West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
Employees working in the control room of West Fraser's Quesnel River Pulp mill

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • While most West Fraser employees work at sites across British Columbia and Alberta, the head office features an open-concept office environment which showcases large cedar beams and wood details (in keeping with their line of work) -- employees also enjoy easy access to public transit as well as secure bicycle parking and a busy bike lane conveniently located outside the front door
  • West Fraser encourages employees to adopt an ownership mentality through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and helps employees save for retirement with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • West Fraser offers new employees 3 weeks of paid vacation to start as well as the option for employees to receive a monthly payroll credit in lieu of taking vacation -- additionally, salaried employees receive an additional paid week of vacation after 5 years of service as well as bonus vacation weeks every 5th anniversary thereafter
West Fraser employees

Employer Background

Industry Sawmills
Established in Canada 1955
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 5,643
Part-time employees in Canada 355
Full-time employees worldwide 7,762
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 52 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, underground parking, nearby car-sharing station, 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
Snacks available employees frequently bring in snack items to share such as chips, cookies and home-baked goods
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (cross-training, boot camp, lunch time yoga classes every Wednesday in the boardroom), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, personal trainer services, health and nutrition resources
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+

Employee social committee name social committee rotates between different departments
Recent social events summer paddle boarding, hiking the Grouse Grind, summer barbecues in the courtyard, fitness challenges throughout the year, potluck lunches and various activities at each of the company's locations including High Prairie's Lumberjack Games with axe throwing, wood chopping and log vaulting competitions
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 yes
Year-end bonuses 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) 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)
Health spending account up to $2,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week
Additional family-friendly information maternity leave top-up ranges between 6 and 8 weeks, alternative work options vary by position 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 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 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 can receive a monthly payroll credit in lieu of taking their vacation time, salaried employees (20% of workforce) receive an additional paid week above their regular vacation after 5 years of service as well as bonus weeks of vacation every 5th anniversary thereafter

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 and company 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, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $750 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs New and Young Worker training program (3- to 6-month job shadowing program), 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 500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Royal Canadian Legion, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, BC Council on Substance Abuse, Variety Children's Charity, 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
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Through its rural locations in Alberta and British Columbia, West Fraser actively participates 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. At locations across the company, the General Manager and donation committees work to decide which charities to support.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • West Fraser 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 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 within the organization by 450% since the program's inception in 2007
West Fraser energy engineering co-op student

Highlights

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
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $750 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives recruits from engineering, accounting, IT, forestry and trades, hires from local post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and Alberta

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 walking through a seedling nursery

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 5,000 to 10,000
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $750 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
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/Receivable, Assistant Forester, Project Engineer, Human Resources Coordinator, GIS Analyst, Administrative Assistant, Reliability Engineer, Engineering Technician/Technologist, Electrical/Instrumentation Tradesperson
Starting salary $65K to $70K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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