SHIPPER/PALLET JACK OPERATOR/PRODUCTION WORKER (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 9 November 2013
Maple leaf has now closed down. At the time my day consisted of doing very light physical labour at an extremely fast pace. I worked on multiple jobs including shipping, palletizing, packaging and operating forklifts. Everything was very repetitive and the overtime was minimal.
Management was not as involved at maple leaf. They dealt with employees very professionally and with respect. Often they would watch from a distance or stop by periodically to see how thing's are running. It kept the atmosphere inside Maple Leaf relaxed and enjoyable.
At maple leaf while working in palletizing where i spent most of my years, you depend on other employees because sometimes 1 mans job can get overwhelming due to the speed so help is needed. In return you do the same when you witness someone else struggling to keep up. Not everyone has this quality and it brings departments closer together as a unit.
The high repetitions and constant standing was a bit tough to get used to. The job's performed were a bit mind numbing and not mentally challenging because there was no problem solving or planning.
Definately the most enjoyable part of the job was the employees. Maybe 1 out of 20 ever came to work in a bad mood or had a negative effect on other employees. Although the plant was 1000+ employees the bond between departments had a comforting feeling.
Reliable hours to fit family life, Free coffee on Fridays.
Long term employment was unreliable, plant shut down.
IT Analyst (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 19 October 2016
Fast paced environment. Must be able to juggle multiple tasks and meet the deadlines. Excellent, knowledgeable co-workers. Most difficult part of the job is trying to educate management on a role which they are not familiar. Most enjoyable part of the job was the budget process and new technology. Company is technology focused.
Not much appreciation for work if you are in a support role.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Glover Road, Hannon, Hamilton – 9 October 2016
Very cold work place. A lot of downtime and standing in cold when machines are not running.No communication at all. Supervisors have no clue at all. Employee services is not good at all. The only best part was coworkers. Everybody get along and work together and have fun. Forced to work on every weekend. They do not care about employees personal life. No work life balance. No scope of advancement.
lunches on long weekend in summer.
Zero work life balance. Supervisors are clueless about anything. No respect for employees.
PRODUCTION LINE OPERATOR (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 24 September 2016
Get gear on one black jacket one long white lab coat rain boots hair net plastic gloves hard hat goggles and ear plugs what I have learned is that how meat is truly processed management is very busy all the time hardest part of the job is the lifting the most enjoyable part of the job the extra hours
Production Worker (Former Employee) – St. Marys, ON – 16 September 2016
-Their was a lot of drama between workers, and made you feel like you were not welcomed -Management was okay, wouldn't say it is the best -Hardest part of the job was the training process and all the paper work
Production Worker (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 14 September 2016
Able to do my best in performing my job even though it is not related to my previous work. I learned a lot specially in dealing with past faced environment, standing for a long period of time and having a short break time. Exciting and a really much fun of learning.
Full Time Materials handler/ Shipper/ receiver (Former Employee) – 44 glover hannon ontario – 24 August 2016
minimal concern for the well being of product and employees lack of communication with the employees union is terrible they never learn to make things better they continue to do the same mistakes which makes it a very bad place to work.
there is a shuttle that takes tyou to the front door from upper ottawa.
long hours, Cold, Temperory employees, unorganized, unclean
Shipping and Receiving (Former Employee) – Canning, NS – 7 August 2016
Worked night shift.Work started with going over things with the day shift on what needs to be done.Picked orders that need to go out the door, loaded trucks with fork lifts and walkies.Worked computer printing off bills to go with the orders,cleaned up work area when finished.
Box Maker (Former Employee) – lethbridge, AB – 27 July 2016
Everyday from work is always busy. I learned how to take care not only my job but also my co-workers. I don't like some management because some of them they don't fix the problem or it would take a months, year or never. Some of my co-worker are good worker but some of them are lazy I hate lazy people. for me the hardest part of the job even your trying your best in work the supervisors don't see that because they don't know what's real happening on the site cause they are not always there to look what's happening. Most enjoyable part of my job is to have co-worker at the same time friends and some of them we had a team work but it doesn't matter to me if there is a team cause I could work alone or as a team.
sometimes there's free lunch and has games..
only 8 hours Monday to Friday and they are giving overtime if you want too, or sometimes there is mandatory overtime.
The machines were always having issues, they would frequently break down causing problems down the line. End of the line workers have a lot of trouble keeping up with the amount of product coming down the line because the workers are consistently taken away from the end of the line.