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AFFCO: AN INSIGHTFUL REVIEW An extremely oppressive workplace from day one. Getting the job is easy, as long as your urine sample is sparkling clean AFFCO will hire anyone from the local gang member to the overseas Filipino worker. The management chain was poorly structured resulting in a complete collapse of structure between the worker and management itself. Management instilled a culture within the workplace where you were encouraged to attend work regardless of any mitigating factors for fear of losing your job. The job itself is not too bad, those at the higher end of the pay-scale (usually skilled butchers) make reasonable money but those who are unskilled will earn peanuts. The work/life balance is poor, as shifts usually involve mandatory overtime and Saturday work is usually common place. 60/70 hours a week was fairly common. In my time there, I constantly saw corners cut in relation to safety and this is evidenced by the death recently at the Wairoa plant and worker injured at Moerewa following inadequate training. Unfortunately there is very little chance of career progression within the company, and a lack of exciting opportunities will soon dull down even the most enthusiastic worker and conform them to the same repetitive task day in day out. In all honesty AFFCO is an excellent example of everything New Zealand business should strive NOT to be, cheers Talleys.
A weekly paycheck, and you will certainly earn it.
The majority of the job.
It was easy to get into. All i had to do really was pass a deug test. They make sure they let u no every detail to working there eveen the litle things that matter less. Good pay rates for night shift workers. Great staff. Great comunication aswell. Only downfall to been there for the short period was actually the workers and staff. My personal information had gone from the staff to the employees and alot of people where sadly talking about my life while i was gone.
a days work feels a lot harder when you deserve more money for the job title and it's demands. its disheartening how management and staffs treat new employees however i did learn new skills there and got to know some genuine people. however the ratio to good to bad staffs is more bad than good. join the union when working there for better conditions and pay as affco will try short cut.
short staffed causing long hours
one of a kind they don't make plants like this anymore close nit bunch of good ol boys and some really talented craftsmen and various kinds of work and locations
ongoing non stop work. tests your physical capability. I've learnt to use knives properly for cutting meat. the supervisors took care of the workers and made sure we had our safety gears. it was fun and motivating, everybody motivated each other to keep going and to rest when needed. going upstairs for lunch. working on the slaughter floor.
Like working in one big family everyone is help full. The supervisors are helpful and make you feel safe and that they are there to help. They also put you with workers you can understand and are there to help you learn the best and safe way
End of the month awards
Not a full time job
Working at the meat works is a challenging environment and ruthless environment. The behaviour of generational staff who work there are very vocal and like to criticize ability without providing the care and support of a new employee. The experience of staying in one place without the opportunity to advance and grow is disheartening and ways heavy on ones self and presence when working. The environment is hard labour on the body both physically and mentally where workers can easily become sick moving into the different climates when working in a chilled room to room temperature. However, I have learned many new skills and have worked with some genuine good guys.
Hard working environment, easy going work colleagues and at times hard and intense work days. Work place was easy to adapt to the surrounding's, fun team to work with. The ability to learn new things everyday was incredible. Learning how to use the cryovac(vacuum pack machine) was an amazing but also hard working experience. Affco was an Enjoyable work environment/experience for me.
Amazing work team/department
Long hours, machinery breakdowns
4pm starts for night shift is a breeze. The guidance given when learning your allocated job is definitely a strength when it comes to the atmosphere amongst co-workers at AFFCO. The hardest part of the job will have to be managing with the early morning finishes, as well as trying to find a balance with other aspects of life. However, the most enjoyable part of the job is definitely the work load and being busy the entire time you're in the factory and of course, the environment in which you work in is also another enjoyable part of the job.
Salary and work load
Working at night
The team leaders in my area were very helpful in training and keeping all staff accountable for the work and task at hand. I enjoyed the team I worked with everyone help were it was needed. The hardest part of the job was definitely the smell, it got easier the more I worked.