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Good pay but, lots of gossip and hawkish/unprofessional behaviour
Contract worker (Former Employee), Woodstock, ONOctober 4, 2014
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!
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 – more... 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 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
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Incompetent management
Process Improvement Manager (Former Employee), Longeuil-MontrealMarch 23, 2013
Pros: good benefits
Cons: everything else
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 – more... 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. – less
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rigid workplace, lots of favortism from management to certain employees
Production Associate (Former Employee), Woodstock, ONFebruary 27, 2013
Pros: christmas party, the very rare luncheon
Cons: mostly the work enviroment
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 – more... 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. – less
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Always looking
Supervisor (Former Employee), Don MillsJanuary 4, 2013
Pros: staff
Cons: hr
The Don Mills location seems to be always looking for Supervisory staff. Something is not right there!
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productive and very repetitive with very little human contacte
Production Associate (Former Employee), Woodstock, ONJune 15, 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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Productive and fun place to work
Production Worker (Former Employee), Little Chute, WISeptember 19, 2014
I enjoyed working there. Management and co-workers were all fun to work with.
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A job.....
Technician (Former Employee), WIMay 19, 2014
A lot of High School drama that could be avoided with the termination of one particular employee. Overall, the job was enjoyable, easy work, and good co-workers (minus one). Management needs to deal with the hostile work environment created, and take the complaints of co-workers seriously.

What I learned most from this job is CYA and make certain if – more... you go head-to-head with HR you better have the State regs memorized so you do not get shafted. I also learned that company loyalty is no longer appreciated, when employed your main priority is looking out for yourself. – less
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Life School
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Grand Rapids, MIJune 9, 2013
Pros: good management and staff, location, and experience
Cons: too little pay, no benefits, and little to no room for advancement.
I learned quite a bit with this company. Before I started working there, I had very little experience, but now I'm qualified to work several jobs.
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good place to work
Vat Operator (Former Employee), Little Chute, WIMay 21, 2012
Pros: great benefit packages
productive and fun work place . great bunch of people to work with
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A great place to work. To myself personally it's a job I'm happy to have but not the career I am searching for.
Resource Operator (Current Employee), WeyauwegaDecember 9, 2011
Agropur is a great place to work. The supervisors are friendly and will easily give guidance when needed. You will get to know staff members in the front office as well and also are very good to work with. Some jobs may be strenuous but nothing you can't get used to physically. Most jobs throughout the plant are very easy to learn with exception of – more... a few which come with time and getting to know the different make processes or procedures that go along with these jobs. Advancement depending on your level of entry is good, but if your an employee that works on the floor with some exception will only go so far.
Agropur all together is a good atmosphere of employment, there is a wide variety of jobs, depending on your interest. – less
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Possibilité d'avoir différentes expériences
Chef comptable / Contrôleur (Former Employee), St-HubertSeptember 25, 2014
Possibilité d'avoir différentes expériences, offres plusieurs opportunités de se développer.
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Bonne esprit d'équipe
Opérateur dans l'air d'emballage (Former Employee), St-Bruno, montérégie, QCSeptember 2, 2013
Pros: très bonne communication d'équipe positive
Cons: aucun aspect négatif
Travail à la chaîne de production, travail d'équipe, bonne communication des gestionnaires. Formateur de nouveaux employés à des postes. Les journées ne sont jamais identiques et j'aime le changement du rôle de mon travail.
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plaisant travaillé chez Agropur
Responsable de la coupe (Former Employee), LawrencevilleAugust 15, 2013
Pros: avenir
Cons: heures de travail
belle ambiance encourageant à travailler avancement possible

About Agropur

Agropur is a Canadian Agricultural cooperative headquartered in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. The Agropur cooperative is the largest – Read more