Workers were there during season on average from 6 AM until 9 PM usually 6 days a week. This company did not give raises for at least 4 years that i am aware of and the lucky few that did happen to get a pay raise was only on average 10 cents. There was no real respect between management and employee's as morality was always low.
I have an associates degree in greenhouse management but I was assigned to "grower helper" for $9/hr. Two women there have bachelor's in biology which has little to do with understanding plant care, these women were quickly appointed to section grower. I was treated as if I went to special school after a year I quit, no raise, no promotions.
General Laborer (Former Employee) – Oberlin, OH – October 31, 2018
The GCG General Labor position was a disappointing work venture. Despite the great overtime pay, ($15 per hour), starting pay is usually low-dollar: $9.75 for most starting workers. If a person stays longer than 90 days, there is a chance for a 25-cent raise due to passing the probationary period implemented for most new workers. Beyond that, most workers won't see any change unless they are able to upgrade to a different position or stay longer than a year. Most workers will get about an additional 10 to 25-cent pay raise after a year. Paychecks are earned bi-weekly. The company uses Paycor as a payroll distributor, which can be accessed and installed on a smartphone through the Google Play Store app.
Most of the work is physical labor (for general laborers). The work locations and co-workers change frequently, and a lot of the workers speak Spanish, so it's best to learn some basic Spanish. One day you might work on an assembly line putting plants in pots. On another day, you might be out in greenhouse bays picking up fully grown plants and loading them onto wheeled carts. There are three main facilities at the GCG complex: Plants 1, 2, and an Orchid range. You may be switched around due to higher volume of shipments at a specific plant, but most workers are primarily stationed at one of the three facilities (unless someone requests to move to a different plant). Wherever a person goes, one can always expect similarly various and poor planning.
Depending on the season and any affiliated holidays, daily expectations can vary wildly. The management staff frequently changesmore... daily objectives throughout a day without any sort of warning or foresight. The staff might give some vague idea of what to expect before work begins, but most of their expectations are hackneyed for similar menial work; most of the work is, unfortunately, contingent on crew leaders and workers taking on more tasks than are realistically and qualitatively achievable in a single day.
Consequently, even the most "normal" day can confuse and disorientate even the most experienced and tenured workers. Anyone seeking a job at this company should do well to either request to stick with a specific person who actually knows what they are doing or persistently request crew leaders and management to actually provide training. Otherwise, management staff and crew leaders will expect an inexperienced worker to struggle and take the blame for any mishaps that could be avoided through training. The Human Resources staff might say there is an "orientation" meeting prior to starting work at GCG, but it's really an hour-long paper signing marathon with a 10 to 15-minute safety video. Prospective workers get a take-home booklet of safety documents and other paperwork. After that, the closest thing to training is the work itself. This wouldn’t be as much of a hassle if workers were given some time to focus and properly finish a job, but focus (and a job well-done) is only defined by how fast a person can finish a job.
I do not encourage any person to apply for a job at this company, because it takes very little liability in training and managing its workers. If a prospective worker expects career-defining opportunities in greenhouse work or botany in general, don’t apply to GCG. Make a career out of realistic objectives and proper attention to quality products or services. However, if you are inexperienced in greenhouse work and join the company anyway, I recommend taking every precaution for preparing a possible long-term slog with this company, because a majority of the workers and staff - even the most experienced - are usually unprepared for the day ahead. Fair warning.less
Support Staff (Former Employee) – Oberlin, OH – June 11, 2018
I have never work for a company that is all about certain people they have other chill and relax while other work hard you will have to make sure you bring water or something they will barley if not give you water the short breaks and long consecutive hours pf work
Floater (Former Employee) – Oberlin, OH – September 18, 2018
Working at green circle growers is no joke. Some people are cooperative with you while others expect you to work like a machine. It is a very stressful job depending on what or where you work in a specific plant.
Good and honest place to work. Long hours but great training. Very good supervision and advice.Also somewhat good mechanical system, meaning the Wellons high pressure wood burning boiler. Only problem was that it had the wrong grate system.I had to manually clean the grates every day.
Multi culture fast past excessive amount of hours long weeks. If you can learn by watching others it’s easy to adapt. If you need someone to explain and show you what to do most of the leads do not speak well enough English to train new workers.
General Laborer (Current Employee) – Oberlin, OH – July 2, 2018
given different types of jobs to do such as bagging, potting and organizing shipments. Everyone is friendly and willing to help and teach you. the hardest part for many people would be standing for long periods of time a day. but the best is to be surrounded by so many beautiful flowers
Robotics Technician/ production technician & lead (Former Employee) – Oberlin, OH – September 15, 2016
you never know what to expect from day to day. Very unfair with the duties delegated to certain employees. I had harder and lower grade jobs frequently as a robotics tech than some newer entry-level laborers. I left because they have totally taken advantage of my loyalty and hard work to the point of exhaustion with no compensation.
Every day might be different. I learned to deal with many different personalities. Be respectful to management. The Culture can be summarized as "we are in this together". I imagine this is true anywhere that people are working together. The hardest part about the job is some of the work you do makes you repeat the same motions for 10-13 hours. The most enjoyable part about this job is that you can learn a lot about industrial greenhouse labor and automation.
health care is good in my opinion
long hours of difficult work makes it hard to get things done outside of work.
Standing and walk 8+ hours, bend and squat, lifting up to 20 pounds, push/pull loaded plant carts weighing up to 200 pounds. Duties may include planting plants on a moving line, put pots/plants on a moving line, set down pots/flats onto floor or tables, pick up and space pots/flats, hang hanging baskets using ladders, pinch plants, pick plants to ship, box plants to ship and may drive electric carts.
Green Circle Growers offers stable employment but requires very long work hours during the different plant seasons in demand. They present themselves as a Christian, family friendly employer. As long as you are able to work excruciating overtime this is the perfect place for you. If you happen to be a single parent such as myself and will require time taken away from your employment for school functions, doctor appointments etc, you may want to seek employment else where.
very long work hours, requires physical strength and endurance, no regular breaks besides lunch