Fred Meyer

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Fred Meyer Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 265 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Fred Meyer President Lynn Gust

Lynn Gust

(62 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • they have good benefits and care a lot about their employees (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible hours if you're working part time (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • It's very difficult to get into a full-time situation there (in 12 reviews)

  • Too much staff so there is not enough hours for all part time employees (in 11 reviews)

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    Multiple (Current Employee) Twin Falls, ID

    ProsWe have food a lot for hitting safety goals. Its nice to get fed.

    ConsI work a lot of doubles and there are weeks I don't get days off. Upper management prefers that you follow them blindly. If you request days off you tend to get hours cut. And they will go above and beyond for people who call in a lot but people who work 5 days a week and only get scheduled for 20 hours in those 5 days but work there way up to 40 they treat like garbage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to stop choosing favorites. They need to stop going to other departments to talk bad about people who have applied in those other departments. Just because they don't want to lose that employee. They write people up for things they didn't do just to ensure they can not go to another department. Which is how they lose the good employees and keep the bad.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Horrible place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI can't think of any.

    ConsIt's every man for himself at this place. Documenting everything is essential while working at this place because anyone will throw anyone under the bus just to save themselves. There is no working together as a team at this place.

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    poor communication among employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsThe customers were the only reason I was there.

    ConsPoor communication from management team... does not give proper training for success. if they don't like you then you get terminated and don't give you a reason why? You get hired only part-time and have to pay union dues. the union did nothing for me except take a portion of my minimum wage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication--- if you expect your employees to do a good job and succeed . let us know what the expectations are... don't set the employees up for failure and not give them a chance to improve. Correct the behavior, train, mentor, coach, communicate, be a team leader, extra support when needed? Every manager had different styles and nothing was consistent, so you never really knew what you were supposed to do?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Complete waste of effort.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe benefits and discounts offered were easily above average, the fact that you can save on Kroger groceries was very useful. Pay only scales accordingly in FOD departments.

    ConsOver a decade working for Fred Meyer. Demoralizing lack of standards and procedures, or following policy. Grossly under staffed in most departments but FOD along with extremely limited resources to assist customers properly. General neglect for basic store functions and show-boating by upper management. Hostile red leadership by untrained and undisciplined management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was told multiple times that management training was 'you're not at work to make friends', this is a poor foundation for a 'community store'.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The most degrading company that I have ever worked for.

    Associate (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThe pros are that if you don't work you get rewarded while those who put in an honest effort are viewed as a threat.

    ConsThis company is unprofessional in every aspect of it's functions. From top level employees to low level workers. Upper management and district managers look to degrade and humiliate employees any way that they can. Sexual harassment, verbal aggression, mental and emotional abuse are rampant in the work environment. Customers are even treated poorly. The largest problem with this company is managements desire to create a hostile work place to prevent employees from doing their job. Management in this company enjoys watching their employees fight and disagree with one another. This is one way that the company has successfully divided the workforce to weaken the Union.

    My advice to those who are currently working for this company is this: put behind you the differences, and the work performance of those who you work with. Stay strong and push back. The strength of united employees who are unionized scares the employer both Kroger and Fred Meyer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe employees are not objects, they are not ponds in a game. The employees are human beings that deserve to treated like such.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Standard retail, go nowhere career

    Assistant Manager Home Electronics (Former Employee)

    ProsSome discounts on purchases but it's just a trap to get you to put your pitiful salary back into the company.

    ConsAll the bad that comes with working in retail: Inept management, mistreatment of the rank and file, profits over people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRefocus on providing great customer service and retaining valuable employees. Get out of the churn and burn mindset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Retail Trap

    Home Electronics Clerk (Former Employee) Richland, WA

    ProsSome stores have nice people. You can get some networking done. You can go to school and work closing shifts. Benefits at PT employment. Top pay is more than most retail locations.

    ConsWorking EVERY holiday, part-time jobs are the majority of positions. Skills are not in high demand, high turn-over, very difficult to escape being typecast for "customer service" jobs. Union stores will force you into minimum pay scale (your previous experience means nothing) until you work your way up; meaning it could take two years to get pt $13/hr (25 hrs/wk) when you started at minimum wage. Some times you can start at a higher pay with demonstrated skills, but everyone tops out to the same top pay regardless of skills. All add-on bonuses for extended warranties have been removed in place of constant push for them with no incentives for the employees. One district wanted weekly e-mails to the Electronics District Manager if you missed the goals on how you will improve warranty sales from now on.

    Nearly all product knowledge was self taught on your own time. Fact tags declaring items "Wi-Fi", 1080p were pulled off the box and many stores have to make them on their own because corporate will forget them.

    Company policy is to give you a 2 or 3 for a review and to NEVER give a 5. Associates that demonstrated expert knowledge beyond the managers still get an average score of 3.

    Products are shipped blindly and arrive days to months after selling out with no way of tracking purchase orders.

    Give 3-4 week notice of days off (except for November and December with no time off allowed) while you get your schedule with 10 to 4 days notice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMain office should empty once in a while and work a month in stores like they did back in the 80s and 90s.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible management

    Deli Clerk (Former Employee) Springfield, OR

    ProsThere is nothing that I enjoyed here.

    ConsThe management is horrible. They favor shitty employees and are so blatant about it. Just one instance of this was when one employee literally walked out and left for home. The next day she was given a raise. The pay is horrible and the customer's are rude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf your going to favor certain employees, either do it more discretely or do it towards employees who actually do their job

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Painful

    Cashier (Current Employee)

    ProsI have enjoyed being able to meet my fellow cashiers and other underling type people. They are very nice for the most part. Some customers are great.

    ConsYou don't get paid much, you're hours are always being cut, and they love to work you in only four hour shifts, but five days a week so you get the 20 hours required by union. This is despite management being informed that I would have to quit because I couldn't afford to drive to work because the amount I was being paid was barely enough to cover gas costs, let alone pay for rent or other crucial bills.
    The union is non-existent, I have never seen my union rep do anything for me, even when I called repeatedly requesting a meeting or even just to speak over the phone about a valid complaint about management, I was always told that the rep was in a meeting and would call me when they got out. I never received a call back.
    As a cashier, the job is very painful, the design of the check stands means that we are bent over all day stretching to grab groceries from well beyond the supposed "safe" limits. Very nearly all of my fellow cashiers and I have developed severe back problems from working, and have received no assistance to help fix these issues. Also many cashiers have developed wrist problems and shoulder injuries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating us like little kids. We are adults, and in some cases, older than you. Also start recognizing when your employees are having problems because of the environment at work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good work, bad leadership

    Food PIC (Former Employee) Anchorage, AK

    ProsThis comapany has great benefits and great coworkers. pay is decent, and discounts are great. Flexible hours make it great for college students

    ConsNo work life balance for full time employees. must be available 24/7. Many hazards related to being in an isolated zone. Senior regional staff plays the buddy system and hires people for store management positions that they are friends or family with. If you arent in their click then good luck. Feels like high school again. RDS is rude and generally avoids speaking with anyone he deems to be "beneath". Management is so concerend with the bottom dollar and their bonuses that they forget their employees. This prevents employees from having the tools they need to do their jobs. They are so focused on limiting hours that we cant get our jobs done. In order to have a set schedule you can plan a life around you have to have a key position but once you have a key position you need to be available 24/7 so you still cant make plans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and care about your employees. Many long term employees are talking of leaving the company because of the recent direction we are taking. The core values of Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Diversity, Safety, and Inclusion are out the window right now. One of the most common things employees hear is that we must take ownership for our faults and our problems. The challenge is out for senior management to do the same.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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