Great Lakes Cheese, Inc. Employee Reviews

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Extremely physically demanding
Line Operator (Current Employee) –  Hiram, OHJanuary 3, 2018
Haven't been working there long but it's a very professional place to work. Everyone knows their job and the best way to get it done. Depending on the department it can be very physically demanding and will quickly tire you out if your not mentally dedicated to hard work.
Pros
Great pay
Cons
Stressful
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productive
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Manchester, TNNovember 29, 2017
produce at safe and highest quality.Perform PM routine maintenance. troubleshoot problem solving. run quality checks work closely with peers report incidents
Pros
great co workers
Cons
short breaks
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Very good place to work
Bulk cheese handler (Former Employee) –  Hiram, OHAugust 31, 2017
They treated you very well there.good benefits,great people to work for.management was excellent never gave you a hard time with anything.days off weren't hard to get.strongly recommend working they.they also treat you like famliy.
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Nice place to work
Bullk handler (Former Employee) –  Hiram.ohio 44234August 20, 2017
It was a good place to work good pay and good benefits.It was a long drive to get there and it is cold in there and very clean in the bathroom nice people
Pros
No free lunch you got pad for your lunch.
Cons
You got two breaks
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Keeps you busy, I would say it is a pretty fast-paced environment. When i worked there, there was no reason to worry about job security.
Warehouse Worker/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Wausau, WIJuly 17, 2017
When I was there it was a pretty friendly environment, but it could also be clicky too. Just follow rules, pay attention, and do you're job is for the most part what is expected of you. From what I remember pretty much everyone in a managerial position was pretty laid back, they would have conversations with any of the employees, joke around with you. Just don't give them a reason to be on their bad side, and you'll do just fine. There have been many times that I miss my job, and wish I was still there, it was kind of a disappointing separation, but it is what it is, and it was time to move on.
Pros
Very good pay, good benefits, good people, a lot of overtime, and job security.
Cons
Can be very fast paced, depending on your position there can be a very lot expected of you, at times overwhelming... and a lot of overtime.
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good pay
Shipping/Picker (Current Employee) –  Hiram, OHJune 6, 2017
Great pay and benefits when hired in. They have very high standards, and fast paced work environment. Managers do seem to be a bit out of touch with employees though. Communication is terrible.
Pros
good pay and benefits
Cons
short breaks
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Robot
Machine Operator/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Fillmore, UTJune 1, 2017
You stand in one place most of the day even though you do rotate.
Lots of rumors always going on.
There is no rume to have fun on the job.
NOT ALLOWED
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Everything else
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Vending machines where nice.
Sanitation Technician (Former Employee) –  Wausau, WIMay 5, 2017
alot of sanitation work, learned a lot about third shift and some minor difficulty on life adjustments to getting good rest for work. Other than that got a real good idea of laboring and manufacturing processes.
Pros
vending machines
Cons
no cons
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Sub par
Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cuba, NYMarch 21, 2017
No set days off. No union and management can move you from shifts and jobs as they please. Favoritism is present. Work includes standing while working until breaks.
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Terrible
Production Lead (Former Employee) –  Not SayingFebruary 24, 2017
Don't waste your time. The pay sucks for management expects out of you. Turn over rate is bad and the only people that do stick around are ones that one complain about the job or else are terrible at performance. Everyone knows what they are doing but off act dumb once management is not watching. maintenance here is a joke. Try getting anyone to fix anything around here and all you get for an answer is " I don't know". The job it's self is okay but don't ever expect to be happy working here if you are a Lead.
Pros
Weekly pay, easy work
Cons
Wishy Washy Management. High Turn out rate on 2nd Shift
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Great Job
Line Attendant (Former Employee) –  Hiram, OHDecember 1, 2016
I very much enjoyed working at this company. The job was hard at times but I had a lot of fun. The people also made it a wonderful place to work. We had great benefits and very good pay. The management was very helpful in any situation.
Pros
Great benefits and pay
Cons
Worked alot of hours. 40+ including weekends
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sucks!!!
line worker (Current Employee) –  lacrosse wisSeptember 13, 2016
The place wasn't bad years ago,now they force you to work every day,if you want off their attitude is too bad,it doesn't matter at all your just a number there.managment is the worst there they talk down to you insteed of to you, unless you kiss butts and a female
Pros
decent pay
Cons
if you want no life work their and like being talk to you like your nothing go for it
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Not a good company
Warehouse (Former Employee) –  Manchester, TNAugust 13, 2016
For a place that brags to be the place that everyone wants to work for, why are they having a hard time filling positions? Why has so many people left?
Pros
Pay
Cons
Very short breaks and lunch, management very arrogant
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Points
Various Positions (Former Employee) –  Manchester, TNMarch 3, 2016
If you have circumstances that you have to use your points ,no matter how good a job you do you will be terminated. It is a good place to work and the people are great but no consideration of how and why you had to use points especially on a day that would have been overtime. Work is hard ,pay is good ,people are good.
Pros
Pay good for this area
Cons
Not enough points for life circumstances
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Processor-Where does GLC get cheese from?
accountant (Former Employee) –  Hiram, OHJanuary 5, 2016
Being a consumer product as we all know, and if GLC cheese is exported overseas, raise in the prime rate by the Federal Reserve, which causes top U.S. banks to increase rates in loans between each other, which causes increase in mortgage rates. Of course, if over 75% of total sales of GLC comes from markets here in the U.S,, the Fed's change in rates may not influence sales much. But if GLC is dependent on total sales coming from export of its cheese overseas, we all know increase of rates by the Fed, comparatively speaking, due to increase of valuation of the dollar, fewer American dollars come back home as sales for GLC, which leads to reduced gross profit margins, leads to reduced net income, and reduced taxable income, and fewer taxes for public services for citizens of Manchester and Coffee County. So whom manufactures your cheese? and whom are your markets? here in the U.S.A.? or overseas?
Pros
Citizens of Coffee County need to know? Not many below an associate's degree in Tullahoma.
Cons
never been hired-worked as operations mgr.export/trade analyst, business analyst
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80% good 20% bad.
maintenance technician (Current Employee) –  Lacrosse, WINovember 25, 2015
I work 2nd shift (2-10p) and alot of the people on this shift are of the hmong culture. No judgment on my part, however, there seems to be alot of hmong that get away with behavior otherwise not tolerated or allowed. And no repercussions are presented to them for their actions. Also, oppertunities are presented to them for advancement, when they have not even learned the current position well enough to train the next new person. Leading to the viscious circle of untrained operators, finger pointing, job duty jumping constantly. Basically, the company turns the other way for them. Gets old. When projects come about they seem to want to do a million things at one time, and seem to think that they will never run into wrinkles in the plan. Well things never work out that way. Paid holidays which is nice. However, they always schedule mandatory overtime the following weekend because they know they only have to pay straight time that way. The order planning around here is a joke most of the time. Sometimes I'm amazed at how slopped together things are. There are some amazing machines and equipment here and they normally take care of things and address problems when they arise for the most part. But alot of the time the initial plan just seems like it was a 5 lb bag designed to (attempt) to hold 10lbs of stuff. As the saying goes. Scheduling each production run is a joke. Changeovers all the time, most of the time they will run one product, changeover, run another one, and change right back to the one that they started too. Which has never made any sense to me as far as being effiecient  more... i think they are far from. Management has been grandfathered in without any real education in the field it seems.

