Hy-Vee Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
342 Reviews
3.5
342 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 36 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.  

    Great pay, with a catch

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Generalist in Cherokee, IA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Generalist in Cherokee, IA

    I worked at Hy-Vee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    If there is ever a problem, they won't fix it. This company avoids conflict like the plague. If you point out a problem, it's much more likely that they will get rid of you, rather than deal with the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop walking on eggshells and take a stand. Change is necessary and needed. Seniority without merit is meaningless.

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

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Cashier in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    nice people to work with, time went by very fast, cool people to work with, time went by fast for the most part.

    Cons

    Very tough to on schedule. seems to be a very over priced store for the most part, or at least I think so

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad but not extraordinary

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician

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

    Pros

    Less corporate than working for a place like Walgreens - pharmacy is not open 24 hours, coworkers were easy to work with/for.

    Cons

    Less than stellar pay, no employee discount besides once quarterly 10% off, can not work over 30 hours because they do not want to give part timer's benefits.
    25 cent raise every year - thought I was being way underpaid based on local discussions with competitors such as Walgreens - even though Walgreens is definitely worse to work for.
    Still very corporate as rules are handed down from the top to the store managers to the pharmacy managers that just make no logistical sense to the pharmacy so you can tell that they really have no clue about the overall operations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company with upward mobility that lacks in the investment of its employee.

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    Former Employee - Produce Clerk in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Hy-Vee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is fast paced and awards employees with the opportunity to rise in the ranks regardless of educational credentials. The winning culture is driven by the employees and it is derived from the leadership within.

    Cons

    Lack of foresight in reacting to the rising level of competition in the market place. Reactionary instead of proactive placing stress on staff while maintainig profit margins by minimizing available staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more active culture in identifying and hiring capable employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    In departments, It's retail, it's exactly what you would expect.

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    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Winona, MN
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Winona, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours when you get into a dept that has hours to give. If you don't have much experience working Hy-Vee will most likely give you a chance.

    Cons

    Low pay, MANY part time positions but much less full time positions. As with working in any grocery store or retail position like this, immaturity and lack of responsibility (Call-ins for insignificant things) is rampant with high school workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work while in school.

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    Former Employee - Cashier, Courtesy, Stocker, Italian Express Cook in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Cashier, Courtesy, Stocker, Italian Express Cook in Iowa City, IA

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

    Pros

    Very good first job. Very flexible, which was great for me while I was going to school. Room for advancement (if you put in the work and want it). For the most part, was a friendly environment. I've made some life long friends while working there.

    Many stores have been changing their look recently, and I like it. I used to think the stores looked kind of bland, but the new look makes the stores feel cleaner, newer and more interesting.

    Cons

    Managers can micromanage. Can be difficult to get hours. I don't feel like the company worked me to my full potential (they'd have me bag groceries, and other courtesy work 3/4 of my shifts after I was trained to be a cashier). Although it is a friendly environment overall, you will also work with rude customers (as well as other employees and managers) that can make your day hell. I guess that's expected in retail though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an employee is trained to be a cashier, PUT THEM ON A REGISTER! Work them to their potential! I know even cashiers need to help bag groceries once in awhile, but jeez. Also, less micromanaging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Many years of wonderful experiences

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Night Crew in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Night Crew in Iowa City, IA

    I worked at Hy-Vee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked for this company many years, from high school through college to full-time job first few years in working world. Was on night crew for five years with two stores. Have had countless experiences positive, mainly with customers who you are trained to go above and beyond for. Was one of the greatest experiences in my life to connect with many customers at my most recent location, a major university city where a large portion of customers were college students and so there was always someone new walking through the door to get to meet along with regulars who you got to know as good friends.

    One of the best companies in the world in many regards--one of largest employee owned private companies in US, great diversity with variety of backgrounds/walks of life in workforce, multiple opportunities for growth and advancement, numerous opportunities to perpetually learn and grow as retail/grocery industry is awe-inspiring and constantly changing like other industries. This is one of the companies that will say they treat employees as family and mean it, from annual holiday parties to events recognizing years of service. Also customer service is awesome and among best anywhere, employees are expected to go above and beyond for customers and make a difference in their lives.

    Cons

    Umm, things that should not happen at any workplace that made it impossible to do my job. Thankfully behind the scenes so customers did not realize. Every place has its fair share of disorder and frustration and stress. But come on, if it's unethical or illegal it should be NO TOLERANCE. I'm talking about things like managers bragging about going to a bar after a long night's work and coming back to a morning meeting(this leads to very bad modeling when months later my night crew coworker was terminated for the same thing). Wages are often pretty good, but go fast if coworkers "borrow" large sums of money. Usually places have a "no call, no show" policy like three times and you're considered willfully leaving job. Well if you are sick and call in with no message being relayed by overly busy day managers you might get called at home ten or twenty times though you are home asleep trying to recuperate. (Please note these things did not all directly happen to me, but I was firsthand witness or experienced some).

     Hours can be very unexpectedly long. Overtime is a great perk/incentive that employees should take advantage of in numerous jobs. But if you are at a retail location that frowns upon overtime and the extra hours are always following a "it's going to be a long long night 'cause three people called in sick and we've got a super large truck and you don't have to stay but really you SHOULD," it is really going to do a number on your morale and personal health after a couple years.

    Okay, didn't realize bad incidents would take up that much room(easy to see why I had to quit), but please pay attention to pros for every company has its ghosts in the closet and I know that if I had worked harder to address these issues to managers they would have been taken care of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like other businesses, consider higher security for night crew. Usually pretty good, but employees maybe should be trained better in asset protection because shoplifting is a risk like other retail. More training for issues like workplace conduct, really personal life should be kept way more at home. Hold more consistent standards and have more thorough procedures for dealing with employee performance and any issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Can be a fun company, but difficult to feel appreciated.

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    Former Employee - Wine & Spirits Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Wine & Spirits Manager in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Hy-Vee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working in a fairly specialized department afforded me the opportunity to expand my education on craft beer and wine while being encouraged by corporate management every step of the way.

    Cons

    I never had a real set schedule; other than working what I called the "Hy-Vee Weekend," which consisted of working until close on a Friday or Saturday and being scheduled to open the following morning (usually with less that 7 hours between shifts.)

    Before becoming a Full-Time employee, which took moving to a different store/market, I was expected to work 35-40/wk for little more than minimum wage and no benefits.

    It was difficult to keep a full staff in my department, due to wages and maximum number of hours part time employees could work, causing me to have to cover the workload of two or more people by myself.

    Overall compensation for my last position left a lot of month at the end of my checks. In the two plus years I was in a management position I received one very hard-fought, yet laughable raise (<1%) even though my department was clearing all profit and inventory goals. After seven years with the company I ended my career making less than $25,000/yr (I was a Certified Cicerone (Cicerone Certification Program,) a CSW (Society of Wine Educators,) a CWS (Hy-Vee/Gallo,) a Certified Beer Judge (Beer Judge Certification Program,) and had my degree in Business Management at the time of this job.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management could do well to listen to complaints of employees while they are still working for you. It's easier to retain quality employees than to weed through potential employees and train them to do the job correctly. It seemed the Store Director at the time did no't understand this philosophy and ran off a lot of good people through their inaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great job for students.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    The flexible schedule for part time employees makes Hy-Vee a great place to work for students. Good first job for young people starting out.

    Cons

    Full time employees are expected to work lots of overtime. Management doesn't seem to appreciate the employees on the floor who are dealing directly with the customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    depends what store you go to

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hy-Vee

    Pros

    great with teens and works well around schedule

    Cons

    nothing they were great in every way

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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