Holly Oshinski grew up in the Big C Lumber family. Her father started working at Big C Lumber in 1984 and still works for the company. Her mother worked for Big C for around 28 years, but she retired last year to help Oshinski care for her newborn son.
“When the job I have [now] opened up, my mom told me about it,” Oshinski says. “The job was exactly what I wanted, what I had done and what I was looking for. Growing up with Big C, for me it was an easy decision to come work here.”
Oshinski is the human resources manager and controller at Big C Lumber. While her situation growing up surrounded by the Big C Lumber family is unique to her, the sense of family at the company is familiar to all employees.
“I love the people I work with!” Oshinski says. “We can all joke and have fun here. Someone is always bringing in goodies and food — we love to snack and someone is always bringing us snacks — and it makes it feel like you’re hanging out with your friends and family.”
It’s not just words, though. Big C Lumber takes care of its employees and their families like they are a part of their own. From college scholarship opportunities for children of full-time employees to free annual health screenings and the flu shot to its Smart Dollar Financial Assistance Program, Big C Lumber offers more than 25 perks and bonuses to help their employees meet their financial, educational, professional, personal, and health goals.
“Our managers are fairly flexible with their staff. When employees have issues, everyone is kind of more understanding these days that employees need help and we need to be there for them,” Oshinski says. “I think that we understand people’s needs and we have a lot of good benefits — like a 401k match, flexible time off, and training programs — that reflect that.”
Training is an important part of working at Big C Lumber. If you’re applying to work at Big C Lumber, we don’t expect you to 100% know how to do your job right out of the gate. That’s why we offer new position training for employees — no experience is necessary!
“I recommend everyone take advantage of the training opportunities we have at Big C,” Oshinski says. “The more you know, the more comfortable you’ll be working here. It can make your job a lot easier!”
Not only that, there are a lot of longtime employees at Big C, which makes it a great place to learn from people who have a lot of experience in the lumber industry. That’s in part thanks to the stability of working for a 101-year-old, family-owned company that values its employees.
“We have a lot of resources for our employees to use, between managers and long-time employees,” Oshinski adds. “You just can’t be afraid to ask questions!”
It’s safe to say that Oshinski and her parents have loved working at Big C Lumber, and she wants others to be able to be a part of the great culture that’s been built at Big C.
“I think there are a lot of opportunities coming up, and Big C is a good place for someone to get in and learn the lumber business,” she says. “We’re a growing business. As some of our long-time employees retire we’re going to have to fill some big shoes coming up, which mean lots of opportunities for motivated people to learn and grow!”
If you’re looking to work for a stable, family-owned company that’s been around for 101 years, then Big C Lumber might be right for you. We offer more than 25 perks and benefits for you and your family to enjoy. View open positions and apply today by visiting our careers page.