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You will learn a lot.
CSR/ Cook/ Assistant Manager (Current Employee) –  Pickering, ON4 December 2017
A very interesting job. I learned a lot. They tested my limits. I wouldn't recommend this as a first job but one to gain further knowledge. It's a difficult job all round.
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Good Co-workers, Fast pace
Produce Clerk (Former Employee) –  Whitby, ON23 November 2017
Poor management
High turnover, employees are just a number and easily replaceable to them
Under payed
The most enjoyable part of the day is working with good people
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Great team building enviroment
Chef (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON22 November 2017
Always something to do while working at Farm Boy, whether its stocking shelves or preparing food for customers your hands will always be busy. Promotions within the stores rarely happen but there is plenty of opportunities between locations.
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poor balance
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON6 November 2017
-Long days (minimum 44 scheduled hours a week)
-no shift flexibility
- They say managers manage their own time but if you have to work extra hours on any given days you don't get them back.
- no recognition for work/time put in. 'What have you done for me lately' attitude
-No consistency in discipline or expectations of work ethic from person to person.
-For a company that wants to hire people with integrity they don't display much themselves.
Pros
Decent salary
Cons
Expectations are not the same for everyone
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Fast paced and challenging
Deli and Cheese Manager (Current Employee) –  Kitchener, ON13 October 2017
Great company to work for. They focus on customer service and results. Fast paced, challenging and fun! They make the schedule so everyone can have a work/life balance.
Pros
free coffee
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Comfortable and caring work environment
Grocery Stocker (Former Employee) –  Whitby, ON5 October 2017
It was a really great place to work, I loved it and miss it sometimes, management is great for the most part and it's a great company to work for. Also it's a great place to work if you're a bit of a health nut.
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Stressful Place to Work
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON20 September 2017
Most people have anxiety attacks at work and them go home stressed and depressed. Expectations are not achievable at the best of times and lead to write ups.
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Well maintained
Team Member (Former Employee) –  London, ON7 September 2017
Good environment. Well maintainable work establishment enjoyable workplace. coworkers are comfortable with each other, really enjoyed working there. amazing place
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
manulabour
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worked hands on and a lot of customer interaction
Meat Manager (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON5 September 2017
Customer service, cutting, merchandising, ordering, scheduling, inventories, training, quality assurance, up selling. Trained in other fresh departments and completed food safety audits
Pros
Great management training
Cons
poor quality of life
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Good hours, great customers, nice enviroment.
service representative (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON6 August 2017
Working at Farm Boy was an overall a very good first job experience. This job showed me how to deal with customers, how to manage a cash register and everything in between. The customers were always very nice and patient and my co-workers were always there whenever I had any questions.
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Not a good place to work
Former employee (Former Employee) –  London, ON31 July 2017
This is a typical retail low paying job with demanding upper management. Department managers are treated as live stock. Upper management act as too good to true attitude with empowerment demeanor.

Jobs are hard to get by but definitely this is not a place to work. There are many other places that will treat you better for making the same low wage.
Pros
None
Cons
Long hours, low pay, pay for uniform, work unstable variety of shifts.
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It's great until they decide they don't like you
Service Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON27 July 2017
Fired without cause for mental illness after they decided I didn't deserve to work there anymore. It's hard to want to write a review for a company that completely destroyed me.
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Poorly operated
Grocery Clerk (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON10 July 2017
This company is ran based off of fear. Managers bully you into working faster/ harder. Can push you out the door for simple reasons. Don't like to give raises
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Manage with fear
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great place to start a first job
Customer service (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON7 July 2017
didn't like it at all, my boss was always mean to me also was always hungover and in a bad mood. learnt a lot like how to cut meat and mince meats like ground beef
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Lots of Room for advancement from High Turnover
Produce Department Clerk (Former Employee) –  London, ON30 June 2017
GREAT PRODUCTS for sure! Prices are more than competitive for non-packaged goods. Not a lot of hours available during slow season(s) and/or slow times

Terrible high turnover rate for management because of extremely high over expectations from senior management. Managers are expected to work 50 hours a week but tend to work more with no compensation.

10% discount on food after 3 months is good. Benefit package for full timers is bare bones.

I think this is the only job I have ever worked where the employees feel bad for the managers because they are worked so hard! Company needs to stop trying to grow so fast and work on creating better work/ life balance or they will just have constant turnover (which they may want to keep salaries low!)
Pros
10% food discount after three months.
Cons
See above description - love the product they sell but can NOT refer or recommend
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Good workplace
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON28 June 2017
They expect a few people to do a lot of work which forces many people to quit. Other than that, it's a great place to work. The people are friendly and mostly helpful.
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Enjoyable and Happy workplace
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Kanata, ON16 June 2017
While working at Farm Boy it was very fun. The management is very easy going and understanding so it makes your work experience less frustrating. The job requirements were very straight forward and even if you needed help you could easily ask your manager and they would be more then willing to help.
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Worst job I've ever had
Department Manager (Former Employee) –  London, ON1 June 2017
I tend to read most negative and angry reviews as disgruntled ex employees who didnt get their way. This is not one of those situations.

I decided to resign from the hostile work environment which included people being belittled and bullied by upper management and department specialists.

For a company that talks the talk, they do not walk the walk. I truly believe what was started in Ottawa is probably fantastic but with their upper management and specialists it did not work for them in South western Ontario.

Don't even try to stand up for yourself because the regional manager will stand by his specialists regardless and doesn't care to hear any feedback.

Generally speaking a lot of the staff are fantastic and have great potential but Farm Boy will continue to have high turnover if they continue to let people like Gerry and Terri work for the company. Human rights would have a field day with them.
Pros
The food, discount, co workers
Cons
Dreadful salary, upper management, department specialists, forced overtime with NO pay, complete lack of disrespect for employees
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Friendly fun place to work.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON29 May 2017
I myself did not enjoy working at Farm Boy due to the management team. They were not good with solving issues between co workers or customers. They were lazy and unproductive.
Pros
busy work environement
Cons
short hours and bad management.
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Fun experiences everyday.
Kitchen Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Nepean, ON20 May 2017
Best experience. Excellent opportunities, great co-workers, friendly environment to work in.
Customers enjoy the clean, always full counters, variety of different foods available.
Pros
family oriented, Christmas tree wagon rides.
Cons
Really nothing bad to gripe about.
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