Good people, but some of the company attitudes and policies are troubling
Engineer (Former Employee) – Nacogdoches, TX – November 10, 2017
I had good relations with most people, but Norbord always wants more out of every employee, process, and plant. There is no such thing as meets expectations, because the target and requirements are always moving up.
A typical day consist of 12 hours on days or nights . The hardest part of the job, is trying to get temp hot . It need to be hot to dry the wood. The wood is green ( chips ) .So the temp needs to be very hot ( 1500 ). so it a lot to learn, trying to get the temp up and keep it up .
Data Specialist (Former Employee) – Nacogdoches, TX – June 20, 2016
I had a great experience working at Norbord. People were friendly. However, there was no career advancement for me there. It was my first job out of college and I had a great mentor who taught me a lot and I still use the skills that I got from him at my current's job.
Some of the people there has moved to the 20 century, But most still doesn't use e-mail and in some cases not even the computer. Then maintenance mentality is safety gets in the way of getting projects done and is condoned by the general manager.
The benefits are ok but you are constantly hearing about how much it cost the company when you have to use the insurance.
Pay and Benefits are Great , Good people as well as managment although a very high turn over rate cheap contract labor has taken it over. really great place. you must be flexible as they run lean on employees on your feet for 12 hrs +. never a dull moment / OSB plant.
Norbord re-opened a plant and made a lot of changes to better their quality of production. During the start up, I operated heavy eguipment and it was the first test I have had of my associates degree in Process Operations.
"Pay-for-Skills" says it all. Norbord allows you to come in on your days off and learn anything in any part of the mill that you are interested in, and when you do learn something new and can be a useful body in that department, they pay you for it! That was what I loved about Norbord. But to be completely un-biased, I have to let you know that there are days that you have to work so hard that it's almost necessary to take a nap in your car before driving home after your 12 hr. shift because you will be so tired.
Process Support Laborer (Former Employee) – Solway, MN – April 27, 2012
I really enjoyed working there and the work day went by really fast. Each shift had a rotation on machinery which helped change up the type of work. Management was very good and helped out whenever I needed it.