Now. I do love working here. Except for the things listed above, it is a relatively comfortable place to be. Sometimes stressful but rewarding in the end of things. Good sense of security. Ability to purchase production cheese cheaply. Tools are suplied for you. Decent supplied machine shop in house. Never a problem too big that doesnt get solved. Not very strict overall company. Show up and do your job and go home for the most part. I will continue to work here a long time.
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Pros
Overtime is normally laid back, cleaning, free meals sometimes
Cons
Lots of hours.Big split between management and workforce
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Fun workplace
Sr. Line Attendant (Former Employee) –  Wausau, WINovember 15, 2015
Great Lakes Cheese is very fun to work for. Co-workers, leaders and supervisors are all nice and friendly. The hardest part of the job is heavy lifting and very fast paste that sometimes it's just hard to keep up some days.
Pros
Free pizzas when we meet goals
Cons
short breaks
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Do not Work 3rd Shift
Setup (Former Employee) –  Plymouth, WIOctober 1, 2013
The paid at GLC is good for the town is in for manual labor. DO NOT WORK 3rd shift. First shift management is good. Second shift management is average. Third shift management sucks, you have a dictator running the place.

Job bids are not bids. They post the position so people do not complaint, but a lot of times they already know who is going to do the job. If you are good at your position(s) is really hard to move to something else, specially on third shift.

The third shift manager does whatever she wants and no one can say or suggest anything. When the smallest thing goes wrong she starts yelling at people or tells people they are going to be walkout in front of everyone. Very unprofessional!
Pros
Good pay for the town is in
Cons
They do not hire enough people as a result you have to work 6, 7 days a week. On 3rd shift the same people always have to work 6, 7 days a week while the others always have the weekend off.
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Strategic management team and supportive plant work force. GLC has attained ranking of #1 private labeling cheese company in the US.
Supply Chain Specialist (Former Employee) –  Hiram, OHAugust 1, 2012
Daily review of national key accounts via EDI 855 transmission and Collaborative Planning Forecast Replenishment (CPFR). Used both Demand Solutions Forecast Management (DSFM) and Demand Solutions Replenishment Planning (DSRP) to manage pipeline inventories.

Co-workers were very supportive in executing their assigned responsibilities diligently. Most of the co-workers had been with the company for many years and in many cases GLC was their only employer. These employee's witnessed phenomenal growth as GLC acquired additional companies and introduced state of the art manufacturing technologies and supply chain network of supporting systems.

The hardest part of the job was determining the actual effect / result of promotional activity. Many of the products on promotion were standard products sold on an ongoing basis. So the challenge would be in quantifying promotional sales activity including BOGO and end-cap from standard sale of these products.

The most enjoyable part of the job was being a key member of the Supply Chain and working with our other plants full cycle from the production phases through the complete distribution network.
Pros
excellent strategy and vision.
Cons
used sap extensively and i felt that we could have used the sap forecasting module effectively.
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