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Rapidly Changing and Growing Company
Supply Chain Planner (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON5 January 2019
This supply chain team is a mess, lead by new leaders who have little to no supply planning experience and focus on inventory objectives only. You will be thrown into the fire with little training and you will be expected to work weekends on a regular basis but they will not tell you this when they hire you.

There are a lot of opportunities for advancement but they are given to senior leadership's "favourites" instead of those that are actually deserving.

Also, this place is looking to establish a certain culture of young people... they fired all of the "old" people in early 2018... isn't that illegal?
Pros
free lunches, great coworkers
Cons
Long Hours, strong politics, no work life balance
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Pression, stress et oubli de soi
Picker, driver, customer service rep, management (Former Employee) –  Baie-d'urfe, QC14 February 2019
Si vous voulez travailler sur tous les genres de quart de travail inimaginable, Martin-Brower. Si vous voulez vous faire appeler durant vos congés et vos vacances, Martin-Brower. Si vous voulez rêver que vous réglez des problèmes à longueur de journée pour le client le plus exigeant de toute la restauration au monde (oui oui au monde), Martin-Brower.

Si vous voulez acquérir une expérience de travail respecter dans le monde de la distribution, Martin-Brower. Si vous voulez un salaire plus que décent, même en période de probation, Martin-Brower. Si vous voulez assurer que votre famille ne manquera pas d'argent ou d'assurance, Martin-Brower.

Si vous êtes prêts à sacrifier votre qualité de vie pendant les cinq premières années, Martin-Brower. Sinon, pas Martin-Brower.
Pros
Rémunération, avantages sociaux
Cons
Beaucoup de sacrifices personnels
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golden handcuffs
Driver/Delivery (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 November 2018
give up everything that you know as a normal life to be a slave to the hamburger clown. constantly lied to by mid-management. they don't care about you or your health and safety. 362 in bed with the company.
woke up one day to realize I was selling my soul for $30.28 per hour.
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A Day as a driver at MB
truck driver (Current Employee) –  Baie-d'urfe, QC25 September 2018
Ok, I have written this in-depth review as accurately as possible, over the past few days.

The first thing you have to know when applying to Martin-Brower is that you have to be available 24 hrs / 7 days a week. This is a requirement. Do not take this lightly. Your phone has to be beside you at all time. When you start at Brower, you get on the spare board. This means you will replace ill, injured or vacation guys that have their own bid routes. At this time we have about 61 guys on bid routes (your own routes on a weekly schedule) and 15 spare guys on call. The thing is as a spare, you can stay as a spare a long time. Some weeks you do 24 hours, other week you do 60 hours. It varies.

FLEET: They use regular cab trucks (Freightliner and International) not more than 4 years old. Trailers are all refrigerated with tail gates and includes 3 cameras for better view. Trucks have to be regular cabs to be able to manoeuvre inside the Mcdonald's tight parking lot.
The fleet is well maintained by an on-site mechanic.

WAREHOUSE: The warehouse at Baie D'urfé is pretty small and requires constant refills. So the volume of trucks doing deliveries is virtually non-stop. Warehouse guys picking the stuff to fill pallets and guys filling trailers are hard workers and they work without natural light inside the warehouse. I'd say the worst place to work is the freezers because it is at -25 degrees inside.

MANAGEMENT: They are friendly people, and are doing their best to help us. The union collective agreement is sometimes slowing them down because of restrictions.

WORK SCHEDULE:
  more... Your phone has to be beside you at all times and fully charged, Failure to answer their call for work within an hour will result in disciplinary action. Shift cycles are either morning or afternoon shifts. For morning shift you can be called to work between 1h30 AM to noon. Afternoon shifts from noon to 3 am. Regardless of the schedule, nobody drives all night. (midnight to 6 am) . If you are spare (basically the first 3-4 years) you have to call dispatch before noon everyday, to learn about your next day shift. So you always know mostly 18 hours in advance when you are going to work. Therer is as well the yard shunter shift. Mostly available weekends and night. Sometimes they will call you out of the blue, to work a shift at the last minute.

