Meijer Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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Meijer Co-Chairman and CEO Hank Meijer
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Pros
  • Great team leaders, great hours (in 29 reviews)

  • Insurance coverage for part-time workers (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Starts at minimum wage with only (in 35 reviews)

  • even though most full-time workers had more days off than I did (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Job as a Receiving Clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receiving Clerk in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Receiving Clerk in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some benefits which i have forgotten of by now. In the backroom I could sneak a bite and have a water bottle with me

    Cons

    Long hard hours. No windows - lose touch with humanity other than that of your coworkers who are slowly losing their minds too. It's also a very high stress job. Half the time you stand around doing nothing, and the other half the work flow is so intense you need a few crew to work it, and it was usually just me and another new hire who barely know anything. Product will fall off the belt, smash, and you have to pick it up with paper towel. The worst is glass and vinegar - cuts are a commonality and so is horrid stench. And then, there's actually taking product off the belt from the trucks. THis is a very tedious task that requires mahoosive patience, as you need to stack it on pallets (usually broken) well enough that it doesn't fall over. Sometimes it's just inevitable and you'll have to stack it all again. On top of this, I've had my fingers smashed and cut up, a co of mine was had his foot ran over by an electric jack, large sharp pieces of pallet can fly up at your face, pallets are usually broken so nails are exposed, and finally, product can fall on you from the belt (and is a huge danger if it's a case of greenbeans while your head is down picking something up). The result of this can lead to pissy employees who blow their top off. It was actually a common occurrence, and it just adds to the frustration of the job. This I think that covers everything. This however, is simply MY experience. I hated it, and left sooner than it took to hire me. But some of the people i worked with have been there for years.


  2. Helpful (3)

    cashier and customer service desk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier/Customer Service Desk Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier/Customer Service Desk Representative in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -coworkers are wonderful -management is generally nice -interacting with people -learning new skill sets -I do find that even though there are a lot of horrible customers, there are also some genuinely wonderful ones too -you do learn to have a stiff upper lip because of customers though -I love my job despite everything

    Cons

    -company relies on "the customer is always right" which isn't the right way to run a company. A company should focus first on their employees and in turn their employees will give excellent customer service. Instead, managers will disregard store policies that their employees are supposed to follow in front of their customers because that customer complained and wanted it their way. A customer could be absolutely 100% completely wrong and the manager will override it. If we keep doing this, the entitlement in this country will keep going up. This needs to be addressed. But your employees first and in turn they will put your customers first. -customers can be really quite horrible and entitled at times. My coworker has had ice thrown in her face for the soda machine being out of diet coke, for example. -the work uniform is ill-fitting and heavy which makes employees work less efficiently and less confidently because they do not feel comfortable or confident in what they are wearing. If they were modernized to something like a simple cotton t-shirt with meijer on it, for example, then things would run smoother. -cashiers are expected to not only scan but bag at a high rate speed but the lanes that are used are not efficient and need updating as soon as possible. -continued from pros.. I do love my job but I wish I could have contact with corporate and speak to them on what I think and many others think that needs to be improved upon. Instead decisions for every store are made without taking into consideration the employees or the specific store's needs. How can you make adequate decisions for something on which you do not work with or fully understand? You really cannot. You can do your best, but it will never be perfect unless you completely know what it is your making a choice for.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees first. Disregard the outdated "the customer is always right" phrase because: 1. it makes your employees feel mistreated and under appreciated 2. You let customers walk all over you and you loose money in doing so 3. It makes customers think they do not have to give respect to your employees; and thus your employees will have to put up with that and it will make them work less efficiently 4. Sometimes the customer is, in fact, wrong. If you put your employees first.. then they will in turn put your customers first. I seriously cannot stress this enough. Speak with your employees. Have open communication.


  3. Helpful (1)

    I love being a planogram setter at Meijers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Set Planograms in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Set Planograms in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I have a great boss and have learned a lot about setting new planograms from her.

    Cons

    The store director needs to show more respect and passion for his workers.

    Advice to Management

    Love your people, I have a great manager that I work for, but some of he other managers need to respect your people more.


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    Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Team Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of growth opportunities since the company is doing so well.

    Cons

    private company means not as many perks, also a rapidly growing company that needs a lot of help with change management.

    Advice to Management

    invest in better talent and be more competitive to retain good talent. Company culture could use a lift as well.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Own Brand manager

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

    I worked at Meijer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - co-workers / peers - pay / incentives (but not uniformly so) - physical work space / enviorment - peers - financials & key performance metrics very strong vs. industry

    Cons

    - senior leadership frequently changes mind and approach - senior leadership treats rank and file poorly - communication of high level strategies is poor - culture that Meijer family developed is not being lived out - rank and file are basically fearful of senior management

    Advice to Management

    to Meijer family - understand that there was / is a need to bring in new thinking from the outside. The price is erosion and eventual elmination of the culture that Fred worked so hard to instill....


  7. Great employer!

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

    I worked at Meijer part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    a wonderful place to work if you are young. Flexible hours and an employee discount. Co workers make it a great job to have while going to school.

    Cons

    Working with the general public is not always fun, there are plenty of things to do to keep yourself busy. The pay is not as high as it could be.

    Advice to Management

    The best jobs I've worked have had managers who were willing to do the same things they asked you to do. Making sure there is truly teamwork in the wirkplave does wonders for morale.


  8. Nothing keeping you here.

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

    I have been working at Meijer part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    In my experience I had amazing coworkers and they conformed to my schedule very nicely.

    Cons

    Every other aspect of having a job.

    Advice to Management

    Make your workers actually want to be there and pay them a wage that either meets your expectations, or lower your expectation to match their given wage.


  9. Transformation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional At Corp Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Professional At Corp Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team members - good folks to work with

    Cons

    We are in the 'storming' phase with a new leader at the helm -- soon we'll be 'norming and performing'

    Advice to Management

    Same 'ole advice everyone seems to have when speaking of management....start managing by walking around and really getting to know what's going on in the trenches. Sometimes we 'think' we know what people think...the latest mCulture survey results should be a wake up call.


  10. Inventory Control Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to be promoted and move around the company to gain experiences in different areas of the business. Most of the people that you work with are great individuals and will do anything they can to help. Company is growing and experiencing great success and is forecasting that growth to continue for years to come.

    Cons

    The Meijer culture is VERY political and the atmosphere is negative most of the time, even though the company grows year over year. Many promotions appear to be based off of who you know and not what your skills and value to the company are. Job expectations can vary widely based on area in which you work.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more positive atmosphere day in and day out. The business is growing year over year but yet the feeling inside the building on a day to day basis is negative. Meijer is winning far more than losing and we should be celebrating that fact, not just 2 or 3 times a year for an hour or two.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good Old Boys Club

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Team Leader in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Department Team Leader in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly, family orientate (depending on your team leader), yearly raise

    Cons

    Passing up current employees for promotions for hiring outside the company, higher leadership is not forth coming about what you need to do to be promoted, very perception based instead of objective, higher management is not friendly (doesn't even say hi) and will not meet to discuss performance and goals, very political atmosphere in leadership. yearly review is "not allowed" to be high even if you have performed at a high level because they don't want to pay a big raise. You are expected to keep your team motivated and valued, HOWEVER, higher leadership does not thank you or make you feel valued.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing the blame game. Take responsibility and make leadership in your stores feel appreciated. Market directors and Regional directors need to speak with the lines and department team leaders about where they want to go in the company and what they need to do to get there. Stop playing favorites and listen to what your employees are telling you.



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