Working at Canfor: company overview and reviews

142 reviews
Canfor ratings
Average rating of 142 reviews on Indeed
3.6Work-life balance
3.9Pay & benefits
3.5Job security & advancement
Vancouver, CA
5,001 to 10,000
$1B to $5B (USD)
Agriculture and Extraction

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Based on 136 reviews

Canfor reviews

Overall reviews at Canfor

Trimmer | Houston, BC | Nov. 12, 2018
Team setting
It is a good union job but its just not what im looking for anymore and many people are stuck in a rut there and are unable to get other employment due to a lack of training offered by Canfor
Equipment Operator | Mackenzie, BC | Nov. 18, 2019
Good pay for the work
Right type of person can advance and quickly gain experience in multiple sectors. Learned how to operate multiple pieces of fixed as well as large heavy mobile equipment
Subcontractor | Chetwynd, BC | Jun. 2, 2016
A good place to work !
Went to work for Canadian forest products for what was supposed to be 2 weeks. I am still employed as an independent contractor 2.5 years later. I really enjoy working for Canfor Chetwynd. Management and co-workers are top notch.
ProsGreat people
ConsFairly remote
Optimization Manager | Cranbrook, BC | Apr. 24, 2018
Great Job
Great company to work for. If times are good lots of opportunity to design project and get satisfaction from seeing work work benefit the company. However when lumber prices drop this part quickly disappears.
First Aid Instructor | Mackenzie, BC | Apr. 22, 2017
Love the fast paced environment
I had great experiences here as well as terrible ones. I love the variety of tasks available. if your interested in learning each peice of machinary, you can. The management has Ironfist mentality with little sense of comradery and grace. The social structure did not accommodate me and lead to my termination.
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Technical Consultant | Vancouver, BC | Feb. 22, 2017
I was there as professional consultant , great company to work in great management great environment great professional employee beautiful location
Maintenance Planner | Radium, BC | Apr. 2, 2015
Work 3 days weekend
Work on weekends and have the week off. I have a designated machine center that I am totally responsible for. Receive our work orders for the work that needs done in our areas. Bosses are great there very helpful in all aspects. The guys are very friendly and helpful and easy to work with. The hardest part is not been able to communicate with the workers in my area and find out what they are having troubles with and how I could hep them to make there work easier. My enjoyment of the job is knowing that what I do helps the area run the following week with non to little problems.
Proswork 3 days have 4 days off
Consnot having my weekends off
Student Assistant | Prince George, BC | Nov. 11, 2019
Productive and fun place to work
Union job. Excellent pay. Health and dental benefits. Great people to work with. Excellent opportunities for advancement. The greatest working experience in my entire life.
Cleaner | Chetwynd, BC | Jul. 28, 2016
productive work place
The job was great, good money, decent bosses, never a dull moment. except the other employees were lazy and to "tired" to be working so hard. how ever i never let that stop me, i worked my little butt off and now i know the defference between hard works and lazy people.
Plant Operator | Grande Prairie, AB | May 24, 2015
Great learning experience
12 Hour shifts learned lots of hands on good management,awesome co-workers Hardest part of the job is cleaning up around the plant

Questions and answers about Canfor

How did you get your first interview at Canfor?
Asked Mar. 13, 2019
Insights from Canfor’s Talent Acquisition team: An interview can come through various avenues, the most popular way to apply is via our online careers page or employment-related search engines such as Indeed, Glassdoor or LinkedIn. We encourage job seekers to apply for a position and visit our careers site at
Answered Jul. 3, 2019
Any part time jobs for international students? Any requirements?
Answered May 27, 2019
Does canfor drug test?
Asked Feb. 18, 2019
No they do not
Answered Feb. 5, 2021
They do not. I smoked a fat gager before my job interview. One of the main topics in the lunch room is smoking dope.
Answered Sep. 27, 2019
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Canfor? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Mar. 13, 2019
Insights from Canfor’s Talent Acquisition team: The recruitment process will vary depending on the position. If you are an entry-level job seeker, some of our locations hold interactive group hiring sessions, called “Canfor Connects”. These sessions are for you to learn about job opportunities at Canfor and allow our supervisors and recruiters to make hiring considerations. As an entry-level job seeker you can expect a short hiring process from a few days to a week. These events are by invitation, so if you’re interested in finding out more about them, we welcome you to apply for our open opportunities at For mid-level and managerial positions, we have a more comprehensive hiring process. Once we receive an application, we review the information and contact potential new hires to better understand their experience and fit for the role. For those selected, we will schedule an initial screening which may include an interview, assessment or testing. For operations related roles, we invite hopefuls to attend an in-person interview and tour of the mill. The hiring process usually entails multiple interviews with managers, the regional manager and/or team members. This process can take upwards of 30 days and will depend on the role and requirements of the position. For successful candidates, a member of our talent acquisition team will contact you to complete a reference and background check prior to the official hiring.
Answered Jul. 3, 2019
The process would depend on their needs.
Answered Mar. 18, 2019
What is the work environment and culture like at Canfor?
Asked Apr. 25, 2017
Safety based
Answered Jul. 18, 2019
Insights from Canfor’s Talent Acquisition team: We are proud to have a dynamic workforce that can work cross-functionally with our teams across operations and offices. Our talented employees make us a great place to work and each location has their own unique culture. No matter your role from tradespeople, business specialists to technology experts we promote diversity of people and work experiences.
Answered Jul. 3, 2019
How would you describe the pace of work at Canfor?
Asked Mar. 18, 2019
Fast and stressful, HR hoovering all over criticising what you do.
Answered Oct. 2, 2020
Insights from Canfor’s Talent Acquisition team: We believe in work-life balance which allows employees to be productive and safe at their jobs while also getting to enjoy their hobbies and family time. There may be occasional peak times to meet deadlines at our mills, and likewise for employees at our offices, we are surrounded by an exceptional team to help project manage and deliver results.
Answered Jul. 3, 2019