Maple Leaf Foods Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
108 Reviews

3.1
108 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
68 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 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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  1.  

    A shrinking company without the fortitude to make the needed changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very willing to invest capital in staying current with equipment
    - Recognizes that they have cultural challenges

    Cons

    - Not willing to risk a different leadership style which results in continuing the culture challenges
    - Culture enforces working in silos
    - Cross department cooperation is dissuaded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Issues are from the top down...the needed change will not happen until the senior leadership either act differently or are replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    Good Corporate structure, also nice employee activities

    Cons

    old school, seems set in their ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    become new school

  3.  

    It is great, useful and challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor financial performance due to high cost production

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods as a contractor

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great culture.

    Cons

    difficult to change set processes and ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    My time at Maple Leaf Foods

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

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

    Pros

    - Fast-pace environment
    - Great co-workers

    Cons

    - Very political
    - Managing up is a priority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Wages 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.

    Cons

    Almost 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent employer, would recommend this company.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    respectful organization, looks after their employees, advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    If you do not like change and project work this organization is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to get back to regular employee feedback to improve relationship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance dept allows u to grow if u want it

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst

    I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great ppl
    Good learning experience
    Consistently positive learning Curve

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Sometimes unrewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me a minion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning enviorment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods

    Pros

    The management helps grow, as an individual by guiding you in any project you need.

    Cons

    The work place at times can be draining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work toward not being only a protein based business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Toronto (Australia)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto (Australia)

    I worked at Maple Leaf Foods full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for varied experiences. Very strong brand name and good compensation. Strong disciplined approach to analysing processes and performance. Great networking opportunities. Overall, good products and strong Corporate pride in the Company.

    Cons

    To some degree an 'old boys club' atmosphere, extremely long hours - your work can actually become your life. Often don't think things through to the end which can result in frustration and burn out. Top heavy management structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the top management - to help reduce overheads. Try to look behind the aura of individual 'star' employees and assess them objectively on an ongoing basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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