First off, Human Resources was outstanding during the interview and onboarding and are absolutely blameless - the one redeeming quality as its all downhill from there.
Training is virtually non-existant. Was just handed off to my section supervisor who proceeded to just throw me on whatever random task needs to be done that day. No consistent training, no designated trainer (that was promised), no organization or co-ordination whatsoever. This is a common complaint and they know it (was even mentioned by management in a meeting) but they choose to ignore it.
Management/workplace culture is more akin to an Orwellian dystopia than a conductive, supportive environment. Cameras everywhere including lunch rooms and the likes - they dont even trust employees to wash their hands choosing instead to use a locking turnstile system. Everything seems to run on organized chaos at best. Also during previously mentioned meeting the head production manager of the plant spent more time berating and condescending employees than anything worthwhile - apparently calling in sick 3 times a year is "unacceptable" and "unprofessional" regardless of circumstances.
And finally, safety. Walkies travelling everywhere at dangerous speeds is a big problem. Having to move giant stacks of trays (some of which are ~10 feet tall or more with enough weight to do some serious damage) by hand/hook is also a constant danger - witnessed 3 fall in a span of days. Management knew about this but elected to increase the height of stacks even further to save money on shipping.
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Occasional free products but that was axed just after starting, HR is excellent
Nonexistent training, miserable environment, struggle just to get basic equipment, miserable environment, unsafe environment
An excellent place of employment. Employees are collaborative and work well among themselves and with supervision. The only reason my tenure at Canada Bread was only four years was a result of restructuring. Five other salaried positions were terminated.
Been there all my life.worked all shifts in different areas ,closed in Toronto and made huge plant in Hamilton mountain. Lots of movement in the plant, people love their bread so secure job for future.
The Canada bread company was great I worked there for 24 years. I had experience in all departments and as a lead hand person I was watching over 15 other employees. I worked days and nights but nights are more preferable for me.
Opened and closed store daily Monday to Friday. Sorted and put out bread . Ordered products daily checked off orders from plant on warehouse. Performed cash duties and did up cash at end of day and made deposits at the bank. The most enjoyable part of my job is interactions with my customers on a daily basis. I also enjoyed contact
Place is a joke. Supervisor couldn't run a day care center. Too many cry babies who whine about others mean while are the laziest bunch . Bugs all over the place. Best thing is buy your time to get out. Place is a joke and the worst I have ever worked at.
The actual job here isn't bad. Its the management, blatant favoritism and scheduling that makes this place a nightmare. If you value your sanity and time, stay at an extreme distance and don't touch it with a 50 foot pole.
"If you don't like the job there's the door" is an extremely common theme here which has led directly to poor morale among employees and as a result you see people come and go all the time. It's a pretty sad state of affairs especially considering most of the people I've worked with are genuinely very cool people. This could be an amazing place to work if the higher ups got out of their ivory tower and actually cared.
But you get free bread twice a week, so i guess it balances out *shrug*
- Your days off are non-consecutive. (usually Saturday and another day that isn't Friday or Sunday) The only exception to this is if your seniority is 10+ years. Even then people from other shifts and departments can bump you regardless if they're trained to do the job or not.
- Expect to work every. Single. Holiday. This includes Thanksgiving and even possibly Christmas.
- Management often scares their employees with termination if you refuse overtime. Even if it is against the union contract.
- HR is non-existent on nights. If you need them, expect to wait for them to show up (which can be anywhere from 8am-10am. You get off at around 7:30am). pretty ridiculous considering there is 3-4 HR reps. They state that one person will come in on Thursdays (that is if they decide to grace you with their royal presence), but if you're off that day you're out of - more...
Highest management was very lean and all about cost cutting reducing work/life balance.
Middle Management is good and offers opportunity for advancement and growth
Salary is fair but below industry standards