Production Worker/Palletizer (Current Employee) – Hannon, ON – 23 June 2018
The company is very micro-managed which means you will be moved from line to line until they figure out what they are doing, makes the day very stressful. Not many opportunities to advance. The wages are not great either, you make a little bit more than minimum wage. You only get about a 40 cent raise per year. There used to be lots of overtime to keep you afloat. Now there is only overtime if another plant needs to catch up on orders. The environment is very negative all the employees are over worked. They do not replace people if they are fired or quit. They make you do jobs above your skill and do not pay you for it. Its a very cold factory. Would not recommend if you want to have a career. Its a good job to start out with to get experience but not good enough to retire from.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Brandon, MB – 13 July 2018
a typical day was fast paced and challeging. I learned about many different kinds of people was very interesting. management was good an attentive to new empoyees workplace culture was very diversified and interesting. the hardest part of any job there was standing for eight to ten hours a day in a shift.
Trainee Operating Engineer (Former Employee) – St. Marys, ON – 25 September 2018
I worked here for three months as Assistant Shift Engineer(Trainee). It is a prerequisite placement before getting my 4th Class License from TSSA. I enjoyed a lot during this time. The management is good and workplace culture also good. The hardest part of this job is to attend the equipment for a long time.
General Labour & Service Line Operator (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 2 February 2019
Adjusting at Maple Leaf took me 2 weeks. The department i currently work in is great with a good atmosphere of people, but you do need to pull your weight for people to recognize you. The workload for men is hard especially if you're small or old because sometimes unloading isn't as easy as some. If i had another job to go to, i would rather go there, but for now, staying here is the best choice so far.
Long Hours and Pay doesn't compensate for the workload
Working at Maple Leaf isn't for everyone - the pay (at least in management) is above average, but the expectations are very high. Work life balance doesn't exist, and the only way to prove your worth is to spend more and more hours in the office/plant. Flexibility for working from home etc are NOT options, and the overall culture is still very much an old boys club. Getting ahead requires you to "fit the mold" of a maple leaf manager or to have family already in the company to help you move ahead. The culture can be brutal, with unmanageable expectations and little to no praise.
Maple Leaf builds quality people, but unfortunately for them the quality ones learn how to manage and leave the company to prosper elsewhere. The ones who remain long term are negative and very difficult to work with.
Senoir leadership needs to be completely dismantled, but based on the current C level leaders that is never going to happen. The failed leadership continues to pat each other on the back, collect their bonuses and NEVER pay out manager level bonuses.
Line Operator/Department Service (Former Employee) – St. Marys, ON – 26 November 2018
This was an ok place to work. The pay was k but not enough for what you had to put your body through on a daily basis. The people were also very catty and miserable, If you can get past those issues then working here was bearable.
Maintenance Supervisor/Manager (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 21 November 2018
Good Company with great benefits. Very stable company with great morals for salary employees. Very fast processing environment with large expectations and food safety as the main concern towards retailers and suppliers.
FINANCAL ANALYST (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 12 February 2019
Maple Leaf has a great environment, employees were friendly and management was very helpful. I had the opportunity to learn many different tasks and the environment during my time was fun and there was recogniation of employees based on hard work.
Just say no to this job, folks. Whether you are seeking employment in management or as a production worker. The entire facility is one giant crapshoot.
If you need temporary employment for one or two months and have no other option, they will hire you. They hire anyone with a pulse. The turnover rate here is terrible so don't expect to make long term work buddies there.
It is very much production worker versus authority. The things these workers say about management and supervision is astonishing.
One positive thing I can say, the lunch ladies are terrific. They deserve respect.
Finally, do not let them mislead you with respect to their benefits. It is "100% Company Paid" benefits. That does not mean you receive 100% coverage. It just means you don't have to pay for the benefits they offer.
Cafeteria food, very polite and courteous women who serve your food.
No energy to do anything after work, terrible wages, incompetent management, proficient manipulators of foreigners from the third world
Senior Team Leader (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 16 April 2018
If you are looking at pumping up your resume this is a good place to do that. But they have little regard to work life balance and often you are shunned if you put in an 8.5 hour 42.5 hour work week.
Worked in 4 facilities for them, first 3 were great but the pace and expectation for the new build were just too much to be reached and set way to high from higher ups. Burn out of Quit are essentially the options.
Robot Operator (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 24 August 2018
ML is no where near a family oriented company as they say they are. Force ins every weekend. As well they will shaft you any chance they can get. The only job security you have is if your a rat on your co-workers. ML is one of the lowest paying companies in that industry.