Machine Operator (Former Employee) – St. Catharines, ON – 7 January 2019
I wouldn't discourage anyone from working here. Many of the people I worked with are still there and appear to be quite happy with their jobs.
It pays well, has good benefits, and as it is food manufacturing, is always extremely clean and sanitary. So much so that when I was there, we were far more concerned with our own internal inspections than we were about the ones from the government.
Two things I hated when I was there were the monotony of the job and the politics. The politics probably aren't an issue anymore anyway.
It is a factory type of job. If you like that, you'll likely love this place. For me, it simply stopped being a challenge.
Far worse than that were the politics. At the time our plant was owned by Beatrice. We were bought by Parmalat, everyone was thrilled. Then Parmalat bought Astro and decided our plant no longer made sense, only due to the location. The Astro plant was a disaster in terms of waste, efficiency and quality control, but it was decided that we needed to pick up their slack to make it easier for them to close our plant!
After that, the Astro people seemed to dictate to us the most ridiculous things, like forcing us to use their outdated method instead of ours to make their product (part of the reason they had so much waste) or use our conveyors to make part of the work more convenient. They claimed the slight jarring movement would ruin the product. We asked to do a test run to see if that was the case, they said no. (We did anyway, and it was fine.) I could go on and on.
In the end, they didn't close this plant, but I didn'tmore... want to be put in a similar situation in the future. I took a buyout and used the opportunity to open my own business which I had for nearly 15 years.less
Senior Domino Administrator (Former Employee) – Etobicoke, ON – 20 March 2018
Depending on where you are in the Corporate structure it can be a great place to work. Current salary purge going on, but company has been very good to myself and my family.
Typical day was steady performing support and system updates. Providing training and expertise.
Company used to train users, but that is now a thing of the past, and even free training can be hard to get approval for.
again, workplace culture , IT was tough with a task master running the department, with little to no money available for any.
Hardest part of the position was dealing with upper management, but overall "quality" managers were well respected and proved their worth. The atmosphere tended to gravitate to poisonous, but thankfully the people that actually work there will make it a great place to work. Promotion is few and far between, but salary rewards were pretty good, but those that shone, were never recognised nor rewarded.
Thanks to the fellow coworkers thisjob was wonderful and made it worth the daily trek to the office.
Free coffee/tea. Numerous free product tasting, and product in the fridges
Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 November 2018
If you clean up and are even remotley efficent the union employees will get you canned. Stay away from this place. There is no accountability for anyone there. They have twice the staff required and management is run by uptight period prone conts.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 25 September 2018
Management very aggressive, employees are good too many changes in staff. very small work area, very uncomfortable. Noisy. People lost their jobs due to unforeseen illnesses. Too bad as those employees were fantastic.
Satisfait des enseignements que j'ai reçu chez Parmalat.
Stagiaire en pasteurisation (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 7 August 2018
Bon environnement de travail, pour apprendre et comprendre les procédés qui renferment la transformations du lait.
Le contrôle et réglage des paramètres étant l'une des parties les plus importantes durant ma formation. La connaissance des positions que chaque valve et équipement sur le planché en passant par la capacité à s'orienter en suivant les tuyaux de pasteurisation et de lavage, jusqu'aux différents réservoirs et machines à embouteiller.
Shipper (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 11 September 2018
Parmalat was a great place to work when everything was in place .The main problem was not having enough of the right trailers empty for loading . Which meant my co-workers and I had to get creative to complete the daily orders.
National Credit Manager (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 2 May 2018
Parmalat was an interesting company to work for, I learnt a lot about Trade Spending Finance and my job as National Credit Manager was great.
However like all jobs, if you management is not good you don't want to stay. I had great managers for 6 years and the last 2 the management changed for the worst. The CFO was a tyrant and my boss was terrified of him, so would not support his team.
I managed 56 people on my team, and I supported and respected them all,
Distribution Supervisor (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 25 July 2017
My typical day was scheduling an out side carrier to supply the food industry with our product and doing stock rotation, The most enjoyable part for me was working with the Shoebox campaign each year as we supplied the pallets for the volunteers at there warehouse. The workplace was was clean and all the people were friendly to each other, Management was great. I learned that it is important to have stock rotation and inventory each week. I think the hardest part of the job was to keep the flow going smoothly. From the raw product to the finished and packaged product to the shipping. I learned to have understanding of the whole scheme of things