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Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Employer Reviews

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Anxiety-filled.
Production Line Worker (Former Employee), Stoney Creek, ONMarch 30, 2013
Cons: horrible co-workers, some older employees will sabotage the new employees to make them look bad
Maple Leaf is not a good place to work at all. The co-workers are nasty, bitter people who intentionally sabotage the new workers. The job is boring, and they only hire when they are behind on production. Once they catch up, you're gone. I worked there for a month and a week. I got fired right after all the grocery stores had their sausage and weiner – more... sale. And they wont even fire you properly. They will put you on call for a week and then mail you your termination letter, because they are too gutless to do it in person. DO NOT APPLY HERE, IT IS NOT WORTH IT! – less
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Great Place to work
Quality Assurance Auditor (Current Employee), Kitchener, ONMarch 26, 2013
I complete checks every hour, checking paperwork, packages and cleanliness.
Management and co-workers very nice and easy to get along with
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Should have been closed a long time ago.
Former employee (Former Employee), North BattlefordMarch 25, 2013
Cons: poisoned workplace that thrived on bullying
Not sorry to see the company leave this town. Unbelievably terrible work environment, lots of bullying and abuse condoned and/or initiated by the management staff. As bad as it gets. Anything was acceptable there, in fact, the worse the better. All the sane, smart, honest, hardworking, and beautiful people were forced off the job...
(to their own advantage, – more... however..:) Bye bye, scum. Bye. – less
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A company that does not have identity yet
Various positions (Current Employee), MississaugaMarch 23, 2013
People are very friendly , but leadership does not give clear direction
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Great place to work if you like to be bullied everyday
General Labourer (Former Employee), Kitchener, ONMarch 21, 2013
Pros: no pros to mention
Cons: evrything about the place people drop meat on the floor and put it back on the line
If you like to be treated like garbage and ripped off on your pay check every couple of weeks, then Maple Leaf is the place for you. I worked there for 5 months and was ripped off four times. It also cost 130$ a month to be a Maple Leaf employee at the Courtland facility in Kitchener, Ontario. Nothing but bullies and ignorant people that think they – more... are better than everyone else. – less
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Great co-workers but very long hours.
Supply Chain (Former Employee), Mississauga, ONMarch 5, 2013
Pros: great co-workers
Cons: very long hours and it's expected
A lot of change happening right now to make things better and find efficiencies...especially with the new mega plant...but this involves a lot of extra work and planning...and the expectation is that you just put in the extra hours (no extra pay or time-off). Makes work-life balance very difficult.
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Safe and respectable working environment
material control (Former Employee), Kitchener, ONMarch 5, 2013
Pros: job flexability
A typical day entails a lot of traveling to different departments to pick up dirty work uniforms. Afterwards the soiled garments are brought back to my department to be sorted by color and washed on their appropriate settings. I must be diligently observant about what is lacking in each department so when I return for a drop off, I deliver the right – more... amount and proper sizes. I have learned a lot to cooperate and communicate effectively with my partner so as to make sure that our job is performed effectively and on time. I have also learned different sanitation procedures to avoid any possibility of cross contamination. Our management team is very proactively involved with its employees and are always readily available whenever even the slightest problem arises. I have a very good rapport with my coworkers. We work well as a unit. The most difficult aspect of my job would,occasionally, be the unloading of the industrial washers at times. I enjoy all other aspects of my job. – less
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Intresting
Sanitation Trainee (Former Employee), North Battleford, SKMarch 1, 2013
Maple leaf was a good job. The hardest part of the job was making sure the chemicals were mixed right for the cleaning process. Working at Maple Leaf introduced me to life-long friends. I had the most friendliest supervisor and always went the extra mile to make his crew happy. Great guy.
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excited with tool and fixed problems.
Assistant Engineer & Refrigeration Mechanic (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBFebruary 21, 2013
worked on the air makeup unit and replaced the combustion air motor and adjusted the damper position.
checked the ACUAIR units and greased motors and bearings.
adjusted PRV for steam heat exchanger.
checked floor heating pumps.
checked condenser fan belts
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excited with tool and fixed problems.
Assistant Engineer & Refrigeration Mechanic (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBFebruary 21, 2013
worked on the air makeup unit and replaced the combustion air motor and adjusted the damper position.
checked the ACUAIR units and greased motors and bearings.
adjusted PRV for steam heat exchanger.
checked floor heating pumps.
checked condenser fan belts
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excited with tool and fixed problems.
Assistant Engineer & Refrigeration Mechanic (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBFebruary 21, 2013
worked on the air makeup unit and replaced the combustion air motor and adjusted the damper position.
checked the ACUAIR units and greased motors and bearings.
adjusted PRV for steam heat exchanger.
checked floor heating pumps.
checked condenser fan belts
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Productive
SENIOR ACCOUNT SPECIALIST/SUPPLY CHAIN (Current Employee), Mississauga, ONFebruary 13, 2013
Pros: company truck load sales
Cons: change
Fast paced, constantly changing enviroment. Corporate Values. Work life balance. The most enjoyable is daily interaction with customers and cross funtional departments.
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Able to handle any job. . .
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Burlington, ONFebruary 7, 2013
Pros: 30 minutes
Cons: 45 to 50 hrs weekly
A morning shift that starts from 6 Am to 2:30. I worked with different kinds of people, even those that don't speak English well. One of the hardest part of the job has to do with finding yourself in the midst of people of different beliefs, culture and languages and to adjust yourself. we made jokes and had fun during breaks and it helps make the job – more... easy for us. We had to obey every rule of the Employer, that is: start on time, go to and from break on time and never leave production area without permission. – less
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Very good place to work
Intern/ELT student (Former Employee), MississaugaJanuary 28, 2013
Pros: teamwork
Very friendly and supportive working environments motivated me to work hard and do teamwork.
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an ok company to work for
Blander operator (Current Employee), Kitchener ONJanuary 24, 2013
Pros: good money easy work, frendly coworkers.
Cons: damp, cold environment, company sees you as numbers not people, they care alot more about money then there employees, if you get injured dont expect the company to help to much
Typical work day is slow a bit steady. Since I have been at maple leaf I haven't really learned much. The work environment is not bad. The environment is cold and damp and every one in management doesn't know wants going on since they are hired off the street. If you ask for uniforms they wont give it to you. The employees are really good people to – more... work with and helps the day go by when you can joke around with them. One con about maple leaf is that they don't do anything to try to minimize the amount of injuries until its to late. (e.g. an accident happened involving a walkie operator and a stacker operator. The machines weren't properly maintained and to fast for the environment for and the stacker operator lightly hit the walkie operator and broke the employees leg in three spots. After that accident maple leaf then desired 3months later to slow down all of the machines. – less
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Poor management ....
Assembler/Utility (Current Employee), Thamesford, ONJanuary 7, 2013
I like working there . but i think i have alot more talent to be used elswhere in automotive
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Productive
Jigger Driver and Whizzard Knife Operator (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBJanuary 5, 2013
Pros: success sharing
Start the day with good health beacause i don't want to contaminate my work because basically i am working with food or what is called "food security". Working on the production line requires skills, good health, proper hygene and tools and equipments are sterile. Again team work and good management is the key for success. Working with Maple Leaf Foods – more... require tender loving care because i dont only think of what i get for working but i also think of what the consumers will get. – less
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Productive, constant workplace
Labourer (Former Employee), Brandon, MBDecember 18, 2012
Pros: hot meals in the cafeteria
Cons: working minimum wage
-Requires a lot of standing
-I learned alot about the company and its process in the meat industries.
-Management was firm and fair. Informed their employees on the safety hazzards of the job and precautions
-Maple Leaf is a multi-cultural workplace with many different languages and the hardest part of the job was interacting with fellow employees
-The – more... most enjoyable part of the job was definitely working in Shipping and Rails. Losing time in Lines organizing and stacking boxes of meat – less
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Very friendly enviroment and a great joy to work there
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR (CO-OP PLACEMENT) (Former Employee), Mississauga, ONDecember 5, 2012
Pros: friendly enviroment
Cons: not enough hours
very busy
learned that everyone is there to help
very good management
co-workers very friendly
cant say that there is a hrd part about the job enjoy everything about it
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Red Flag
Production Supervisor (Former Employee), Winnipeg ManitobaDecember 4, 2012
Pros – **The Associates- From Lead Hands, Machine Operators,Semi Skilled Labour, Mechanics, Sanitation department it is all of you that drives this company and with out your hard work and co-operation their would be no MLCF. Great bunch to work with!

