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SunOpta, Inc. is a multi-national food and mineral company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and founded in 1973.

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Former Employee - Assistant Production Supervisor says

"They refuse to get organized. Cleanliness is not a priority. Safety is non-existent. Upper management is unqualified. CEO is a joke."

Former Employee - QA Tester says

"Poor QA guidelines, HR a joke, no upward mobility, no internal training, untruthful, no life in you work for these crazy firm, HR out to replace not reinforce"

Former Employee - Commodity Specialist says

"Really toxic management style. No room for salary growth/promotion. Veteran employees are treated like gods and given a green light to treat junior employees terribly. Youre expected to work long hours and be on call 24/7. extremely high turnover."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"The company has added numerous management positions this past year but not a single one has gone to internal candidates. Instead of investing in current personnel by promoting to Jr traders like the old days, they now seek candidates with (10-15) years of experience and specifically target Sr Traders. The company preaches that its a great place to develop your career but a high turnover shows that employees are finding growth opportunities elsewhere. Tradin lead me to believe that I didn't have the experience needed to be in a management position but once I started searching I quickly found companies who said otherwise."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Management lacking skills and compassion for employees and products. Do not care at all about safety for employees and food. Also do not care at all about the quality of the product. Overworked employees, could not take a break because not enough staffing or trained staff. Stressful work environment. Department boss did not help employees. Most management staff do not even work full shifts or understand anything about production. Management also does not handle any employee problems such as unfair work loads between shifts which creates the stress and creates unnecessary drama. No leadership. Horrible place to work. I would never recommend this company to anyone. Even corporate does not care about their food quality or safety (of food and workers). Always production first no matter what the cost is."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Highest turnover I have ever experienced in my career - just look at the number of job openings. People burn out from lack of work/life balance - no boundaries between work and personal life coupled with unrealistic expectations of employees. Managers are not given freedom to exercise decision-making and corporate management is out of touch with the challenges at the operational site level."

Former Employee - Commodities Specialist says

"Very long waiting period to get hired. This applies to time between interviews and to the final offer letter, which took 4 months for me. Beware of management, they are the main reason why it is rare to find an employee who has been working longer than a year as commodities specialists as well as quality assurance technicians/specialists that have any background knowledge of food science or that come from the food industry; rather you'll have (stock) traders, no different than the ones you have in Wall Street, which for me was a shock as I have both academic and food logistics experience. Also, if joining the dry desk be prepared to either become submissive to the whims of supply chain managers and vice president or prepare for an early termination. There is no use in arguing as their logic is: you don't know anything and need to follow orders until we tell you when you're ready. Just this year they have lost 3 quality assurance technicians/specialists, been sued for sexual harassment (VP), and had numerous complaints and lawsuits with respect to the authenticity of their imported products. Nevertheless, the company has succeeded in developing a large portfolio of organic products in the last 30 years, mainly because of their personal at their headquarters in Amsterdam. However, in the USA it is very obvious how greedy and unsustainable they are. For example, they use the socio-ecological benefits of organic food, not because they care about the environment or the health of people but rather because it financially benefits them (they don't have any programs or incentives that help promote organic production or access to organic food for employees or local community) ."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Toxic management from head to toe including HR team. They scratch each others backs but don't care about the company. I've never seen anything like it. It's a shame investors are barely aware of how bad management team is."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I would not recommend this employer if you have an innovative background. Their accounting issues continue to be an issue."

Maintenance Worker (Former Employee) says

"The new manager would do anything to save a dollar today even at a loss of two dollars tomorrow. If he likes you, you can do no wrong if he doesn't like you, your gone no matter what the cost to the buisness. He should not be managing a business."

Office Manager and Production Supervisor (Former Employee) says

"Management team is unreliable. One has no sense of job security. Politics play a huge role and 80% of the time there is no full time work. Employees are not treated faily and HR department plays favorites"

QA (Former Employee) says

"A very toxic place to work, would not recommend this place- only work here if this was your last resort. The QA Manager plays favoritism and devalues good workers versus workers that only know how to sweet talk out of a situation. Coworkers would tattle tell on you in order to gain favoritism from the manager and look at your screen to see what you're doing even though you are doing work which proves that this place is even toxic than it needs to be. Everyone gossips at this site; workers are insecure about their positions which makes it hard to grow and develop to become better workers. There is no onboarding process- you are expected to perform without proper training which makes it extremely difficult. To make matters worse coworkers will complain to upper management if you can't be up to bar with them."

Maintenance Manager (Former Employee) says

"If your out of work and looking...keep looking for work elsewhere.nonenone"

Production Worker (Former Employee) says

"This is the worst company I ever worked for. The turn over is ridiculous and people get fired all the time. Poorly run plant with cut throats work environment. HR department doesn't care and won't stand up for you. No one there knows what they are doing, waste of time and dirty unsanitary plant.NoneIf you get fired it will be the best thing you can ask for"

equipment setup maintenance (Former Employee) says

"The worst place I have ever worked. Food and worker safety came second to production. Started as 40 hours a week ended never knowing one week to next how many hours or what days. Alway running out of materials. Used expired ingredients often due to poor planning.not many, heavy turnover of employeesinconsistent work schedules and pay"

Operations Manager (Former Employee) says

"SunOpta is a company who promotes management to form cliques and allows their management to build those cliques with other employees who are not qualified, and lack job training causing extremely high tension throughout the workplace. There is a lack of accountability for senior management and the little guys are always taking the fall for the poor job performance of their managers."

