Hy-Vee Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
352 Reviews
3.5
352 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 37 reviews)

  • They do have some pretty decent health benefits as well as long as you are not part time (in 31 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 26 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Respect

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

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time

    Pros

    Most customers acknowledge when you go above and beyond for them and you are likely kept busy for much of your shift. There is always something to do and are many opportunities to explore in the store.

    Cons

    Almost none of the managers respect your hard work, they feel their job is more important than yours and that may be true, but at the same time, when you have a job to do, they don't care. They only care about getting what they need done and will pull you away from your responsibilities in order to do so. And they will not acknowledge that you've done a good job either. Management is very two-faced as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring more about your employees instead of just yourselves. Be better leaders than what you show because it's a major letdown.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Customer Service Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good for a first job!

    Cons

    Low wage and no benefits!

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Think Twice.

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

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you get into a department where everyone meshes than it can be fun. Decant hours but could be better.

    Cons

    No room for growth no matter what people say. In my opinion to get full time from a part time position you have to suck up to management and to customers or be middle aged. Poor communication skills in upper management, doesn't care for its hard working employees who runs a department, often hires incompetent people who have no people skills, cares to much about customers than they so there own people. Often lets people stay who are terrible at there job and don't do anything and treat the great employs like crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off high horse and help out instead of complaining, don't just walk around on your phones and pretend to do something and get your hands dirty. Pay better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great job for people in school, but not to live off of.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Coralville, IA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Coralville, IA

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun employees
    Lots of time off due to less hours.
    Flexible hours.
    Fun scavenger hunt on your first day.
    Cheap employee meal.

    Cons

    They are very stingy with hours for part-timers. My first week I was given around 30 hours working 5 days. Now I'm lucky if I can get 3 days. I told them that I wanted 30-35 hours a week and they agreed. I was deceived.
    No employee discount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the part-time workers the desired 30-35 hours instead of 12 hours a week...
    Don't make the part-timers do so much work.
    Fix the belts for the cashiers and courtesy.

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

    Terrible HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hy-Vee

    Pros

    Easy job depending on area, most part fun Co workers, pay could be better, employee meal program

    Cons

    HR and upper management are full of them selves, rude and doesn't care about the hard working employees. Be ready to be extremely fake toward customers and suck up to the self righteous management team to get a promotion from part time to full time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give full time positions to part timers who deserve it, communicate with each other and the departments

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hy-vee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery in Quincy, IL
    Current Employee - Grocery in Quincy, IL

    I have been working at Hy-Vee full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly customers that look for you to help with their needs, the best co-workers.

    Cons

    This use to be a great place to work, but with new upper Management this store is not the friendly place it use to be, we are short staffed, and with no over timed allowed it is very hard to give our customers the service they were use to also no pay raises for some in as long as 3 years. Management as become a joke, I would not recommend this store to anyone, while other Hy-Vee stores are great to work for, this store is falling fast. Corporate management is no better, they allow this to continue to let this happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at whole picture people with years of serve start leaving, there is a reason for that, listen to your employee's, they will not speak or do a survey for fear of losing their job. I know letters have been sent, follow up. Randy Edeker it's time to fix the Quincy IL store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management is ruining the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good first job, pleasant work environment, co-workers are great. Hourly workers have a lot of options when it comes to scheduling and job duties.

    Cons

    The pay is average at best. Actually below average when you consider the amount of hours expected. Lip service is paid to work-life balance, but the reality is very different. Management lacks professionalism from store level all the way through the corporate ranks. Education is disregarded in favor of Hy-Vee experience. There is a perception that if you were a good Hy-Vee store manager you can perform any job in the company which has led to some disastrous results. I have seen it really go downhill just in my few years with the company. In a lot of cases people are pushed into management positions before they're ready and it shows in their performance and the way they treat their employees. When things go right managers are the geniuses, and when things go wrong, managers look for people under them to blame. You get ahead by kissing up. If you can talk a good game and are willing to throw anyone under the bus to get ahead, this is the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management isn't big on taking advice because they think they already know everything, but I'd say take some money from corporate and raise the pay of front-line people and the company would be miles ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    "Well at least you're not working at a grocery store..."

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

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in scheduling, lax management, & no need to make a trip to the supermarket after work.

    Cons

    Nobody cares. The extreme monotony.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You expect much from employees, pay them more. Upper management forgets about middle management. Only one day per quarter where employees get 10% off the total bill.

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

    Was good at first...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Hy-Vee full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) I love that HyVee stands strong on the principles of customer service. It makes me feel good knowing we care about the customer. 2) There are also a lot of really cool people that you work with as well as customers you meet. 3) Working for HyVee is fun, rewarding, and doesn't demand a lot of skills.

    Cons

    1) While some stores are incredible to work for, others are really, really bad. 2) If you are the closer for a department (as I was regularly), all the burden of getting things done is on your shoulders... in the produce department (where I worked), the day crew would leave at 3 or 4 and leave all their garbage untouched, their carts still covered in boxes, and the shelves still empty... if the night crew did not get these things done, the day crew would get mad... 3) The salary is TERRIBLE!!!! You have to work for the company for 4-6 years before you make even a half-decent salary... but people leave by that time, as they have to provide for themselves and their families. 4) If you don't have an in, you'll never get promoted. End of story. 5) The store directors are never in the store. 6) The customer/secret shopper surveys will haunt you. You literally cannot get any work done, because if you leave your department to get something done/grab product to stock, you could lose all your points, and in effect, get written up if you were in the dept. the day/night of the review. 7) They pipe in new managers from outside stores almost every day it seems... with the autonomous nature of HyVee, this jacks with each individual store... you have some manager who walks in and changes the dynamic of the store by demanding people do things the way they saw it done at their last store. 8) The managers come across as condescending, power-hungry, and rude... and often, the laziest people in the store. Front end managers stand around and watch courtesy clerks bag and call other departments to bag while they stand and watch. I walk by the department head office and see ESPN on the computers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Your store is great in the sense that it is designed to have autonomy for each store... but this is also a problem... for someone who had visions of moving up the ladder in your company, I was burned out by my second store... because it really was terrible. Find a way to maintain store autonomy, but create a unifying culture company wide.

    2) Quit moving managers so much. It jacks with the autonomy and you get kids in there who think they run the place from the moment they walk in.

    3) Require your store directors to be in the store more often. Most weeks, I see them once.

    4) Place some responsibility on non-closers... you're going to burn out your closers.

    5) There's got to be more to the customer survey than if an employee is in the aisle or not... I cannot do my work if I will get penalized for not being in the aisle... we are set up to fail when it comes to those surveys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Most Unpleasant Job I Have Ever Had

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

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    * Its a job
    * Pay is okay for part time
    * That is about it.

    Cons

    * Coworkers are not passionate nor helpful
    * There was continuous gossip
    * Management didn't seem to care about the employees
    * Unfair practices regarding illness/inability to come in due to an emergency (e.g. They let someone call in for a hair appointment but when my home had a plumbing issue they told me I had to come in anyway)
    *They don't allow you to get more hours and refuse to offer more regular or full time positions because they don't want to pay benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider your employees more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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