Production Supervisor (Former Employee), Westwego, La – January 10, 2014
Pros: working with some great co workers
Cons: no work/life balance
12hr Shifts Managing people. I learned how to work and lead Union Workers. Management was very challenging and motivating I have a great relationship with all my co-workers Adjusting to a large facility right out of college Leading the Rewards and Recognition committee at Cargill Inc
Machine Operator (Current Employee), Friona, TX – January 5, 2014
Pros: good pay for where i live, and 2 breaks a day, also having good health benefits, and paid holidays and vacations
Cons: even though i only work 8 hours a day i am gone from home 11 to 12 hours a day, also we have no guaranteed days off and can end up working all week
I ride a bus to work at 1:30 p.m. and get to work at about 2:30 p.m., i then go the the cafeteria and get a snack. Work then starts at 3 p.m. and I do the same repetitive task all day, with a 15 min. break at 5:45 p.m. and a 30 min. lunch at 8:00 p.m. At about 11:30 p.m. I leave work and get on the bus and get home at about 12:30 a.m.
I have so far – more... learned a better work ethic and a little about operating machinery.
The management is good, I don't talk to most of the supervisors or plant managers on a regular basis, but so far they have been respectful and nice.
I don't talk to my co-workers much, because on the work floor the machinery is to loud to talk even when screaming, but I have a few friends who are cool that I talk with during lunch.
The hardest part of the job is towards the end of the day my thumb is really sore and starts to get hard to move after sealing bags all day.
So far honestly my favorite part is the pay, other than that it is all alright. – less
Senior Risk Analyst (Current Employee), wichita,ks – December 30, 2013
•a typical day at work 7ish to 5 •management Currently doing soe restructure so sometimes feel there is no direction •the hardest part of the job Understanding what everyone wants even though they typcially cant tell you what that is. •the most enjoyable part of the job the co-workers are great people.
Shipping/Receiving Clerk (Former Employee), Ottumwa, IA – December 10, 2013
Pros: wages are good
Good working environment different jobs available they give the employee the opportunity to expand and learn new jobs till you find the right job you want to do. Cargill gives employee extra work for the ones that want to make more money.
Maintenance Technician (Current Employee), Beardstown, IL – November 26, 2013
Pros: pay is descent for the enviroment, ever changing challanges, job security
Cons: management hard to work with for time off for vacations, school, fmla, or personal needs. communication between different parts of management severly lacking.
I have worked at Cargill Meat Solutions for 7+ years as a maintenance working. Starting on 3rd shift overnights in a wash-down environment with extreme temperature changes throughout the night. Now I'm working the hours of 3pm to 11:30pm 6 days a week most of the year. For around the last 2 years I have been working 3pm to 3:30am 12 hour shifts to cover – more... for 3rd shift lacking electricians. I have learned a vast majority of skills and problem solving strategies. Being in an ever changing environment with in excess of 5 different languages and continuously changing rules and regulations, I find it a welcomed challenge trying to keep up to date with these hurdles.
My co-workers are amazing, We all work together and get the task completed to keep the facility running. Doing so in a safe and time efficient manor. We are all able to laugh and joke even on the worst of days and help each other when times get tough.
Hardest part of my job is trying to juggle my personal life with my work schedule. We are required to work 6 days a week the majority of August through February. Including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays. This leaves little time to be with your families at these times.
The most enjoyable part I would have to say is when I am given a task that tests my abilities and makes me really focus and reach for skills I rarely have to use. Being given an electrical drawing and parts to retro fit a piece of equipment that no one else can do is a way that lets me know my skills are needed for the task at hand.
Most of my boss's are amazing and will gladly come out there and help you with a task if you ask them. My previous boss I worked for in the plant would have to be the best person I had the please to work for in my 7+ years at the plant. He worked with you and would constantly follow you to a job to help or offer advice. During his time with me on many jobs we over came many obstacles and utilized our combined skill set to maintain a low amount of downtime and exceptional preventative maintenance report for the area we were in change for. – less