Push yourself for non-competitive wages
Packer (Former Employee) – Wilton, ME – May 12, 2019
They switched to 12 hour shifts. You work 4 days one week 3 days the next but they split up the days off. 2 on 2 off 3 on 2 off 2 on 3 off. Should just be 4 on 3 off 3 on 4 off. You get a "10 minute" break every 2 hours but they count the time it takes you to walk to/from the break room so you actually only get about 5 minutes. Lunch is only 20 minutes which isn't much time for anything. They don't give the 30-consecutive-minute break after working 6 hours which is required by Maine labor laws. They expect you to push yourself to keep up with the ridiculous speed of the machines but they don't pay competitive wages. All they care about is production and numbers. They disregard ergonomics, they don't care about and the health and safety of their employees, and they don't care about the quality of their work. They package plastic cutlery but employees are required to grab the cutlery by the head to break the utensils off of the racks. Broken fork in the box? Meh. Cutlery missing? Who cares. Package not closing properly? Too bad. Just. Keep. Up. So many employees getting frustrated trying to keep up: swearing, getting aggravated, throwing/slamming stuff, and I understand why. I can say one thing for sure, after seeing the way the cutlery is handled, I'm never buying plastic cutlery again and I will try my best to avoid ever using them again.