Meijer Reviews in Grand Rapids, MI

Updated March 28, 2014
Updated March 28, 2014
588 Reviews
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Meijer Co-Chairman and CEO Hank Meijer
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Pros
  • Some Team leaders/ management are somewhat understanding and helpful (in 26 reviews)

  • Didn't take long for me to reach part-time seniority status due to the high turn-over rate (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • You get paid minimum wage to do about 3 people's jobs (in 30 reviews)

  • Team leaders hired off the street before they'll even think about promoting within the company (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Company Culture - Unfriendly and Spiteful (Corporate)

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    Former Employee - Talent Development  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Talent Development in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Meijer headquarters is they give you samples of the products they are selling from time to time. If you are an employee (not a contractor) you can also get discounts on Dyson vacuums and special events around Grand Rapids (very seldom).

    Cons

    The worst thing about Meijer is the culture. Before I joined the company, I thought of Meijer as a great place where they invest in the community and genuinely show compassion. I was excited I could work there...until I joined the team. There is no investment into the people who work at Meijer, and management tends to be hostile or incompetent (with exceptions).

    I noticed a distinctive environment of unfriendly competition. Teams do not collaborate, and it's difficult to feel supported. People will "report you" if you browse the internet, regardless of whether you are on your lunch break and/or have completed all of your tasks.

    I specifically worked with the Leadership Development team, which has lost almost FORTY PERCENT of its employees in the past two months thanks to an individual. [He demanded that his salaried (and sometimes even hourly) employees work a minimum of 40 hours, and if they work 60+, they are not to balance them by taking an afternoon off here or there, but continue working 40 hour weeks. It doesn't matter how hard you work, he will never be satisfied. He has no concept of a work-life balance, and his demands as well as management style have led 40% of the team to quit (and I was told yesterday they're losing 1-2 more within the next 3 months).

    One of the most appalling things he did while I was there: he called a meeting with everyone in the team except 1 person--to discuss that person's job performance. he told the team to point out whenever the absent person made a mistake--to the extended Talent Development team. He did not have a conversation with the individual to explain his concerns or how to improve but chose public shaming instead.

    VERY difficult to move within the company to a different position. People want you to stay in the same job role for the duration of your employment there. This stifles growth.

    CONTRACTORS: STAY AWAY! Contractors who ask for raises are told the "experience of working at Meijer" is all the compensation they deserve. They are not eligible for any of the perks Meijer employees enjoy. They are treated as replaceable and their work often goes unappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management can easily take steps to fix the issues at Meijer, but they won't. The company needs guidance and insight into the investment they make of their time. It wouldn't hurt to act like you care about your employees. When alarming turnover trends like the Talent Development team become obvious, make an effort to discover the problem and fix it.

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

    Heavy nepotism with average performers in key leadership roles.

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Promotions are reserved to those who keep their head down and opinions to themselves. Publicly voicing limited prospects is taken as a show of loyalty to meijer. Being better than your boss and those that have been there for more than 10 years (thought of as stars) are sure to limit your career prospects (even if you get stellar annual reviews). If you're an A-type driver, stay away from here. They look for ways to keep your annual salary down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they wouldn't follow it anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience but there are many other better companies

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Private company that is continuing to grow. Meijer is fiscally strong. There are lots of opportunities to move around within the firm.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Employee benefits (health, vacation, etc) are lower than most other employers. Office employees were required to work a few days in the store in November and December.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase work flexibility. Reduce the amount of micro-management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tough Retail Culture

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast-paced work environment, decent amount of opportunities to grow. Pay and benefits are ok. Good people for the most part.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management causing less autonomy and some micro-management. Conservative culture from the founders. Need some more younger, fresher (outside) influence on culture and leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share visions of long-term plans with workers. Help bridge culture between the stores and the corporate office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Agreed - total crap shoot in the corporate office.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer

    Pros

    Fairly decent place to work in regards to a corporate office environment. Really great cafeteria on site, discounts on local gyms, employee discounts at the stores, and opportunities for growth if you ask for training.

