You get out of Scenic Fruit Company what you put into the job. The company is notorious for re-warding hard work. Most of the company's senior management started in seasonal or low level jobs at the company. The size of the company allows employees to see many side of a business form production to shipping, storage, billing, etc... The family that owns the company is gracious to their workers, and sees long term workers as an extended family. Year round employees seem to have a good cohesive bond.
Because of the seasonal nature of any agricultural business, employees may only be give 24 hours notice of when they will be working next. Sometimes the unpredictability of work is frustrating however if you are asked to work on short notice their is no penalty for declining. Company does not advance people who come to work and do their job, only those who show a willingness to do extra work or go above and beyond their job title.
Advice to Management
Continue to hire people from outside of the company. A fresh perspective can help senior employees make more creative decisions, and even better decisions with a longer list of options to choose from.
Good for gaining experience working in the fruit packing industry, in the summer they will work you very long hours.
They have some shady practices, so learn to cover yourself well in case of liabilities. They don't provide you with sufficient Personal Protective Equipment, may place yourself in the way of harm.
There is some good entry level experience available. If you work hard enough, you may be able to advance. The company is growing fast, and its really tied to the local community.
They hire a lot of temps. Constant overtime is required, with crazy scheduling. You are lucky if you know your schedule 24 hours ahead, and extra lucky if you have even one day a week off in the busy season. You may be able to advance, but it will cost your sanity and your family for it. Wages are substandard, and benefits are terrible if you get them at all. As said in other reviews, PPE is not always available when you need it. There is also some discrimination in the company culture, like walking into the 1950s. The company is trying to grow and modernize itself, but they don't know how to get there sometimes.
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