I worked at Pictsweet full-time (More than 3 years)
* Rewards of many kinds are available for hard-working, dependable employees, no matter the job title. They have an old-school employer model, that's along the lines of "you do well by us, and we'll do well by you." Not a perfect company, because it's not run by perfect people. But they generally do well for their employees.
* Good plant management, with open-door policy
* "Old-school" work mentality (i.e. Those who work hard and do well get rewarded). Lazy (or trouble-makers) get coached to encourage change, but get let go if they don't change.
* Token Economy set up for rewarding good employees who go above and beyond basic job duties
* Choices in Healthcare coverage.
* Benefits for skilled labor include retirement, sick leave, vacation, etc.
* They work with employees well for family needs (but they pay attention and cut down abuses).
* Plenty of opportunity to learn new trades. Lots of coworkers went from being a laborer to a better paying position (i.e. I've seen laborers move into being a QC tech, forklift driver, sanitation worker [really nice pay], line lead, case attendant, machine operator; one machine operator was moved up to being a supervisor). Just dedicated, hard-workers get moved up, when spots become available.
* The CEO is very down-to-earth and personal; his directors are not in the "Pros" section, though.
* Point-based system for attendance is very fair (contrary to other opinions shared); managers erase points for the best employees who are having a rough patch in life. But the lazy or otherwise crappy employees don't generally get breaks in points, because break abuse and the inability to get to work on time (or leaving work early) are general "good employee" and "responsible person" basics.
* BBQs for plant.
* Opportunity to train in other capacities.
* Dental/vision is not good; paying for "Dental Select" group purchase plans WAY cheaper and similar or better coverage than the plans Pictsweet offers.
* Corporate is slow to change, and focuses on their agendas over input from plant level.
* Directors I've met are not often down to earth or personal, like the CEO and plant management team are. They are very particular, and not very kind.
* VERY set pay scale - raises happen, and they reward the good employees with better pay; but once you hit the top of the scale for your position, the only way to earn more is to change positions within the company.
* Plant processes frozen food; so it's naturally kept chilly where product is processed (and REALLY cold where frozen product is stored). Winters get pretty cold in food processing/storing areas - would recommend wearing warm clothing; many layers, and warm gloves that nitrile gloves can fit over!
Advice to Management
Plant Level: Keep doing as you're doing.
Corporate Level: Listen to your plant management seriously - they have a lot of insight on things you don't see going on in their plant. And raising the pay scales of all hourly employees should seriously be examined at each plant. Some may be ok, but there are others that need a higher pay scale to get the required help the plant needs to run optimally. It's also OK to learn from how other companies do things; it may help skipping over some issues by learning from how another company does something.
I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Pictsweet in September 2016.
Getting hired is easy and there wasn't an interview they just called and told me to come to the HR office and they drug tested me and did a breathalyzer test. Then they showed some videos on safety and that was it.
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