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Give and take
Relief (Current Employee) –  Burnaby, BC13 September 2016
Been working for Agropur for a few years now and have realized you need to be able to give some to take some. The pay is great for the job, can be busy and long days but the work being done is not hard labour, sometimes I have a hard time staying not awake watching milk go down conveyors. The relationship between management and workers could use some work I feel. Hours can be all over the place including afternoons, graveyards, split days and nights for the week, and the supervisors don't really seem to understand how to schedule production considering that overtime is almost daily.

Upper management that is in charge of the whole transition of milk, and employees seem to write it down on paper and if it looks good they approve. Doesn't seem like they ever second question it and I can say it never goes as they plan.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Hours
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good pay and benefits
Class 1 shunter /shipper& receiver (Current Employee) –  Burnaby, BC29 August 2016
I don't like the commute it's an 1.5 hrs each way from Chilliwack, the benefits and rate of pay are good and the management needs to be replaced not very organized.
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Fast paced work
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Woodstock ON1 March 2016
The pay is good.. Lots of overtime available in the fall..Fast paced production lines... Decent christmas gifts..Sometimes can be monotonous and boring.. You need to be flexible as the lead hands and the supervisors will pull you off a line to work somewhere else..Supervisors are ok..One is miserable and grumpy.. The other is weird and you never know where you stand with that person.. A few actually quite a bit of miserable people there. You need to watch out for them.. A couple of men who would rather flirt with the young cuties than do there jobs.. There no.1 priority is flirting The 10 minute break sucks to short and sit and relax and unwind.. Some of the line leaders are nice..Some line leaders have massive egos and think they are all that.. Im shocked at how many workers there are dating one another.. Massive amount of favourtism at this place..If you have a parent working there you can get away with anything..
Pros
Pay, discounts on cheese
Cons
miserable people, short breaks
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Nice place to work
Production Worker (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON15 November 2015
I enjoy working on the different lines. My leads are great people who I enjoy working with. I've learned a lot about factory work from from them.
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production
Production (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON30 September 2015
PEople are good to work with but u got to be beware of certain group of people always there to bite your back and always wants bad to happen to you . You will come to know about the group of people which I am talking about they are very famous in the company and you will alwys see them talking lol . Pay wise the company is good to work with but beware of the politics
Pros
All good except mentioned problem
Cons
politics
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Typical factory work environment
Quality Lab Technician (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON31 August 2015
Management is stretched thin. Workers unhappy with lack of management. Typical factory environment. Christmas party and a couple of bbq's per year.
Pros
salary and benefits
Cons
shift work
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Poor working place
line slicer (Current Employee) –  Toront, On23 July 2015
You need to change a lot inside the factory. Like bullying. Are you back in school again. These are grown ups we are talking about. Mangement should be good leaders and treat everyone the same. Grow up!!!!!!
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Great job, not labour intensive at all
Line Leader (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON21 July 2015
I was hired as a line leader, great pay, not a hard job, some of the long term employees seem to be bitter and gossipy, but overall the company is awesome, I'm enjoying my job and will recommend this company as a great place to work, I'm currently on afternoon shift and for the most part everyone has been great
Pros
Compensation, not labour intensive
Cons
Only 2 breaks (which are paid)
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Great Place all around
Clean In Place Specialist (Former Employee) –  Copper Cliff12 December 2014
Was a wonderful place to work while it was around ....plant was closed in Copper Cliff
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Good pay but, lots of gossip and hawkish/unprofessional behaviour
Contract worker (Former Employee) –  Woodstock, ON4 October 2014
Only worked here a short while but, the pay was good. $18.17 on Days and a $0.75 cent shift premium for Afternoons ($18.92). The Afternoon shift is a bit more relaxed because management isn't around. The Day shift has an old, cranky, crow for Health & Safety who will literally wait to pounce and OVER-react on you for the slightest errors. As with the previous reviewer from Woodstock, you arrive about 20 minutes before your shift. You use an electronic card to enter the building (which you get after a week or so or, you have to wait for a another person and enter with them). You walk through mats that contain sanitizing solution and then put on your hair-net. Then, you walk past all the managers offices, through part of the cooler and into the work area. You take your lunch upstairs to the lunch room and then head back down to get your uniform out of a metal closet. You then go into the crowded change room and put the work pants on and you can wear the work shirt alone or over your regular shirt. You are told during orientation that there aren't any lockers left for new employees so, you have to stick your regular clothes on a shelf or leave them in a bag in the change room. You also have to make sure you have your safety shoes and safety glasses on. Once you leave the change room you grab a bump-cap and clock in using a fingerprint reading device. You punch in a 3 digit number for the line you're working on (posted on a wall), then your employee number and then scan the finger tip of the finger you selected when they find time to enter you into the system. Again, if you're  more... on the Day shift and even the early part of the Afternoon shift, the Health & Safety person will be stranding around, waiting to point out that one strand of hair you forgot to tuck under your hair-net and squawk at you like it's the worst thing ever! Once you're punched in, then you go and get a lab-coat.... but don't put it on just yet! You have to wait until you're in the production area. Other workers love to point out if you've forgotten some part of the uniform, hair-net, or safety glasses. Once you're in the production area, then you can put on your lab coat. Then, you wash and dry your hands, put on a pair of latex gloves and use a foam sanitizer on your gloves. You have to repeat this any time you go in and out of the production area. In some areas, you even have to do this between the front and back of the line. When working in boxing areas, you have to remove and hang-up your lab coat, discard your latex gloves and put on gloves for handling boxes.

