Maple Leaf Foods

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Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
126 Reviews
3.4
126 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
81 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Lots of good people, very encouraging and growth oriented (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life Balance-Be prepared to work night shift or evening shift for min (in 9 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.  

    Boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time

    Pros

    Steady work hours and good pay/benefits

    Cons

    not challenging, people tend to be catty (dont work well as teams)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I thoroughly enjoyed working with MLF for over a decade.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management - Corporate Office in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Management - Corporate Office in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you work with a leadership team who follows the values and has your back when you follow the values, then you will love working for MLF.

    Cons

    Its unfortunate that not all MLF leaders live by the values or have the backs of their employees who respectfully challenge status quo with. Be sure to get to talk to people in the dept you are interested in working in. There are huge differences from one dept to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the values. Make time to get to know your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very nice company, well known, as every one eats and buys food

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse
    Former Employee - Nurse

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Promotions, bonuses, continued learning opportunities
    Micheal McCain speaks to his employees

    Cons

    Pace of corporate change is fast, and if you dont catch on fast your left behind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Focus on the wrong stuff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good benefits
    diverse work opportunities with a large breadth of roles and locations
    strong brand name in the industry - stable employment

    Cons

    work life balance
    development institutionalized
    lead all hired to believe they can be a senior manager/director in 2yrs
    very high turnover
    constant change, not always good, yet the underlying problems never change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    live the values don't just talk about them
    truly talk to your teams for feedback
    culture is toxic foster teamwork - structure tends to foster negative competition and silo mentality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Up and Down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company with opportunity to grow. Some very good teams and leaders. The benefits are quite good with good health and RSP matching.

    Cons

    Sometimes the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. The departments are very disjoint. There is different rules for different locations throughout Canada.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider all the ramifications of your decisions - people, software, equipment. Sometimes decisions seem to be made on a whim and the results cause more issues than they solve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Worklife balance?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salaried in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Salaried in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great co-workers and work environment in Winnipeg-Lag. Some opprotunity for growth if you work really hard and lots of hours.

    Cons

    Poor Management and Senior Leadership Team. Absolutely no work life balance. You could be on your death bed and still be expected to show up to work. You have to be a brown noser in order to move up in status.Lots of Supervisors with very poor people skills; lots of bickering and favortism between supervisors. Some supervisors let the status go to their heads, being extremely rude and disrespectful to hourly employees to the point of threats. They should be cleaning up the garbage people they have as supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the interactions between supervisors and watch how they treat their employees. Some of the supervisors have no business being supervisors and need to learn respect for everyone. There are supervisors who are so two faced and would throw you under a bus in a heartbeat just to make themselves look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    Good Corporate structure, also nice employee activities

    Cons

    old school, seems set in their ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    become new school

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    My time at Maple Leaf Foods

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Fast-pace environment
    - Great co-workers

    Cons

    - Very political
    - Managing up is a priority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    So disappointed with this Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IS Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, many people trying to do the right thing, great future vision, great products;

    Cons

    Old boys club; too many people who have been there forever and are resistant to change; excessive politics; subjective performance appraisal based on popularity not results; poorchange management; disorganized execution; top heavy management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk your values; minimize politics, manage based on results not relationships

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good place to work for if you want to be in a food industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Big Company, well -know, good pay and alot of locations across Canada.

    Cons

    Long and odd hours, no value for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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