Farm Boy Employee Reviews

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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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Overall fun work place
Deli & Cheese Department Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON19 May 2017
Farmboy is a very nice place to work at. It helps employees with their customer service, and basic skills. Although, managers tend to work long hours, we were sometimes rewarded. The most enjoyable part of the job is the surrounding staff. The worst part of the job, is the favoritism with in the company.
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Long hours
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Farm boy has bad policies
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Pickering, ON6 May 2017
The co-workers are awesome! But some of the management are very bipolar you never know what yo expect from them half the time.
They want absolutely everything to look full and if one thing is taken off the display they will freak out saying that it is empty when it is not empty at all.
They also have this so called "no moon lighting policy" meaning your not allowed to work another job not even your own business! Why would that even matter especially if they're able to work around it and it's none of their business even when your getting your work done.
They don't even give you your hours that a full timer should be getting (that's less than 35 per week). Whatever you do don't work for farm boy
Pros
Employee discount, awesome co-workers
Cons
Not enough hours for full timers, their bad policies, bipolar management, poor pay for way too many duties
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Productive and stimulating workplace
Cashier (Current Employee) –  Pickering, ON30 April 2017
The management at Farm Boy continuously look out for their employees and assure their employees a comfortable, motivating, and secure workplace.
All employees at each location are very friendly and welcoming to all customers and allow customers to experience the family atmosphere at the store.
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Absolutely dreadful.
Cashier (Former Employee) –  London, ON28 April 2017
Worked here for approximately 2 years and it is by far the worst company I've ever been with. They treat employees like dirt on your shoes and are never shown any amount of respect. Managers are overworked (50+ hours a week minimum) and underpaid and take it out on the hourly employees as a result. The customer service standards are extreme and can't even be met. The department specialists walk around like kings criticizing every move that you make and ensuring that you're miserable as you can possibly be. I've never seen an organization with such a lack of morale. Advice: treat your employees like humans. They're your only true asset, and one day it'll come back to bite you in the butt.
Pros
Co-workers.
Cons
Everything else in the store.
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Terrible place.
Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON25 April 2017
They don't move you up in the company unless you're buddy buddy with your manager. You could be the hardest worker ever and they pick their friends over you.
They treat you like slaves and work you like dogs. They treat customers like gold and workers like disposable objects.
If you work there casually it's a fine place to work for money.
Pros
Nice ish people
Cons
Everything else
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As bad as it gets....
Manager (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON20 April 2017
Just a total nightmare of a company to work for. Expanding too quickly with no real plan for staffing. Company does not allow employees to have any kind of personal life. Department managers are basically slaves working about 70 hours a week, never two days off in a row. Company couldn't care less about its employees. Completely awful place to work. Losing great people all the time. Staff turnover is incredible and it's not going to get any better.
Pros
Nice co workers
Cons
Too many to list
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Good
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Stittsville, ON18 April 2017
I enjoyed my time here. Everyone is treated with respect. It's a nice place for a student to work part time with flexible hours and understanding management.
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adequate
Customer service representative/cook (Former Employee) –  London, ON13 April 2017
Good Management structure, excellent work ethic administered by branch managers, very efficient human resource personnel maybe the strongest assets of the firm. Balanced gender equality in leadership. Would be an excellent place to work if associates are allowed to unionise.
Pros
co workers
Cons
management
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Great Learning and New Qualities to Find
Meat Clerk (Former Employee) –  Pickering, ON4 April 2017
Farm Boy is good store with great staff and polite customers. The salary and wages there are extraordinaire (depending on the hours you work) and also once you've found a department to work in, you start to feel the vibes and connection between each co-worker within the store working. Farm Boy is an all around cool place with good food, and fine qualities within each manager, co-worker, and customer.
Pros
Good food and great pay.
Cons
Bad/Rude Management, Over-time/staying overnight, Expensive prices, etc.
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