Maple Leaf Foods

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Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
121 Reviews
3.3
121 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
79 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • good training, bonuses, some good people (in 6 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.  

    Challenging Marketplace

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    • 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
  2.  

    Boring

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    • 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
  3.  

    The most terrible place to work in Roanoke, VA

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    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
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  5.  

    Was a nice place until recently

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    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
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    Problems are not fixed they are blamed on people.

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    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
  7.  

    Great experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good management and great work experience

    Cons

    Long work hours but not bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A clash between The "old" and the "new"

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  9.  

    Great family to join

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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
  10.  

    Chaotic at times with Poor morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Surrey, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Floor / production employees cared alot about the product produced. Very concerned with quality and presentation.

    Cons

    Plant now closed. Local management had little regard for staff. HR was very ineffective...except good at planning decorations for all the seasons... hardly relevant to HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Michael McCain and his ego are the root of the problem. I understand building shareholder value but the sacrifice of hardworking people consistently and destroying the Schneider brand just to say he could is unbelievable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Maple Leaf has been a fair employer offering opportunities for individuals who have a passion for learning.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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

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