Interfor Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Interfor Corporation are one of the largest lumber producers in the world. The company's sawmilling operations have a combined manufacturing capacity of over 3 billion board feet of lumber with sales to North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Interfor is based in Vancouver, BC and employs approximately 3400 people.
Perry a former employee shares his experience on indeed.com, "Interfor talks big about transparency, but they are sneaky. They say employees are important but they do not treat onsite management as if they are employees. Came in and cleared all long time management/supervisors out to put their own people in place and wonder why the mill has gone from most productive mill in the southeast (before Interfor) to non-productive mill (after Interfor). They got rid of most people that made it the most productive mill and changed the production process with the attitude that everyone else is stupid. If supervisors do not have job security why would hourly employees feel confident about their jobs? They have meetings to see when the next meeting will be and nothing is accomplished from all the meetings. They make the environment uncomfortable because they make employees turn against each other to keep a job. You always feel like you can be replaced and they have no problem kicking you out the door. Would not advise anyone to commit to a position with Interfor. Money is not more important than family, pride, or respect."
Former Employee - Machine Operator says"No life outside, bc of the hours you put in."
Former Employee - Sawmill says"Put 100s of good workers in the unemployment line"
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Too many hours,and when a holiday comes up you have to make the days up that’s just wrong. Most of the boss’s are arrogant and treat the employees as such.They hired a mill manager that used to run a bakery! Come on! That’s no way to run a mill.When an employee has a great idea to make the job better and more profitable they kick it under the carpet or they tell upper management that they had a great idea."
Former Employee - Grader says"Good ol boy system. If you dont have a degree you know nothing. The amount of management and salarie employees. Highest turnover of employees I've seen. Lack of respect for their hourly employees. Everyone is expendable."
Former Employee - Anonymous says"Still an old boys club, and fear based management style. Employees sometimes feel pressure to do unethical things. A very high turnover rate with people constantly being fired, laid-off, or quitting. The company outlook overall looks poor."
Former Employee - Corporate Staff says"#interforsowhite. No diversity and a toxic company culture. Management is completely oblivious and more concerned with making themselves appear competent than actually managing and helping their team members professional development. And there's no point in bringing it to HR because the HR department doesn't know what they do or what their point of existing is. A lot of gossip and unhappy people walking around which makes the day to day exhausting."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"Good if you like a call center environment with lots of managerial oversight, they rather do your job all day."
says"A very hard place to work mentally. Lean and mean if you have a blue collar. I wouldn't recomend it to anyone with trade skills anymore."
Current Employee - HD Mechanic says"Management doesn't listen and they waste money. They threw away brand new $10000 parts and scraped $50000 parts that they ended up buying back."
Machine Operator (Former Employee) says"The job wasn’t all that bad, but I really was glad when I found something else. The long hours, and not knowing what time you will be getting off work, was a big issue for me."
Confidential (Former Employee) says"The people were great, but senior management is terrible. Old school mindset with no intention of changing. Completely out of touch with today's world. Typical corporate atmosphere. They will work you to death and not think twice about it. Main reason people lose jobs at this place is because it is poorly managed.Good coworkersPoor leadership that ends up costing people jobs"
Accounts Payable Clerk (Current Employee) says"I have never seen a company with so many petty, shallow individuals with everyone ready to stab you in the back. When you file a complaint about their actions, it is taken out on youNoneThe people are horrible"
Lumber Grader (Former Employee) says"Cut throat, No don't do that it's dangerous. I know I wrote the new Policies and Procedures for entire Dry End, to Wet End unfinsished. To no avail. NoGreat payPoor Leadership and loyalty"
Dry End Supervisor (Former Employee) says"no support from upper management. old boys club. Old worn out equipment no one wants to fix. Run employees in the ground with excessive overtime"
worker (Former Employee) says"Interfor talks big about transparency, but they are sneeky. They say employee's are important but they do not treat onsite management as if they are employees. Came in and cleared all long time management / supervisors out to put their own people in place and wonder why the mill has gone from most productive mill in southeast (before Interfor) to non productive mill (after Interfor). They got rid of most people that made it the most productive mill and changed the production.process with the attitude that everyone else is stupid. If supervisors do not have job security why would hourly employees feel confident about their jobs. They have meetings to see when the next meeting will be and nothing is accomplished from all the meetings. They make the environment uncomfortable because they make employees turn against each other to keep a job. You always feel like you can be replaced and they have no problem kicking you out the door. Would not advise anyone to commit to a position with Interfor. Money is not more important than family, pride or respect.some nice peoplecompany in general"
Project Manager (Former Employee) says"HR and higher management is a big joke. They are one sided. They will only listen to one side will not even let you defend yourself. Not interested in the truth!"
Employee (Current Employee) says"Have never worked anywhere where I trusted senior leadership less. I could document 25+ direct lies from them. Their only concern was to look good to former CEO and board. Promotion of Current CEO is a laughing stock to the vast majority of the company. Guy couldn’t lead a Boy Scout troop. I don’t know one person here who would follow that guy if he didn’t have the title.Compensation package is fairNo trust in leadership whatsoever"
Mobile Mechanic (Former Employee) says"Eatonton Ga division is poorly managed! They are flexible with your schedule, by that I mean they are constantly changing your hours with very minimal notice. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians! They also pick their favorites....if you fit in and brown nose.....you will make it!!"
