BC Tree Fruits Cooperative Employee Reviews

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Will Be worse than you think
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Oliver, BC20 August 2018
Please understand that you WILL be misled during any interview process. Required work hours will be "downplayed" as HR calls it by up to 20%. This is only a place to work while you are looking for another job. It is ok for students looking for summer work but not a place you want to get stuck permanently. Don't even consider a position above production worker. Supervisors are treated like slaves, grossly over worked and seriously undercompensated. The work environment in the plants is miserable and there is no training for anyone...at all. Management is seriously underqualified and leadership is non- existant.
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Productive, varied work atmosphere.
Level 3 First Aid/ Custodian (Current Employee) –  Oliver, BC6 August 2018
Good place to work if your flexible with schedule and work duties.
Great co-workers, lots of families and friends working together. Seasonal for many workers and spring/ summer lay-off period for some. Over-all, my experience has been good.
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Good
Shipper/Receiver / lift truck operator (Current Employee) –  Oliver, BC18 June 2018
Bc tree fruits co op is good place to start new carrer . Nice job and nice people good environment and speaking English is have to to work there. Wverybody enyoing there.
Pros
No1
Cons
No 1
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Low pay no raises or benifits
Production Worker (Current Employee) –  Lake Country, BC14 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,
Pros
Weekends off
Cons
Management, Union, Favoritisim, No raises, no benifits, and more
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Fun environment, great customers and lots of opportunity for hours
Store Clerk/Cashier (Former Employee) –  Kelowna10 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.
Pros
Great store discounts, supportive management
Cons
Cold environment, clicky staff but noticed the last time I shopped there that some have moved on
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Poor management and organization
Store Clerk/Cashier (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC23 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.
Pros
3 breaks
Cons
Management
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They are good
Custodian/Maintenance first aid (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC13 September 2017
They are a good company to work for sure very relaxed busy sometimes need better communication but over all high recommend wish more employee incentives also lol
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Overall not bad
Cherry Sorter (Former Employee) –  Oliver, BC24 July 2017
I did not mind the job as it was easy with good pay, the days were long with a fair amount of breaks, bathroom breaks are allowed when need, and managers were mostly pretty good.
Pros
Long lunches
Cons
Long days
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Pays very well, seasonal work
Employee (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC2 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.
Cons
Days are very well eaten up by work and can't do much.
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work
First Aid Attendant / custodial (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC15 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 .
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No respect
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC14 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.
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Repetitive work with no days off during cherry season, which I worked
Plant Worker (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC12 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.
Pros
The afternoon shift salary is not too bad ($15.00 per hour).
Cons
No days off during cherry season--worked 37 days straight.
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Good place to work
Human Resources Assistant (Current Employee) –  Kelowna, BC25 February 2016
BC Tree Fruits is a great company to work for with very caring, courteous upper management team, who strives to improve the company and create a great work atmosphere.
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Great place to work
Strategic Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC3 July 2015
Great work life balance. People were great. Benifits were good but pay was average. Management was really supportive. Rexaled environment. Lots of change going on.
Pros
Work/life balance
Cons
Pay
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