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Rotating 12hr shifts (2 weeks days, 2 weeks nights) 365 days a year no such thing as a stat holiday. Vacation blackout during Christmas so you can't save holidays for this time period.
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No life/work balance.Low wages,long hours.A lot of boot licking,favoritism,management is incapable of making decisions.Treat you like garbage.Avoid working for this company at any cost.
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None
Cons
Low wage, useless management, no respect
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This company has severe culture problems and the environment is the most toxic I have ever worked in. Employees are very cliquey and anyone who does not engage in gossip and rumour-spreading is themselves targeted. Issues started off minor but over time escalated to serious harassment, bullying, exclusion and work sabotage by direct coworkers. HR department is completely unwilling to act when complaints are made and they will protect the company image at all costs. The direct response was "that's just how things work". Very little support was given by upper management and harassment was encouraged among lower staff due to bitterness from past management/employee conflicts.

Benefits and salary were good, but not worth the physical and mental health impacts.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Deep rooted toxic culture
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The management on the top is full of nonsense. Don’t know what they are doing. They stress the bottom line workers and they themselves relax on the chairs. The HR is also reluctant to hear what you say.

Terrible place to work!!!
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i worked for them for 3 yrs.at ivanhoe cheese never seen anyone with anything but white skinned hicks from surrounding area ,all related and very unwilling to accept anyone not part of thier cheese family.
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Although when I started off here I thought it was great. Over time I began to hate it. The scheduling was never consistent and the managements treats their employees like garbage.

constantly being told what you are doing isn’t enough or quick enough. The management is very corrupt and does sneaky things to keep people in line.


The management itself gossips about employees and unfairly treats their employees.


No consideration for anyone’s plans changing schedule randomly and without warning.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Horrid management
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Alright place for work but hours are as bad as it comes
The managment is rude and treats their operators like garbage .they dont follow the labour law Place is goin to the dirt
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Good work environment. Good people to work with. Training could be better
Bonus program is somewhat flawed

.It should be a percentage of profits not a fixed amount .
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Front line operators are super nice, friendly environment, pay were not bad, good benefit, employees have different background and respected each other
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small town work place if you do not fit in no matter how good you are at your job you will be treated as an outcast, great pay but that is the only positive , no job security
Pros
great pay
Cons
small town clicks, toxic environment to work in, very negative management, bulling
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Good place to work for as long as upper management does not micro manage, let the supervisors do their job. In short good pay for the job. Just upper management issues.
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Go into work and clean the factory if there is no Ghee to be made at the moment so there was almost always something to do so you're not walking around bored and aimlessly.

The supervisors were very friendly and understanding.


Hardest part of the job would probably be the work schedule with it always changing every other week, from afternoons to days to nights.


Best part of the job would be cooking the ghee and then cleaning while you wait, it was quite easy.
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I have worked at the Ivanhoe plant for a few years. The pay for hourly employees is not competive we are paid below scale, on the up side retirement fund is good. I do wish that upper management reads this because the employees at Ivanhoe plant should be paid accordingly.
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Long hours to work , when you need help it's kind of hard to receive it, everyone has there own task to do. A work area called liquid box hurts your shoulders and wrist. People go on different break timing. The pay isnt the best. The benefits are good.
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I worked as a ghee processor when I first started at gay lea. And it took some getting used to but I grew to love the job honestly. Now I am working in a different area. And although it’s not my favourite overall the job is pretty good. And I like my colleagues for the most part they are all pretty good people.
Pros
Great people.
Cons
A little spontaneous.
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Disclaimer: I worked at the Gay Lea Foods Salerno Dairy, Hamilton, ON, Canada; I cannot speak for any other locations except in very general terms.

Typical day: Depending on which location under the Gay Lea Foods umbrella you find yourself working at,and what shift you are working, you will have a very different experience day-to-day. Different plants have different amenities and different machinery with different maintenance schedules and requirements. In the plants with mainly human labour and little automation, day-shift workers will find themselves in a buzzing environment where the main task will be to get a large variety of tasks done without running each other over; whereas the night shift workers find themselves in a slightly more strenuous and somber environment where they need to get a larger volume of fewer tasks completed before the day-shift comes in.


Management: Management is typically very friendly but stern, as is needed in an environment where mistakes can injure many people both amongst the staff and the consumer market.


Workplace culture: Culturally, the workplace is rather relaxed, everyone more or less wanting to get the job done to the best of their abilities.


Hardest part: The hardest part of the job would have to be trying to pace yourself correctly as to not burn out.


Enjoyable part: The most enjoyable part of the job depends of the shift you are working; in day shift it would be learning how to function as a team to such a degree that the job takes moments to complete, whereas in night shift it would be getting a large order done as fast
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Pros
Two breaks at appointed times to aid in prevention of employee burn-out.
Cons
Easy to burn-out if you don't pace yourself.
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Great company to work at. Some shifts change but it can be expected for a dairy processing facility.
There is room for advancement as well. The dispatch does what they can to accomodate time off.
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Gay lea is a great place to work, good pay and great co-workers
learning and growing within the company is very common. they have a great human resource personel.
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Love the work-life balance. Friendly environment, great management. Typical work day may involve travel between sites if your job requires it. Relaxed work culture.
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Great place to work and always a fun time at the trade shows. If i could recommend any company to someone this would be the one. Friendly and very outgoing i always feel welcomed.
Pros
fun work environment
Cons
Nothing at all.
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4.0
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I would certainly recommend this company for someone starting their career. There is a lot of opportunity for personal growth. I had no issues with the management style and culture.
Pros
Training, Co-operative, Fast paced
Cons
Work life balance
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