Hourly Employee (Former Employee) says"Mill went from best in the south to worst after extreme management changeover. Cut throat intimidation used. Ridiculous expectations with no support. Upper management caught in flat out lie at least 4 times in 6 months to cover himself.Great benefitsLong hours extreme weather conditions."
Edger Operator (Former Employee) says"Hateful employees and management always blames employees for every thing that happens. Job advancement was a joke. Good jobs were given based on the good ole boy system. As well as multiple times jobs would end and then be reposted for managerial employees buddies to apply and they would end up getting the job. Awful place to work and would never recommend anybody work for this company.great benefisawful management. irregular hours"
Controls superviser (Former Employee) says"This is a quid pro quo environment. Every day is a battle of hostility between managers trying to one up each other. They preach family first, but require you to work 6 to 7 days a week 10 to 12 hours a day while denying vacation."
Planer Mill Associate (Former Employee) says"I worked at Interfor for six months. Granted that's not, by any means a long time, but believe me when I tell you it's plenty. First of all the management absolutely does not care about the employees... at all. And they will make it known. Employees are rude, unprofessional, and 70 percent of them can hardly speak english. Another 25 percent of the employees are ex convicts and guys with no high school diploma. The remaining five perecent are workers that have been there a long time and don't know anything else. The bathrooms are disgusting and i'm not going to go into detail on it but just take my word for it. You work slave hours for slave wages with absolutely no opportunity to advance. There are employees that have been there twenty years and literally make $11 an hour. You start at 8.36. The way they operate the plant, the plant I worked in anyway, is completely unorganized and unsafe. I do not recommend Interfor to anyone seeking employment. Unless you're an ex con, undergrad, illegal, willing to slave for 60 plus hours a week for eight dollars hour, then don't waste your time.Benefits and 401KFreezing cold, Scorching hot, underpay, bad management, hostile employees, hazardous and unsanitary workplace, long long hours, short breaks, disgusting bathrooms."
Grader (Former Employee) says"If you don't have a degree you are nothing. Interfor does not value their hourly employees. Their expectations are never enough. They will always expect more for nothing. There is a double standard with everything.SafetyManagement"
Purchasing Supervisor (Former Employee) says"Nope. Nope nope nope nope. Nope nope nope Nope. And still Nope nope nope. Was one of the harshest workplace experiences I've ever had. Cringe worthy."
Utility Worker (Current Employee) says"Would strongly advise to just go work at burger king.this place sucks.you never get to plan anything with your family cause your always here and management just pushes there job off on the operators so they get to sit in there office all night.When it breaks downEverything"
Supervisor (Former Employee) says"You file a serious safety violation and they utilize Employee hand book to get rid of complaint. My direct Manager was fine and utilized me as a Supervisor properly. We both were new hires from New York. He took political route, I voiced my 2000 hours of Safety Schooling through the proper channels for The Plants needed safety. Also the Safety Officer had no skill set to be in that position. Promoting from within is a great moral builder. But not in key educated officers. Also the no overtime until 40 is cruel to the good employees. I started on a Friday. Saturday I worked 15 hours to repair a hydraulic system and completed it, I also came in Sunday, this day should at the minimum be overtime, doubletime in 70% of America's Maintenance Departments. I know South Carolina is an RTW state, but SC employees need to be treated fair. We need to quit running away from other states, and taking advantage of the South and Mexico. With subpar safety and benefits. Good Moral makes Good attitudes which brings motivation and self pride. None of which this facility has. It reminded me of the old Tom Hanks movie " Joe versus the Volcano"My direct ManagerSafety, Plant Manager and Georgetown facilities operations mentality"
Laborer (Former Employee) says"depending on what you do its a mill. management just defends bosses that suck up to them. this mill has screwed me when i worked there AND when i drove log truck for them. highly incompitent. highly non transparent. no concern for policies passed to employees that make their job twice as stressful. the pay is decent. half the people i worked with are not there anymore. they find a way to force you out even if you are a good employee. good place for 6 moths worth of good pay but not a place to raise a faimly on."
Machine operator (Former Employee) says"Its hot, humid, dusty, loud, dangerous, fast paced and long hours. The higher ups in the company do not care about the employees or there lives All they care about is the numbers (The board feet being produced.) When your trying to hit a million board feet per 24 hrs it's a hard day of work for the workers. When machines break down it just makes life a pain."
Sawmill Worker (Current Employee) says"No comment don’t want to get fired .Fast working environment production line all they want is production really fast for conditions holiday pays good And vacationHoliday pay.Not paid enough"
Carrier for Interfor... Logistics employees have major superiority complexes says"I worked with Interfor for many years as a dispatcher. The logistics employees treat their carriers like crap. They talk down and give cheap rates compared to other lumber companies we deal with. They do not pay our truckers detention and truly have superiority complexes. Never have I dealt with such bitter men."