It was a great company to work for in terms of experience and pay
QC assistant (Former Employee) – Don Mills, ON – 22 February 2017
Agropur was a great company to work for in terms of pay, gaining experience and insurance; however, it had quite of a difficult culture and low job security because the departments were not working as a team but against each other. Many managements were changed so rapidly during my work experience there and it did not even stop there. most of the people I knew have moved and spread around from that company just because of the working culture.
Relief (Current Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 13 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.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Woodstock ON – 1 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..
Production (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 30 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
line slicer (Current Employee) – Toront, On – 23 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!!!!!!
Line Leader (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 21 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
Good pay but, lots of gossip and hawkish/unprofessional behaviour
Contract worker (Former Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 4 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'remore... 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.less
Good pay for a contract/seasonal job. Able to pick your shift.
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!
Process Improvement Manager (Former Employee) – Longeuil-Montreal – 23 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.
rigid workplace, lots of favortism from management to certain employees
Production Associate (Former Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 27 February 2013
A Typical day: Arrive ay work between 6:30 and 6:50 am to change into the required uniform. Be on the line ready to work by 7am. Work on the line for 2.5 hrs and take a 10 min break. Then back to the line work another couple hours have a 20 min lunch break, back to the line to work until 3p.m. shift end. Learned alot about cheese production and the food regulations. Management not too fair. Lots of favourtism and sometimes unrealistic ideas. Most co-workers were good to work with although there was a serious issue with bullying in the workplace between employees and sometimes even from management. The hardest part of the job was dealing with the bullying and the way some co-workers treated other workers. The most enjoyable part of the job was actually doing my job. Working to put out a quality product that I was proud to say I packaged.
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)
Emploi régulier (partiel automne-hiver et complet l'été