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Meijer Reviews in Grand Rapids, MI

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
696 Reviews
2.9
696 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some of the team leaders (mine included) are very easy to work with on issues that pop up during the day (in 29 reviews)

  • Didn't take long for me to reach part-time seniority status due to the high turn-over rate (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • 75 starting (mind you this is in Illinois in which the minimum wage is 8 (in 35 reviews)

  • Depending on location they will use you up to 39 hours a week and deny full-time status (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Transformation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Inventory Control Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Old Boys Club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience at Meijer

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

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

    Pros

    Appears stable environment. Doesn't encourage sexual minorities

    Cons

    Very rigid environment. Too many old mentalities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible

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

    Stress from every direction

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

    I have been working at Meijer full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There's always a carrot dangling in front of you, decent pay, secure

    Cons

    Stress and corporate pressure makes expectations almost impossible to achieve. Be prepared to work every holiday and every weekend, missing many family and friend get togethers. Pay does not justify the amount expected out of team leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page. Too many hands in the pot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working at Meijer, Inc. HQ

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

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

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance
    Not Micro Managed, in my area at least

    Cons

    Limited opportunities
    Career Development not supported

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Product Flow

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, Great management, overall good experience.

    Cons

    No funds for continual education and health care very expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide MBA funds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Politics, politics...

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

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

    Pros

    Family oriented, good values, most people are very friendly to work with.

    Cons

    NO career development. Have had NO goals for the past year, no discussion of an individual development plan (nor has anyone in my department, so it is not just me), and everyone in our department gets the same PAR review regardless of work effort. No motivation to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time developing your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    exhausting

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

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

    Pros

    It is extremely hard to get fired. They are very flexible with your schedual. It's a great student job.

    Cons

    Very fast paced, don't feel appreciated at all usually, and there is a lot of heavy lifting. It can be hard on the back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Testing Place to Work

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

    I worked at Meijer

    Pros

    If you want to be tested as a person and grow in character this place will test you. I came out more mature and stronger but it was because of the difficult circumstances that came up. Your co-workers usually are people just like you that tend to get along well with you if you show them respect and work with them but be firm in your position/ conviction.

    Cons

    The management disciplines very unfairly. They take advantage of those who they know need the job and punish them while allowing others who disregard their discipline to get away with it. In essence they are twice as hard on those who will actually listen because the other workers will not.

    There is an unfair workload place on those who will actually work hard and those who will not are not punished. The union is there to help but in many ways doesn't. TMAG is great for those who are earnestly learning to become hard workers but horrible for those who will abuse the system.

    Ex. People will take advantage of the seven strikes per offense by using them when they desire and waiting for them to disappear and then using them again.

    Expectations for work are too high for the limited amount of staff. I understand wanting high performance but when you lack performers and allow people to eat up company salary who will not work hard you will not meet them.

    There is a huge waste of good food simply because it looks bad or is one or two days past date. Orders are way too high and thousands of dollars of food are thrown out weekly; which could have feed hungry Americans who if they signed a waiver or something wouldn't care if their family had no food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and honor you employees based on their commitment and performance. Don't allow those who are deliberately disobedient and obsitant to thrive while causing the hard workers to barely survive. Honestly, you cause some of your greatest assets to hate their jobs because of how you treat them as a slave and then turn a blind eye to your lazy workers.

    Stop ordering so much! Just because you have a high amount of stock does not mean you will sell it. Listen to you more advanced order writers and not just what the company desires. If you desire to sell 500 cases and in reality people only buy 250 cases buying the 500 will not cause them all to sell. It just wastes perishable food.

    Discipline harsher though who take their job for nothing and honor those who truly try to work well. You have many "battered" workers who are quick to snap and defend themselves because you have kicked so many of them down.

    Discipline with good judgment and not just a system that is consistently abused.

    If you want high performance give a resonable amount of performers for the job. If you can't fit the salary then you best cut costs elsewhere if qualilty work is what you really desire and not just profit.

    Listen to your employees when they tell you that what you are expecting is too much. If you honestly could do it then teach them by showing them and not just reading off what corporate desires. How many of those in corporate honestly know what it is like to pull out the numbers they desire? If you can't do the job yourself don't expect others to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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