Fred Meyer

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Fred Meyer Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
275 Reviews

3.5
275 Reviews
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Fred Meyer President Lynn Gust
Lynn Gust
65 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Decent place to work for students, young people, or those with no ambition (deli department clerk)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk

    Pros

    During my three years at this company, I faced all the usual frustrations of retail work: a never-ending onslaught of demanding customers, a constant shortage of time for completing tasks, and management incompetence. Those are not "cons," but exactly what you should expect in a retail environment. It's better than working at Walmart, that's for sure. I genuinely believe the company cares about its people. The pay is competitive (but hey, this is a retail business, so don't get your hopes up). There are opportunities for advancement, even for the lowliest employee, providing you show some promise. Generally, time-off requests are honored outside "blackout" periods. My department manager was very flexible about scheduling hours around my school schedule, and I was very satisfied with her as my supervisor.

    Cons

    I could list several problems I noticed while working here, but they would probably apply to every retail business. My coworkers were, for the most part, lazy do-nothings who only cared about earning their paychecks. People call in sick constantly, simply because they don't feel like working. If you care at all about your work, you will constantly be frustrated as you watch your fellow workers doing a shoddy job or failing to respect the customer. Management can also make your life difficult, as they roll out new programs out of the blue and expect you to be totally on-board, even though they never asked for your input on the project. I watched several promotions that were DOA because nobody bothered to ask those of us on the front line whether it was feasible or what the customers were looking for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try to solicit employee input on new or radical promotions before committing to a full roll-out. I understand that the company wants to give customers a uniform experience across all locations, since programs like the "taste of Mexico" were a disaster at my store. Also, the store management team must learn not to bounce between aloofness and over-bearing micro-management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Gainful employment for a number of years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fruit Cutter  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Fruit Cutter in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth if interested. Flexible with school schedules.

    Cons

    Frequently hard working conditions can be difficult to overcome. Management is sometimes inexperienced and unwilling to accept input from experienced associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate and train management to handle situations wisely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to work

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Pretty good team, a few slackers should be dealt with. Unfortunately the management is afraid of the union, and will not deal with bad employees.

    Cons

    Frequent Managment turnover wears on a person. The managers work against each other to try to get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work as a team and you all will go further. Hold all employees accountable, and you will be able to fix or get rid of the bad ones. Inconsistent application of policy causes bad employees to continue their behavior.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    sales associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Juneau, AK
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Juneau, AK

    Pros

    Friendly employees, reasonable expectations, willingness to help people on a local level.

    Cons

    Middle managers often stressed, and it affects everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure schedules allow for coverage of breaks and lunches, and there is a plan in give timely breaks. It improves employees' health and moral.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Customer Service is not number one

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pocatello, ID

    Pros

    love the otherEmployees, and most of the customers, family comes first with Fred Meyer, Pay and benfits are great, pay raises are very decent and you can get a raise fast. part time employees get insurance, A family of 5 can get Medical. Dental, vision, Life and 401k for less then 200.00 a month

    Cons

    Cashiers are suppose to be speedy, wich leads to tendonitis, which the company seems not Too care, they just want the customers in and out A.S.A.P. too much stress on manangement and employees, to reach the ring up goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More brownie points for employeesTreat the employees with more respect, Make customer service number one again, Not worry about being the fastest check out in town. Think of the injuries that can occur from repetition and too speedy , and less time worring about bounses, we strive on injury free, so dont make the cashiers go so fast.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager

    Pros

    Good benefits, room to move up and gain additional skills, training provided, good people to work with

    Cons

    sometimes can be hard to get training, if they want you gone they can find a reason (even a small one), more work and less associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand meeting financial goals but give stores more hours to provide better customer service which will bring your customers back ... also pay better, you pay ok but look at companies like Costco who pays really well and those associates don't want to leave and customers love their company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    flexible hours, fun environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible hours, people are fun to work with

    Cons

    upper management not well organized

  9.  

    Fun to work for.

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

    Pros

    Very friendly managers and co-workers. Pretty stable job and schedule. Good pay for starters.

    Cons

    Long orientations
    Can be very slow paced sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoyed working for Fred Meyer

    Former Employee - Department Lead
    Former Employee - Department Lead

    Pros

    You can make some lifetime friends. Love the customers.

    Cons

    As with any company there are good Managers and bad.

  11.  

    It is what you think it is.

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

    Pros

    I knew what i was getting into.
    I was surprised by how much fun some of the other employees were.

    Cons

    Mmm IT WASN'T to bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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