Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Lethbridge, AB – 14 May 2018
Don't expect to have a social or family life on weekends if you work here, I was moved to night shift with promise of returning to day shift eventually. I was in nights for 1.5 years, basically worked every weekend and would be guilt tripped into trying to work if i wanted it off. They also run the machines at 200% speed at times which is complete and utter chaos...and then still run weekends as well. In my whole 2 years of working here we did not have one maintenance worker stay longer then 2 months, and we went through 2 maintenance managers as well.
I eventually left because 2 employees on day shift quit and when i asked to return back to day shift they said no you are on nights permanently now and it was effecting my social life so i left.
Starting wages for operators are 18/hour which isnt bad, but theirs no real advancement here unless you are in management because you get bonuses and yearly raises.
You have weekly production meetings which are mostly pointless, because all they do is go in extreme depth about cleanliness and some of the meetings they go over sales and budgets, im not sure why they tell people who are making 15/hour and probably living from pay cheque to cheque how much money they are making.
I worked at one of the smaller plants with only 20 ish employees...and we still made 1 million dollars a month, and 1 particular month we made an extra $415,000 and right after the meeting i had my raise meeting and got a whopping 32 cent raise.... after never missing 1 shift in a year, and working almost every single weekend....a whole 32 cents, woomore... hoo!!! Im not really sure why they decide to let non management employees know how much money they are making when their raises are a joke, it just discourages people form trying to work hard to get a better raise.
They go way over the top with cleanliness and take it way too serious, if you didn't know what type of business they were and you just read their policies on cleanliness rules and stuff like that you'd think they were doing some crazy stuff like handling highly explosive material or you worked in a lab of some sort where you would need a 100% clean environment....not making plastic bottles.
Managers also expect a lot from you, especially Operators. They add extra daily tasks Operators have to do, and it eventually gets to the point where you have to basically do half of your daily tasks and rush through and just say good enough, because sometimes you need to physically need to be in 2 places at once at times. You wont have time to 100% do everything they want you to do in a day. And if you mention it to them they basically just say well, its your job....why cant you do your job properly?less
Easy work, not physically hard.
Zero social life outside of work, Pay raises are a joke so they dont have any long term employees