Hard work and alot of dust in the air I am tired of breathing in. After 16+ years I am ready for a change
Veneer Lathe Operator (Current Employee) – Presque Isle, ME – February 17, 2016
It was a good job for awhile, but after so many yers of breathing dust in and the early morning hours(330 - 230) Mondays and (400-230) the rest of the week I am ready for a change. I don't get enough rest and am always tired because of that. I would have to go to bed at supper time to get enough rest, but that defeats the purpose of a day job. I like to hang out with my family after supper.
productive and competitve paying warehouse/mill based job
Forklift operator, composer tech (Former Employee) – West Virginia – January 10, 2016
I worked at Columbia Forest Products for almost 8 years. It is a plywood manufacturing mill. Shifts are twelve hours and rotate for a good bit of work/life balance. You usually work a total of 40+ hours a week but the twelve hour shifts let you have 3-4 days off. Good experience with management and co-workers. It is a production plywood plant/mill so you are required to work with lots of machinery and equipment, while producing efficient and consistent numbers. Hardest part of the job for most people would be the long hours, and production demand. Best part of the job is that for the local area it has competitive wages and benefits.
good benefits, competitive wages, good work enviroment, friendly co-workers
Maintenance Planner/Scheduler (Current Employee) – Chatham, VA – January 27, 2015
1. Review work that was completed and inspect the work site to ensure machinery is working correctly or modification was implemented correctly 2. Reassign work that wasn't completed and inform management of the work that still needs to be done. 3. Enquire from management of any additional tasks that might need to be planned or performed in the upcoming weeks or immediate actions that need to be done. 4. Work with vendors on parts that are deficient delaying job plans from being implemented 5. Review part deficiency and order parts from vendors
to run loader k-boom grader and to scale logs. magement wasn't bad just had trouble with one supervisor but they fired him shortly after I left.co-workers were great. most enjoyable part was the day shift.
Press/Spreader Operator (Current Employee) – Chatham, VA – August 28, 2014
To be honest there are more cons to this job than a chain gang on an interstate highway clean up crew. A few pros while dealing with this job are good benefits and the hours are guaranteed. The pay, while ok, is the lowest paid plant when compared to the pay rate of the other Columbia Forest plants. You will get a good physical work out while on the press, however, the wear and tear the job places on the body is high. That's where it ends as far as pros go. CFP does not care about your personal life. Once you are clocked in you belong to them, personal issues such as family emergencies or if you are sick, they don't care. You will be punished for it, even with the note of a doctor, medical care facility, ect. it does not matter to them. You will still get written up unless you are management. The only thing that matters is a death in your immediate family and that is about it. The behind closed doors racism and favoritism sticks out like a sore thumb and can be observed if one sits back and watches enough. They are an equal opportunity employer but that's it. You are just good enough to work on the floor. The only promotions I witnessed during the whole time I was there where 2 maybe 3 African Americans that where qualified and very capable, while I witnessed countless unqualified and undeserving promotions of Caucasians. It doesn't matter if you have graduate fro an Ivy League school if you are African American, at CFP Chatham, you stand a greater chance of promotion if you are white and/or a family member. Then you will make it, promotion wise, to the top. Not to mention youmore... can be the most qualified educated black male and not get the job, but be the most unqualified laziest ignorant non experience white man can get the jobs hands down. This has been observed first hand. As far as co-workers go there are a lot of okay people but they are stretched far and thin by department and shift, and there is a lot of back stabbing, snitching, two facing and running in the office behind closed door tattling in exchange for job security. As far as unemployment goes, forget it, CFP will do whatever is in their power to keep you from getting it. That money is needed for their lead/supervisor outings such as their expensive lunches, all expense paid golf trips where they are being paid as if on the clock the entire time they are golfing, and their Hunter's Lodge membership expenses. If you are white this is the job for you, if you are white and a family member hey you are gonna make it to the top almost effortlessly. If you are black you might get it and if you do you will just work on the floor and that's bout it. If you are black and intelligent you will get the job, just don't let them know how intelligent you are because they fear that the most. If you are black and a sell out or an uncle tom you will get it and keep it until the need for you is no longer there and then it's over. If you have any kind of serious health issues while employed such as a heart attack or brain aneurism ad have to be out of work, it is advised you start seeking other employment when you are released from your doctor because in the end you will be terminated even if you are under the care of a doctor without unemployment benefits. Yes, this happened while I was there! Also if you have an aneurism while on the job and death occurs, the family will get no compensation as they will deem this as your fault. Yes, this also happened while I was there! So, do you still want the job?less
benefits, guaranteed ours, pay (however lower than other plants)
favortism, racism, no chance for advancement if a minority, uncaring of personal or health issues, backstabbing
maintaine a full time job and maintain my business by subcontracting
laborer, electrical or any position (Current Employee) – Presque Isle, ME – April 3, 2014
I work very hard, I'm responsible to my customers and coworkers. Always open to learning new opportunities to benefit myself and employer. Work well with co-workers. The hardest part of my business was not being able to find have enough customers. The most enjoyable part was trying to build my business.
PSP Team Leader (Former Employee) – Klamath Falls, OR – July 8, 2013
Production, Quality, and Safety, 3 three pieces to the Culture there. Good people, a few tense co-workers. Team leads could use a little work though. Big shots with little care of the production workers.
laborer (Former Employee) – Newport, VT – May 13, 2013
CFP practices in favoritism and nepotism. On any given day I would arrive to work with a team of 5. The team should rotate positions every 30 minutes, as it is hard on the eyes and back. However most days this rule was not enforced as two girls would complain to their supervisor if they had to move. I learned it didn't make any difference to complain because things never changed. The hardest part of the job is working with people who feel they are entitled. The last few years I was employed I worked with several serious injuries and medical conditions. My employer refused to work with me by not allowing me to return to work on a light duty basis, forcing me to use up my FMLA and providing them with an excuse to terminate my employment. The only part of my job that I enjoyed towards the end was the end of the day. In the beginning I loved going to work, it is where I met my wife of 22yrs. But I no longer feel that they care about their employees.
401k, health-care, esop
short/skipped breaks, favoritism/nepotism, last minute notice to work saturdays
Piler (Former Employee) – Presque Isle, ME – December 27, 2012
Day starts at 3pm and we worked till 1am. I worked with a great crew and and manager was down to earth. The hardest part about the job I believe was the physical labor. It was exhausted but it was worth the compensation and benefits.