Fun environment, great customers and lots of opportunity for hours
Store Clerk/Cashier (Former Employee) – Kelowna – 10 March 2018
Worked as a store clerk for above minimum wage. Learned a lot about the fruit industry in the Okanagan in the 2 years I was employed and about the retail side of things. Very busy place with a lot of great customers. Schedules were very flexible while I was going to school and management was willing to work around my classes and other commitments. A lot of weekend work, but that’s retail, and manager was great for giving days off when requested in advance.
Great store discounts, supportive management
Cold environment, clicky staff but noticed the last time I shopped there that some have moved on
Production Worker (Current Employee) – Lake Country, BC – 14 May 2018
Monday to Friday work, Morning and afternoon shift, with some OT on Saturdays if busy, There are no raises for 7 years, as per Union signed contract without input from employees, No benifits, Stat pay over percentage in a year, so no stat pay as per one lump sum each stat holiday, Very favoritisim with certain employees, No support from Union, facial scan on time clock, work conditions are medicore with old falling apart equipment that needs serious updates and maintenence, Upper management more worried about product numbers than quality, Very High Turnover, new hires just thrown into the job without proper training, Longer term employess expected to train and help new Employees with no compensation or reconigition, Not really worth it to apply there, go elsewhere and get benifits and raises,
Some of the people you meet are pretty good and develop into friendships,
Management, Union, Favoritisim, No raises, no benifits, and more
Store Clerk/Cashier (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 23 December 2017
The work was fairly easy, you could take your time to complete daily tasks. There are 3 breaks. 2 coffee breaks which are paid, and 1, unpaid, lunch, that gives you lots of time to sit and relax for a few. It's a good job for leaving work at work and not thinking about it while at home. The biggest problem would be the lack of communication from management to staff. Many days the manager would walk into the office shut the door and spend the day in there. As staff we never knew what was going on until the last minute. The manager does not help with tasks even when we fall behind or need to take breaks. The schedules are done sometimes weeks in advance and other times days before. It is rare to get days off in a row most times they're scattered from week to week. The sechedule is 7 days per week and doesn't rotate weekends off like sometimes management says. The hours aren't bad as it's not too early of a start and closing shifts aren't too late which is a bonus. There is an opportunity for a raise after 1-1.5 years though some employees have gone many many years without one, just keep in mind you will have to ask for one. Starting wage is around $11.50. You won't be included in the union and won't be eligible for a benefits program, if you work 40 hours your contract will be for 32-40 hours so your benefits won't kick in.
Employee (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 2 April 2017
A typical day is an 8 hour shift, with a 30 min lunch break and 2 15 minute breaks. I learned how to work in a factory around people of different races/religions. Workplace culture was a cool environment with not much talking, mostly head down working. Hardest part was standing for 2 hours crouched over, as it was very hard on the lower back. It is a good job for the summer as you get paid well in just over a month. There was no really "enjoyable" part of this job.
Days are very well eaten up by work and can't do much.
First Aid Attendant / custodial (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 15 November 2016
was a job like any other long hours, no management help, learn as you go, learned to take care of yourself cause the union and management wont help you, hardest part of job watching things happen you knew were unfair but you know what I also learned some coworkers are seriously awesome and greatly undervalued and some are way to over valued .
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 14 November 2016
They fire people that get hurt on the job, no raises not even reviews even though they say there is. I have never worked in such a disorganized warehouse and it's like they don't care the way it's run. They blame all the wrong people for mistakes that happen.
Repetitive work with no days off during cherry season, which I worked
Plant Worker (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 12 April 2016
At my interview for the job, I was not told there would be no days off during cherry season. I found out from others after working for a week of so. The cultural atmosphere is very biased -- many non-English speaking employees talking to each other in their own language all day. The best part of the job was meeting new people who also spoke English.
The afternoon shift salary is not too bad ($15.00 per hour).
No days off during cherry season--worked 37 days straight.