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Changing and changes at the site formally known as St Merryn Meats.
When Kepak took over from 2SFG it was very clear they know the business, they know meat and the meat industry and they have a clear desire and a direction to be or remain, no 1.

However, the changes imposed to achieve that seemed rushed and haphazard at times. Reasons for changes not explained, more imposed.


Kepak have reduced staffing and sites since they took over, closing three sites altogether and moving some work elsewhere.

Job losses have resulted, but they do try to help to find other roles within the business. Former leavers do return. Staff do retrain and take on new roles. Many of course, were lost through redundancy.


Bodmin is a bovine slaughter and boning site. If this offends or causes you difficulty this is not a workplace for you.


Hard physical work and pay can be very good in some areas, but not others. Team work ethos in some sections is impressive and workers have remained loyal through several business changes of owners.

Pay rises rare or non existent in recent times, Although new to Kepak, they have worked with the union USDAW at St Merryn so this may change going forward, with differing pay structures.


Mostly days operation with early starts, usually till finish. Mon - Fri the norm except for shift workers in certain areas. You will work long hours when busy but may catch up on the hours when quieter.


Strict adherence to policy as you would expect with food (meat) and many rules as required to maintain sites. On the spot audits and visits in which the factory usually does very well. Follow the rules and procedures and you will have no
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Production
Worked at the Merthyr site mangers talk down to you and you feel out of place on the line as 90% of the work force are polish and they talk to each other in their own language which make you feel out of place.
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productive
very friendly and welcoming company. fast paced and great learning opportunities were given to me. I loved my time at kepak for the 4 years I was there
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Poorly run with terrible management
Too many managers on big money whilst staff who had been there years and stayed loyal through all the hard times were on the same money as the next poor soul from the agency who came in. Terrible site manager who had no clue about the day to day running of the factory, no scope to better yourself so no point in trying any harder than anyone else. Now closed and everyone laid off due to the problems listed. Thanks, Kepak!
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Satisfied with review summary
I am ready to start wit immediate effect. I believe if am given the opportunity, I can deliver to expecttion. Wit my experience of 9 years in production
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Stress all the time
Friends company have no respect for people , blaming me and other people calling people by the dodgy names like idiots bad workers and other bad things in there
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Awfull
Worst company I've ever worked for, always out to get you, and you can never do any thing right, the pay is awful compared to the jobs they want you to carry out.
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Bullying place
Don't work even if your desprate. Managers bully everyone and look at all the women but they shouldnt. Terrible place to go to work and No1 is happy with this job
Pros
Nithing
Cons
Long hours bad pay bullying
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Bullying supervisors
No respect from management working on company 5.years still feeling myself like alien never get any support from supervisors!!!!.........."............"?.."
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A right pickle
Team leaders who like to stir the pot.
It's all brothers fathers and sons in high paid positions that are Paid pop star wages considering.

Health and safety is a concern.

I found a used syringe in the smoking shelter...colleagues thieve from you.

Others pork their sisters .

Other than that tidy job lol.
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Good job
Working in this company for 2 years it’s a great company I learned a lot I made good friends facilities very good and the hardest part is leaving what I enjoyed the most working here was the team work
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Worked as a contractor for 3 months
Changing facilities abysmal , on top of eachother , cold working conditions with insufficient PPE , H&S is a complete joke , never saw the H&S Officer in 3 months so obviously no RA’s or workplace inspection carried out , hazards a plenty , I witnessed a forklift driver using a doubled sling on one fork lifting large machinery !! HSE need a prohibition order on this place !! Foreigners get preference for work places !! Staffline !! Grrrrr
Pros
Canteen
Cons
Everything else
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Worst place ever seen
No respect to workers at all , minimum wages , bullying at work by management , only plus is canteen, really nice food. Worst place to work. Never recommend to anyone.
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Worse People to Work For.
Bulling is the name of the game at their sight in Portlethen. form when you start a shift till you finish.

The main offenders are the new mangers they have brought in. More interested in looking at the female works than answering work questions.
Pros
end of shift
Cons
start of shift
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Terrible owners and management
Long hours, earning less now per hour than 5 years ago (piece rate) start at 5:30am and finish as late as 7 pm due to break downs and staff shortages. Management only care about themselves and won't stand up for their workers. Constantly standing around waiting to work as production comes to a halt. It's only Friday evening's home time which is enjoyable because we don't currently work weekends
Pros
None
Cons
Long hours, ever decreasing hourly rate
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uncomfortable
Uncomfortable workplace. There was 1 time I asked to leave for 5 minutes to use the toilets and my line manager at the time said I will have to wait until work times are finished.
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Hygiene
Terrible place to work didn't enjoy it one bit no training having to clean things 4 times over because didn't do it right but was never shown how to do it in the first place chuck you in the deep end and just get on with it when no clue what to even do
Pros
None
Cons
No training all foreign an disgusting job
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Kepak is OK
They are firm believers in looking after their staff, and strive for good product quality. Since they have taken over, they have ensure their business models are stuck to.
Pros
look after their staff
Cons
None
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None
All new workers is run away from thet place.
No one whants work there.

Supervisers dont understend what worker whants and what happens whit him.

There was not normal shoes for work in thet shoes which there was you work 8H

AND your legs has wery painful you can take owertimes.
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all good
good job, good salary
breaks 30 min

3 shift work time

many courses (hygine, food, ppt and more)

good team mates, managers and supervisors

burger production
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Kepak
The job itself was good, I've met lots of friendly people, but I've realised that this work is not for me, and I want something else. Thats why I have joined UCLAN in order to achieve what I want.
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