Part 1: Conagra Foods the “Wells Fargo” of the Food Industry

First let me say I don’t gain any pleasure from giving you this information because I loved my job and I miss it plus there were some good people that were employed at this facility which is why I fought so hard for positive changes to be made with my job(bulk loading), the bulk loadout bay and the work environment.

Almost immediately you become aware of a considerable amount of change over taking place leading to an extreme amount of inconsistent behavior. Inconsistency with company rules, safety protocols, production and disciplinary actions. These constant inconsistencies were the most frustrating part of employment at the mill in Martins Creek, Pa..

The culture of intentional and unintentional ignorance of right and wrong, ignoring food safety rules, ignoring personal safety rules and do whatever you want as long as you get away with it was easily a close second to inconsistency. I include unintentional ignorance because of the poor training that existed at this facility. People doing my job(bulk loading) for less than a year and a half literally had no chance of doing there job properly. Whoever put together the training materials for this position cannot possibly have ever done the job. Until you do the job for 2, 3, 4 years and inspect thousands of trailers you are unaware of how poorly you were trained. Newly hired bulk loaders get the benefit of the doubt because I went through this transition myself.

Addressing the intentional ignorance is a different story. This is what made the job so difficult on a daily basis. Recently seeing interviews from managers at Wells Fargo has given me somewhat of a different view of what took place. It was a constant battle( I mean almost daily) with coworkers, truck drivers, tank washers, yard jockeys, managers of the trucking company and supervisors to follow rules. It was an environment of corruption. To some extent I understood their fears and pressure to take short cuts. Here’s the difference between some of the managers at Wells Fargo and the last managers I dealt with during my final year of employment with Conagra Foods. I just watched interviews with managers that hated what they were doing to their employees and some of them actually quit because it was making them sick. This was something I noticed with some of the managers involved with my first wrongful termination. They were uncomfortable with what they were putting me through. The managers involved with my last wrongful termination thrived and enjoyed every minute of what they were doing. They enjoyed having that power over another person. They gained recognition and advancement in the company. The company allowed it all to take place.

In the interest of making these posts shorter * see other parts to this story.

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