Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
109 Reviews

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Maple Leaf Foods President, CEO, and Director; Chairman, Canada Bread Company; Director, McCain Foods Group Michael H. McCain
Michael H. McCain
69 Ratings

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Pros
  • Transparency, Respect, Good work life balance, Extremely strong leadership at CEO Level, (in 5 reviews)

  • good training, bonuses, some good people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life Balance-Be prepared to work night shift or evening shift for min (in 6 reviews)

  • Too many Directors - top heavy management, revolving door for employees - reflected at their Town Halls with minimal (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    The most terrible place to work in Roanoke, VA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech  in  Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time

    Pros

    pay and benefits, good pay, good insurance (when you finally do get it)

    Cons

    management, work conditions, unsanitary conditions (saw maggots in machinery where they make bread)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open minded with employees and don't talk to them as if they are beneath you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A shrinking company without the fortitude to make the needed changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very willing to invest capital in staying current with equipment
    - Recognizes that they have cultural challenges

    Cons

    - Not willing to risk a different leadership style which results in continuing the culture challenges
    - Culture enforces working in silos
    - Cross department cooperation is dissuaded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Issues are from the top down...the needed change will not happen until the senior leadership either act differently or are replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The one star overall rating for this company is over generous.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time

    Pros

    Repeat...The one star overall rating for this company is over generous.

    Cons

    Cons

    We are not a manufacturing company, we’re a sales and marketing company?

    We’re one of Canada’s top 10 work cultures? Do you really think any employee, especially a large ethnic base will tell the truth to a consulting company when they are terrified for their jobs. Don't tell me how the company is being run. We already know.

    Quality of supervision is sub par. You have to know people. You have to be a master psychologist. You can't be a coach unless the player has been taught. Give me something that wants me to be a great employee.

    When the company started losing money there was more focus on the operations and management side when it was too late.

    You can be sure that if Corporate has their hands in it at the plant level it’s like the Feds.

    MLF has a bad reputation in the marketplace for intimidation and bullying tactics from Senior and Production Supervisors.

    Never use a company's EAP. Don’t you think there is a conflict of interest? I highly doubt that matters are kept confidential and am sure files are read.

    Six sigma. This is a money waster. Paying people huge salaries to try and save the company money with an out of date concept. Guess what… we’re still losing money. Terminate them all, save the company money, and put a suggestion box in every plant. If a money saving idea is implemented, pay the employee 20% of the first years savings and you will be further ahead.

    HR Manager and Production Supervisors are hired to keep the employee morale high?

    They can’t keep people and they can’t make money.

    It has huge debts. Selling off divisions and closing plants to pay down a huge debt load.

    $21.7M Q4 loss that’s over $60M for 2013! The last three months of the year are historically the biggest revenue generating months and we still lost over $21M! Operating losses will continue for 2014. Sometimes you have point the finger for blame and usually it’s not at the bottom. I know we have a Board of Directors but whose in charge?

    IT- Five minute fixes take 6 months to get resolved and then they want you to spend 12 hours preparing a business case to justify it. They do this hoping you will just go away

    A Performance Management System which is subjective.

    MLF is proud of their commitment to support salaried employees in creating and executing a personalized development plan every year. It is MLF’s most important commitment they make to us and our personal growth. What commitment?

    The company asks “What’s my aspiration?” as an employee. Mine is to retire as soon as I can.

    The only one that can enhance my career is me? If you are passionate about your career and serious about putting in the effort, be prepared to work 10-12 hour days. Now if you come in 1 hour early everyday on a $50k salary you are not getting paid $6250. Still want to come in early or stay late???

    February was “Random Acts of Kindness” month. You could win prizes if you committed to completing five random acts of kindness. We only need to be kind to our fellow employees one month of the year?

    SAP-Need we say more? Mounds of paperwork. Can you see the bottom of your desk? The SAP Center at San Jose is an American indoor arena, located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. I can tell you that if the hockey arena in my city was called that i wouldn't be going to any hockey games.

    I just came from the bank to get an RRSP loan. They told me they have other clients at Maple Leaf Foods. Then they asked me why there was such a high turn over rate at my facility.

    Most office jobs are sedentary and if you sit more than 6 hours per day then you have a 15% greater chance than everyone else to be part of the disability pool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You figure it out. What's wrong with this picture?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is a big company with a lot of perks. Fully paid company car (insurance, gas, 407ETR, repairs, detailing) is a huge bonus for those in Sales. Great place to network and build your resume with "inside sales" experience, without having to actually sell anything.

    Cons

    Politics are unbearable unless you enjoy that environment. Management heavy, with big egos and not a lot of relevant experience, maturity or control. Performance reviews are not based on performance, but on how your department's leader feels about you. A lot of gossip and high-school behaviour in the Sales teams, and not a lot of focus on actually selling their products. Main part of the job in Sales is internal meetings, managing perceptions, and not selling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house! instead of working at restructuring from the bottom up, you should start with your Senior Leadership team (specially in Sales). Hire some real professionals instead of your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointed at the quality of the leadership

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    Former Employee - Everything That No One Else Would Do  in  Brandon, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Everything That No One Else Would Do in Brandon, MB (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Easy to survive - no one is held accountable regardless of the severity of the failure.

    Cons

    Too top heavy. People that work hard and deliver are downplayed versus others who do not work hard or deliver yet their performance is promoted and deemed stellar. They talk a good story about a rewards for performance but who are we kidding?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ha ha ha....only if you have friends at senior levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where's the meat?

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    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time

    Pros

    Occupational Health & Safety; Benefits

    Cons

    The software program Maple Leaf uses (SAP)- is not user friendly and inefficient, a single function becomes a long drawn out process, very high maintenance, requires additional people resources to manage.

    Poorly managed company, disorganized, and out of control(at least the plant where i work).Lack of qualified supervisors. They have nothing good to say about you and they crap all over you. Very condescending. And these people are put in charge?

    They don't treat you with respect and you are not valued even if you are a loyal employee and show up to work every day and put in your best effort. Doesn’t that count for anything? You are like raw meat, you’re processed, packaged, chewed, and spit out. What do you expect it’s a meat processing plant?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not complicated.No one deserves this, not even the people that work here...nobody.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Beyond Boredom

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Technologist  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Food Technologist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had lots of free time.
    I also got free lunch everyday and lots of free meat.

    Cons

    I was never given any significant tasks during my 4 month placement. It was clear to after a few weeks that I was hired in error, the department had a tradition of hiring interns and continued to do so despite having literally nothing for them to do. My supervisor made little effort to make use of my talents or even to give me busy work, it was clear that he did not even want to deal me. I'm really not a bad employee and I did not ask for or deserve this type of treatment. My 4 months at Maple Leaf were the most boring 4 months of my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone has value and potential, tap into it!! Don't hire people if you don't need them, and if you do, find something for them to do, there is always something. Keep hiring co-op students, just make sure to make good use of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    a joke

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    Former Employee - Sanitation  in  Moncton, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sanitation in Moncton, NB (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    there isn't any pros working for maple leaf foods

    Cons

    everything treat works like there dirt and gives them no respect worst mistake was working for them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the workers and give them respect that they need without the lower workers you wouldn't be where your at now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No life/balance - no recognition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    No pros at all for working there

    Cons

    No life/balance - no recognition

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Good place to Work , but no opportunities to grow in USA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    - Flexibe schedule
    - Work from Home

    Cons

    no good salary
    -no good health insurance
    -no care about people
    -no accountable people
    -more you work and care for the company , more work load they gave you with no extra pay
    -no opportunities to grow in USA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do you job and care about people

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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