Silver Fern Farms
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I wasn't too sure of which department I was going to be working in the 2 years that I worked doing bobbies.When doing the hides self taught .Self taught in the hides and when I was doing the joints most of the time the cutter broke down and it was hands on.
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Productive and fun workplace

Silver Fern farms is a great learning experience as you meet a lot of different people each with unique talents which they share with you. Hardest part of the job is keeping up when you first start and keeping your knife sharp at all times.

Pros

Learning great skills

Cons

Long hours
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enjoyable place to work

good company good people. Seniority actually means something there. There is a bit of intimidation there which doesn't get accounted for. good money there on the bobbies
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Good

I really enjoyed working with silver fern farms, I liked the strictness. I learned quite a lot from the time I was there. The management and team work was also really good
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Productive

A typical day at work is hard work, into as soon as you get there, i learnt how to herd a big group of calves into one pen and also learnt how manage the calves better, management was very helpful and awesome.Was having to listen so many different types of supervisors and people. Enjoyable part was working with others that would help you and enjoy working with you.

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Shared Lunches

Cons

Long Hours
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Summary highly recommend to start work there. Good money great work place

My review on silver ferns takapau is great. i learnt how to trim and handle meat i learnt how to sharpen and look after gear. i worked with great people and got paid really well. Typical day would be sharping knifes cleaning gear and gumboots applying the right work gear. keeping your work area clean. Most enjoyable part would be working with a great team. Hardest part would be keeping my knifes sharp

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Fresh cooked lunch & dinner

Cons

Short breaks
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productive and fun work place

good work environment , you get to meet a lot of new people aswell as learn some very valuable skills to take with you in life
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Too cold an enviroment to work in

Removing bulk pieces of meat from a conveyor belt checking for bone chips and packing into boxes for the Export Market Checking Seals and repacking products for Local NZ Supermarkets

Pros

Good wages

Cons

Very Cold Enviroment
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Good team to work with

Hard work but good pay. Learned how to sharpen a knife and to bone out a lamb, Managers were ok but the guys and girls I worked with were great. A really friendly bunch and good team environment. Boning is hard on the wrists but working fast can be fun depending on your attitude. making a game of it and racing each other makes work a lot more enjoyable.

Pros

Good pay for hard work

Cons

the work is seasonal but this can be seen as a pro too.
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Great Colleagues

High standard place to work for especially when it comes to hygiene and making sure everything is done to a T. Loved every minute working at this place highly recommended..
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It's a good job

It is a good place to work at when you finish college I clean the floors and do a wash up through the night as it keep others safe if you want a good payed job silver furn farms is good
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easy job

Great money. Not the most pleasant enviourment.not for the faint hearted. Hard constant work with short breaks fast paced and requires excellent knife skills

Pros

great pay

Cons

long hours
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Productive fun

Worked hard with good people. Learnt heaps good training.I enjoyed the challenges everyday. Hardest part of job was learning the harder jobs and getting speed. good place to work.

Pros

cheap meat

Cons

short days
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Safety in a work place

Good working there loving meeting new people loved new gained throughout past work experience I like to try to new jobs I am looking to secure a challenging new role where transferable skills, knowleage and expertise gained experience

Pros

Free lunch

Cons

long hours
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Never trust the management

To quote someone else's review of the same plant, "The lamb cuts boning room has been waiting to update its contract for over 10 years. The contract has been open for negotiation since 2012, but the company doesn't care and is losing its best workers to the competition." Everything the reviewer stated was accurate and is still ongoing. If you're to work for Silver Fern Farms, ensure you write down every day, duty, and clean up you do and cross reference it with your pay cheque each week because they will screw you every and any chance they get. Ancient machinery constant breaks down because the company hasn't put any money into maintenance for years. Derelict buildings on site or unusable freezer space because of lack maintenance. Working in the secondary butchery is like going back in time by 60 years. Machines are repurposed to do a job they were not really built for. Promises of new boning room have been given to workers for over a decade. Working at Silver Fern Farms was a real eye opener as to how management can destroy the morale of the workers and being aware that if they want to change something it looking for the long con and try to see how you're getting screwed. Never give the management an inch even if it seemed reasonable at the time because they will take a whole yard and you won't get it back. Any written and verbal agreements made by the company can be thrown out at will with no recourse because the Unions don't have the money or resources to battle the company. Silver Fern Farms closely monitors Talleys like a little brother who tries to emulate - 

Pros

Gateway to another job such as Alliance, SPC or Fonterra

Cons

Overbearing, mistrustful management who always seem to be disorganised.
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good job

hard fast work< grading wool. load machine, load bins of wool, wash down machines. stack pelts. drive fork lift. move pallets around.

Pros

hard

Cons

chemicals
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Productive

A typical day at work is really rushful, what i have learnt, how to work as a team and also as a individual, the management is well maintained, co workers are friendly. The hardest part about the job is having to listen to different supervisors, the most enjoyable part of the job is working with others and learning different skills

Pros

Co-Workers

Cons

Long hours
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Great working environment

Get in to work at 3:00pm, get gear on, sharpen knives and ready on the chain at 3:30 sharp. Get 2 30min smokos and chain stop 12:00 normal night. Learned a lot of knife skills during my time, lamb and mutton boning shoulders, legs, loins etc. Learned how to enjoy working with close mates whilst also maintaining quality product/getting job done quickly. Management are good, know when to relax but also know when to kick you into line. Co-workers are like a family, good talk and productive in team environment. Hardest part of the job is the first month. Everything feels difficult as you are new, and have to adjust to the new working environment (body also hurts if you're not used to the intensity). Most enjoyable part of the job is the chillers, easy job and good break from the chain if you're sore.

Pros

Good workout, make good friends

Cons

Strain on body, seasonal
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good work place

it was hard work to do for me but I got some more leadership skills and was in a great shape because I used to sweat all the time in the temperature of 5-degree celsius. But for that hard work I think I was getting a decent pay.

Pros

great pay/overtime pay

Cons

far from my house and only seasonal work
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Fun and easy

People are great to get on with when you are feeling tired and bored of doing the same thing over and over. Supervisors give good clear instructions.

Pros

Cheap pies

Cons

long hours
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Factory work can only challenge you for so long.

The lamb cuts boning room has been waiting to update its contract for over 10 years. The contract has been open for negotiation since 2012, but the company doesn't care and is losing its best workers to the competition. I would say that the management is overworked and given impossible targets from the company that refuses to update the facilities or even replace outdated machinery. The workers are a great lot who have put up with too much from the management. I enjoy work that challenges me and for a time learning the jobs in the factory pushed me but now I know most of them I find myself getting bored easily. What I will take away most from working at Silver Fern Farms is to be wary the perception of management. Little things can snowball affecting the culture and staff happiness.

Pros

reasonable pay

Cons

Factory work can only challenge you for so long.
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