Forklift Driver (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 11 September 2018
Great culture and SOME great people. Sanmar makes you feel very welcomed. Has the potential to be a company you can proudly say you work at, However the work can sometimes be crazy and they expect you to meet unfair expectations. All for nearly minimal pay and job security. They've let people who worked there for YEARS let go like its nothing. So it doesn't matter how much they appear to like you. One little thing and you're gone. It's practically the same thing on receiving, they pay a little more but should increase the pay all around, but they ram pack the place with no consciousnesses for anyone. On top of if they slowly increase the work load and sometimes they're under manned but expect receivers to do the work in crazy condition. If theres a suggestion or tell upper management like it is, they don't care and it falls upon deaf ears.
SanMar isn't a company you stay at unless you move up. But it's a cool company to experience/ pass through. Amazing potential! If only they could see it.
Some of the workers/Managers, Culture, OK benefits, can move up
Pay, Job Security for Pickers, Politics, unrealistic expectations, Someone Always watching you
picker (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 17 August 2018
Working for San Mar is one of the worst jobs to have. Wasn't given benefits after hire. I was there 7 months before I quit and still had not received my benefits. The 2nd level of the Mississauga plant was 97 degrees fahrenheit with hardly any ventilation. The system they work under is flawed. It can work against the pickers in the plant. No company loyalty. Expect 110% all of the time with little to no mistakes. They try to run like Amazon. They don't have the equipment that Amazon does. Turnover is high.
Didn't have many
working in high heat with little ventilation, no loyalty, hold out on benifits
Employee (Former Employee) – Canada – 26 September 2017
This company absolutely delivers on its commitment to employees. Senior leadership is accessible and involved. The culture is one of open communication & the company really prides itself on keeping that tight-knit family feel, despite their growth & success. Highly recommend.
BBQs, relaxed work environment, accessible management
Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Richmond, BC – 25 May 2017
I started out in the warehouse (which was not bad) but then I moved into customer service which was the best job I've had yet. I had to move and I miss it almost every day. The friends I made there are still like family to me and I've never learned so much from a job like I did there. Lots of education, bonuses, opportunity for advancement and fun! If I could've taken SanMar with me, I would've.
Some of the SanMar staff are the most wonderful, caring people
Some of the Warehouse folk at the time were VERY sexist
Problematic to favoritism Non negociable ideas and values Lowest salary on the market Management frozen in time! Locker room talk in work areas Out with the Old please Sales Sales without compensation or bonus Clan oriented only
Don't bother applying waste of your time for poor wages!
Employee (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 23 December 2016
I am currently employed with SanMar Canada and in my opinion, many of the reviews do not shed an accurate light on the Company.
I have worked with SanMar Canada for just over two years now, and although I may be able to make more elsewhere. I stay for the people, the environment, how they treat their staff and how secure my job is. Don't get me wrong, I've been in situations where I didn't have my vacation approved for this reason or that reason, but that is like any other company. I don't always agree with how my manager thinks, but we can't say that she is not respectful and treats us fairly. The Company offers extended health benefits and they don't take it off our cheques, they host BBQs, lunches and offer gifts and rewards throughout the year.
My department is very closely knit and everyone gets along very well. As people chat, I hear that some managers can be better but I am happy with mine. I also think they can do more company events if possible but I do not have any major complaints.
Could I make a dollar or two more elsewhere like others here are complaining about? Maybe. But after taxes, and the risk of not like the work atmosphere, I think I will pass and stay where I know I am happy.
Customer Service (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 19 December 2016
This is a great place to work for because everyone works hard and the company culture is really like a family. The management is always very supportive and approachable when you face some challenges at work or want to offer some feedback. The ordering system might look overwhelming at first but once you get used to the system, it is actually not that hard. The co-workers are really nice and always help me out when I need support. The company hosts free BBQ, pot luck and some fun events like team building activity and give us free shirts all the time for different events. They will order paid lunch when we are super swamped or have long trainings. The senior management make efforts to sit down with each employee and listen to what we want to share so you feel you can bring up your concerns privately to those who can make changes. The most difficult part of my job is multi tasking – to finish all that you need to do via phone and emails on a busy day. The most enjoyable part of my job is the family like company culture.
Order Picker (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 6 October 2015
Fun work place with supportive ( co-workers ). I learn all my warehouse knowledge from here such as forklifts and RF guns all the way down to wrapping skids.
Management always changed so it got annoying after while and confusing. Anytime I tried to take a vacation day I would get denied if it wasn't a month or longer notice. Also when you change from a position to a higher position they won't raise you less you bug them or i have even seen nice employees to scared to ask and don't get raised.
co-workers they have a great group of employees that would make you feel like family. Working with the team would be the most enjoyable part.
Order picking (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 7 October 2014
the co-workers are amazing; they are very friendly and always happy to talk to you. they are very polite and always ask you how you day is going. the job it self is typical labour work. you do order picking and left heavy boxes. you have a target that you have to accomplish every day. the hardest part of the job is when it is really busy. the place itself is very small therefore when it gets busy there isn't much space for boxes to be packed. the most enjoyable part about the job is that they are very flexible with hours.
Processor (Former Employee) – Mississauga Ontario – 15 June 2014
While the job occasionally can be stressful due to the warehouse environment and some of the given tasks, it is a reliable source of income that offers great hours, while not very flexible management is open to staff with full time availability and takes care of its staff.