Once you are on your production line, you get the sense that the company is more female dominated. Men open heavy (20 to 80 lb.) blocks of cheese at the front of each line, while several women work along and at the back of the line. Each line has a Line Lead who makes a little more per hour (but does less physical labour). Some are nice and some are arrogant and like to brag about their seniority. Some lines also have a Slice operator who loads the cheese after the man has used a press to cut the blocks into rectangles. Slicers are usually women and also range from nice to downright nasty. The men definitely have more physical work and aren't always given help. Some lines will run cheese that is vacuum sealed and in boxes with straps on a pallet. The guy then has to: 1. Cut and discard the straps, open the boxes,2. Break down the boxes and throw them in a bin, 3. Put the heavy, wrapped cheese on a metal table, 4. Cut open wrapping and dump the cheese out, 5. Place the cheese on a roller table that uses a pneumatic press to push the cheese through a wire grate, 6. Put excess cheese in a trim bag and, when full, put in a designated bin. If a line is running steadily, it is nearly impossible to keep up without any help. And, if you seem to be struggling and ask for help, some co-workers and Line Leads will gossip that you are whiny or not used to hard work. I even heard one co-worker threaten to stop helping a guy if he didn't do "the harder job" of opening boxes of cheese, than loading it on the table and cutting open the wrapper.

Culture-wise, there are a lot of Polish ladies that work there. They are mainly older women who speak broken English and will use gestures to show you what to do. They also talk in Polish while working and you're never sure if it's about you or not. And, I got the sense that there were some single mother's who work there who were looking for their kids' next step-dad. There's a lot of flirting between the teens to 30-somethings.

Also, I heard that one of the Production Supervisors told other workers about an e-mail sent to her in confidence. I discovered this after a co-worker in passing, told me they heard about an e-mail sent to a Supervisor. That is extremely unprofessional for a Supervisor and could get them in trouble.

The company is much busier this year, than last year, now that they have a contract to do cheese for Subway. Most people will get 40 hours per week and you can sign-up to work Saturdays but, some will be mandatory.

**This is a non-union company and you do not get Time-and-a-half pay on Saturday UNLESS you have worked 40 hours prior to Saturday!!! Many of us new workers didn't know that and were mandated to work the Saturday after Labour Day. But, with Labour Day being a holiday, we didn't get 40 hours before working that Saturday. We were only given 2 hours of Statutory Holiday pay, which then gave us only 2 hours at Time-and-a-half on Saturday! Another drawback at this company, is that you only get one 10 minute break after 3 hours of work. Then, you get a 20 minute break 2.5 hours after that. Both breaks are paid though.**

