Heygates Ltd
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Automated bakery

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Great place to learn as there are alot of different equipment to work with and understand.Job satisfaction can be low as the job demands a lot of pressure due to targets which can be nerve-wracking.

Pros

Free bread take away

Cons

Fast paced and too much pressure
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Avoid this company at all costs.

Extremely poor management but good team in the yard and the other drivers are all helpful. However it’s one of those companies where a number of them seem to be a little too closely related to each other and it’s often the case that poorly qualified and trained people are in a position to exert power!
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Nothing more than a working museum

No work life balance No communication from management only when you have an infringement on your tacho.Unrealistic tasks at times but still expected to achieve.Except working off card.Lorrys not fit for distances expected to travel.No office to contact out of hours.Maintenance on vehicles a tick box exercise.Promise the world and deliver nothing with vehicles.Has to be the worse management to work under ever.Only answer you get is its heygates train set. Always

Pros

None

Cons

Everything
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Great Place to work

Great family company to work for. Management are always very approachable. Flexible approach to working helps with a good work / life balance.
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Can be very dour place to work.

Hierarchies within the company make it a two tiered workplace. There are very few staff who feel respected and the senior management are pompous, rude and self centred. It’s not the good of the many it’s the greed of the few.
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Behind the times. Not willing to make necessary changes to move the company forwards

The company is still ran as if it was the 80's. Some big changes are needed but there does not seem to be the will to make the big decisions and bring the company into the 21st century.However, good quality products
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Very long hours and very poor management

Not recommend really to anyone to work there management is very very very poor very poor pay and long hours pushing on you to do a overtime sometime working 72 hours per week for just poor money
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Best company I have ever work for

Great work life balance . Open relationship with MD. Could talk with them about all issues . Never questioned me on any of my work related decisions. If I had the opportunity I would go back and work for them any day ,
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Enjoyable place to work

The job is easy however tiring being on 12 hour shifts but the benefits and the workforce are great. The only downside to this company for me is the rotational shift pattern doesn’t fit my family life

Pros

Subsidised canteen, free bread, good breaks

Cons

Shift pattern hard to plan out without a computer
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Broken promises

This could be the best job in the area. The lorries are out dated and drivers are an inconvenience to the management. Often given a tipping time that requires you to start at 1am even though yesterday’s shift didn’t finish till 4pm. Go 1 min over your driving time and there is a problem. Load off the card and they turn a blind eye and given the work load it is encouraged. Like I said this could be a great job but unapproachable management and what seems like a lack of understanding from the planner it isn’t. I wouldn’t recommend coming to Downham Market to work at this time.

Pros

None

Cons

Early starts. Long hours. No home life. Out dated equipment
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Job security is good

Clean environment and good colleagues. Unfortunately the management let this place down .The Engineering manager is a joke .And overtime is payed at single time .There are better jobs out there than this shower

Pros

Good canteen

Cons

Manager
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You gotta see to belive

If you like the 50's and the 60's you will love this place. True time travel experience to discover the good old days of the buildings, furniture, equipment and vehicles! And also the most important: mindset. They are analogue in a digital world.
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Very Large Bakery and Very Clean and Modern. Robotics used. Relaxed.

12 hour shifts, we take over from the other shift and your monitoring the bread quailty as it goes through the process and if needed you make adjustments to ensure its good or highlight any issues to your supervisor.Breaks are relaxed and you are not overlooked as you are expected to be responsible - and if your not you will quickly be told off by your work mates as you will affect their work if you fail to be good.

Pros

Nice people on my shift friendly and helpful also the Managerment too, Easy work but can have some mad moments if the machinery breaksdown, weekly pay, overtime available and slight more pay for doing overtime, They like to give jobs to family members or friends, Good union but its not needed as is a nice place to work in

Cons

12 hour shifts can be a long time and such when the machinery is working well, no real cons maybe a better canteen serving hot meals but there are only about 40 staff on the shift
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not a nice work environment

agency supplied driver ultimate workforce management like to bully and be rude to there staff very poor pay filthy neglected motors and trailers glad to be away from the place

Pros

none

Cons

old motors rude staff very rude agency ULTIMATE WORKFORCE
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Worst place on earth

Worst place to work ever. Management just cares about themselves, employees are only numbers on the computer screen. And if "you don't like it there's the door". This you can hear from you Bakery Manager. Literally it is horrible to work there.

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Long hours, rude management, no help, poor training, not enough staff, overtime paid on normal rate
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Long hours dirty work and equipment

Wages advertised are not achievable due to pay structure ie. Day rate plus tonnage bonus around £110 a day. Select drivers earn more as they demand the better paying jobs.

Pros

No pros

Cons

Long hours for very little reward, Trucks are being replaced but not keeped clean by drivers who use them, no chance of advancement, select drivers get all the best work.
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Not bad but not good

Could be a greatcplace to work if they had managers who could manage and not take brown envelope bungs ....agency drivers preferred over employed drivers ...wages low

Pros

Newish units

Cons

Wages
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Friendly

Not the most forth coming in providing you with information if your not experienced or new to the bakery profession. As I was employed as PPM engineer and had been in industry for 50 years it was no problem

Pros

Ubsidised canteen and provided tools and overauls

Cons

Good shift pattern
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Empresa dinamica e profissional

Desde o primeiro dia que foi um trabalho agradavel de Fazer e todos os companheiros ou colegas foram muito amigos.Um prazer trabalhar Nesta empresa.

Pros

Trabalhar 12 em 12 horas

Cons

Não tenho
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Worst place I have ever worked

What an awful place to work. Would not recommend this place to anyone. Surprised the place is still open. As an experienced engineer working in other large company’s I was very surprised at how the place was run

Pros

Salary is better than other places

Cons

Where do you start, No one talks to each other, everyone just walks round and looks the other way, Management are extremely poor
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Excellent place to work.

Working as part of a time management to hand to help but if you are not a team play or can't even do the basic engineering skills you will not fit in here. Engineering team all get on and help each other nice relaxing work environment.

Pros

Good management

Cons

Only vending machines in canteen
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3.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.7 out of 5 stars for Management
2.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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