Frito Lay Canada

A Demanding Job With Great Experience

3.0
Position title
Manufacturing Resource
Work term type
Co-op
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,501 to 4,000
How long was your work term?
4 months
Work industry
Manufacturing
Internship/co-op type
Business

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Was okay
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Challenging
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Moderate
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

The experience to lead a time, be responsible for performance targets, and take on projects. It was interesting interacting with the numerous personalities on shift, and being able to find creative ways to fix problems. The amount of responsibility co-ops are given is crazy, both in a good way and bad. You get a great experience but are worked like a horse.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

Long hours that go above and beyond what is specified in the contract, and a severe lack of breaks. Expect to be on your feet for at least 8 hours a day. An 8-hour shift = 10 hours of work, sometimes more!

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Occasionally
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Occasionally
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Regularly
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

More frequent performance meetings and less micromanagement would have been appreciated. Better training across all lines would have been beneficial.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Regularly
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Regularly
Describe the office environment/culture.

The culture is based largely on accountability. If a mistake occurs--and they do frequently at the volume of production occurring--someone has to be responsible for it. You must be on top of what is happening at all times, or you may be thrown under the bus at shift meetings. There is a tendency to assign blame wherever possible, and to whoever is most ignorant of processes or procedures. Managers have a tendency to micro-manage a lot!

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Occasionally
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Maybe
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Doubt it
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Expect to work hard for little benefits. The experience of being a manager is great, however the work days are long and hard, and you may feel worn out by the end of your term. You must take initiative in this co-op; there is no hand-holding.