Maple Leaf Foods

www.mapleleaffoods.com
Profile Unclaimed

Maple Leaf Foods Reviews in Canada

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
100 Reviews
3.4
100 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Maple Leaf Foods President, CEO, and Director; Chairman, Canada Bread Company; Director, McCain Foods Group Michael H. McCain
Michael H. McCain
100 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)

More Highlights

100 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    under paid, over worked and high uncertainty manufacturing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Overworked and underpaid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Ok Company for the ambitious

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

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    The right person can move up fast within the company. There is good opportunities to further your education(six sigma)

    Cons

    Morals are not necessary to move up the ladder This tends to increase the turnover of good employees. There is a value placed for an Ivy education over proven experience which also adds to the high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your top talent or continue to underperform. Its your choice.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Customer Accounts

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

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    This organization is a good place to learn about the consumer packaged goods industry. However, they are currently undergoing major changes.

    Cons

    It depends on the department. I hear both good things and bad.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    They SCREWED us

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pork Cutter in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Pork Cutter in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    NONE,find an other place to work

    Cons

    Bought out Burns in the late 90's back then was making 18.75 an hour witch was good money but they thought it was too much,dropped our wages to 12.75 an hour,the Mccain's can laugh about taking advantage of their employees,will never buy a product from them again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging and rewarding work but little support and recognition.

    • 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

    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.  

    Good to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good people, very encouraging and growth oriented. Relaxed office atmosphere, flexible hours

    Cons

    Going through lots of change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

Work at Maple Leaf Foods? Share Your Experiences

Maple Leaf Foods

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.