Shearer's Foods, Inc – Bristol, VA
• Serves as SQF Practitioner. • Conduct verification, validation of Food Safety Pre-requisite programs. • Support HACCP policies and… CareerBuilder
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I worked at Shearer's Foods full-time (less than an year)Pros
Decent pay for the work you're hired to perform. Co-workers and local management were kind and professional. Work tasks are simple in and of themselves. 8-hour shift passes quickly if you're busy. You aren't forced to spend "extra time" sitting around for a mandatory "lunch break" (turning an 8-hour day into 9-hours). Overtime is a nice boost to the bottom line, but I'd rather go home after 8 hours and have time to sleep.Cons
Insane work pace. Most people can manage a bit over 1/2 what they require, and that's why they lose people all the time (quits or terminations). Not many want to work in a hot, noisy production environment, and most of those CAN NOT meet the production numbers they say they need to be profitable. They also need to rebuild/refit some equipment so it works reliably. I'd say they lost more "productivity" to down equipment than slow workers. UNDER-STAFFING = NO DAYS OFF for 10+ days at a time...which only encourages people to quit.
The benefits are nice, but they are mostly window dressing. You get no sick pay. There's a free clinic, but the office only is compatible with one shift. Everyone else must come in on their own time...compromising time to sleep while that one shift can come in right before or right after work. You also must have a doctor's note if you miss work or risk termination.
You get ONE WEEK of vacation during each of the first 5 years you are there...this is HALF of what most decent companies offer and is way too little considering how hard you are expected to work for them.
Personally, I went home EXHAUSTED after every day. I didn't mind that, but by the end of a month, I was so mentally and physically tired that it took all I had just to get through my next shift...doing as little as possible and walking about in a mental fog. I just couldn't keep doing it, and I was already counseled on not being fast enough. Quitting was a weight off my conscience, and it took a week of extended bed rest before I started to feel "normal" again.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Get out of the plantation mindset. Your benefits are below the norm, and your pay is unexceptional. YOU WILL NOT GET AND KEEP GOOD PEOPLE THIS WAY.
You need to lower your production expectations...at least long enough to get your staffing where it needs to be so everyone works 5 days on and gets 2 days off every week. This will ensure everyone gets a chance to be rested for their next week. The work pace and environment is too hard to expect people to go nonstop day after day after day and never burn out. You're only eliminating potential employees by keeping things this way. ONCE YOU GET THE STAFFING YOU NEED, you can start replacing those that can't with new people until you find the ones you want to keep. If you think you pay too much for lower production, perhaps you should pay a bit less and offer an incentive for those with consistent better production numbers or keep the slower people in non-production tasks most of the time.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO