Cooke Aquaculture
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I worked for the wharf crew department and let's just say that cookes moto of " we plan your future path" stuff is just if you work in the office. You will notice a big difference of how labours are treated compared to the office workers and so on. Fails to provide all safety courses need to do the job lawfully before work should begin (Confined space, fall arrest, MED, forklift ticket, anyone with first aid) while I was there because of the department size. Be expected to only know when you work one day in advance. Shifts generally start at 12PM-6PM at any given day and can end 11am the next day and you be expected to work 20 plus hours if need with no night shift premiums and expected to still work for 2 pm the next day without any compensation. Entering the hold of the boat daily to shovel the salmon up the fish hose because of inefficient offloading design with fish blood water constantly spraying you in the face as they use it to control the blood level in the hold. Outside constantly with no real lunch area with a chair to sit down and even eat. Something you would think as a benefit would be the ability to have a break whenever you finish offloading a boat for a few hours while getting paid is awesome but is near torture if you actually are a worker and don't have a place to go while there is a break as there are no accommodations at work. Expected to do other jobs like cleaning up the pallet yard unexpectedly or dump tubs of fish up in the factory (if you want to or not). Almost unchangeable toxic atmosphere because of department size and any change "could" affect some - more...
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Long breaks and little supervision
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Everything else
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If you get injured on the job make sure it's on a camera or it didn't happen there. Don't bother to report unsafe practices they don't fix the problems. If like working long hours for little pay this is the place for you. If your a favorite to management then you have no worries.
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None
Cons
Too much to tell
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Management is horrible there are no team players there very ignorant and have no interest in the employees just there on job titles they are power hungry individuals
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None
Cons
All arnd bad management
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Horrible place to work. Spent 4 years there. If you don’t catch on to things trust me you will be considered useless. Would not recommend without experience
Pros
Going home
Cons
Everything
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Crazy work atmosphere. Lots of yelling, confusion and angry co-workers. Long hours, needlessly complicated situations causing problem after problem. Avoid this place.
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None
Cons
Terrible work atmosphere.
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Was with cook for 4 months and enjoyed the work and the crew. the work was inconsistent. We worked very hard for three weeks and than laid up at pork side for weeks doing maintenance. The crew was delightful and fun to be with. Ship yard maintenance was done ten minutes from my home, which was great.
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Don't expect the hourly wage you were told when hired. Also do not expect to have any sort of management. "Poo" flows downhill here, and is shuffled around a lot. If you want to run around with your head cut off, for below told wages, hear scrutiny from 40 year olds who still home, this is the place to be.
Pros
Working on the water
Cons
Almost everything
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It seemed like it was going to be a good place to work but after starting things quickly changed. Staff was very rude and treat you like you are stupid and can't hear. Management for the most part were nice with the exception of yelling at the staff sometimes
Pros
Set schedule Monday to Friday
Cons
Low pay for the work, no proper training, fellow staff are very rude to new employees
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Good company to work for, no complaints. Deciding to pursue other endeavors. Dynamic, fast paced in all outdoor elements. Excellent job for a younger person looking for a challenge
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A typical day up , dressed , and out the door for six am.Arrive at work for six-thirty to seven for start time.Gear up and be on floor to be sent to your work area.Depending on how well and accurate you do the job will depend on how many different areas they train you for and send you to.Fifteen minute breaks every 2 or three hours depending on the orders to be filled.Not paid half hour for lunch.A normal day twelve hours.seven to seven pm .not so normal day seven am to ten thirty pm depending orders and conditions. Allowed to pick up extra shift when available. Seven to ten days rotating through a two week period based on individuals abilities and performances.Conditons-- strong fish odor,cold wet, standing on grates,rubber mates, cement flooring through out entire shift . Depending on jobs being performed repetition on one body part or another. pinboning hands,the binns hands back and neck. packing hands back legs and feet as well as arms even when done properly.majority of staff and colleagues awesome to work for and with no matter the shift, A B or Nights.
