Machine operator in Calgary, AB
Good co-workers to work with
Good place to work but the money could be a little better. There is a lot of safety test, done on a monthly basis. Good benefit package and there is a profit share program.
Pouring Engineer (Production Supervisor) in Woodbridge, ON
Fast paced manufacturing environment
Hands-on manufacturing environment, on the spot problem solving, working in unionized environment, leadership skills, conflict management skills, HR manager and senior management is helpful.
Overall good experience
Production Manager in Woodbridge, ON
The plant has a high management turnover rate that is due to the unprofessional treatment of the managers from the plant manager. The work environment is negative due to the fact that the union and company always are in conflict. This is due to old school leadership styles of some long term supervisors that is approved by the plant manager such as yelling at the workers.
The environment is dirty as foam contains static and attracts alot of dust. The winters are cold and the summers are hot. There is no hvac control.
Lean is non existent although the company boasts about using it.
Remold plant Operator in Calgary, AB
A good companyto work with
At carpenter canada ,you have enough time to get trained and accommodate to company culture. If you are safety conscious it will be fun to work here.The staff and colleagues are very cooperative . Work environment is very good and always progressive to learn.
Operations Manager in Woodbridge, ON
Cheap, Understaffed and Overworked
Senior management is set in their ways and hesitant to change, especially if it means spending money. Some equipment is over 30 years old and barely runs predictably - minimal investment is made by management in improving plant layout and equipment without prior approval from corporate.
If you are looking for an opportunity to advance to management, forget it because it's unionized. Temporary employees are lucky to make it past the three month probation, after which they are protected by the union and generally become much worse. Management trainees can, at best, advance to supervisors or managers, but senior management has been stuck in the same role for so long that you have to ask why they haven't advanced further?
A typical day at work involves finding out which employees are absent or on vacation, then scrambling to distribute manpower as evenly as possible. Once the dust settles, things are relatively predictable and steady so long as the customers are kept happy, which is hard to do considering the shipping department is understaffed and underfunded, resulting in orders being late consistently.
Foam is cut via saws but the dust generated gets everywhere, and there is no system in place to clean the air. There is also no air conditioning so the summers are sweltering on the shop floor. There are no windows, only skylights, so all the heat is trapped in the plant and the shipping doors must be kept open. Sometimes wild animals like birds, skunks and raccoons make their way into the plant as a result.
Management is simply taking orders from above; overall most people are there just to do their jobs, get paid and go home. Going above and beyond is not recognized formally beyond a "thank you", largely because the facility is so understaffed that no one has time to develop a positive work culture that encourages innovation. Managers can be observed openly yelling at employees on the shop floor.
Most employees are good with the exception of a handful of troublemakers that make things difficult for themselves and their colleagues due to their bad attitudes. Unfortunately the union protects these individuals and they're all lumped in with other hard-working employees.