Rossdown Natural Foods Careers and Employment
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- Company size501 to 1,000
- Revenue$30m to $130m (CAD)
- Headquarters2325 Bradner Road, Abbots...
Tucked away in British Columbia’s fertile Fraser Valley, Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods is a family-run business that balances traditional values with progressive farming practices.
At Rossdown Farms, we like to say that farming is woven into the fabric of our entire gamily. In fact, Rossdown Farms in the collective result of four generations of poultry farmers. After many years in the industry, we took the knowledge and insight that we'd gained and further expanded Rossdown Farms to include poultry processing.
Farm-To-Plate means we do everything at our family-run farm: we produce the eggs, we hatch the chicks, we feed and grow the poultry and then we process it in our own federally-inspected facility. Rossdown Farms is one of the only companies in the country to use this innovative, integrated approach. By not outsourcing to third party suppliers, we’re able to maintain exceptionally high standards at every stage, ensuring the highest quality poultry for you and your family.
Feed. Hatch. Grow. Process.
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Shipping department is an overall fairly small team. It's about 20 workers divided into morning and evening shifts vs approx 100 that work in production. So, it's easy to get along with each other and work together. But, there's a definite language barrier with the ethnicities that work there: on the shipping floor most speak Punjabi/Hindi and ESL. If you only speak English, you can get by but it'll take some patience. Introverted types will flourish Palletizers arguably have it the most rough. They're alot more physically active, have to quickly adjust to new product on the line, and get ordered around to do things outside the scope of their job. But they do it in the hope of being promoted one day. Shippers are level 2 guys, they have more responsibilities and can operate machinery. They have orders to be picked and staged by the end of the night. Order preparation is a chill job and kind of fun, but requires smarts and constant checking for errors. There's a joke in the department that some of the workers didn't go to school because counting is hard sometimes (it's true). Shippers also are responsible for inventory management and keeping the floors neat and free of stagnant pallets. Getting full hours isn't always a guarantee. You're entitled to stay and work until the end of your shift, but you have to keep yourself busy on the floor. Sometimes you see guys dragging their feet (working slow on purpose) to extend their hours. Thanksgiving and Christmas season is a nightmare, but we get loads of overtime. Cooler temp is near 2 or 3 deg celcius, and freezer temp is -18 C. Cold air is constantly blasted at you from ceiling fans. Frost nip is a common thing. It's halarious and sad at the same time how many new hires quit in the first week due to the cold sensitivity. It may be unexpected working in a chicken factory, but the drama in this workplace is perhaps the worst part of the job. Your mental resolve will be tested if you dwell on the mundane small things that happen and all the gossip that goes along with it. Some of the staff make work miserable, but some are truly good workers that care and want the work to move along as smoothly as possible for everyone. My advice is to keep personal life details to yourself unless you need to bring it up with the supervisor. However, there are some good workers that it's possible to be genuine friends with. Company works on a seniority culture: more years you work in the company, more privileges you're entitled to. Senior staff are also relied upon more to keep things running when the supervisor isn't there. But, some senior staff unfairly take advantage of this relationship. If you cross one of the seniors, the job will quickly become depressing. You'll be snitched on (for the most insignificant things) for the rest of your life working there. Some Supervisors also seem to have favoritism Be punctual with your breaks, punch in and punch outs, tell your supervisor when you're stepping out, don't complain too much, accept tasks with a smile. Do this and supervisors will love you. Because it's a unionized position, there's a lot of increased responsibility to keep things tight and professional. By entering the union contract, sometimes the management is only allowed to work in a certain way . Breaks and floor time are heavily watched. 3 month Probationary is a serious deal since management has the right to fire you if you're deemed unfit. But, being unionized ensures you have a voice in the company. If there's a problem and management finds it out before you inform them, you'll be in trouble. But, if you're proactive and inform your supervisors beforehand, you may be pleasantly surprised to see that they'll work with you. However the union contracts have a big downside and that's to do with raises. The pay increases are fixed by the contract which is something like 40 cents up per year. With the inflation crisis currently that's not enough to keep up with a good living wage.
Worked there a few years. Was busy most times. This is mostly fast paced job, Usually overtime is available. Your job will be 100% if you work as a team.
Ended up leaving because promised raises weren’t given and wages were slipping below average. Management fought me going to school on my own dime to support the company. Management changed hands many times, felt under appreciated most of the time. Maintenance team had a good sense of team but the work itself had some nasty components and felt short handed a lot of the time. A lot of senseless damage done to machines so you’d be repairing a lot of the same stuff.
in my opinion over here is everyday is the new thing to learn about or to act about. Management and staff is very supportive and help and encourage each other to achieve their goals. This company is a good platform for the one who want to start their career in production industry and gain a good experience.
I love my job, I love my company and I can proudly say that every morning when I wake up I feel happy to come to work. Its been two years with this company and every place has its own challenge but the family like environment that I have received here , I have never received in any company before.
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