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it is good place to start with
Worker (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON11 October 2017
Very poor management lead to very bad workplace culture. It is definitely not a good place for retirement. The turn over rate is very high. Workers do not get proper training at all.
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Create People
MANAGER, CATEGORY INSIGHTS (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON10 October 2017
Great people and culture. However there is an unnecessary sense of urgency around every task that impacts work / life balance. High turn-over in marketing and lack of any sort of onboarding which makes learning a new organization more difficult
Pros
nice office, great people, pay well
Cons
lack of onboarding, work/life balance
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fun work place
Warehouse Order Picker (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK9 October 2017
great place to work at, fun and friendly environment, great management. salary is not bad, fixed shifts, being safe and looking out for each other is main thing at the company
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Horrible place to work. Keep looking!
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Hannon, ON7 October 2017
The new Hamilton facility looks nice, but machines hardly ever work due to lack of proper maintenance. Management is terrible, its run by kids that have no idea how to actually do anything. Anyone with any real experience they do manage to hire leaves for better jobs. The union is weak inside the plant since people there only care about themselves. It's a poor choice for a job if you want to have any life outside of work, they expect you to work 50+ hours a week or face discipline for not doing so. So if you value your sanity and life steer clear of this prison like facility.
Pros
a pay check
Cons
Too many to list
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Good people and Great environment
Factory Line Worker (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON6 October 2017
I worked 9 hours daily (except weekends). The hardest part was the hours but the best is how friendly and nice everyone was. They are all very welcoming and kind if you have a question or need help.
Pros
Friendly environment
Cons
Long hours
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Summary Job
Production Worker and skill operator (Former Employee) –  Brandon, MB4 October 2017
It was a good environmental job.
Flexible hours, organized departments, clean areas.
The hardest part of the job was standing for long hours in a really cold environment and doing repetitive job.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Long Hours
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A great place to work
Quality Assurance Technician (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON3 October 2017
It is an an excellent company which gave me an opportunity to volunteer as laboratory technician and taught me several workplace skills. I have worked there from 9 am to 3 30 pm (Monday to friday) from june to oct 2016. I have learnt performing different analytic experiments according to the SOPs. The company has a friendly environment and they know how to meet the deadlines.
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I've had better
General Labourer (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON26 September 2017
It's cold, loud, noisy. They force you to work weekends. Write you up any chance they get. They say safety is number one priority but its all about production and numbers.
Pros
Pay Cheque
Cons
Forced overtime on weekends
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Great!
Sanitation Worker (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON21 September 2017
Great place! Great people !!!! Would love to work there again. Loved my coworkers and going to work! Made great money and I got amazing hours ! I suggest maple leaf to anyone
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Productive and fun working place
Master Data Analyst (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON20 September 2017
-Excellent work life balance depending on department you work in
-Good professional environment, job with good benefits. leader in food safety very strong in market place
Pros
Great place to work, great people.
Cons
The pace can be a little intense at times
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Beware
Plumber/GasFitter (Former Employee) –  Brandon, MB19 September 2017
I worked as a plumber/gas fitter in the maintenance department. A typical day would be waiting for the supervisor to print out work order to fix a leak, unplug a drain, or trouble shoot a piece of equipment. There was lots of down time when no equipment was down or other issues, but things can and did break very often.

Management is a disaster, supervisors did not communicate well with each other between shifts. Lots of times they did not even know who was on vacation, what work was needed to be done or what parts were ordered. There was little to no planning for jobs, lots of times no parts were ordered or the wrong parts were brought in so jobs were continuously being half assed with what was available.

If you apply for a day shift position they will not tell you that the position is actually filled through seniority. You will think you have been offered the Mon-Fri shift only to find out they are putting you on straight night shift, or weekend shift. BEWARE OF THIS!

The workplace culture is a game of hide and seek. Most employees are not great trades people and hardly know enough to pass their trades exam. Its everyone for themselves. The supervisors know who works hard and will load those employees up with work, while the lazy employees are left to hide and look at their phones. No incentive to work hard, or do a good job. Most work is done in a hurried half assed way.

The pay is great for what is required, the benefits are not so great and usually a complete hassle to get dental, medical, or prescriptions filled.
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Heavy work load
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB18 September 2017
Central Ham processing has a very heavy work load, most employee were asian and very hard working. From Admin to production worker everyone was so nice.
Pros
Good salary and benefits
Cons
Heavy work load
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Decent Pay, high turnover, fast-paced
Data Entry/Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON15 September 2017
- personal shoes were not allowed in plant even in personal office area
- fast paced, lots of paperwork
- large teams
- dynamic environment
- strict quotas
- repetitive tasks
- contract based
Pros
competitive pay scale
Cons
personal shoes not allowed in plant
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Terrible and Dangerous place to work.
Robot Operator (Current Employee) –  Hannon, ON15 September 2017
This is by far and away the worst job I have ever had. While the pay lip service to health and safety they have no consideration for the safety of their employees.
A company operating various shifts with an approx total of 1000 employees who has burnt through 6000 in 3 years is proof enough of the way the company is run and the total lack of respect for it's employees.
Just glad to be out of there. It is the closest thing to a sweat shop in Canada.
Pros
None
Cons
No Safety measures that matter, Shifts, Management at Team Lead level.
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Good Job, Bad management.
Reach Truck Operator (Former Employee) –  Puslinch, ON13 September 2017
Good hours, wprking 12 hour shifts 3 days a week (Saturday, Sunday, Monday.) Ok pay, but NO opportunity for raises and that was a major concern. Good benefits. Poor management and cold storage environment.
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Great place to work for some
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON11 September 2017
Hard work, hours vary, job security is an issue and management changes very often. Good for single people who are willing to change shifts hours with short notice.
Pros
Unionized
Cons
Job security
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wonderful
General Laborer (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON10 September 2017
great place to be sad its closed down. made some great friends there I was the 5th generation from the Lyon family to work there. very sad its shut down
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Chaotic
Labourer (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON1 September 2017
Heritage Plant is a mess, management don't know what they are doing, machinery is not repaired properly due to lack of people and parts resources. No concern for your personal life.
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Good job security, hard work with poor wages
MACHINE OPERATOR/MEAT CUTTER/PACKAGER (Former Employee) –  Burlington, ON31 August 2017
come to work, change into company garments, punch in then go to your department. work roughly two hours between breaks. breaks were too short, jobs were physically demanding and the work was repetetive and cold.

Management is mostly indifferent. Job rotation was not always done regularly or fairly.

Many cultures working closely together. sometimes positive, sometimes challenging. Learning new job skills on a moving line was difficult and stressful

Hardest part of the job is the cold, standing and repetition.

The best part is the benefits and 8hr shifts.
Pros
good food in the Cafeteria
Cons
poor pay
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Terrible place to work.
Production Technician (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK30 August 2017
Poor management no respect for workers, no fix hours limited hours in winter. Lot of time i was scheduled but supervisor sent me home due to no work. Hardly made 900$/month not good for long time job. No future no scope of good living.
Pros
None
Cons
No hours, no value of employees. Poor supervision.
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