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Inventory planner (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON26 February 2019
If you want to find a place where your soul goes to die, then come work here.

The people you will work with are great and that’s good because you will be spending A LOT of time with them. No work life balance and if you do leave early, it’s because you’re going home to workor because our just can’t take it anymore. Can’t even go to bbq because I have to check emails. Would never get paid l right ...work way more extra than you get lieu days for. Your team leads comment on every little thing you do, make inappropriate comments, argue with each other in front if you and “perception” word used way to much it makes you sick Managers/team leads works 24/7and expects the same from you (but won’t say it). And senior leadership... they are on another planet.

The benefit plan is so old: no RRSP until 2 years, you start with 3 weeks vacation but don’t get another week until 10 years and no flex plan. Also need to wait 6months for your benefits vacation but other companies give them to you on first day. You need to work evenings and on weekends and you will never get Xmas vacation.
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Coworkers
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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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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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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.

Thank you
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Pros
The pay
Cons
everything else.
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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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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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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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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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Bon salaire si taime travailler les fin de semaine
Chauffeur classe 1 (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC15 November 2017
C generalement une bonne place c juste pas fait pour tous le monde horraires bizzare et je vais vous laisser le decouvrir ce qui est bon pour un ne lest pas pour lautre je veux pas les batcher ses quand meme un bon employeur
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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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Environnement de travail correct
Travail entrepôt (Former Employee) –  montreal4 November 2017
Salaire au dessus de la moyenne, équipement de travail fourni, fond de pension très bon et assurances collectives.Conditions de travail correctes
Pros
Système de reconnaissance, équipement fourni et café gratuit
Cons
Propreté des lieux un peu négligée
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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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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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Bon travail
Journalier (Picker) (Current Employee) –  Baie-d'urfe, QC26 September 2017
Belle entreprise au grand coeur pour ces employés . J'aime mon travail et je veux y rester longtemps
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Good company
Transport Driver (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB25 July 2017
Excellent company to work for.Very well organized company.Expect a lot from you.Staff friendly and the employees just as friendly and helpful.You are treated very well.
Pros
Home every other night
Cons
hand bombing and tight schedule.
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Productive but management sucks
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON6 July 2017
Management was chaotic. You're just a number there. Most of management doesn't know your name or anything. They are to busy focusing on your numbers more than your safety.
Pros
Good pay, and great co-workers
Cons
management sucks
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Great place to work
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 May 2017
great workplace with amazing people. its a place to aquire variety of knowledge and enhance your experience. supportive staff and encouraging managers.
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