There are vending machines in the lunch room, including one you can use your electronic card to get free food out of, twice a day. But, they rarely re-stock that one. It contains dairy products like cheese, yogurt, yogurt drinks and chocolate-bar flavoured chocolate milk. Occasionally, there is also an open package of cheese that workers can help themselves to and free coffee.
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Pros
Good pay for a contract/seasonal job. Able to pick your shift.
Cons
Non-union. Only 2 short breaks. Must have 40 hours before 1.5x pay. Young, arrogant workers and old, hawkish workers. Don't always get help when 1 person is doing a 2 person job!
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Incompetent management
Process Improvement Manager (Former Employee) –  Longeuil-Montreal23 March 2013
As a sr. engineer and consultant I worked briefly for the VP manufacturing, Natrel - Agropur's milk division. All I can say is that in 25 years I've never worked for anyone more bizarre than him. The worst experience of my life, really. This is a man who is called a visionary but may be better described as a lunatic. Insulting, self-important, no leadership skills, no apparent technical or business knowledge. He has a strong support staff that makes him look good but they suffer for it. His plant managers seem uniformly nervous and on edge, this they display through agressive behaviour.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
everything else
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Always looking
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Don Mills4 January 2013
The Don Mills location seems to be always looking for Supervisory staff. Something is not right there!
Pros
staff
Cons
hr
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productive and very repetitive with very little human contacte
Production Associate (Former Employee) –  Woodstock, ON15 June 2012
The job was very repetitive from day to day,I learned that I enjoy working with people and that was something that I was missing. Co-workers were friendly.
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collègues de travail et environnement de travail
Préparateur de commandes (Former Employee) –  Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC28 November 2016
Il était toujours là pour t'aider ou te faire rire. Les 2 première semaine était dur à s'adapter mais sinon c'est une très bonne compagnie
Pros
collation gratuit
Cons
forcant et épuisant
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Trés agréable
Apprivissionneur (Current Employee) –  St.-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC19 September 2016
Une journée typique je plaçais des commandes chez nos fournisseur
faisais la réception et allez fournir les contenants et ingrédients pour la production hebdomadaire
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Environnement production et agréable
Emploi étudiant (Former Employee) –  Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC21 January 2016
Selon la journée, j'étais à la production (beurre, 5 litres, 10 litres, 20 litres), au retour de marchandises (déchargement des camions : retours et caisses vides) ou à l'expédition (préparation des commandes, chargement des camions et confirmation des commandes dans le système VELO)
Pros
Emploi régulier (partiel automne-hiver et complet l'été
Cons
Horaire irrégulière
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Directrice incompétente et l'existance de clans
Worker (Former Employee) –  Quebec City, QC10 January 2016
La directrice d'Agropur Ville de Québec manque d'expérience et d'intégrité, elle est incapable de prendre des décisions et les assumer. Elle utilise la politique de diviser pour mieux régner ce qui crée des clans. Il y a beaucoup d'intimité entre les gens et aucun respect de la vie privée ce qui ne favorise pas le respect de la directrice et les gens ne donnent pas d'importance à ses décisions. Elle n'a pas de scrupules pour poignarder dans le dos ou jouer double face pour se protéger et ça n'était pas rassurant pour moi. Au lieu de motiver l'équipe vers les mêmes objectifs et assumer ses décisions, elle se soucie uniquement pour son poste et ses ambitions. Elle a des insécurités et projette une image d'une personne qui n'a pas confiance en elle-même ce qui ne rassure pas l'équipe. Elle est incapable de valoriser le travail de ses collaborateurs et le fait en fonction de ses relations personnelles au lieu d'être objective. Comme les clans ont passé des années ensemble ils mettent les batons dans les roues à toute personne innovative ou qui a de nouvelles choses à offrir surtout que la directrice ne partage pas les informations et a peur pour son poste puisque son niveau est en deça de ce qui est requis pour le poste. Elle profite de ses connaissances approfondies avec des top management à Longueuil pour faire ce qu'elle veut
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Environnement de travail agréable
Manoeuvre (Current Employee) –  Oka, QC15 September 2015
L'équipe sur le plancher est formidable, mais il y a quelques lacunes sur l'aspect de l'organisation.

Par contre, pour un employé permanent, il y a de nombreuses possibilités d'avancer et d'exercer divers postes.
Pros
Salaire, ambiance
Cons
horaire instable, distance
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Bonne convivialité en milieu de travail
Chargé de projet SST (Former Employee) –  Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC5 August 2015
Agropur est une entreprise avec beaucoup de valeurs. Tout le travail est fait en équipe avec la collaboration de tous.
Pros
Investissement dans l'amélioration continue
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environnement de travaille agréable
Analyste en gestion de projet (Former Employee) –  saint-hubert13 June 2015
après avoir travailler pour agropur tout une été j'ai côtoyé des gens formidable qui mon beaucoup aider pour ma formation.
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3.6
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