in my sports leagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Right now the lumber industry is in the doldrums and I am just happy to be in mill where our financial standing is better than a lot of other mills. If I was to suggest something to Senior Management it is that more communication about or present financials be filtered down to the hourly workers and let us know further in advance of any layoffs or shutdowns so people can prepare themselves and plan their lives accordingly.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fear & intimidation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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