SUPERVALU
2.7 of 5 309 reviews
www.supervalu.com Eden Prairie, MN 5000+ Employees

SUPERVALU Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2014
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2.7 309 reviews

                             

44% Approve of the CEO

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Sam K. Duncan

(52 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Was a wonderful place to work

    IT Tech (Current Employee)
    Green Bay, WI

    ProsExcellent people who are very good at what they do.

    ConsCompany has had high turnover in sr. management; lots of golden parachutes. No pay raises for three years; 401k matches removed; constant closing of regions/dc's; constant downsizing/layoffs

    Advice to Senior ManagementAbsolutely nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    From Great to Horrible

    Director (Former Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsLarge company with a lot of opportunities, especially for just-over-entry level employees. The grocery business is a great trade from many standpoints, and with wholesale and retail operations Supervalu offers a great opportunity to get a lot of experience. Once the business gets stable, it will probably be a good place to work again...but there's no knowing when that will happen.

    ConsSupervalu has always had an element of politics, but after the Albertsons merger the gloves really came off. The only way to survive was to keep your head down, and eventually those with their heads down lose them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate. Be open with your employees. Help them build skills and advance rather than use them as scapegoats.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constantly Shrinking Company with a Revolving Door of Senior Management

    Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsI can not think of a Pro.

    ConsNever Ending Layoffs, at least once a year. Shrinking sales every year for the past 6 years. Senior Management turnover is very high. Have cut everything possible in order to save costs - Even cut out supplying cups or napkins in break rooms. Eliminated Dividends, Salary Increases, 401K contributions last year. Shrinking IT Organization with no career opportunities. Could go on and on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop bringing in buddies from prior companies. Stop trying to make company profitable by Cutting Costs (hasn't worked for the past 7 years). Stop laying off employees every year. Implement a company contribution or a matching amount to the 401K plan. Hire more professional Senior Management. Come up with a plan to increase sales.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Director Operations (Former Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsNice people, trying hard - also trying to address the "grocery" culture that causes new comers to leave.

    ConsWay behind on strategy - not the right people in senior leadership positions to understand and address the rapidly changing market. Very little true innovation or business development. Focus is on small incremental changes vs large meaningful transformation.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to the banners they know their customer best. Figure out a way to not get in their way but enable them to be successful in their local markets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Frustrating old school resistant to change

    Finance (Former Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsLots of opportunity and low hanging fruit. Old systems and processes, ripe for updating.

    ConsStuck in old culture. There is talk about the need to question the past, but not really encouraged. Constant state of fire-drill.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaotic and wasted money, time and resources.

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsAbility to work remote.
    Above average compensation and benefits.

    ConsSub-par leadership, strategies and tactics leading to company decline and the need to sell 50% of retail stores.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good until the last couple of years

    Category Merchandiser (Current Employee)
    Pleasant Prairie, WI

    ProsAllow for personal growth. Decent pay.

    ConsLast couple of years very unstable company. Entire region where I worked was let go. Worked there for 23 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and share information.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't be fooled, this is for Save-a-lot, the red-headed step child division of Supervalu

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsIt paid steady money during the recession.

    Cons- As an assistant manager you have no bonus, no incentive, and they have cut way back on the upper-level training (no more trips to St. Louis for example). You ARE paid overtime, but you can imagine how well that is received. So, you have anywhere from 45-50 hours of work to do in a week and it has to be done in 40 while hitting an SPH (sales per hour) of 250 to 280 (yes, Aldi's is worse, but they at least pay better).
    - That means everything falls onto the manager's back. Expect to work 65+ hours minimum. With secret shoppers, customer surveys and a reactionary middle-management team that has literally never run a store under the conditions they are asking you to achieve -there is no room to pause. Work-life balance? Well, maybe if you are divorced and the wife keeps the kids...
    - No raise in 2 years despite satisfactory reviews ("company is restructuring"), bonus taken away from ASM's. 401K taken from SM's -just resinstated. Bonus changed on SM's so you stand to make 50% less than previous bonus system AND it is predicated on how well the division and the company does (think about that for a minute).

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere to start.. not they they would listen. This has never been a smart company, and they have promoted from within. Technology-wise, some systems date back to the 80's if not earlier. Inventory management is non-existent, sales tracking is unwieldy and uninformative, company initiatives reflect the flavor of the moment and what ever fire that needs to be put out. And the paperwork.. so much useless paperwork that will get your butt in a sling if you are missing one scrap. And the merchandising skills... I could go on and on. There is no shining pearl in this sea of pig muck. Stay away.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work your tail off to move up in the company to get slapped in the face...

    Co-Manager (Former Employee)
    Winona, MS

    ProsIt was a job that paid my bills (most of the time). The general manager (now retired) was for the most part willing to work with his employees about needing time off. I made some life long friends from working there. I was able to move up from stock crew to co-manager

    ConsThe owner doesn't care about his employees, just cares about making money. I worked there for 12 years and moved up from stock clerk to co-manager over the years. I was pretty much promised by the general manager his position when he retired. About two months before he retired he informed me that they were hiring someone else. Then they promoted and transferred my assistant manager to another store as general manager. So it was like a big slap in the face.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like people and they will take care of your store. Don't treat them just like the dollar signs you see in your eyes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    long time employee..

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    Prospeople outside my own department

    ConsManager only looking out for himself.

    Advice to Senior Managementno advice. I do not see any long term success for this company. It is sad to see what it has become.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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