Boiler Operator (Former Employee) says

"I would not recommend working for this company. There are a lot of office politics and heavy favoritism which means that even if you have a strong work ethic and do your job successfully, it will likely go unnoticed. There is very little room for advancement with little to no work-life balance. The management team is unprofessional (e.g. publicly reprimanding employees), manipulative (e.g. withholding opportunities from certain employees) and expects exceptionally long working hours (It is expected that work will be done on nights/weekends and 6am-6pm is average working hours). There was nearly no employee appreciation and morale was very low among employees. In the time that I worked with this company, the atmosphere went from bad to worse and there was a lot of turnover (~2 employees/month). Workloads have continued to increase given the large amount of turnover and expectations are unrealistically high (especially if you care to maintain any sort of work-life balance). It has become exceptionally strict, micro-managed, and unpleasant , and breaks are timed even for exempt employees). Though the compensation/benefits were decent, they are not worth the invidious and strict work environment.The worst place I have ever worked. Food and worker safety came second to production.poor management practices; Bad Safety practices !"

Employee (Former Employee) says

"I would not recommend working for this company. There are a lot of office politics and heavy favoritism which means that even if you have a strong work ethic and do your job successfully, it will likely go unnoticed. There is very little room for advancement with little to no work-life balance. The management team is unprofessional (e.g. publicly reprimanding employees), manipulative (e.g. withholding opportunities from certain employees) and expects exceptionally long working hours (It is expected that work will be done on nights/weekends and 8am-6pm is average working hours). There was nearly no employee appreciation and morale was very low among employees. In the short time that I worked with this company, the atmosphere went from bad to worse and there was a lot of turnover (~2 employees/month). Workloads have continued to increase given the large amount of turnover and expectations are unrealistically high (especially if you care to maintain any sort of work-life balance). It has become exceptionally strict, micro-managed, and unpleasant (e.g. music is not permitted, and breaks are timed even for exempt employees). Though the compensation/benefits were decent, they are not worth the invidious and strict work environment."

TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST (Former Employee) says

"Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Too many Senior leadership positions that aren't needed. Hardest part with the job is the toxic management vs. lack of 'Real Leadership'Co-WorkersLack of 'Real Leadership'"

Filler Operator (Former Employee) says

"Sweat shop. Run run run from the time you walked in the door until you finally got out. Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. If you like busting your butt. This is the place for you.poor pay for lots of work"

n/a (Former Employee) says

"The job itself is not bad, not much communication, stressful when it comes to people that works there. The people enjoy working with are all not there anymore. People tend to quit there.n/avery strict with their breaks. 15 minutes is actually 10"

Maintenence Manager (Former Employee) says

"Upper management don't understand production. If you try to explain production problems to them, you are marked a trouble maker. Looking forward to the day they close doors and leave carson city.NoneDont trust them"

do not care to share (Former Employee) says

"SunOpta is making a concerted effort to grow existing portfolios where profitable. Unfortunately, due to the number of changes in leadership, there may not be enough diligence being paid to track progress up or down and fully understand where financial misses lie.n/an/a"

Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) says

"Extremely stressful work place. The people were nice, but they were constantley having layoffs. The workload was way too much for one person. Benifits were not that great.Co-workersManagement"

Production Worker (Former Employee) says

"I had to leave a job I really loved because it wasn't offering the salary I required for my needs. I found this company at a job fair and they invited me to apply. When I applied, I made it clear I didn't have much experience in a warehouse environment, and they acted like they didn't have a problem with that. In fact, they seemed all too eager to have me join their staff right away. One thing that attracted me to this job was the fact that it was daytime hours and that I was only required to work 4 days a week, giving me time to pursue my dreams outside of work. During orientation, they made it a point to say that getting used to performing physical tasks at this job takes time and that if you weren't physically fit starting out (which I wasn't), that was okay. But I was in the warehouse for less than one week - ONE WEEK - before managers were jumping all over me and telling me I was going too slow. I didn't have anyone telling me I was doing the job wrong, just that I wasn't fast enough. So much for them being so understanding when I told them I was new to this type of environment, or their eagerness to have me be a part of their team. I told them again that I needed time to get used to it, but they care more about money and "numbers" than they do their employees and their progress. This put a great deal of more stress on me because I needed the money badly and I really did want to be a great employee, and they let me go not because I did anything wrong, but because they weren't interested in letting someone new get used to a job they hadn't much experience"

Line worker (Former Employee) says

"I had seen too many people lose their jobs, working at this place. They loved to work people to death......and I had seen other people who worked there, get severely punished for simple mistakes that people make on a regular basis........favoritism had been a big issue in the short time I was there; mandated overtime on short notice was another problem. I don't wish that job, or place on anyone!!nonepoor management practices; no organization at all; slave labor"

QUALITY CONTROL TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) says

"buen ambiente de trabajo. falta capacitacion para el personal que laboraentretenido y rapidono te garantizan las horas minimas de trabajo"

Shipping and Receiving Leader (Former Employee) says

"The new supervisor of shipping and receiving is very arrogant and has favoritism for certain employees and abuses the position to minimize the work of others."

Transportation Manager for Sunrise Growers (Current Employee) says

"The company was great at first, Than it was bought out by another company that has come in and eliminated majority of all the positions at the office. Might as well just close down the location, If it isn't in the plans already. Management? Well lets just say they are never in the office or working doing related work for the company. Culture is really stagnant at the office and work load is just ridiculous. Expect high blood pressure and stress through the roof with working long hours and get no appreciation for it. Company will replace you as fast as they can throw you.Descent commute to workCut Throat, Favortism, low moral, no team work, Poor leadership and sellfish management"