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- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at George Weston full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
Amazing team members. They are the only thing that keeps you coming back each day.Cons
Constant change, constant reorganization. Spent more time onboarding new leadership than driving the business. Very little emphasis on training or professional development. Poor advancement opportunity, especially since management is always turning over. Burn-and-churn culture. No recognition of workload given limited people resources. Long hours are the norm (without thanks) and people are stretched way too thinly. Managers are not equipped to mentor, coach or develop employees employees. Senior leadership fosters culture of fear and intimidation, with heavy focus on cost control above all else. Frequent turnover because people realize there are better opportunities elsewhere, promising better compensation/benefits, better development and better work-life balance.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Focus on your people. They're your most important asset. Provide meaningful training and development opportunities. Recognize that there is a life outside the office. And hold your managers accountable to employee engagement. Doing so will make a huge difference.Doesn't RecommendNegative Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online – interviewed at George Weston in September 2013.Interview Details
I was contacted to have a telephone interview by the Human Resources Coordinator and that was straight forward. She set up an interview for later that week in which I was to meet her and one of the lawyers. Instead I met her, 3 lawyers and one law clerk. After discussing the job with one lawyer HR began to ask many standard behavioral questions. At one point while answering I looked over at one of the lawyers and to my surprise he was leaning back in his chair, EYES CLOSED, with his hands folded on top of his head. HR continued to ask behavioral questions until I met the senior lawyer.
The most senior lawyer didn't ask me any questions about my qualifications but told me how he would describe himself before asking me how I would describe myself. He also took the time to ask where the Loblaws locations were in my neighbourhood. He then left the room without a handshake or backward glance while I said goodbye to him.
I sent a thank you note and a few days later, without acknowledging the note or saying thank you to me, HR asked for my references and then called them. I contacted her a few weeks later to find out about the status of my application and she said they were still interviewing. The job ad is still up two months later so I'm not sure why she was in such a hurry to check my references.Interview Questions
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George Weston Limited fuels Canadians through those long winters. About 95% of the company's sales come from its 63%-owned Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest supermarket operator (with more than 1,000 stores under some 20 banners including Loblaws, Extra Foods, T&T, and Zehrs Markets) and the country's largest wholesale food distributor. The rest comes from Weston Foods, with operations in Canada and the US that focus on freshly baked goods, frozen dough, biscuits, and other bakery products. (Its Interbake Foods division is a major supplier of Girl Scout cookies in...