Blender machine operator (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 20 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.
Friendly coworkers and with adequate management. Great wages and benefits but the job leaves little free time.
Production Line Worker (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 26 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.
LINE WORKER (Current Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 23 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.
General Labourer (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 8 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!
Obtained valuable experience as well as valuable friendships.
The plant was a refrigerated plant and as much as we bundled up it was still cold.
STAY AWAY!!!! Really bad Management!... They don't care about their employees
Sanitation Worker/Production Worker (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 8 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!!!!!
christmas parties.. random BBQ throughout the year...
Shipping/ Shunt Driver on afternoon shift (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 12 September 2014
I did this job for over 3 months. The money is good but that's it. You'll be made to work a 3 hour shift each Saturday afternoon and evening and a 3 hour shift on Sunday afternoons. Not optional. You'll be inside the freezer loading trucks 90% of the time and only shunting 10% of the time except for Friday nights when you'll be fueling reefers and pin locking trailers. The equipment is not very good either. They no longer have the employee food program either.
Temp, taking on various responsibilities. (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 9 November 2013
Grand River Foods takes great care to keep the workplace clean by regularly washing the rooms and equipment and leaving many signs and warnings for employees to keep clean hands as well as other sanitary behavior for working with food. The managers are respectful towards the employees and the workers generally get along in and out of the workplace. The most difficult work has to do with awareness and speed, usually while packing boxes on a busy day or separating the good meat from the bad as it passes on a conveyor belt. Also, workers must be ready to face the fridge temperatures of the rooms, usually by dressing in many layers, or to deal with loud machinery despite wearing earplugs. But the job was also enjoyable, for employees generally work alongside each other and are free to converse for as long as they complete their tasks properly.
Employees have a discount on the meat that doesn't make the cut to go to the stores.
Shipper/Receiver (Current Employee) – cambridge ontario – 1 August 2013
A typical day was very simple i loaded and off loaded trailers when product was finished on the line for live loads. While waiting for product to finish, i would help out the production team on the line or do both jobs mine and production if they were short handed. Everyone that i was working with and or around me was very nice and friendly which made my day and position very enjoyable
It was a cold place to work at....meat packaging plant
Line worker (Former Employee) – Cambridge – 26 December 2012
Just went in a did the job that was required to do..I learned how to work with so many different people and different jobs in the plant the co workers were all great to work with the hardest part was working in the cold...u had to know how to dress warmly for the job
Live recieve and cut and pack labourer (Former Employee) – Beamsville, ON – 30 October 2012
worked eight hours five days a week.I learned how to do alot of different jobs through out the factory.My bosses were all great and easy to work for and with.Co workers were very freindly and hard working.The most enjoyable part of my job was getting opportuninity to try different jobs and train new people
Packaging/Line worker/Sanitation (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 5 June 2012
a typical day was a fast paced production line packing chicken. managing packaging machines and working with raw chciken. i learned how to operate machines. coworkers were very friendly and i enjoyed working with them. the hardest part of the job was when packaging machines went down and had to dump chicken into bins and having to lift them upstairs continously. the most enjoyable part was again the coworkers and the fact that the facility was refridgerated