West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
West Fraser employee on-site in the forest

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

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

  • 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 has increased the number of active apprentices by 450% since the program's inception in 2007
  • West Fraser Timber manages a "New and Young Worker Program" to provide extensive training to employees under the age of 25 -- the program includes orientation, job-shadowing and dedicated training with a supervisor and the mill's safety resource
West Fraser employee caring for seedlings at the Silvagro Quesnel greenhouse
West Fraser employee securing freight onto company rail cars
West Fraser engineer celebrating her ice-fishing prize at Slave Lake, Alberta

Employer Background

Industry Sawmills
Publicly traded yes
Full-time employees in Canada 5,393
Part-time employees in Canada 389
Full-time employees worldwide 7,620
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 50 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is an eight-story building located in Yaletown, offering spectacular mountain and ocean views, free access to an onsite fitness facility (shared use with other building tenants), outdoor basketball court, large communal table in kitchen area, quiet seating areas overlooking building courtyard, onsite Starbucks, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Other nearby amenities Yaletown Community Centre, Vancouver Aquatic Centre, fitness club, David Lam Park, Coopers' Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Seawall, Vancouver Public Library, conveniently located near bus and skytrain stops as well as the ferry

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Recent social events annual Christmas party, retirement parties, barbecues, annual health challenges, bi-annual 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

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

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
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) yes
Additional coverage 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), hourly employees do not have option for flexible health benefits plan
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
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 flex vacation, after five years on-the-job employees receive an additional paid week above their regular vacation (can be used at anytime leading up to their tenth anniversary), and every subsequent fifth year anniversary

Employee Engagement & Performance

Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, long-service awards, annual bonuses for salaried personnel, which are dependent on both personal performance and the company's performance, excellence in safety awards for team performance

Training & Skills Development

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
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs New and York Worker program, partners with the College of New Caledonia to offer apprenticeship programs

Community Involvement

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 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported William's Lake Pool, Quesnel Multi-Centre, Wounded Warriors, Edson Habitat for Humanity, Kordyban Lodge
Community highlight West Fraser's charitable focus includes enhancing community life, forests, and health and wellness and education initiatives. The company has contributed to a large number of community legacy projects, such as a $1 million commitment to the Quesnel Multi-Centre and a $1 million contribution to Kordyban Cancer Lodge in Prince George.

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 employees recruiting at the British Columbia Institute of Technology's career fair

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Sawmills
Full-time employees in Canada 5,393
Part-time employees in Canada 389
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 West Fraser offers a 4-year in-house apprenticeship program, which includes financial assistance for related study materials, wage continuance, living allowance, interest-free loan to purchase tools, and a journeyperson mentor. 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/Receivable, Assistant Forester, Project Engineer, Human Resources Coordinator, GIS Analyst, Entry Level Labourer, Production Labourer, 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 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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