Every shift was a clusterf*ck, no long-term thinking, poor management
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) – Ingersoll, ON – 8 April 2017
That place ran on having band-aids put on everything. Machinery would fall apart every shift and management was never concerned about fixing it properly. The whole mantra was just to keep the line running, and quality suffered because of that.
It didn't help that management in charge in Assembly was clueless and arrogant. They wouldn't listen to anyone or take any suggestions. They were aggressive and authoritarian, and just demanded that people follow their orders, even when it made no sense to anyone. Everything that happened in there was our fault, no matter what. Machines would break down, parts would come late to the line. Everything was our fault.
If I could describe this job as one thing, it would as a punching bag. That's all I was. I took the abuse from the people working on line who were frustrated by various things (often things that frustrated me too..) and then I'd take the abuse from my boss who would blame the Group Leader for everything, instead of doing his job and following up on the root cause.
We NEVER once received a compliment or a remark about how we did something well. Just constant griping about how we could have done better, even after great shifts where we all ran our tails off.
Work/life balance is non-existent. Be prepared to marry yourself to this job. 6 days/week, and often asking to come in for overtime, I literally saw these people more than my own family. Pay was good, but it has to be to entice people to work there if they need the money.
Management's stupidity, quick fixes that fall apart quickly, maintenance workers who don't care about anything.
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) – Oshawa, ON – 29 September 2016
Fast-pace, safety as the overall priority, and customer satisfaction. Middle and senior management could focus more on employee strengths. Be more positive and constructive, encourage innovation, lead by example, better communication, show empathy, develop and train staff more effectively.