Maple Leaf Foods
3.1 of 5 101 reviews
www.mapleleaffoods.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014

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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

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 6 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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    Challenging Marketplace

    Director (Former Employee)

    ProsLeadership values, strict business processes, starting to develop better HR pay bands, now has a great balance sheet. Good employee engagement and compensation

    ConsToo much overhead, poor top-led management decisions over the past 15 years. Doesn't understand how to make money!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild out a world class secondary processing business and drive costs out of distribution network. Need a new CEO or take the company private!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a nice place until recently

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Roanoke, VA

    ProsGood benefits competitive wages and mostly good people

    ConsManagement at the Roanoke plant needs help!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new production manager!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Problems are not fixed they are blamed on people.

    Machine Operator (Former Employee)
    Roanoke, VA

    ProsHard hot work, it is like getting paid to work out. I lost 50 pounds in one year.

    ConsA 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The most professional, respectable organization and best people I have ever worked with in HR.

    Human Resources (Current Employee)

    ProsProfessional, open, learning organization that values the innovative and believes in continuous improvement. Excellent development programs, though not offered to enough employees. Positive, people focused attitude that attempts to draw on knowledge and skill of its employees, adapts well to challenges and puts safety, quality and the customer on an equal footing.

    ConsDifficulty maintaining expectations when attempting to deal with large project challenges. Some leadership issues related to effectively handling transitions. Some high level issues with planning and executing change, could benefit from better change management and use of internal human resources that have the skills and ability to solve many of the issues the company currently faces.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't overlook the knowledge and experience in the organization as many valuable employees may be overlooked based on poor selection techniques.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start a career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany opportunities for growth. Lots of wonderful people to work with and a great culture

    Consuncertain future, not clear on executive priorities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Corporate structure, also nice employee activities

    Consold school, seems set in their ways

    Advice to Senior Managementbecome new school

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    Very dynamic organisation, with strong values.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFast paced, never bored, high respect for people, challenging, very diverse employee base, varied employee skill set. People are focussed in their jobs.

    ConsGoals change frequently, high ego, reactions to change, top down management style.

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    It is great, useful and challenging

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat leadership, knowledgeable senior management, and great culture. Great food safety and good corporate citizenship

    ConsPoor financial performance due to high cost production

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My time at Maple Leaf Foods

    Six Sigma Black Belt (Former Employee)
    Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    Pros- Fast-pace environment
    - Great co-workers

    Cons- Very political
    - Managing up is a priority

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    High stress environment. You need thick skin if you want to work here for any significant length of time.

    Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    ProsWages can be good if you fight for it.
    Some management are very helpful.
    Almost unlimited overtime if desired.
    Pension and benefits are good.
    Plant market can be good depending on the location.
    Transparent CEO, handles crisis well.

    ConsAlmost no appreciation for good work, only recognized in extreme cases or the inner circle cliques. Old boys club.
    No respect for employees, he who shouts the loudest wins. Bullying at all levels of the organization.
    Toxic environment, nothing is ever good enough.
    Ridiculous annual self evaluations tied to near impossible goals which cripple your bonus.
    Cold, wet, smelly.
    Not enough resources to operate effectively.
    New management are low balled on wages. A degree is valued more than industry experience.
    Lots of racism in the plants due to large amounts of foreign workers.
    Work can be dangerous at times. Lots of repetitive strain injuries.
    Lazy and incompetent workers protected by a union.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen your companies most important value is doing what's right by treating people with respect and acting with integrity, you had better treat people with respect. I have never in all my life been surrounded by more arrogant, loud-mouthed, back stabbing bigots. I had to leave a well paying job because I was rushed to hospital thinking I was having a stroke because I was so stressed out. Even years after I have left the company, this job has fundamentally changed who I am. I was becoming bitter, and angry, like all of those I was surrounded by; and I still carry a lot of that around with me and it bothers me.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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