    Cons

    Very traditional company with an entrenched good old boys network. Coming from the outside mid-career is a very difficult experience. Be prepared for a degree of hazing, as well as a discounting of your experiences or skill set just because you didn't start in the stores at age 16. Don't expect to have the latest technology in either hardware or software. Middle management is focused solely on pleasing leadership and can at times be disrespectful or disregarding of lower level employees. Training can be difficult to obtain and at most times substandard. Professional memberships and conferences in your specific industry are inconsistently distributed by department. Expect shakeups in hierarchy to management and leadership on a regular basis leading to projects that never end, solutions never implemented, and frustrated rank and file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management is a skill that needs to be invested in. Be willing to invest in more than 60 to 80% of what projects need in order to make sustainable gains in productivity.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meijer - It's a crap shoot.

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    Current Employee - Planner  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Planner in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer

    Pros

    Many dedicated, hard working people. Very loyal customer base regionally. The Meijer Family, who founded the company, are all exceptional people and extremely charitable..

    Cons

    There is an unwillingness to change. Many salaried employees at the corporate office have been promoted from the stores and have an hourly mantality. There is no sense of urgency and, no desire to improve. There is also an attitude by many employees that they don't have to compete with other retailers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess your current employees very objectively. Implement a 360 degree performance review system. Accept the reality that retail is an extremely competitive industry and the customer owes you no loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you live in Grand Rapids, solid place to work.

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer

    Pros

    There is work life balance, most days I left work by 5:30. The salary is decent for the cost of living if you come from the outside. I found that people who worked there and worked their way up were paid considerably less than people they were bringing in from the outside. I enjoyed working with most of my co-workers.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. There is definitely friction between the people who have been with the company since they were 18 and worked their way up from the stores to the corporate office and the people who are being brought in from other companies for their expertise. The people who have worked there for years think things are fine and don't want to change. Some of the managers are intimidated by the new talent the company is bringing in as well. There are people in the organization who do not care for diversity and would rather is be an all caucasion environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep working on creating diversity of culture and thought, get some diversity training for your employees

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Point system screws over divorced working parent of 5.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer

    Pros

    I've gained a lot of experience as I fill-in for others. I've learned to be very flexible and knowledgeable about the gas station, receiving, display assembly, liquor sales.

    Cons

    After 7 years at Meijer I knew my days were numbered when they changed work rules and implemented a point system. Points assigned if late from break, late for work whether call in was made or not, can't use vacation days if child sick or car trouble because it has to be prescheduled. As a divorced mother of 5 this system I am penalized because I have to deal with the trials and tribulations of having 5 kids and I drive a junk car, I am penalized by points because my car quits, my kids get sick, or I get sick. The point system is designed to harm employees. I work very hard at my job, go above and beyond, do everything I am asked even if it is outside of my job description. . .bust my buns every day. This is no place to work if you are a single parent. I had chances for promotions but could not take them because they threw in a day or two of mandatory night work per week and I had no child care for those hours. They assigned me to a number of weeks of 2nd shift knowing I had no child care. I worked the hours and my 5 kids were home alone with a 14 year old autistic child in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employers are supposed to do no harm to employees. I am a very hard worker and my supervisor has acknowledged that I really "bust my buns at work" and am a valued employee. I fear I'll lose my job because of points because my car broke down, my kids got sick, I'm late to work because of kid related problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in with a good group and then leverage it in an environment that matches your values and belief systems.

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Management in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer

    Pros

    (Corporate) learning the innerworkings of retail strategy components. Multi faceted learning environments from a base retail perspective, ability to learn about many areas if you can find a group with a mentor. Although strategic leadership is fragmented, there are some areas that can provide a good foundation of learning. However, it's best to get first hand knowledge about the group you are interested in prior to working in it.

    Cons

    Lack of vision, incredible inner politics. There are some groups populated with people who really want to do well but more often than not are not able to due to politics. The result is massive turnover, or acceptance to the status quo regardless of what the right thing to do is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It truly wouldn't matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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