BID ROUTES: Bid route are mostly given to drivers with at least 2 years on the road. Older guys with 20 years plus, pick the best routes while younger drivers are picking what is left. Bid routes as per collective agreement have to be between 40 and 55 hours per week, The problem is that some routes are 8 hours per day. Some have 40 hours per week. Dispatch cannot force you to work more after 50 hours have been reached. But the problem resides that if you have not done at least 50 hours a week, you can be called at anytime in your days off. And trust me, they call you.

SALARY: I will not post salary online, but I can tell you that after 8 hours of work, you get 1.5x. After 40 hours in the week, any hours cumulated after that are paid at time and a half. I am not going further. The job also includes a collective RRSP( pension) and health benefits after you have reached 800 hours probation period.

LOG BOOK: They use a Samsung S7 cell phone and an e-log software as an app. It is somehow stable and this is what they use for payroll hours.

DISADVANTAGES: When you are a spare driver, you can be called at anytime. They never call between 9 pm to 4h30 am. Dispatch will not bother you. But they sometimes call at 4h30 am, to ask you to come working at 11 am. This happens. Many guys have left because of the dreaded phone calls. You call for work and dispatch tells you there are no work and that you are first or second spare. That means you cannot do much and you have to sit at home waiting for the call. Forget camping trips, forget holiday, forget going away for more than an hour. Forget weekends for a very long time. !!! Stay nearby, stay ready. It gets tough on the family life. Not being able to spend week-ends with them. This venture has caused many break-ups and divorces. Ensure your better half is fully aware and that she is ok with this type of work.

Warehouse guys do 60-70 hours a week. Plenty of work but complaint of not being hired as full time but as part-time. Some have been as part-time for more than 3 years.

This is the truth and and nothing but the truth of what is happening to Baie D'urfé.

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Pros
The pay
Cons
everything else.
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Terrible culture, no work-life balance
Planner (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON3 October 2017
Nobody knows whats going on. The management is terrible and you're just a cog in the system. There is no investment in employee growth or team. Just a lot of long hours, incompetent bosses and useless stress.
Pros
Competitive Pay
Cons
Everything else
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if you are looking for a management position look elsewhere
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee) –  Brampton, On23 February 2012
Excellent pay and benefits, very good job security for unionized employees. Everything else is horrible - bad culture, bad work/home balance, bad management. Nobody wants to hear your suggestions or any input, management is dishonest, employees are considered just a resource not human. Any good Managers get packaged. If it wasn't for the high pay they would not be able to attract or retain any workers.
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good work place
Inventory and Logistic Planner (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON8 November 2017
a good, fast work place, lots of changes, great coworkers
you will enjoy. good management style
good work culture
it is fun to work at MB head office
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Horrible
very ex-driver (Former Employee) –  Canada12 March 2014
Worked here as a class 1 truck driver.I was supposed to be full-time but didnt get raise or benefits after 7 months ,then was told I was hired as summer relief,was an office mistake but still didnt get my back pay.At the McDonalds you have to hand ball all the products,frozen burgers,fries etc as trucks dont have tail-lifts and the stores dont have fork-lifts ,which is stupid.You have to be on spare board when you start which means you are the senior drivers dog.To work your way out of spare board you have to bend over,i left after 7 months ,worst job i ever had.
Pros
none
Cons
everything
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fast paced
Order picker (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 May 2018
really enjoyable work place fun and fast paced always something to do and was a real learning experience as it was my first warehouse job good pay that complements your hard
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employees are great
Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB3 January 2018
Great place to work wages are good hours are ok Equipment is renewed every 10 years and are maintained regularly but Management has issues with long term employees.
Pros
wages BBQs employees
Cons
Upper Managers
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Unpaid,overworked,favouritism,Brampton wages or bust
Warehouse Worker (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC15 July 2016
Very hard labour picking orders and tight time restricts picking and loading trucks. Vancouver is the only MB in Canada at 100% Engineered standards which means if you are below even at 99% they discipline you with letter then letter then 1 day suspension then 2 day suspension then 4 day suspension then termination. Rampant favouritism by the warehouse management some just push papers or work on load builds at the same rate of pay if mgmt likes you and supervisors make deals with some pickers that suck up to help them to cheat the system to hit the 100% while the rest of us work honest and hard. Lots of weekend work. And we found out Brampton MB pays their warehousemen the most and they are not on engineered standards and their dispatches and pick orders are late but in Vancouver we get paid less than them and hit the production targets and dispatch times. Unpaid fairly for the work we do. Brampton wages or bust!
Pros
10 hour shifts, pension and benefit plan, union job security, this job will keep you in shape, boot allowance, 10 sick days after 3 years but you will need them!
Cons
Underpaid, bad morale, hard work picking, management only say they care about safety. Brampton wages or bust!
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Fun place to work
FINANCIAL ANALYST (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, OM3 December 2017
Fun place to work, organized, and life balance offered.

