Pros: lots of breaks due to heavy lifting, rewarded us with T shirts, pizza parties and jackets
Cons: heavy lifting, standing for long periods at a time, healthcare
I worked 12 hour days that I truly enjoyed. I had my main machine, line 4, but was trained and able to run all the lines. I got along with all the employees, assistant operators, and operators. All my evaluations were great and I had no complaints on my work. I was reliable and never turned down any overtime if it was offered. The hardest part of the job was the heavy lifting, over 3 tons an hour but we rotated and made things easier for everyone. What I enjoyed was all the people I worked with and gaining a higher self-esteem knowing I was dependent, not having to depend on anyone. Everyday when I got to work I would look on the manning board to see where I was scheduled, go to my machine and clock in, then go talk to the operator and ask where he wanted me that night, either feed the catalogs, pulling out the bad leafs or working in the back where id stack in piles of 20 on the skids before wrapping and tagging. Lastly, I would use the floor hoist to pull the load to the designated area for the forklift drivers to pick up.