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3.0
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I enjoyed working at highline until recently they have taken away overtime hours and I've been told holiday pay is also non existent. Job security is non existent. Due to covid 19 hours have been cut as well. This I have no quarrel with, but I can't afford cost of living.
Pros
A couple of great supervisors
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You are a number, not a person of value.
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1.0
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Doesn't matter how hard you work, your efforts are going down the drains. And don't let any higher manager see that you are a free thinker with a mind of your own because they will consider you a threat. The Managers did not care about the quality of our work, Even when working 70+ hours per week, employees were told that they are not working enough overtime hours. In addition, some Managers were downright abusive of their employees and supervisor's at farm & pack house. HR is aware of the issue but does not take any action whatsoever. Unethical management Toxic Workplace Culture. Gossip & Rumours from managers hostile working environment. Discrimination and Harassment. Unrealistic and Conflicting Goals. Questionable Use of Company Technology Improper or excessive company policies
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Salary 12-16 hours a day work up to 10 days straight before getting a day off.
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5.0
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Excellent management, people are friendly and willing to work with you. Farm workers are easy to get along with and hard workers. You can advance within the company if you show interest. Harvesters can make over their base pay. Great job for students.
Pros
Nice work setting, friendly management
Cons
Hours are long but worth it
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2.0
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This company is considered a farm so it gets away with low pay for very long hours 10-13/day. Not enough health and safety in the work area and people are always yelling at you to go faster. Not to mention some people can take a lot of sick days with no consequences while others can’t
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4.0
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Good to work with different people but after one time it will get hactic and out of control at wor. Management is good but keep forcing workers to do fast even tho they have less orders to do on a faily basis.
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3.0
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No room for advancement, the company cuts costs anywhere to replace local with temporary foreign workers. And treat them poorly. The job is very steady because no one wants to work there.But the pay is low and they will work you as much as possible.
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5.0
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Highline is a great place to work. Is it challenging and fast paced? Yes. Does Highline care about their employees? Yes. Highline tries to give their employees the best they can. There are multiple different social events that employees and their family get to attend for free. Highline also provides a comprehensive benefit package for all employees, including health, dental, vision, life insurance, pension, etc. Unlike other agriculture companies in the area, Highline pays overtime, holiday pay, statutory pay, and tries to regulate hours the best they can. Highline appreciates their employees, and will go above and beyond where they can. Travel pay is provided to every hourly associate to help offset the cost of commuting. Highline is a great place to work and will always embrace new employees. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to speak with managers or HR, and help will be provided.
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Good pay, social events, overtime, holiday pay
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5.0
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They just paid $12.50 before,but now I don't know how much they paid. it's was very good company and people were very nice and helpful, I appreciate everything.
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management is HORRIBLE, i regret working here as they did little to nothing to help me when i was having problems working here & when i finally went to complain about my manager, they fired me a week later, without notice. I truly 100% recommend that if you are applying here or thinking of working here, to just go somewhere else to look for employment. they do not care about you here @ highline. not to mention what they pay you is horrible, you could easily go somewhere else and get $3-$5 more an hour. Also, i was there 6-7 months, i was elegible for my benefits, they "put them through" at my 3 month mark & every time i asked about it, hey said there was an error with the system and i am unable to get benefits, but every one else could a quire theire benefits? terrible, terrible company. my job title says volunteer but i was not a volunteer.
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
3 December 2019
Dear former employee,We are very sorry to hear about your experience at Highline. We hold strong to our values which include always doing the right thing and considering the human element in all aspects of our organization.We take these comments very seriously and welcome you to contact our HR department to further address your concerns.Wishing you the best in your future endeavours.Human Resources
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3.0
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Nice managers and supervisors. Smelly working place They pay travel allowance If you are punctual its your place for work. Recently the benefit plan has been changed. Its below premium.
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
3 December 2019
Dear Former Heavy Equipment Operator,We appreciate your candid feedback and are glad to hear that you enjoyed working with your managers and supervisors. At times there may be a strong smell which is part of the process of growing mushrooms. We are proud to offer many extended benefits to our associates which are over and above the required ESA regulations.We wish you the best with your future endeavours.
2.0
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There are so many issues with this business that I could write an essay. Most people who work there would agree that it is not a great company, and yet nothing significant ever changed. For example, the work hours are terrible because one may never know when their shift begins until the night before, and a shift only ends when there is no more work for the day. Having a healthy work life balance while employed here is difficult. This is not to say that working lengthy hours and going above and beyond is disdainful in some way, but this is a mushroom farm, not a law firm of software studio, where such effort would be more generally appreciated and even rewarded. On the bright side: I will note that there are some decent benefits associated with working here (such as dental coverage).
Pros
Some benefits.
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Terrible work life balance, uninteresting job, lousy management.
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5.0
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I've been an Associate of Highline for 2 years. It's a fast paced busy environment. Something I enjoy. Hours can be long, always a start time , unfortunately sometimes you dont know when you'll be done. I can Honestly say I like my job!!! I've dealt with alot of personal family stuff since I started. Management and Hr. Have been empathetic and worked with me through it all. I hope to be with Highline Mushroom Farm for the rest of my working years.
Pros
Travel allowance, paid suppers after 12 hours. Benefits and a Pension Plan
Cons
Start time in packaging, but never sure when you'll be done.
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1.0
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Hard work, terrible schedule, minimim pay...ot only after 88hrs Gave me extra hours one week then extra days off the next.... ensuring no over time for me. Then i quit and on my last pay I expect at least 2.5 days (2 of which were 19hrs and 18hr days). But all I got was my vacation pay....
