Machine Operator (Former Employee), Burlington, ON – February 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
Blander operator (Current Employee), Kitchener ON – January 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
Jigger Driver and Whizzard Knife Operator (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MB – January 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
Labourer (Former Employee), Brandon, MB – December 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
Production Supervisor (Former Employee), Winnipeg Manitoba – December 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
Machine Operator/QA Auditor (Current Employee), Kitchener, ON – November 23, 2012
Pros: good pay
My plant is closing in 2014 and once it was announced most people stopped caring anymore and because we have a union they cant get rid of the lazy useless people or supervisors so its a very demotivational place to work.
Production Worker (Former Employee), Moncton, NB – September 19, 2012
Cons: no job security
work in a assembly line to prepare product i did learn to work diligently management was structured well with the amount of employees they dealt with it the right way. co-workers were some what friendly not all working at same pace, that was a low level pay and no security. the hours
Production house with machines running all over the place.
Rider and Machine Operator (Current Employee), Mississauga, ON – August 8, 2012
Pros: full benefits.
Cons: late evening working hours.
I drive the rider to transfer the raw material to the assembly line and packaged foods to different food sections. I learned this skill after joining the Maple Leaf Foods. The work environment is very good and co-workers are very supportive in accommodating me into this workplace. I enjoy all day with fun and happiness.
I enjoyed going to work everyday, and to keep busy in a fast paced environment.
ORDER PROCESSING - ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee), Saskatoon, SK – July 20, 2012
When I got to work, I would organize of what needed to be done, I would start printing labels, placards, I would multi-task by issueing Invoices, for product that had to go out to customers. I would keep track of spreadsheets for supplies, trailer line-ups. Management was great always kept you informed of what was going on and happening with the company. My – more... co-workers and I were all team players and everyone got a long in this multi-cultural company. The hardest part of the job was printing labels as this was a straight 7 hour task. The most enjoyable was I could multi-task and complete different task throughout my day. – less