Maple Leaf Foods

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Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
118 Reviews
3.2
118 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
77 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Challenging Marketplace

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for 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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    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 for 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.  

    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
  8.  

    Be ready for uber change management!

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work culture is inspiring, allows for accountability

    Cons

    Not much in terms of take home product perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Marvelous

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    Former Employee - Coop Human Resources Placement  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Coop Human Resources Placement in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods as an intern for 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.  

    Chaotic at times with Poor morale

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

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for 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.  

    I thoroughly enjoyed working with MLF for over a decade.

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    Current Employee - Management - Corporate Office  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Management - Corporate Office in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you work with a leadership team who follows the values and has your back when you follow the values, then you will love working for MLF.

    Cons

    Its unfortunate that not all MLF leaders live by the values or have the backs of their employees who respectfully challenge status quo with. Be sure to get to talk to people in the dept you are interested in working in. There are huge differences from one dept to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the values. Make time to get to know your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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