Pros
Lots of work
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No home life, minumum wage, hard work
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5.0
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I have worked at the highline mushroom farm in kingsville for 14 years and From the very beginning started out as a productions line worker in the packing room part time for a couple years, then became a machine operator full time for another couple years, after that I advanced to a lead hand/supervisor position. If you prove to yourself and upper management that you can do a great job every day, they Will notice and you can build a career for yourself. It is a very stressful job because you need to work hard at a fast pace and work long hours. Highline gives 15 min breaks that are paid (every 2.5 hours). The ESTIMATED daily finish time is posted up for everyone to see around 3pm.
Pros
Great associates to work with. Good benefits
Cons
Long hours and not knowing when you will finish the day
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
3 May 2018
Dear Current Lead Hand/Supervisor, Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review of Highline Mushrooms. You are a typical example of how starting part-time can lead to full-time employment which can lead to advancement into management positions. Reading that you think your co-workers are great makes us proud of the culture we have built with your help. And we are also proud to offer a full benefits package that you think is great. We also acknowledge that our business days are long and we have been implementing changes to support better work-life balance. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work and we will keep recognizing you! Warm regards, Human Resources
4.0
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Plenty of work available for drivers Newer equipment and well maintained Lots of hometime Excellent staff and company culture Rapidly expanding customer base last few years Pay rates are quickly falling behind compared to others in industry Only night shifts available for drivers Some manual labor required
Pros
Great hometime, good benefits, good equipment
Cons
pay rates are falling behind other companies, only night shifts available
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
28 May 2018
Dear Current Driver, Thank you for taking time to write a favourable review of Highline Mushrooms. We are proud of our culture and many of the other items you positively identified. We regularly review our compensation and benefits and will be sure do so for the driver positions again soon. And a point of clarification regarding your comments about night shifts only; Highline does have other shifts for the driver positions. Please speak with HR if you have any other questions about this. Kind regards, Human Resources
4.0
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The company is lead by some really down to earth managers. Most are good people trying to do the right thing. The big bosses come out in the farm to talk with everyone. That does' happen in a lot of places. Lots of promotion opps. Money is decent. Benefits are good. Work hard and you can get recognized. Company has grown a lot in recent years and it has caused stress as everyone tries to keep up with the changes. Wish some of the big bosses would make more decisions and not wait so long.
Pros
Pay benefits
Cons
chaos at times
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
6 November 2017
Dear Current Associate, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experiences about Highline Mushrooms. Hearing that the Highline Values are being lived by the Management team is wonderful. We are glad you enjoy the compensation and benefits, including promotional opportunities and recognition available at Highline. If you have suggestions on how to improve decision making speed, we welcome this feedback through our Associate Representative Committee. Kind regards, Human Resources
3.0
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packing on a line all day in a cold environment. its Hard on feet and hands. but you you work overtime you may get free dinner. and a benefit would be paid breaks.
Cons
working 12 hours +
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
3 November 2017
Dear Leamington Former Packer Employee, Thank you for open feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the compensation and benefits Highline Mushrooms provides. Overtime pay and free dinner is not required, it is just how we like to treat our Associates. The packing rooms are kept cool as mushrooms are a perishable product. Warm break rooms are provided to help during lunch time. Regards, Human Resources
2.0
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Not a good place to work, management will not listen, its their way or no way. pay is not that good. hrs of work are different every day. if you work there only do it for a short time and move on to something better
Pros
no layoffs
Cons
long hrs
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
3 November 2017
Dear Current General Labourer, Thank you for your feedback and the opportunity to reply to your concerns. Highline has a well known open door policy which is alive and well. If you are not experiencing this, please speak with Human Resources so we can investigate. The hourly wage and number of benefits Highline provides is very competitive or better than many other agriculture employers. We would love to hear from about comparable positions which are providing better pay than us. Kind regards, Human Resources
5.0
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day start with harvesting mushrooms and arranging them in their specified containers..the more mushrooms you havested the more income you get..it's a family oriented kind of a company..you meet all nationalities.. it's fun
Pros
free transportation allowance
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nothing
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
3 November 2017
Dear Former Kingsville Harvester, Thank you for taking the time to write about Highline Mushrooms. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed a positive experience as part of the Highline family. You are absolutely right that the more mushrooms you harvest, the more income you get. Many of our top Harvesters are earning almost double minimum wage! We love paying our Associates this much when they earn it! Best regards for your future, Human Resources
5.0
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At work I typically stand in a line for 6-9 hours weighing mushrooms, or moving around stacking trays and helping the line workers. I learned how to be a quick worker and how to be very efficient. The management at Highline was very nice, as were the workers themselves. The hardest part of the job was standing around on the rare 9 hour shifts without being able to go home until everything was done. Although I really enjoyed the amount I was earning from those long hours.
Pros
Long Hours = Good Pay
Cons
Unpredictable hours
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
3 November 2017
Dear Current Line Worker,Thank you for posting your positive experiences as a member of the Highline family. It is great to hear the team is nice to work with and you are learning important work skills. We know our mushrooms grow at their own pace and we have to be there when they are ready to be harvested for our customers. This is why we gladly pay overtime even though we are not required to do so! Keep up the good work, Human Resources
3.0
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I have learned a lot here from raw compost to finish mushroom and all machinery that goes along with it from welding to changing bearings to servicing work trucks tractors and more
Pros
Good benifits always work to do
Cons
Long hours
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Official response from Highline Mushrooms
2 November 2017
Thank you Current Kingsville employee for your feedback. It is great to hear you are learning and gaining new skills! Highline has great pride in the competitive pay and extra benefits provided. You are right that long hours are worked. We are working hard to hire more talented people to help the team gain better work - life balance. Regards, Human Resources