GRAND RIVER FOODS Employee Reviews

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Straightforward, well paying work with great people
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON19 February 2018
Good, solid work, that pays well. You get the chance to work with all different types of people and there's no dress code, which is nice. The employee discount on food is great too, and can be used on a lot of products. Workplace can be a little cold, so dress in layers, and there will be times when you'll have to handle raw meat.
Pros
no dress code, good pay and benefits, lots of different people, discount on product
Cons
can be cold, working with raw meat isn't for everyone
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Not a bad luck if they don't hire you
Millwright (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON3 February 2018
In three months I worked there to see a dozen of workers disappeared. Some of them quit,some were fired. All the coworkers feel their job are threatened by the new hires so they won't train new workers and they don't care if you can come back next day.

As a new worker you don't have good training but the management force you to work like a mule, they move you to new jobs before you finish the old one then question why you can't finish. This is what they called "hard- working culture".

The management never respect a good worker if they don't like you they will viciously set you up and monitor you in cameras to find your mistake then send you home. I saw a good worker been set up and let go. This is what they called "well-managed".

They do "choose" people. They will let their favorite workers sitting and chatting in office for hours the same time force other workers jump between jobs on the floor.

Not a bad luck if they don't hire you!
Pros
Nothing
Cons
dirty, noisy, slippy, cold and crowded, smell and smoke
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The people here are great to work with and are always looking out for one another. Great people.
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON17 January 2018
Work early in the morning on day shifts

