Maple Leaf Foods

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Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
131 Reviews
3.4
131 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
85 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Maple Leaf decent place to work

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

    A great wok environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, good work ethic

    Cons

    DEPARTment are not cohesive at all

  3.  

    Challenging Marketplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    The most terrible place to work in Roanoke, VA

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time

    Pros

    pay and benefits, good pay, good insurance (when you finally do get it)

    Cons

    management, work conditions, unsanitary conditions (saw maggots in machinery where they make bread)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open minded with employees and don't talk to them as if they are beneath you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Was a nice place until recently

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Problems are not fixed they are blamed on people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    under paid, over worked and high uncertainty manufacturing company

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    • 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
  10.  

    Overworked and underpaid.

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    • 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
  11.  

    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

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