Supportive management,monitoring and supervision detailed. I worked in a 3 month project from Sept. to December 2017 along my tenure I was very independent and supervision was very often, looking for fficiencies and quality results.
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A good company looking for change and grow
Inventory Planner (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON7 August 2016
A company with long history in its industry, stable and well organized. Senior management is looking for change and growth opportunity with some aggressive goals. The work load is moderate, but the culture is a little conservative.
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Great new GM
Order Selector, Loader, Receiver, Lead Hand (Current Employee) –  Delta, BC25 April 2017
Typical day includes picking orders, loading trailers for delivery and receiving inbound freight. There has been a change in Management which has had a positive impact, the culture on the floor still needs to be changed.
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Lack of Fairness & immature management
Warehouse person (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC11 August 2014
There is something seriously wrong with the warehouse management that run this facility. They jump to conclusions, make irrational-emotional decisions and are subjective rather than objective to what or whom they deal with. When an error is made by them that a warehouse person or driver brings to their attention, their response is slow and attitude is immature to the group as to say who are you to know better than us.

Fairness is severely lacking at this facility. If you are cronies with the warehouse management you will survive physically in work load, but if you are honest and say nothing and keep your head down and work, warehouse management will drive you into the ground until you break.

God forbid if you exceed your pick times for an order and sit down for few seconds to drink a cup of water to re-energize they will chase after you and discipline or threaten to discipline you for wasting company time; meanwhile the management and their warehouse person cronies are hanging out in the shipping office joking around doing nothing.

I am optimistic that other Martin Brower management facilities are fair, calm, cool, collected and appreciative of input and I hope change happens here soon.
Pros
Pay. Benefits. 10 hr shifts. Work 4 days a week.
Cons
Sore back. Lack of fairness. Treated like a dog.
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Fast paced and everyone is helpful
Order Picker (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON26 October 2017
Everyone is helpful if you are new and having trouble with equipment. Generally fairly relaxed, although everyone is expected to fill their quotas. Supervisors are more lenient for new workers, as they understand it will take some time in order to work efficiently.
Pros
Friendly staff
Cons
long hours
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Busy enviornment
Worker (Former Employee) –  Canada20 March 2018
Very high paced place to work. Everyone is very dedicated and it is something that you need to be to succeed at this role. Satisfying and challenging with good pay.
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Busy enviornment
Woker (Former Employee) –  Canada20 March 2018
High paced with opportunity to develop however, there is a lot of dedication is expected. The place can leave you very tired at the end of the day, but that may suite some people.
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Always something happening!
Customer Service Representative/Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Baie-d'urfe, QC14 February 2018
There was never a second to sit, in a good way. It was amazing to know that you were all ways doing something to help. That there was always something to learn and do. To see how the food industry was growing.
Pros
great people great atmosphere
Cons
Early hours
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Driver (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB3 August 2016
For truck driver best job in city...unionized with great pay and benifits...takes some time to advance from spareboard but well worth the effort if you stick around. Treated like a professional and expected to act like one...
Pros
Pay, benifits, new equipment, job security..
Cons
None
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