Just your typical factory job with co-workers making all the difference
Having worked in the majority of manufacturing positions at Weston (Machine Operator, Mixer, Sanitation/Operation Help), they are all similar because they all suffer from the repetitiveness/same routine problem that comes alongside all factory work. However your manufacturing position will dictate how much pressure and stress you feel while working on the floor with stress levels varying from person to person depending on how production is going.
The nature of the work is definitely not for everyone as you will get dirty (but the company supplies uniforms to each employee). The work can be physical and fast paced but is not a problem as long as you use proper communication and teamwork to get the job done.
Despite being unionized, pay and benefits are rated below average to mediocre for newer employees. At the time of this review, the wage progression for new employees is also very slow and lengthy due to the outdated union contract which causes significant turnover rate. However job security is good and lots of extra money is made through overtime with a six day schedule being common.
In terms of workplace culture, your experience is largely determined by what you make of it. Management and supervisors can be hit or miss depending on your own experience, concerns and interactions. You will generally be left alone if you just do your job. However the co-workers here are the defining part of the environment and culture. From all the years working here, the co-workers
Points positifsVery good and fun co-workers, Potlucks and celebrations, lots of overtime
Points négatifsStarting pay and wage progression, long hours, you will feel the pressure from management and supervisors
Factory Worker | Mississauga, ON | 3 oct. 2020
Good for a pay cheque and friendships, but that's about it.
I have worked for Weston Foods part time now for the better part of 5 years. I can tell you right now that management is great, they are extremely helpful and would give you the shirt off their backs, but that's where the good things about this company ends. There is absolutely no growth or job advancement here. You can make lateral moves between departments and maybe make a few dollars per hour more, but that's it. All the salary or positions with more responsibility are posted for outside hires despite having bright people and post secondary educated employees working here. Partly to blame is the continually worsening collective agreements that just take the life out of the place. New hires can never make the amount of the people who have been here 10+ years because of the wage caps, so while you may be doing the exact same job, you can never make as much as the guy beside you most likely. I have worked in production, sanitation and maintenance and am probably one of the best/most diversely trained employees here, but they're just going to let me walk out the door when the time comes. The turnover is a little ridiculous for all the departments and the wages are low so it's hard to keep the talented people that work hard and that want to work. It's just sad for me to write this because I do like this place, but it has been proven to me time and again, that there is no future here.
Points positifsFree Bread, Flexible Hours, Good Management, Good Area
Points négatifsZero Growth Opportunities, Zero Raises, High Turnover
| Cobourg, ON | 2 avr. 2018
OMG ... the stench! Well I guess a plus would be lost appetite & weight!
Scheduled for interview, got a number to call at the door, but no one answered the in-house door-phone nor the cell number I'd been given for someone to open and let us in.
5 employees came & went on their breaks and said "yep 😃" when we told them - so respect is obviously low on the priority list.
Once finally inside, the smell was even worse, turned my stomach!
3 guys were almost done filling out a wad of paperwork, we were given the same to do; they'd been there for 2 hours!
There were wayyy too many too-personal questions before an actual hire, incl. drivers license number! And signing an ok for someone else to drive me to a job site ... ?
We just looked at eachother and said "are you ok with all this?" after 3 pages out of 25+ ... and we left. A good thing, we made a new friend.
We'd have been hired by a temp company, paid less than company/factory employees (by $.50), but would also be the first to be let go during a cut-back. Been there, done that.
Points positifsdon't know
Points négatifsthe stench! and respect.
Assembler | Cobourg, ON | 5 mars 2020
Too many people from the same family working there, too much clicks, favoritism
Working at Weston's Cobourg hasn't been great. It is a place that has a lot of people from the same families working there and also people who went to schools together, family friends etc
There is so much 'click' situations there and if you don't belong to a certain circle of clicks or friends, then you are out of things.
Some of the Supervisors are close friends with some employees and they always team up together against other employees if they don't like you for whatever reason.
Also Management seem to favor employees who are their family members or friends in almost every way. Such employees always have upper hands over others in many ways!
So many employees have been there for long not because they are happy there, but because it was just suitable for our families lives. We had to put up with situations just to get by!
Mixer | Kitchener, ON | 23 janv. 2021
If you value your physical and mental health, stay away.
As I said before, if you value your mental health, and especially your physical health, stay away.
They will try to lure you in with benefits but is the point of the benefits so that you can destroy your body with awful, back-breaking, soul-crushing labor?
My first week I was told on how easy it is to get suspended as if it's some sort of initation. They (managment) will terrify you with making mistakes.
All the older guys there treat their jobs as the be all and end all; and will expect you to do the same.
You are a number there and god forbid you sit down to take a break if there is nothing to do.
