Job was as expected but coworkers are maddening to work with.
Sanitation worker (Former Employee) – Red Deer, Alberta – 20 July 2019
I come into the job with no disillusions. Being a meat packing plant, the job is in a wet environment, with varying temperatures along with dangerous chemicals and high pressure hoses.
I actually did not mind the job it's self. The company does take safety seriously which is also good.
The management is a bit skewed as there are about 5 foremen and just as many supervisors for a maximum of a 25 man crew on shift.
You really need to watch and have a personal record of your hours or you most likely will get shorted on pay.
Equipment maintenance and availability was an issue. To be fair, the local management does the best they can with the budget they are given to work with.
Many times there was not enough hoses for every worker or the chemical manifolds were malfunctioning. I had a number of shifts where I only had 4 hours to get my area finished because of this issue.
Although there were a few good individuals I worked with, the coworkers were the primary reason why I left the job. The senior group of workers will gang up on you, especially if they feel threatened by you, such as outperforming them while only being on the job for a few weeks.
As an example, a worker (foreman) who cleaned a neighbouring area to my own area, would wait until I had cleaned along our border and then push and spray all his equipment and floor debris into my freshly cleaned area and underneath some of the freshly cleaned equipment so it looked like I was missing those spots. He would also spray me down with water at the beginning of the shift, making it look like it was accidental. My verbal warnings were ignored and finally stopped when I changed my cleaning pattern so I could return the favours.
The preceding is only one of a few issues with coworkers that I had to deal with.
I do not like having the worst brought out in me to do a job, so before anything escalated further, I found employment elsewhere.
Benefits after 3 months, paid 8 hours for 6 hours of actual labour
Low pay for work being done, vindictive jerks for coworkers