Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Maple Leaf decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Management in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Management in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Great company values, Exceptional ethics to public in business practices, Allows for personal growth, does not micro manage in most cases. Decent benefit package.,

    Cons

    Talks work/life balance, but does not always allow for it. Strict adherence to upper management dictates conflicts with operational needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more responsive to operational needs to need company supply commitments

    Recommends
  2. Challenging Marketplace

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Leadership values, strict business processes, starting to develop better HR pay bands, now has a great balance sheet. Good employee engagement and compensation

    Cons

    Too much overhead, poor top-led management decisions over the past 15 years. Doesn't understand how to make money!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build out a world class secondary processing business and drive costs out of distribution network. Need a new CEO or take the company private!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Good to work for

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    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Make your own hours, flexible
    Start at 3 weeks vacation no waiting period
    Benefits also have no waiting period. Deals on product

    Cons

    Lack of communication at times. Benefits could be approved on. Lots of moving parts that do always work good together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of the little guy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Process Specialist in Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Process Specialist in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good management and great work experience

    Cons

    Long work hours but not bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. A clash between The "old" and the "new"

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods as a contractor

    Pros

    - very welcoming
    - lots to re-build and re-establish (work opportunities)
    - Maple Leaf is slowing changing its view to be more future-focused with acquiring younger talent. (a slow process due to the union)

    Cons

    - A lot of old stubborn employees who are just not competent nor compliant of today's job market
    - advancement is questionable due to the older employees "hangin' in there"
    - loss of cohesion between departments
    - too many rulers not enough leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all Management has the right mind set nor is capable of the position they hold. This is something that should be addressed as its time for the rulers to be kicked and leaders promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great family to join

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who care about what they're doing. Its refreshing to see that in a company

    Cons

    It's a big company that has been created by purchases of little ones. depending on which of these Business units you end up working for your experience may vary. Very fair yet at times hectic environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Maple Leaf has been a fair employer offering opportunities for individuals who have a passion for learning.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    Through the years, Maple Leaf has gone through enormous changes. It's culture encourages employees to expand beyond their current roles and always keep learning.

    Cons

    Because of the changes that are happening, advancement at the moment are limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Marvelous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Coop Human Resources Placement in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Coop Human Resources Placement in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The management were friendly, ready to help in every situation and the cordial relationship amongst staff was excellent

    Cons

    Coop Internship was too short

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider the services of Coop Interns especially in respect of Internationally trained applicants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to start a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth. Lots of wonderful people to work with and a great culture

    Cons

    uncertain future, not clear on executive priorities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Very dynamic organisation, with strong values.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    Fast paced, never bored, high respect for people, challenging, very diverse employee base, varied employee skill set. People are focussed in their jobs.

    Cons

    Goals change frequently, high ego, reactions to change, top down management style.

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