Back-breaking but a good middle job until you find your career
Material Handler (Ancien employé) – Acheson, AB – 23 juillet 2018
If you apply here, be prepared to work your hiney off. They say you have a 3-month probation but in reality, you have 3-4 weeks to reach their goals. Management is pretty friendly, always ready to lend an ear, can be patronizing at times. But God forbid if you go over your break times by a minute.
A typical day as an order picker is pre-shift stretches/meeting, you get your MHE and your headset and pick until the orders are done. You handle your own breaks. Be prepared to not have a full 40 hour work week until after probation though. They really use the term 'Flex schedule' loosely.
If you're a slow learner, you will struggle. They make it sound easy when they say the system starts at the heaviest boxes to the lightest, but not all heavy boxes will be large to make a stable base and not all light boxes will be small to just easily fit on top. And if you're 5'5" Godspeed to you, because their orders can become 7ft pallets.
Most enjoyable part is the solitude. It's just you, your pallets, and your headset barking numbers into your ear.
But it is not an easy job for sure. You meet their goals or you're gone, as I found out the hard way. They like to stress how much they're spending to train you, but they won't hesitate to let you go.
Free food sometimes, in-house gym
Inconsistent ideologies, High standards, Must be a high energy athlete or be prepared to be a mule (sarcasm)