Fred Meyer

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Fred Meyer Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
305 Reviews
3.5
305 Reviews
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Fred Meyer President Lynn Gust
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75 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • they have good benefits and care a lot about their employees (in 21 reviews)

  • Flexible hours if you're working part time (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • It's very difficult to get into a full-time situation there (in 13 reviews)

  • General neglect for basic store functions and show-boating by upper management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright job, more long term employees than I realized

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mobile Market Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Mobile Market Sales Associate in Portland, OR

    I worked at Fred Meyer part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There's a fair sense of community among the people working here. Some are members of one family. For the lifers, there is certainly a Freddy's Family, and they are happy with the way they're taken care of.

    Cons

    There is room to negotiate salary. When i was hired, I learned I was making considerably more than a veteran with children. He should have had his wages raised a long while ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    27 years with Fred Meyer, 24 of which were in a supervisory role.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District/Regional Sales and Merchandising Supervisor Apparel Division in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - District/Regional Sales and Merchandising Supervisor Apparel Division in Boise, ID

    I worked at Fred Meyer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The ability to utilize my leadership abilities, merchandising and operational skills. Being able to drive outstanding Customer Service so that each customer enters the store feeling welcome, appreciated and engaged, when leaving they should feel like their expectations have been exceeded and that they are certainly going to return for future needs. In addition being able to utilize my training skills, and be apart of an inclusive and teamwork oriented establishment. Exceeding sales budget and last years numbers challenges me and gives me an opportunity to keep associates on task and service oriented.

    Cons

    Absorbing the merchandising and operational standards of the company and then make them common practice for myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that any policy's coming from a corporate level are clear and easily communicated to store associates. Considering market competition and industry results when creating the stores sales and payroll expectations. Provide an easily absorbed basic merchandising and operational requirements pamphlet for new associates, that includes appropriate professional attributes and a code of ethics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    WAS fun until management was switched out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Garden City, ID
    Former Employee - Cashier in Garden City, ID

    I worked at Fred Meyer part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Made more money here at the hourly rate after enough time was put in; co-workers are mostly all awesome, fun people; generally a fun work environment; because you could not be guaranteed full time (all grocery store environments are like this, it's sometimes a struggle to get hours) taking time off was difficult and could easily be scheduled in advance and was almost always approved if reasonable; HR was pretty great too!; great employee discount on just about everything with a barcode

    Cons

    Garden City at night can be scary, lots of meth-heads will wander in and steal a lot and just be freaky in general; the newer female front end manager is absolutely completely awful, words cannot explain how crappy she is; it can be slow at nights but sometimes that can make it more fun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at morale and the fact that a lot of your GOOD front end employees left this store, the front end manager is like a disease, she should not be a manager at all, but just a cashier again, and even then, she's infectious in a bad way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Garden Center Clerk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Home Sales Clerk in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Home Sales Clerk in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Fred Meyer part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Consistent hours and schedule, worked long shifts instead of for a couple of hours/day. Got to learn a lot about plants and their care.

    Cons

    Sometimes the only person out in the garden center and not a lot of opportunity to interact with others. Not much occasion to learn new tasks/duties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate around the other departments more if requested by employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay for sore feet.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Deli in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Service Deli in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Fred Meyer part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is excellent for a part-time unskilled job. Middle management really cares about you. There is a strong feeling of teamwork in this job because it is a very tough job.

    Cons

    You are always on the go and on your feet. It is almost always busy and you will not find very much downtime to sit around and chat with coworkers. Your feet WILL be sore at the end of your shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees, we're running a skeleton crew most nights!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be a very good place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Meyer

    Pros

    Fun environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Very stressful at times. Major disconnect with Corp. office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic about the goals you set for your programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Disappointing, Disillusioned Employment After Being A Longtime Customer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seafood Sales Associate in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Seafood Sales Associate in Lynnwood, WA

    I worked at Fred Meyer part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly Sales Associates Staff and general store Management; received many recognition certificates for cash rewards for the customer service and safety awareness I presented, set hours and compensation for night shift, weekends, holidays and overtime (which was to be avoided if at all possible).

    Cons

    General attitude of customer base (had to work through it on a regular basis and keep smiling with tips and suggestions, prompt service, etc.); department manager with an attitude and a bias; went through three department managers with attitudes and anger issues in the span of eight months, while a three-person crew for the department covered all shifts, 7 days a week, worked together like a glove without a department manager for a span of two months during that eight months; crew was consistently questioned all during the eight months for low weekly sales numbers but I believe the problem was department's location in the store, its layout and the style of display cases used for fresh product, the same variety of product displayed the same way, seven days a week, with unreasonable prices when competing stores with much more variety and attractive displays were just a couple miles away, for essentially the same price or just a couple dollars more. I worked in the seafood department, that resembled like a shallow cave, almost unnoticeable, tucked in a rear corner behind aisles with high shelves of wine bottles and a maze of displays of fresh bakery products and fresh produce, although next to the meat department. A rather tall glass case that displayed fresh cuts of choice meat and another tall case that displayed fish were installed across the front of the Fresh Fish Department, that gave the cave appearance to the remainder of the fish department behind it. The cases often made it difficult to maintain eye-to-eye contact with customers. Despite two visits by contracted repair personnel, a damaged hose reel persisted in leaking water across most of the department floor almost the entire eight months I worked there, requiring frequent squeegeeing of water to the floor drains. Too bad about all of this, because I became employed I was a very loyal and frequent Fred Meyer customer, now I feel like a longtime disillusioned customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a much better vetting of manager candidates, and propose changes to seafood department layout, variety of product and pricing. This is Fred Meyer's problem with the seafood department, at least at this store, not the staff. But I recall at some time closer the end of the eight months the grocery manager commented to me that management realizes that the seafood department will always be a loss leader, so I guess such a viewpoint by management suggests that things will not change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Depends on your location...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Meyer part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It really depends on your store because in some locations they will seek out and train those who deserve it while in other locations (such as Lake City) they will train those who are buddies with management who may or may not truly deserve the promotions. It's a Union company so the pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Poor management. Gross favoritism and so much store politics that you feel suffocated. It's a Union company so people who slack off or don't deserve their jobs get to keep them under the protection of the union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees. Get out of the office. Work to get respect, don't just expect to be respected because you're a manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stable job with opportunities for growth or change.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Fred Meyer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoy the people I work with and all of the opportunities available.

    Cons

    Pay is my department is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on developing employees for management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fairly Standardized Employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in East Wenatchee, WA
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in East Wenatchee, WA

    I worked at Fred Meyer part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The great thing about this company is they focus on several things at once, but in such a way that each employee can keep up. The basics are customer service, quality, and overall sales (the usual).

    Cons

    Certain jobs in Fred Meyer are Union, and some are not. Training tends to be lacking, and God help the person who works in a department with its own cash register. I was there 2 months and never got to go through the cash register training class required to be allowed to even touch the registers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to work WITH your employees, and communicate with them better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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