Managers play favorites and are not helpful.
Save your time, your back, and your peace of mind.
You can get the same money for less work if you know where to look.
Points positifsYou know what you don't want in a job
Points négatifsToo many to list
Audit Clerk | Etobicoke, ON | 31 oct. 2014
Excellent job for those who want to advance in the company.
Fast paced so day goes by quickly. Learned how to be a Jr. Route Audit Clerk. Management was quick to recognize skills and assets and reward me for them. Co-workers were professional, friendly, hardworking, and helpful. Hardest part of the job was upper management's need to micro manage, and the distance to travel to work (4hrs/day). The most enjoyable part was the ability to adjust work hours by an hr or two, as long as 8 hrs were put in per day. Also the manager and my department were a pleasure to work with. Benefits package, and room for advancement in terms of salary and incentives was a huge motivator and a bonus.
Points positifsAbility to break up breaks i.e 15 min break divided into 2 or work through lunch and go home early.
Points négatifsDistance, upper management's need to micro manage
Project Manager | Toronto, ON | 10 févr. 2020
Productive, fun and exciting!
A typical day as a Project Manager is managing the plan and resources and of course, troubleshooting where necessary. Busy place and lots to do so continuously had to switch my hat from Kronos PM to WD PM to Integrations PM.
This Company has to be the friendliest place and extremely supportive by my management. We had the ability to have fun as well as work hard.
Teamwork was key to the success of the team, but the SME's were extremely knowledgeable and did not hold back there needs or wants. The team was also very flexible and when the late hours were called for, there was not issues, more so, proud to continue working on the solutions and implementation.
Points négatifslate hours and 3 implementations happening simultaneously.
Retail Sales Associate | Kingston, ON | 5 févr. 2013
Was a very productive and fun place to work.
Oversaw the daily operations of the Thrift Store and the employees. There were 3-4 other employees besides myself. Truly enjoyed the socialization with the customers and staff.
Before this Thrift Store Manager job, I worked in the office of Weston's and I had many different responsibilities there as you will see from my Resume how I moved around within this company. I was always learning new things. Really enjoyed this job. Got along well with almost all my co-workers. Only one or two that I had any problem with, but we were still able to work together. Would have loved to have been able to stay there but job was downsized.
Points positifsreally enjoyed these jobs.
Regulatory Affairs Manager | Toronto, ON | 5 déc. 2012
Highly organised management with open door policy for all its employees.
I was responsible to ensuring that all the manufacturing facilities operate within regulatory guidelines, and in accordance with company's policies and procedures.
The company has a highly organized organizational structure; it is a kind of parallel structure in the sense that there is an open door policy.
I enjoyed working with my colleagues and the floor employees. In particular, I had a very good working relationships with the Operations Manager for each plant.
What I enjoyed most in this role is working with plant managements and employees to ensure they are audit ready at all times.
Captain | Kitchener, ON | 20 juin 2020
I would rate lower if possible. Run.
The place is so ghetto. Not clean environment, safety is of no concern to management and the baking supervisors are just awful. Anything else is better. The pay is just awful because the old employees who are nearing retirement locked in a wage that didn’t matter and now it’s stuck for 4 more years. Half the employees don’t know what they’re doing, they only got the job because theyve been there forever and they’ve been there forever because the union protects the lazy man. The level of Unprofessionalism is simply unreal. If you wanna be talked down too and yelled at for having an opinion this is the place for it.
Points positifsThe people
Questions et réponses au sujet de l'entreprise Weston Foods
Comment décririez-vous l’ambiance de travail chez Weston Foods?
Posée le 16 août 2017
Not good thrown under bus after 3 years employment only told that it’s not what you can do but who you know
Réponse du 4 sept. 2020
Making good product
Réponse du 7 sept. 2019
Comment bien se préparer pour un entretien chez Weston Foods?
Posée le 12 juill. 2017
Resume 2 photos I'd sing I'd. Safety shoes bring it
Réponse du 7 sept. 2019
Know your resume, strengths weaknesses (and how you overcome them), and your experience and professional direction
Réponse du 17 déc. 2018
Quel aspect de travailler chez Weston Foods est le plus stressant?
Posée le 23 févr. 2019
Réponse du 14 déc. 2020
Lack of communication, and shift changes (scheduling)
Réponse du 13 nov. 2019
Is the work part-time?
Posée le 5 août 2018
The hours set 8 hrs
Réponse du 16 févr. 2020
The hours set 8 hrs
Réponse du 16 févr. 2020
Why would you want to work at Weston Foods?
Posée le 12 juill. 2017
Work is easy to learn. There are some opportunities to learn various jobs. Opportunity to become permanent employee