**Experience-If your fresh out of university or college it is a good place to get your feet wet. Literally.

Cons – more... – **Top heavy on the operations management side-Senior Production Supervisor role is a NON value added position and only limits the channel of communication between Production Supervisors and Production Managers

**Lacks training and development of Leadership team- Internal training and professional development programs are non existent on off shifts and slim to none on preferred shifts.

**Talent Retention-This company and this location specifically struggles to retain top talent and young talent. The Veteran leaders who poured the foundation of the plant stick around for ever with the stone age mentality of operations management. This creates a road block for the young leaders who waste away on off shifts and ultimately leave. There is no succession planning.

**Work Life Balance-Be prepared to work night shift or evening shift for min. of 7-10 years before you even get a shot at working regular day shift hours.

**Environment-Cold and Damp.

Advice to Senior Management – **Eliminate the Senior Production Supervisor role as it would force Production Managers and Manufacturing Managers to bridge the gap between them and the Production Supervisors. Too much information gets lost due to going through too many channels of distribution.

**Re-instate SLP program or offer some sort of post secondary program hosted by the company to further those leaders who want to gain more knowledge in engineering, business etc.

**Get on the bandwagon of succession planing with your younger Production Supervisors who have 30+ more years of service ahead of them to contribute to this company. It does not benifit the company to have a revolving door and high turnover of young leaders while the relics ride out their time.

Winnipeg Manitoba. Lagimodiere plant specific – less

About Maple Leaf Consumer Foods

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a major Canadian food processing company, founded in 1927 as a merger of several major Toronto meat packers.

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