Secure, full-time work for mediocre pay/benefits. Poorly Managed.
General Labourer (Former Employee) – Red Deer, AB – 24 September 2012
A typical day: -You work your 8 hours while hoping those around you do their jobs, there's no overtime, and you aren't injured.
What I learned: -If you have a sense of honour and integrity and wish to take pride in your work then Olymel probably isn't the place for you. -Always keep a record of your hours so you know if your being paid properly. -Quantity is much more important than quality, unless VIP's are touring the plant inwhich case quality becomes priority. -Getting things done quickly is more important then safety -Do your Job. Don't help others unless order to by a supervisor. -The 'line' must be kept running whenever possible. If your backed up or broken down and aren't on a vital part of the line, work faster, fix it quickly, or do whatever your supervisor deems necessary to keep the line running. If their orders violate health and/or safety practices you can refuse, however, this may result in various forms of punishment (if you comply with their orders and are caught by other plant authorities, you may be blamed and punished).
Management: -For the most part, are honourless, corrupt, and highly favouritist. Keep on their good side and they'll let you get away with many things, get on their bad side and harrasement won't be out of the question. -care about speed more then anything else, including quality and safety.
Co-workers: -many are there because they needed a job and Olymel will hire anyone
Hardest part: -fighting the urge to quit
Most enjoyable part: -when you tell them you quit
8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with certain jobs the pay is worth it, benefits
serious safety issues, poor management, lackluster union, workers aren't valued, many product quality issues, high risk of injury, corruption, no respect, harrassement