Exposure to manufacturing industry

Management style is highly proactive and involved

Hard-working culture

Physically demanding

Good people to work with
Pros
Baseball tourny, Christmas Party, Accommodating team, Nice people, Professional, Listens to Employee suggestions, Well-managed, Growing Business
Cons
Labor Intensive, Work can be very quick (taxing but it feels like a quick day), Work can be slow (Long hours but easy)
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Save yourself the time, don’t work here
Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON5 January 2018
Unfortunately, grand river foods is a horrible employer. They Lie and say they’ll give you 8-9 working hours a day, but will always cut your shifts short because they want to save money on labor. The plant has a terrible turnover rate, bad smell, and a culture that promotes favourtism and hierarchy amongst workers. Overall, working here is a waste of time, and if you decide to, you’ll see why everyone hates there job and why they quickly run to the door once the shift is over.
Pros
Free Parking (couldnt think of any)
Cons
Everything
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Good pay for easy work, leaders want to make a difference
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON4 January 2018
Been with this company for a little more than 3 years. Leadership changes at the plant have made a big difference. Lots of focus on continuous improvement and suggestions from employees. The pay is great for the work but it's cold -so you have to dress for it. Very interesting to learn the processes if you haven't been in a food plant before. Like everywhere there are people who have cranky days, but for the most part a good group of coworkers. Always overtime available which is great when you want to earn extra cash.
Pros
Company ball tournament, good Christmas Party (adults and kids), annual wage increases
Cons
Have to check schedule daily to know shift time (but it's always within an hour)
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Racism Is Haunting In House
Operator/Labourer (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON31 December 2017
Managements in this company duplicated a lot of disgusting behaviors from Maple Leaf Foods. Don't expect to be treated fairly or equally if you don't belong to the LOCAL category. They are very proud to monitor their employees in cameras every minute whenever you are on the floor ,in lunchroom, in parking lot ,etc to make you feel you are inmates. They keep pretending to offer people permanent positions without any screening then kick them out before the end of your probation to save their business and money.
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A small village company
Associate (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON22 December 2017
Everything is messy, unsafe and unorganized in the plant from production to construction. Managements are narrow-minded and arrogant like villagers never see the world. You don't wanna eat their food when you see the process.
Pros
Non
Cons
All
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Temp position
assist machine operators (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON15 November 2017
It was very cold here, the people were not very friendly they felt very threatened for their jobs at all times...They left you in the freezer for long periods of time you only got 2 20 min breaks,.....really glad they did not hire me full time.
Pros
not much
Cons
very cold
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job itself not bad but terrible management
Sanitation Worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON13 October 2017
Worked night shift sanitation...liked my job but supervisors play favorites and violate rights. When you try to come forward with concerns you are met with threats, racism and intimidation.
Pros
wage
Cons
management
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Not a good place to work if you need permanent job.
Line worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, on11 September 2017
BEWARE!This company hires you as a full time permanent but they will let you go for no reason, just a few days before you get your probation done! They did ask me to leave 3 days before my probation! They hire people as permanent full time, and let them go before 3 months, that way they do not have to pay for insurance and they don't have to hire you all year round!!!! It saves them money!
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favortism
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON2 June 2017
Lack proper rotations, favoritism, however the majority of the workers are great to work with. Pay is pretty good benefits and pension is great with in house food orders.
Pros
co workers
Cons
freezer
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Productive workplace with fun people
General Labourer (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON26 April 2017
Production some days can be crazy but the people are also fun to be around and always willing to help you with anything you may not grasp immediately.
Pros
Good pay, great employee's, fun times
Cons
need to know people in office to get a better position in the company
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Blender machine operator (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON20 April 2017
I really enjoyed this job. Love working with other people. Learned a lot with setting up and running machinery. Working in blending I learned about different ingredients in our product and how to mix spices.
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Great place to work
Line Operator (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON18 March 2017
Great place to work for. The wages are very competitive and structured well. There is plenty of opportunities to advance in the company. The company takes care of its employees. The location is difficult for driving.
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everything was great but the managers
Blending food Operator (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON20 October 2016
Fast paced
hard work
worked with some friends
kept the production running on time
mandatory overtime every other weekend
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Friendly coworkers and with adequate management. Great wages and benefits but the job leaves little free time.
Production Line Worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON26 April 2016
All in all it is a good job that pays well for the difficulty of the work. But the hours can make it difficult to have a social life. Depending on your shift, you can come in between 6am and 7:30am for day shift or between 2pm and 3:30pm for afternoons. A typical workday is 8 hours with 2 paid 20 minute breaks. Each day you are assigned to a line. Throughout the day you are rotated between various positions for your line so you never do the same thing for too long. The work is repetitive but easy and the company of your fellow coworkers is enjoyable. The toll on your social life is really the biggest downside of the job and is purely subjective depending on the person.
Pros
wages, co-workers, benefits.
Cons
Hours.
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Cold fast pace environment
LINE WORKER (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON23 February 2016
You need to be quick with your hands and able to stand for long periods of time, it is also very noisy and cold. Great learning experience for anyone interested in material handling and packaging. Hours were amazing, Wake up in the morning, go to work, come home and carry on with your day.
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Productive and fun workplace!
General Labourer (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON8 November 2015
The work day there would almost always just fly right by, and it would be home time before I knew it! I guess this is because no matter which part of the plant I was assigned to each post was a fast-paced assembly style. I enjoyed this fast-paced routine because it kept me on the ball. There was no time for boredom!
Pros
Obtained valuable experience as well as valuable friendships.
Cons
The plant was a refrigerated plant and as much as we bundled up it was still cold.
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STAY AWAY!!!! Really bad Management!... They don't care about their employees
Sanitation Worker/Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON8 January 2015
the only good things about working here, is the people you work with... management sucks... and I can guarantee, everyone that still works there will say the same... The pay is good, but you work is a very cold environment... they will move you around from job to job, and not even ask you permission, especially if you like the job your currently doing... They will fire you if they don't like you... they take advantage of their employees. i was there for 2 years... and i strongly urge you to STAY AWAY!!!!!
Pros
christmas parties.. random BBQ throughout the year...
Cons
working in the cold... management
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Fast paced
Machine Operator / Formulator Blender (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON21 September 2014
Excellent work environment
Loyal employee's
Excellent team leaders
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