GRAND RIVER FOODS Employee Reviews

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fun working there
Part time worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON15 January 2019
company was really good and pay rate was 16/hour with vacation pay . staff of grand river was very good. i worked as a packer there.
staff is very co operative but things go very faster.
Pros
good pay rate
Cons
have to work fast
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Nice Working Environment
General Labour (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON18 November 2018
GRFs have good management system. One can easily enjoy while working over there & there is no work pressure.
All Team leads & supervisors are friendly in nature.
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Amazing
Shipping/Receiving Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON5 September 2018
Amazing place I grew in and helped me become the business oriented individual I am. Great mentors and an awesome team to always be a part of. No complaints
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Fast paced environment, great people
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON21 August 2018
Everybody was fun to work with. Fast paced, moving quick. Organized well. It is a great process how to prepare the food for shipment. It is in a cooler environment.
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Horrible
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON22 July 2018
Thought it was ok at first, worked their because I had nothing else at the time can't believe I stayed as long as I did. Worst place I have ever worked. They treat you horrible and they treat you even worse if you get injured!
Pros
None
Cons
Bad Management
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Terrible work-place. Completely awful.
Sanitation Worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON17 July 2018
Worked here for 2 years, and truth be told.. it started out well. Loved having the opportunity of working overtime on the weekends, we’ll also making a nice chunk during the week. It slowly went downhill, I started to see how people want out. I’m not about to completely expose everything that went on behind the walls, but I will say.. never ever apply here. It was the worst 2 years of my life.
Pros
None.. there are NO pros.
Cons
Terrible management. Worst I’ve EVER seen
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management and learned
Supervising other staff (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON4 June 2018
they have solution for every problem happens in company. in RTE section there are rotation system that like most. due to this one cannot get bored easily from one job.
i have learnt management, hard work, teamwork and lot more here.
Pros
paid breaks and have rotation system so that cant get bored from same work whole day
Cons
freezing atmosphere
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Revolving door
Sanitation (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON18 April 2018
They strung me along until the day my probation was up then they tell me im fired and that they dont need to give me a reason. I lost count in the 6 months i worked their how many people came and went. They will say anything to get what they need from you that day then toss you out for a new batch of temps instead of hiring. Their christmas party was pretty good though.
Pros
Great co workers, learnt alot about food processing
Cons
Shady management, cold damp work environment
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Straightforward, well paying work with great people
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON19 February 2018
Good, solid work, that pays well. You get the chance to work with all different types of people and there's no dress code, which is nice. The employee discount on food is great too, and can be used on a lot of products. Workplace can be a little cold, so dress in layers, and there will be times when you'll have to handle raw meat.
Pros
no dress code, good pay and benefits, lots of different people, discount on product
Cons
can be cold, working with raw meat isn't for everyone
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Not a bad luck if they don't hire you
Millwright (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON3 February 2018
In three months I worked there to see a dozen of workers disappeared. Some of them quit,some were fired. All the coworkers feel their job are threatened by the new hires so they won't train new workers and they don't care if you can come back next day.

As a new worker you don't have good training but the management force you to work like a mule, they move you to new jobs before you finish the old one then question why you can't finish. This is what they called "hard- working culture".

The management never respect a good worker if they don't like you they will viciously set you up and monitor you in cameras to find your mistake then send you home. I saw a good worker been set up and let go. This is what they called "well-managed".

They do "choose" people. They will let their favorite workers sitting and chatting in office for hours the same time force other workers jump between jobs on the floor.

Not a bad luck if they don't hire you!
Pros
Nothing
Cons
dirty, noisy, slippy, cold and crowded, smell and smoke
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The people here are great to work with and are always looking out for one another. Great people.
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON17 January 2018
Work early in the morning on day shifts

Exposure to manufacturing industry

Management style is highly proactive and involved

Hard-working culture

Physically demanding

Good people to work with
Pros
Baseball tourny, Christmas Party, Accommodating team, Nice people, Professional, Listens to Employee suggestions, Well-managed, Growing Business
Cons
Labor Intensive, Work can be very quick (taxing but it feels like a quick day), Work can be slow (Long hours but easy)
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Save yourself the time, don’t work here
Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON5 January 2018
Unfortunately, grand river foods is a horrible employer. They Lie and say they’ll give you 8-9 working hours a day, but will always cut your shifts short because they want to save money on labor. The plant has a terrible turnover rate, bad smell, and a culture that promotes favourtism and hierarchy amongst workers. Overall, working here is a waste of time, and if you decide to, you’ll see why everyone hates there job and why they quickly run to the door once the shift is over.
Pros
Free Parking (couldnt think of any)
Cons
Everything
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Good pay for easy work, leaders want to make a difference
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON4 January 2018
Been with this company for a little more than 3 years. Leadership changes at the plant have made a big difference. Lots of focus on continuous improvement and suggestions from employees. The pay is great for the work but it's cold -so you have to dress for it. Very interesting to learn the processes if you haven't been in a food plant before. Like everywhere there are people who have cranky days, but for the most part a good group of coworkers. Always overtime available which is great when you want to earn extra cash.
Pros
Company ball tournament, good Christmas Party (adults and kids), annual wage increases
Cons
Have to check schedule daily to know shift time (but it's always within an hour)
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Racism Is Haunting In House
Operator/Labourer (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON31 December 2017
Managements in this company duplicated a lot of disgusting behaviors from Maple Leaf Foods. Don't expect to be treated fairly or equally if you don't belong to the LOCAL category. They are very proud to monitor their employees in cameras every minute whenever you are on the floor ,in lunchroom, in parking lot ,etc to make you feel you are inmates. They keep pretending to offer people permanent positions without any screening then kick them out before the end of your probation to save their business and money.
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A small village company
Associate (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON22 December 2017
Everything is messy, unsafe and unorganized in the plant from production to construction. Managements are narrow-minded and arrogant like villagers never see the world. You don't wanna eat their food when you see the process.
Pros
Non
Cons
All
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Temp position
assist machine operators (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON15 November 2017
It was very cold here, the people were not very friendly they felt very threatened for their jobs at all times...They left you in the freezer for long periods of time you only got 2 20 min breaks,.....really glad they did not hire me full time.
Pros
not much
Cons
very cold
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job itself not bad but terrible management
Sanitation Worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON13 October 2017
Worked night shift sanitation...liked my job but supervisors play favorites and violate rights. When you try to come forward with concerns you are met with threats, racism and intimidation.
Pros
wage
Cons
management
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OK place to work
Blender (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON26 September 2017
Very demanding and hard work place. Learned a lot of interesting information on food processing and food handling. Company makes a variety of processed foods like Beef burgers, Veg Burgers, Various chicken products and more.
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Not a good place to work if you need permanent job.
Line worker (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, on11 September 2017
BEWARE!This company hires you as a full time permanent but they will let you go for no reason, just a few days before you get your probation done! They did ask me to leave 3 days before my probation! They hire people as permanent full time, and let them go before 3 months, that way they do not have to pay for insurance and they don't have to hire you all year round!!!! It saves them money!
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favortism
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON2 June 2017
Lack proper rotations, favoritism, however the majority of the workers are great to work with. Pay is pretty good benefits and pension is great with in house food orders.
Pros
co workers
Cons
freezer
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