Hy-Vee Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
333 Reviews
3.4
333 Reviews
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Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO & President Randy Edeker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours when you get into a dept that has hours to give (in 35 reviews)

  • They do have some pretty decent health benefits as well as long as you are not part time (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, MANY part time positions but much less full time positions (in 26 reviews)

  • Hire too many part time employees so the employees do not provide "goodwill" to the company (in 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    Try's really hard to be Publix..... NOT EVEN CLOSE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have nothing nice to say about Mid-Town Hy-Vee in Omaha Ne.

    Cons

    What got me in the door was my past work at Publix Super Market in Florida. The first thing on my first day. The Department Manager asked. Was.... "How much does Publix Deli gross, co'mon your can tell me your not there anymore. " I worked at Publix for a very long time and felt like I mattered there. FREE STOCK and benefits for full and part time workers. Hyvee only allows upper management the chance to BUY STOCK. Yet they say their employee owned.

    There are not many people of color in the store. I counted 5. And absolutely none in management. Over all Hyvee is not a good company to work for. The store manager is a lesbian and it seemed that's what she hires. Every other female manager was as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that there are people of color in the world and allow them to work and prove themselves and move up. If you want to be like Publix...... Treat people well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Hy-vee is a fine place to work if like idiots

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate At the C-store  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Associate At the C-store in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Getting time off was not a problem

    Cons

    Too many part time people and not enough full time, Hiring was sporadic and training is non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Give people some training and give pay raises once in a while too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No room to move up, store director was cheap and wouldn't even upgrade the most basic of hardware

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dairy Clerk  in  Prairie Village, Butler, KS
    Current Employee - Dairy Clerk in Prairie Village, Butler, KS

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great people to work with. Not too demanding of a job, and managers are always there to help.

    Cons

    No pay raise, never get to work over 30 hours a week. Company is too afraid to give out benefits to give out more than 30 hours a week. My department had 3 workers in it and they still wouldn't have us work more, they just laid all the work down on one employee and hoped it would get done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop ripping off your part time workers, start giving them the opportunity to move up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Favoritism is how the place works

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

    I worked at Hy-Vee full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Wages are above average. Health benefits are great for the industry. Ability move up (if you can beat the favoritism).

    Cons

    Discipline is based on favoritism. Management doesn't listen. Management takes care of its own and throws associates under the bus. Some employees "walk on water," no matter what they do wrong. Meanwhile, other employees can make small mistakes occasionally and be demoted and have their hours cut. Even with a doctor's note, employees can have their hours cut for simply being sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hy-Vee Fundamentals need to be applied to EVERYONE, including associates by management. You can't go on a break in front of employees that have been working 8 hours without a break themselves. You also don't want to create a climate of people coming to a grocery store sick because they're afraid of having their hours cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not good

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

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I honest to god cannot think of a single thing that is good about working in this abomination of a so-called "workplace"

    Cons

    I wanted to kill myself every day I went to work. I couldn't even enjoy my days off because I was dreading going back to work that much.
    The management was terrible. Catty assistant managers who micromanaged every teeny-tiny thing. Every manager played favorites.
    I was sexually harassed by coworkers and customers alike and only heard "oh, boys will be boys"--no. Boys will be held accountable for their actions just like everyone else. Write them up; everyone deserves a safe, nonthreatening work environment.
    There was a b.s. "point system" that ended up costing me my job. When I started there, if you called in sick, you were given ONE point (at 18 points you were supposed to be fired), and if you brought in a doctors note, the point was dismissed. They later changed it so that if you called in, it was 2 points, 1 if you brought a doctors note. By the time I left, they had changed it (without alerting the employees!!!) So that it was 3 points if you called in and 2 if you brought a doctors note AND if you called in sick on the weekend it was double the amount of points. One time I called in sick on a Saturday and got 6 points. Later that year, I made one, tiny mistake on a WIC check and received 5 points for it; the manager told me that it was because I had worked there so long and should "know better" (I wasn't aware that long periods of employment made you invulnerable to mistakes... My bad) despite the obvious flaw in that argument that if I was there long enough to "know better" then you should know by then that I was a good employee. I left when I had made another tiny mistake on another WIC check (end of the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) And knew that the points they would end up giving me would put me well over 18. I left of my own accord (I was not fired) and once I got a new job I realized how hellish hy-vee was. The only reason I stayed for as long as I did was 1) I didn't realize that it was as bad as it really was and 2) my sister worked there so I was expected to follow suit by my family.
    I was a teenager during my time there. No one should have to go through the trauma of hy-vee when they already are going through one of the hardest times of their lives. No matter how bad it got, I was told to stop complaining and suck it up. That's not a message you should be sending to kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging, and actually enforce things like sexual harassment codes. Also, do away with the point system. Employees should be seen as their performance, not as a number of times they've called in sick, for Christ's sake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Part time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Night Stocker  in  Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Night Stocker in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This store in Spfld will open may 13th. Still havent been to work and I am a night stocker. Looks like the full timers getting all tbe hours. I am scheduled for only 3 days the week after the store opens. I will be looking for better employment as part time will not cut it. Part timers been left out of everything for this opening. I will work but not give fhem 100% like they demand.

