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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Co-Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Manager
    Former Employee - Co-Manager

    I worked at Kroger full-time

    Pros

    Always found a way to keep busy. Had a few cool store managers. Gained a lot of meaningful experience and skills that I'm finding transferable outside of Kroger.

    Cons

    Every job and employee will have a different relationship. For me, this was not the job. It didn't deliver what it promised. That being said, before joining Kroger, research in depth what you are getting into. I've seen the information online since quitting this job. It's available all over the internet. But know what you're getting into. For some people, this will be a good fit; for me, it was disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kroger tries to give the image of being a customer first, family oriented, value and morale driven company. While you do that for your customers, you fail miserably in doing that for your employees. (I will give credit to 3 amazing store managers that were great to me...they went out of their way for me, and to this day, I maintain a good relationship with two of them). I was told on a number of occasions to make up reasons for writing up employees so they could be indefinitely suspended, all because the didn't fit the store image that my zone manager or coordinators were going for. There is no balance of home/work life, and after having gone through the experience, I feel like the HR rep that I first interviewed with was synonymous to a military recruiter, promising the world and delivering little. That being said, what I did gain was meaningful experience working for your company; I would have liked to have used that for furthering the Kroger Company; however, I will use those skills and experiences elsewhere. Kroger has amazing potential to be a desired workplace, but that comes from the top down. Do more training with your zone and store managers to encourage employee morale, home/work balance, and really make company men and women out of co-managers. But don't treat them like expendable commodities. Lastly, allow co-managers to use their full potential; don't hold them back. Because of my experience, I left Kroger, moved abroad, became trilingual, got involved in and eventually took on a position as the marketing and translation executive for a nonprofit organization. My zone manager told me that I was making a huge mistake when I submitted my three weeks notice. After this experience, I think Kroger made a huge mistake in marginalizing me and not following through on their initial investment in me after MD1.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Run!

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Vinton, VA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Vinton, VA

    I have been working at Kroger full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    none this job was the biggest waste of time, and defiantly my worst job. I had a weird lady I worked with who owned cats.

    Cons

    Horrible. I would rather clean my butt with a rake than work there again. It was just not a good job, same thing everyday, boredom to the max.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you suck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Bakery manager

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    Current Employee - Bakery Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Bakery Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Kroger

    Pros

    Somewhat decent pay. Okay benefits package. Steady employment. Most bake goods go to the food pantry due to high price tags. Company receives tax deduction. Even if not donated as reported.

    Cons

    Lack of promotion, unrealistic expectations, high degree of unprofessional uneducated store and upper management. Hostile work environment with senior employees that are protected by a union that protects the lame and lazy. Racism, lack of minority groups. Extremely abusive towards homosexuality, including customers. Dishonest employees that will use outdated products to save the store money. Unsanitary work environment. Violations of both HIPPA and OSHA laws. No life or time with family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, hire minority groups, train upper management. Promote within based on experience not popularity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awful company with loads of power to abuse

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    Current Employee - Produce Manager Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Produce Manager Assistant in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Kroger

    Pros

    The only reason my pay and benefits are good is because i fall in an old tier of the contract.There are 6 tiers in the contract now and anyone hiring in today will hire in part time 100% of the time with no benefits, no insurance for 2 years if any. (courtesy clerks get nothing) paid time off max is now 2 weeks paid vacation and 5 personal holidays which is a joke if youve been there 5 or more years.full time non existant.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work like a dog and sweat like a pig when you stary work here. This is not a statement to defame the company. This is not and exaggeration or a joke in any way. Be prepared to see your check say 103 dollars and some change with no money to go to the dentist at the end of the day (even though youre suppose to smile at all the customers) employees are nothing here and even a rediculous complaint from a customer can cost you your job. Loyalty here means nothing so dont be fooled in thinking it does. In the end - it really doesnt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees better and there wont be as many lawsuits slapped on you on a daily basis. You are no different than walmart in many ways. This is an awful place to work and its a borderline nightmare at times.i wouldnt recommend working for kroger to my enemies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kroger

    Pros

    A 30 minute break which must be taken onsite.

    Cons

    Compensation is minimum wage. During orientation a union representative arrives to present information in which you are pressured into joining, for a cost of $50 monthly.
    The 30 minute break is often interrupted due to a constant shortage of employees. Many times daily, employees are called off of their respective jobs to either cashier or bag groceries. The turnover rate is quite extensive. Management has poor communication skills. Management is insensitive to personal emergency situations.
    All-male staff. Only 1 white male.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sensitivity training. Never discuss an employee's situation in front of other employees. Do not promote managers who are incapable of doing the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I worked at Kroger part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, that's about all I can say. And somewhat of a discount

    Cons

    Immature and very unfair managers. Corrupt place and they fire people for literally nothing. They will find anything to get to get you fired if you don't suck up to them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be professional and stop acting like children.

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

    Horrible life experience all around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kroger (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There were not any pros about this company except job security if you want to be a no nothing pee on the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Where do I begin: horrible management, customers constantly complaining and in your face, lazy co-workers, pay that does not begin to equal the cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, bonuses, vacations and people.

    Cons

    I've been in management with Kroger for over 20 years in the SW KMA and don't know why I'm still wasting my years away, slaving for this unappreciative company. It's basically a six day work week in a pressure cooker, high stress, high and unrealistic expectations environment where you can plan on working 65-80 hours every week. If you are lucky enough to get a halfway intelligent co-manager, plan on him/her to be transferred away from your store once you've got him groomed to your standards. Store visits are often and are seldom positive. Even though you may have great store conditions and Metrics,Q, OOS, etc. scores, upper management is paid to point out the negatives and to make one feel less than adequate with their teams performance. One would think that after many successful years with this company the culture would change for the better, however, it's quite the opposite.

    I have seen Kroger's upper management (district mgrs and higher) continue to make this a miserable place to work with the consistent unrealistic expectations and threats to ones career when things are not perfect. It's really sad for the young co-managers coming on board and the newly promoted store managers. They don't realize what a miserable career choice they have made by coming to work for this company.

    Kroger promises 5 day work weeks, 50 hours/week schedules, but don't be fooled. Your work-life balance is lopsided to a work-work reality. Plan on working every weekend, holiday, nights, EARLY mornings and long days just to keep up with half of what they expect you to do to keep your head above water. Plan on reading your e-mails from home, as there is no "office time" in the stores. Kroger preaches "sales floor management" and with all the pressure, that's where you will be spending most of your time every day.

    Beware, be warned, and be smart by staying away from any management roles with this company. Take it from a seasoned manager who wished they had made a smarter choice earlier on in life.

    Life here is miserable....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to change the culture within a company, it has to start with the top. Many of you know it, but so many of those you've given the power to don't have a clue on how to lead and develop a team to succeed. Don't promote folks into upper management on the buddy system, rather promote folks on their professionalism and past, success performance. Promote leaders that know how to lead...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Plano, TX

    I worked at Kroger part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    off the top of my head? none, glad I got out of that place.

    Cons

    horrible management that does not communicate what so ever, with other managers or employees, disregards employee scheduling, forgets to work employees, and in my case the store stopped giving me hours along with others due to cut backs, resulted in not getting hours for 6 weeks straight, found another job in that time, continued to loom at schedule though, and eventually they stopped putting me on the schedule all together, I later found out that due to poor management they thought I had quit, when in reality I was begging for hours even talking to some of the lower managers in person at the store for hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate and manage your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    JUST OK

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

    I worked at Kroger part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    there where no pros to working here

    Cons

    low pay very few hours, not a place to build a carrer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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