Pros: free lunch - great meat sales program for employees, good benefits
Cons: worked several different shifts within a week.
A typical day for me could be one of any of the 3 shift operations. For starters I worked 3rd shift for about 6 months in the continuous areas, then applied for a utility role in the same department. I would cover one of 6 supervisors if they were sick, on vacation etc. When I was not covering or filling in for another supervisor, my main objective at the time was in lean manufacturing. We had a goal to save $100k in the batch kitchen area. Back in 2003 we had just begun the lean initiatives with in the facility. I worked on tact times, and new ways to monitor and track daily production requirements. I reported to the area superintendent. This was my 1st taste of lean concepts and training in a lean environment.
The management in the facility was top notch. I got along very well with my peers and superiors. The most enjoyable part for me was learning the lean, and stepping away from the same day to day production within the same dept. Some of the hardest parts of the job were the union rules, you had to be very cautious of moving personnel around and be sure you were following contractual obligations between the company and union.