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Good for short term
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Breslau, ON5 September 2017
This job is good for the short term while you look for something else.
It SEEMS to be employee geared, until you realize its not. They will go out of their way to seem to help you in the beginning, but when the real problems start they become unbending and disinterested in what the employees have to say unless it benefits the company first and foremost. Favourtism is rampant and you will not advance unless someone wants you to. If you are a great worker, you may be held back in a position because you pick up the slack and help the line run smoothly. Physical ailments due to heavy repetitive work are treated fairly in the beginning, after a while, they consider that you have been "work hardened" and are not as willing to provide alternate work to alleviate repetitive injuries.
Pros
Free lunches on long weekends but not enough time to eat them or cold
Cons
too many to mention
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Hard physical work
Butcher/knifeperson (Former Employee) –  Breslau, ON25 April 2017
Jobs are fast paced and physically demanding
Kill floor is always hot with extreme heat during the summer
Cutting room is always cold as well as the packing and shipping area
Pros
Good wages and hours with benefits and pension plan
Cons
Working in this industry for too long can create life changing injuries
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Managment Doesn't Listen
Head Dropper (Current Employee) –  Breslau, ON21 February 2017
No One from management ever listens especially the QA manager. As far as What i have learned; is to listen to people and don't do what management does which is not listening to us.
Pros
none
Cons
no one ever listens
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It was an ok place
Packer (Former Employee) –  Breslau, ON17 February 2017
Didn't mind the work,but found not enough interaction with others.Also I found to much of a buddy system there(to much of who you knew and not enough work ethic).
Pros
lots of hours
Cons
Favourtism
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Always an interesting day
loin boning team member (Current Employee) –  Breslau, ON7 February 2017
I have enjoyed my time thus far at CMP. I have learned a great deal about the business of food processing for domestic and international exports.
I would recommend this job to anyone.
Pros
lunches for all long weekend
Cons
extreme environment for physical work
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Cold and fast pace enviorment
Butcher (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON30 May 2016
-show up to work and grab required safety equipment.
-head to your designated line and cut meat.
-co-workers are always excited and ready too work.
-Management seems to be go with the flow type of mentality. Lots miscommunication between lead hands and supervisors.
-Hardest part of the job is being able to keep up with your pieces on the line sometimes it gets overwhelming really fast.Cutting frozen meat sometimes feels like your carving through wood.
Pros
wage/hour
Cons
overuse injuries, cold enviorment
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Ever Changing Policies and Management
Hired on as General Labourer in Packaging (Current Employee) –  Breslau, ON22 January 2016
This is NOT a good company to work for, any longer. With the recent changes in Management and the ever changing policies, the plant is run by favouritism and not through the way of seniority or "earning a position".
Pros
Decent wages
Cons
Too many to list
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Ok
General Labourer (Current Employee) –  Breslau, ON5 November 2015
Very Busy place to work always have to make the numbers money is fair decent people. Not much room for advancement. temperatures vary
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alright
Full Time Packager (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON12 May 2015
Alright to work if you like the cold. People are friendly for the most part, alot of slackers and complaining about who does what around there
Pros
early start, discount on pork
Cons
cold and repetative
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Everyday fast pace work
Accounting clerk (Co-op) (Former Employee) –  Breslau, ON9 March 2015
A typical day is: first you set up the inventory account for other departments to use it. Then reconciling the bank accounts and find out the discrepancies. after that posting the accounts payable and receivable accounts. At last enter any other daily transactions (journal entries in to the ledgers.
I learned new things about the accounting system (CSB)
The management and the co-workers are very cooperative
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Great place to gain experince in the food industry.
General Labourer (Current Employee) –  Breslau, ON23 August 2014
I've been working at Conestoga Meat Packers in Breslau, Ontario for almost two years. I have learned many skills in such a sort period of time. I've been trained and have a great understanding of the food industry and what it entails.
Pros
Optional overtime, work perks, annual raises, bbqs every long weekend, good wages.
Cons
Cold environment, standing for long periods of time, fast pace work
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factory jon
Cyro Vac Operator (Former Employee) –  breslaw31 October 2013
Learned how the meat industry works as well how most equipment works. There realy wasnt a typical day things change drasticaly everyday. Hardest part of the job was people that didnt want to work.
Pros
not much supervision + random benfits
Cons
Work Ethic with other workers
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Good place to work
General Labourer (Former Employee) –  Breslau, ontario1 October 2013
I liked working there, most of the people were friendly, the hours were good as well, sometimes you may get to go home early. Overall a good working environment.
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Good pay but physically hard
Worker (Former Employee) –  Breslau, ON11 May 2013
This took place in a very cold environment below -10 degrees Celsius. The day would start at 6am and during the day I would obtain a list of certain parts I had to pack and how many bags. During the day I would push around heavy tins in order to have somewhere to put the packed product and would then drop off the packed product to a croyvac which would seal the bag and would continue with the rest of the order. Once the order was done, I got to work on the packaging side where product would come onto a conveyer belt where people grabbed the pieces they needed for their order, which was then wrapped individually and placed in a box. The hardest part of the job was the physical endurance you had to have to make it through the day. It was long 8 hours on your feet which would sometimes cause back pain. The most enjoyable part of the job was the people you would meet and even though we are all in the freezing cold, everyone always has a smile on and will yell good morning across the plant.
Pros
Good money, nice people
Cons
physically draining
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People where friendly
Machine Operator / General Labourer (Former Employee) –  Breslau, ON18 August 2012
It is one of the better places to work.Enjoy each day of work.Doing differant things all the time.fast pace.
Pros
free lunches before the long weekend where good
Cons
early mornings
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