Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Maple Leaf Foods President, CEO, and Director; Chairman, Canada Bread Company; Director, McCain Foods Group Michael H. McCain
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  1. Was a nice place until recently

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Roanoke, VA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits competitive wages and mostly good people

    Cons

    Management at the Roanoke plant needs help!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new production manager!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Problems are not fixed they are blamed on people.

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    Hard hot work, it is like getting paid to work out. I lost 50 pounds in one year.

    Cons

    A culture of blame. If a problem occurs the way to fix it at Maple Leaf is to blame it on one person, rather than find a way to keep that problem from happening once more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to prevent mistakes by changing operating procedures. Stop blaming people for mistakes, and use the mistakes as opportunities to fix a problem in production. I saw the same mistakes occur on all seven production lines over and over during my year. No changes in operating procedures ever occurred, but many employees were blamed for the recurring mistakes.
    Also senior management at the Roanoke Plant did not live up to the companies core values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Central Lab poorly managed, high turnaround!

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    Former Employee - Technologist in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technologist in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    The best thing was bringing free products home after they had cleared testing. Sometimes we would get a free lunch.

    Cons

    High-pressure environment with culture of shaming. Too many schedules to keep track of. Chronically understaffed. Dramatic lack of middle managers pushes manager work onto over-burdened laboratory staff. Hard to get a break, so easy burnout. No budget for social activity, and no time allotted for it. Performance development review process pushed WAY too hard, you never hear the end of it, and you are encouraged to rate yourself unfavourably...probably because there is nowhere to go in the company (no promotions).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give development/performance feedback regularly so that people have more chance to improve. Stop relying on jealous idiots for your information...try being more objective. Try to avoid developing favouritism...it breeds mistrust

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. under paid, over worked and high uncertainty manufacturing company

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    Former Employee - Category Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They invest in training if you show promise.

    High turnover means lots of opportunities to get promoted if you are connected with the right people, don't be fooled into thinking hard work and growing the business will get you there though, it's all about who you know.

    Cons

    Constantly "restructuring" leaving everyone in limbo until the next organization structure is announces.

    They are also notorious for promising promotions or new opportunities "in the next restructure" that never happen just to keep you working hard at your underpaid rate before you get sick of it a quit.

    As a result, retention and turnover are a huge issue and the "good" people end up getting fed up and leaving (with their talent and experience) while the duds that stuck around get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to who is actually getting the work done and give them what they want before they inevitably leave with your training investment and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Overworked and underpaid.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    Clean, steady work. Lovely coworkers on the line

    Cons

    They keep cutting costs and wages to improve profit to elite few. Let's face it, the place is run by shareholders. There for the more profit, the better for them. This has a cascading effect on the entire company. From the top, to the little managers, its all about cost cutting in the factory. I witnessed employees have their overtime axed while the line speed (stress). Went up and up. They made all of the poor hard working women work harder then oops! No more overtime. Most of the women could not speak English well or were older and scared to lose their jobs. I watched management take advantage of this and I feel terrible for them. Shame on this company. You would be better off working at Tim Horton's believe it or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not all about profit. Look after your employees and you won't feel as bad for doing this to them. They ate doing their best. Put your prod away! Care for these lovely people because its your job. The fwt cats who are raking in all the profit do not care about you. But the workers do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Challenging and rewarding work but little support and recognition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are above average. 3 weeks vacation to start.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours daily and many weekends. Company promises people a lot of things but rarely delivers. I don't think the change the company is going through is helping the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just preach the company values, practice them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Chaotic at times with Poor morale

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Surrey, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Floor / production employees cared alot about the product produced. Very concerned with quality and presentation.

    Cons

    Plant now closed. Local management had little regard for staff. HR was very ineffective...except good at planning decorations for all the seasons... hardly relevant to HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Michael McCain and his ego are the root of the problem. I understand building shareholder value but the sacrifice of hardworking people consistently and destroying the Schneider brand just to say he could is unbelievable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Very poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Base compensation and benefits packages are great
    - A lot of room to climb the corporate ladder

    Cons

    - Poor work/life balance
    - No sense of direction with the company
    - Systems are not reliable
    - Very difficult to implement new processes
    - Culture does not foster growth and development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - listen to your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. High stress environment. You need thick skin if you want to work here for any significant length of time.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Wages can be good if you fight for it.
    Some management are very helpful.
    Almost unlimited overtime if desired.
    Pension and benefits are good.
    Plant market can be good depending on the location.
    Transparent CEO, handles crisis well.

    Cons

    Almost no appreciation for good work, only recognized in extreme cases or the inner circle cliques. Old boys club.
    No respect for employees, he who shouts the loudest wins. Bullying at all levels of the organization.
    Toxic environment, nothing is ever good enough.
    Ridiculous annual self evaluations tied to near impossible goals which cripple your bonus.
    Cold, wet, smelly.
    Not enough resources to operate effectively.
    New management are low balled on wages. A degree is valued more than industry experience.
    Lots of racism in the plants due to large amounts of foreign workers.
    Work can be dangerous at times. Lots of repetitive strain injuries.
    Lazy and incompetent workers protected by a union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your companies most important value is doing what's right by treating people with respect and acting with integrity, you had better treat people with respect. I have never in all my life been surrounded by more arrogant, loud-mouthed, back stabbing bigots. I had to leave a well paying job because I was rushed to hospital thinking I was having a stroke because I was so stressed out. Even years after I have left the company, this job has fundamentally changed who I am. I was becoming bitter, and angry, like all of those I was surrounded by; and I still carry a lot of that around with me and it bothers me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Director in Toronto (Australia)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto (Australia)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for varied experiences. Very strong brand name and good compensation. Strong disciplined approach to analysing processes and performance. Great networking opportunities. Overall, good products and strong Corporate pride in the Company.

    Cons

    To some degree an 'old boys club' atmosphere, extremely long hours - your work can actually become your life. Often don't think things through to the end which can result in frustration and burn out. Top heavy management structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the top management - to help reduce overheads. Try to look behind the aura of individual 'star' employees and assess them objectively on an ongoing basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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