Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Employee Reviews

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Not a great place.
Production Worker/Palletizer (Current Employee) –  Hannon, ON23 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.
Pros
Weekly pay.
Cons
Very cold.
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long hours n good pay
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Brandon, MB13 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.

the pay was weekly that was the only good part.
Pros
weekly pay
Cons
long hours getting colds frequently
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Enjoyable
Trainee Operating Engineer (Former Employee) –  St. Marys, ON25 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.
Pros
Enjoyable
Cons
Need to work long time.
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An okay job
General Labour & Service Line Operator (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB2 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.
Pros
Weekly Pay
Cons
Long Hours and Pay doesn't compensate for the workload
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Great place to work
Sanitation Crew Member (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON14 November 2018
The plant is now closed. Im not sure if it is the same culture at the new plant out Hamilton way. The management was great. Weekends off, good staff and they treated employees well
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job culture is poor
SAP Recipe Development (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON24 September 2018
The management is really poor. They do not care about their employers except the marketing team. The politics at work is quite complicated. It is not a supportive environment.
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A family run company, where you knew everyone
Order Processing Spare/Relief (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON14 August 2018
Working in the same area for 14 years, you get to know everyone from fellow employees to management. Overall, great salary, valued their employees, great benefits, great people.
Pros
Frequent employee bbq's
Cons
some long days
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HR Data Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON16 August 2018
Management was knowledgeable. They ensured all employees were able to maintain a proper work/life balance. If you work hard, you can grow with the company.
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Good pay, but a very challenging place to work
Materials Manager (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB5 January 2018
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.
Pros
Lots of learning potential
Cons
Terrible leadership and culture
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an ok job
Line Operator/Department Service (Former Employee) –  St. Marys, ON26 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.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
rushed breaks
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Good Company
Maintenance Supervisor/Manager (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON21 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.
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FINANCAL ANALYST (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON12 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.
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Very Bad Experiences Working in This Plant
Semi-skilled worker (Current Employee) –  Brandon, MB1 April 2018
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.
Pros
Cafeteria food, very polite and courteous women who serve your food.
Cons
No energy to do anything after work, terrible wages, incompetent management, proficient manipulators of foreigners from the third world
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Good work-life balance
Industrial Engineering Specialist (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON2 January 2019
Work from home option available
Flexible working hours
Supportive Management and Peers
Good experience with CFIA requirements
Room to develop and grow
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Decent pay and benefits
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON12 November 2018
Most shifts are 8.5 hour days. Shifts can also be 10.5 hours. Lots of Overtime on weekends. Ability to move up in the company through weekly internal job postings. Decent pay and benefits
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Productive and fast paced
General Labourer (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON13 November 2018
Have to be willing to stand for hours, great patience is needed but great pay. Learned to adapt to the surrounding as it can get lonely. Have to be willing to carry at least 70 pounds.
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Long hours
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Good Gap Company
Senior Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON16 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.

Much happier where I am now (for less pay)
Pros
Lots of room to move (due to constant turn over)
Cons
Burn out culture.
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productive and good place to work for
Production Labourer (Former Employee) –  Thamesford, ON16 November 2018
was a good place work for, always doing different jobs, good paying job. great benefits, lot of good people to worked with. good hours. always looking forward to come work.
Pros
easy job to do
Cons
worked in the cold all year roun
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Good Employer
Maintenance Supervisor/Manager (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON5 December 2018
Good Employer, good salary, good benefits, good work requirements, good people, good personnel, qualified personnel, medium maintenance resources and procedures
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Not a family oriented company
Robot Operator (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON24 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.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
No life in their eyes.
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