    Cons

    Too many part timers. Only hired 1 person from this city for a management position. Their prices are no where as good as county market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will have happier employees if you give them hours to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's not good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Request offs are easy
    Getting hours is easy

    Cons

    Pay is stagnant
    Culture is pretty bad
    Smile is part of dress code

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your veteran employees what they deserve and we won't continue to leave for greener pastures

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst job I ever had

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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 Hy-Vee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee owned. You'll get a bonus if your store is profitable.

    Cons

    So amazingly disorganized, disrespectful management, different rules for different people, "a friendly smile in every aisle" does not extend to coworkers and employees, zero work life balance - everything they tell you is lip service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just look for bodies or Hyvee lifers to fill your management positions. Be open to ideas and believe the words that you say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst job I have ever hard.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Night Stocker  in  Owatonna, MN
    Former Employee - Night Stocker in Owatonna, MN

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There were absolutely non at this job.

    Cons

    Where do I start. Managers were extremely rude. They favored employees who were rude, and would spend their time talking bad about everyone else. Workers were not recognized for work they had done. The employees the manager favored would not do their work. The employees who did their work were thrown under the bus by the manager, who then proceed to tell the head honcho we were not doing our work. Also people were falsely accused of doing things that never happened, and were written up for them. People would get wrote up for breathing wrong. All because the managers little friends didn't like those people. Do not work there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire entirely new Night time managers. Preferably one's who take the time to listen to all employee's and not openly favor certain one's. Especially when it is there life goal to make others look bad, only to make themselves look better. Nobody should be accused of something that never happened. Saw this far to many times. Another thing, I was wrongfully terminated from my job there. Don't do that to future employees. Thought about getting an attorney and coming back, but it was too much of a negative environment to work in. Not worth my time. The company should maybe have incentives for employee's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Management should to wake up

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

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time

    Pros

    - Very good insurance benefits for part time and full time employees
    - Part time employees now get a share in the store’s bonus
    - Can move around to almost anywhere in the store
    - The company very rarely fires. Its almost impossible and you can do anything and stay

    Cons

    - Management won’t hold co-workers to the same standards and won’t hold all workers accountable for there actions. It depends on who is in with management
    - Many workers who aren’t ready for a management positon and are promoted too quickly. There too young but are promoted because they will do the job for much less pay
    - our store's profit is low
    - don't be afraid to fire a worker. if there poison or just not doing what they should do, remove them or relocate them to a job better fitted for them. Dead wood is just that and its poison
    - Management ignores many of the problems affecting the stores profit (boils down to everything above)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When upper management leaves for the day, everything changes. The assistants go to the back room back by the bathrooms (off camera) and fool around. Time stamped facebook photos are uploaded of there activities on facebook. They literally sit on the pallets and crates and talk. By the end of the night they have fooled around for 2/4 hours. Cutting cashiers shouldn’t be the budget cuts. There needed. Your assistants are using this money. Start coming in randomly or better yet put more cameras up back there and around the store. Each week it gets worse and worse because they keep pushing the boundaries and getting away with it so they try more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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