Pros
work close to home .
Cons
Down time, repetiton, weather and environment(majority of time all normal for job )
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Cookes treats their employees as though they are disposable. They over work and under pay their employees and have a toxic corporate culture. would not recommend
Pros
Christmas Party swag
Cons
Salary, culture
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it's a fun and outgoing job with travel and always being on the water you get to see some amazing things and some not so amazing . the job pays around 50k a year or more if there is work. 55k for harvest captains plus truck allowance cell phone gas card and credit card . there is no job sustainability and the wages are low and they give you time and a half from minimum after your 88 hours for two weeks which means if you already make alittle more than 15$ an hour your not getting anything extra but your normal wage . caped around 19 an hour if your with Kelly's cove but a not known amount but lower closer to 17 in true north harvesting division. also danger pay for Kelly's but not true north but only on the day you go out and it's not considered all that fit out side . but it's not even 30 cents an hour more so who overly cares . and job advancement happens alot faster in Kelly's cove . they will block your transfers though because they are always short handed seen more people come and go then I have fingers and toes. in 3 years . the work is long and hard and very time consuming the weather is freezing cold and if you get sea sick not for you the clothing provided barley keeps the cold out I mean you still can't feel your face feet hands and may lose feeling in other body parts . with random start and ending times everyday your work schedule is always changing and have to call in multiple times a day to find out about work . and if you already talked to them 10 times that day but missed there call for real and work started an hour and a half after you were notified. - more...
Pros
hotels and ferrys as well as some food allowance, some what survivable clothing for conditions paid for., decent management, and if you like traveling some times its not bad
Cons
not reliable for hours . stuck under the wrong department because of budgets .
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If you are outgoing, sexist, racist, judgemental and love gossip this is the place for you! If you are not popular, watch out they'll make you quit. They don't care what it takes, even if it means working you to death while others that are more social can sit on the job. Also beware management can/say/do whatever they want at that place and you have no say.
Pros
Free boots!
Cons
If you last long enough.
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we had good time at work with all co-worker ,the environment was fun and friendly ,the supervises was amazing ,she spent all the time with good behavior and smile .
Pros
some free BBQ for all employer
Cons
needed to be early morning
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The company has allowed me to come a long way within the company itself. If your willing to work and try new things you will fit in well here. There is always a healthy challenge.
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inside the production plant is very cold, you do need to wear winter clothing. stays about 3 degrees inside. overall, i started in july 2014, and by end of august i was training to be quality control
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Cooke's is a great company - working here is comfortable and employees are polite and friendly. Typical day is pretty standard in the accounts payable field: there is lots of data entry and processing of invoices as well as incoming and outgoing communication with vendors. The job is not hard if you are effective in time management and personal deadlines. The only drawback is compensation which is minimal.
Pros
Friendly & Comfortable Work Environment
Cons
Compensation
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The most enjoyable part of the job were the other employees, Kureg coffee, and the accounting experience. We were one big family.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
Salary with longer hours
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Hard work, long hours, cold conditions, processing line work requires stamina, ability to work as a team and communication skills. Supervisors are working under a fast paced environment. I did very well, and made lots of friends,, and earned respect from my supervisors as well as coworkers.
Pros
Lots of hours, benefits, dental, holiday pay, maternity etc.
Cons
Cold and long hours 12+
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--If you enjoy working for barely above minimum wage, this is the place for you! --If you like to watch supervisors stab each other in back, or even get in on the action, this is the place for you! --if you enjoy being cold and wet for 12+hrs a day, and not being able to understand 3/4 of the people there, because if you not a TFW then YOU are the minority, This is the place for you!
Pros
none
Cons
too many to list here!
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My job was to ship fish from the docks to the production area, Was a good place to work, made great friends, the managers were great and got along personally with each of them, The hardest part was of the job was not knowing of there would be work the following day.
Pros
the people I worked with
Cons
not enough hours
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