West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
West Fraser employees at one of the company's sawmills

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • While most West Fraser employees work at sites across British Columbia and Alberta, the head office features a recently renovated open-concept office environment, which showcases large cedar beams and wood details (in keeping with their line of work) -- employees also enjoy convenient access to public transit as well as secure bicycle parking and a busy bike lane conveniently located outside the front door
  • West Fraser Timber invests in ongoing employee development and partners with the College of New Caledonia to offer apprenticeship programs for millwrights, electricians, heavy duty mechanics and saw filers -- through this partnership, the company increased the number of active apprentices by 450% since the program's inception in 2007
  • West Fraser supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (up to 100% of salary for between 6 to 8 weeks)
West Fraser Foresters planning at the company's Quesnel Woods division

Employer Background

Industry Sawmills
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Slave Lake AB, Chetwynd BC, Hinton AB, Quesnel BC, Williams Lake BC, Fraser Lake BC, Chasm BC, 100 Mile House BC, Blue Ridge AB, Sundre AB, Edson AB, Rocky Mountain House AB, Smithers BC, High Prairie AB, Whitecourt AB, Edmonton AB, Manning AB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,449
Part-time employees in Canada 411
Full-time employees worldwide 7,796
Average age of employees in Canada 46
Longest serving employee 51 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is an 8-storey building located in Yaletown, offering spectacular mountain and ocean views, bike lane leading to the front door, an onsite Starbucks, outdoor basketball court, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities large communal table in kitchen area and smaller seating areas overlooking the courtyard, which offers a quiet area to sit and take a break
Snacks available employees frequently bring in snack items to share (from chips to cookies to home-baked goods)
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (cross-training, boot camp and company organized yoga classes every Wednesday in the boardroom), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Yaletown Community Centre, Vancouver Aquatic Centre, fitness club, David Lam Park, Coopers Park, Andy Livingstone Park and Sports Field, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Seawall, Vancouver Public Library, conveniently located near bus and SkyTrain stops as well as the ferry

Work Atmosphere & Communications B

Recent social events various events hosted across the company's divisions (from head office support for the Terry Fox Run, to Quesnel employees' life-size Hungry Hippo-themed Christmas holiday party to High Prairie's Lumberjack Games with axe throwing, wood chopping and log vaulting competitions), retirement parties, barbecues, annual health challenges, and long-term service appreciation dinners
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note West Fraser has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted forest products (lumber, plywood)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note West Fraser has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 31 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information retiree coverage available but with no employer-paid premiums
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week
Additional family-friendly information duration of maternity leave top-up ranges between 6 and 8 weeks, alternative work options vary with positions across the company

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note West Fraser has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information employees receive core and flexible vacation, allowing them to receive a monthly payroll credit in lieu of taking their vacation time, salaried employees (20% of workforce) start with 3 weeks of paid vacation and after 5 years on the job receive an additional paid week above their regular vacation after 5 years of service (which can be used at any time leading up to their 10th anniversary) as well as every subsequent 5-year anniversary

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, long-service awards, annual bonuses for salaried personnel (dependent on both personal performance and the company's performance), excellence in safety awards for team performance

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $750 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs New and Young Worker training program (job shadowing program from 3 to 6 months), partners with the College of New Caledonia to offer 4-year apprenticeship programs (currently has nearly 200 apprentices)

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 400 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Royal Canadian Legion, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Safe Grad, local volunteer fire departments, Ducks Unlimited, minor sports associations and sport clubs as well as local schools and community sport teams, food banks and arts festivals in the communities where the company operates
Community highlight West Fraser's charitable focus is primarily on communities where employees live and work. Through its rural locations in Alberta and British Columbia, the company and its employees actively participate in many regional and local charitable initiatives, following the "give where we live" approach. The primary focus of the company's charitable giving includes enhancing community life, forests, and health, wellness and education initiatives in the community. At each company division, the General Manager and employee donation committees work to decide which charities to support.

The Career Directory

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
West Fraser employee working at the company's sawmill in Chetwynd, British Columbia

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Sawmills
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Slave Lake AB, Chetwynd BC, Hinton AB, Quesnel BC, Williams Lake BC, Fraser Lake BC, Chasm BC, 100 Mile House BC, Blue Ridge AB, Sundre AB, Edson AB, Rocky Mountain House AB, Smithers BC, High Prairie AB, Whitecourt AB, Edmonton AB, Manning AB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,449
Part-time employees in Canada 411
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Other info for new grads Each year, West Fraser hires approximately 50 forestry students to work as part of the company's Woodlands group. The company also manages a New and Young Worker program to provide extensive training to mill employees under the age of 25.
Typical new grad positions Sales Coordinator, Accounts Payable/Recieveable, Assistant Forester, Project Engineer, Human Resources Coordinator, GIS Analyst, Administrative Assistant, Reliability Engineer, Engineering Technician/Technologist, Electrical/Instrumentation Tradesperson
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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