Line Worker (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 4 December 2017
Decent enough job. Worked there for a few summers and it was really boring but definitely made a lot of money. Treat employees fairly well, especially regarding pay. Exactly what you would expect from a factory job; a lot of standing, repetition, working with your team. I don't think I could've stayed for more than a summer at a time because it wasn't challenging enough but I have high respect for those that do.
Sanitation Worker (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 28 September 2017
Working Sanitation is alright as there are good benefits to working there, it also has many downfalls the crew is an awesome group to work with although the supervisors are little to understand others and they don't care how sick you are they still expect you to show up, the understanding of the job is easy but it's straight midnight shifts sadly unless you prefer it, lots of work with chemicals, pay starts well though, it is not something for everyone no but it isn't a terrible job. Supervisors and the company just doesn't treat their employees all that great.
Free ice cream, not always good things though.
Straight nights, some boring hours lots of scrubbing of equipment many use of chemicals.
Labourer (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 18 August 2017
very clean and large company that was great to work for the only down side was it was in markdale and I live in Shelbunre which was a bit of a drive to get to work. overall would definitely would work for them again.
Sanitation and Drain Cleaner (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 19 March 2017
This was by far one of the best jobs I have had. Unfortunately, management was the downfall of the job. The supervisors were not understanding of medical situations and did not always have the employees best interests in mind. A typical day on sanitation entailed working with chemicals to ensure the lines were clean and sanitary to run the next type of ice cream through them once again. It is a very enjoyable job but with the lack of understanding, this job may not be for everyone.
Millwright Mechanic (Former Employee) – Markdale – 6 August 2016
Worked there for four years in maintenance In that four years I saw 33 millwrights come and go some of them where there ten plus years. Every bad review you read is true every good one is put on my management. Notice any job on indeed for maintenance is put up by a job agency and never do they say the job is at crapmans. Word travels in small communities. I tell my story to everyone that asks. And will never by there product again.
Stop Complaining! Collect your severance and move on.
driver (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 1 July 2016
ALL employees are entitled to severance. Doesn't matter if you work 10 mins. or 10 years. There is no such thing as "probation" as far as severance is concerned. Minimum is generally 3 months pay, so don't whine if they fire you within a month....thank them! This applies to "contract workers" too! Contract employment is a scam designed to make you think that you're not an actual company employee. You are regardless of what they say or make you sign!
EVERYONE should be aware of our labour laws! Companies will BS you every chance they get!
Free ice cream/free money when they fire/lay you off.
Production Worker (Current Employee) – Markdale, ON – 3 March 2016
I was enjoying this job..4th week in. But now my schedule changed and I no longer have the benefit of riding with my husband. We did have the same shifts as they said they like to accommodate married employees, but now I am thinking of not keeping this job. The 35 min drive in the winter is harrowing at times and it is not worth risking life and limb. They are not very understanding when you have to miss work due to weather. But it is a job...that's all I can say.
Free coffee, helpful co-workers
Standing for long periods, sudden schedule changes, no shift premium
Line Worker (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 17 January 2016
This is probably the worst place I have ever worked , wages and benefits are not as great as they lead you to believe . They don't tell you that they deduct money from your pay for the so called excellent benifit package ( which is not that great) it's also mandatory that's u take there benifits if and when they decide to give them to you . Management does not care about employees their only concern is production. Salary paid employees are paid based on 44 hours and work sometimes 50-55 hours . Shifts are not consistent and you are never sure what you are working which makes it impossible to have a life outside of Chapman's. All and all its not a good place to work unless you have no self respect .This place needs a union.
Production Line Worker and Labourer (Current Employee) – Markdale, ON – 25 May 2015
Working at Chapman's is a great place to be if your looking for factory work environment because it gives you that with a little bit more.
Chapman's Ice Cream has great benefits and is known to really take care of its employee's, being a family company that it is.. Though it's always very busy, management still manages to help you with your needs, as well as depending on the position your in, co-workers to help in team/crew work environment. Like all factory work, shift work can be stressful, and daily work can change depending on how production is running, but when you get used to the work and get along with the people, there will be times when going to work is the best part of your day.
Exciting working enviroment that keeps you on your toes.
Production Line Worker (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 13 November 2014
While the main part of the job consisted of operating or supervising machinery, you weren't stuck on just one section of the line. You learned the whole process start to finish and even had the opportunity to work on different lines. Helpful management and staff that were more than willing to answer questions made the learning process easier, especially since it can go from calm to hectic very quickly. Teamwork is essential and you learn to work with many different people. Even 12 hour shifts don't feel that long and the work keeps you too busy to watch the clock.The hardest part is the first week learning to deal with machinery quickly and efficiently when something goes wrong but it gets easier. Overall Chapman's Ice Cream is a wonderful company to work for.
Great sense of community in the workplace, but hard to balance work and home life.
Production line worker. (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON. – 4 August 2014
I worked at Chapman's for 7 months and overall my experience was good. I enjoyed working with my coworkers, the pay was good, and there is a good sense of job security. However, there is lots of shift work, it involves a lot of strength and attention to detail, and you must possess a lot of common sense. A job strongly recommended for quick learners and hands-on people.
Technical staff (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 3 August 2014
Because the company is run by family, all decisions are made by fewer than 5 people that may not have one hour of combined post-secondary education. Micromanaged from the top to the bottom; middle and senior managers that succeed are "yes men" with no real decision making authority. I have never worked anywhere else where people were so afraid to make decisions for fear of 'getting written-up', more unpaid suspensions than all other companies I know combined The company has outgrown their ability to manage effectively. Long hours expected when on salary, and you had better not be late; one minute late and it gets discussed at performance reviews. Bonuses are paid based on no tangible criteria other than how much you are liked by someone senior. Nepotism runs deeper than the gene pool for a few select families and managers play favourite without concern Production department is run like a restaurant, schedule changes daily, if not hourly due to ordering issues with raw materials. Many of the hourly staff are great people with no other job options in the area. Management takes advantage of their near employment-monopoly. No corporate culture to speak of, no room for growth opportunities. Hourly staff would benefit from a union hands down
Line Worker (Former Employee) – Markdale, ON – 5 November 2013
Worked long hours, in a cold environment. had to stay clean and sanitized at all times, working with icecream. i typical day at work would involve standing still for long hours, either ensuring quality, or packing product.
Lineworker, sceurity (Current Employee) – Markdale, ON – 26 September 2013
Work there is not complicated and to a degree enjoyable however the company seems to employ intimidation tactics to get the most production out of their employees. Many, including myself, feel that this produces a negative effect and is a major reason for the loss of many skilled employees and is also the main reason why I am currently seeking alternate employment.
Co-workers are generally very pleasant to work with and supervisors are usually fair and easy to deal with.
The greatest difficulty regarding this workplace is dealing with the fact that there is no logical explanation to how work hours are distributed making homelife extremely difficult as employees find it nearly impossible to schedule life outside of work
Free ice cream, relatively simple work duties with no heavy lifting
High scrutiny from management and difficult work schedules