Topco Associates Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Grim

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

    I worked at Topco Associates

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

    Pros

    The actual work itself is great if you like working with customers and building relationships

    Cons

    Your hard work will likely go unnoticed. There is a lack of collaboration between departments. There are no processes in place and no structured training.

  2. Helpful (1)

    People Matter

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Technology in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I have been working at Topco Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are committed to their work and results
    Discounts on items produced by the company at the company store.
    Quarterly Town Hall meetings with overview of happenings at the company.

    Cons

    Processes are not setup for almost anything.
    Outsourcing is the future of the company, you are not an employee you are a consultant.
    If your department is not making a profit correction from higher ups are not made apparent.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people, they are your best asset.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior Sourcing Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sourcing Specialist in Elk Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sourcing Specialist in Elk Grove, IL

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Don't be fooled---- there are two distinct job tracks here--- one for women, and one for men. If your are a woman, forget about getting to the director level--- simply is not going to happen.

    Cons

    Equal work for equal pay is an unknown concept---- men always make significantly more, and are promoted over better qualified women on a regular basis. At director level, men are usually imported from the outside, over paid and generally clueless. Women run the company and male management takes the credit. When I hired in, thankfully the company had a defined retirement plan--- it no longer does--- your retirement is your 401K and IRA

    Advice to Management

    The gutting of the IT dept was a disaster-- and yet no one will admit it or is held responsible. Closely review those in director and above positions and terminate those who are simply showing up for work, taking credit for other employees work, play fantasy sports, and hob nob with the younger women. Old Boy's Network is an understatement for this company.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    No learning or advancement

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

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Compensation
    - New building
    - Most co-workers are good to work with

    Cons

    - SAP Transformation: It boggles my mind to replace the whole IT dept with the consultant company that is doing the SAP transformation. A lot of good IT personnel has left because of it.
    - There is no advancement even when there is an opening.

    Advice to Management

    Departments are way to segmented and siloed. Stop being so conservative and open up.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Company going through a rough patch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Category Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Category Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good place to make industry connections
    -Good place to get a job straight out of school since they always are in need of people regardless of background
    -Pension plan for those who were hired before 2009

    Cons

    -No training or mentorship of any kind
    -Career opportunities are out of need and not out of merit
    -Transformation is becoming the focus of the company while its business continues to suffer
    -No communications plan of any kind, despite hiring a new communications team... and to top it all off they are starting to place phony reviews on this site to detract from the concerns being cited by employees or former employees (shame on you)
    -Ridiculous workload for non-directors
    -Low compensation
    -Turnover during the past 6 months has been record breaking (a lot of the capable people have left or are planning to leave)
    -Culture of fear
    -Old systems in place with new, more complicated systems on the way (think of an elementary school student flying a jet instead of riding a bike)... very asinine

    Advice to Management

    Think of what the members want and do it -- what you are doing will cripple the business
    Prevent the few performing people you have from leaving -- things aren't always how the transformation team makes it seem -- those guys aren't trusted by anyone
    Hold people accountable -- don't just take "i need more staff" as an answer

  7. Helpful (3)

    Horrible atmosphere...in planning department

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Topco Associates (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn a lot about the food industry. Nice workplace in regards building.

    Cons

    Difficult time to work with the structural changes. The new employees seem to be good friends of people in management. Regular associates are undervalued and their work is improperly evaluated.

  8. has so much potential, but falls short

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package! That cannot be disputed. I applaud Topco for maintaining excellent health, dental and vision insurance as well as nice PTO. Many of the people at this company are wonderful to work with. Decent location, but the organization is in the process of moving. Topco is working to improve the workflow, boost morale, and be a better overall organzation, but as I note later, they have a long journey to get there, and I hope they do.

    Cons

    Lacking communcation, very "siloed". not a technologically forward company. No team spirit, unmotivated associates, no accountability for low performers or individuals who road-block projects or initiatives. At Topco, it seems its every associate for himself, department versus department. No shared vision, no willingness to try to acheive company goals. I must say, Topco IS trying to change this, but they have a very long way to go.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology to speed up processes (ie? move on to firefox, get faster machines, offer vpn, etc). Get rid of low performers (they may be nice, but if the job isnt getting done, get rid of that person(s), and people with poor attitues. Offer a real bonus program.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work if you're just looking for a job rather than a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Topco Associates

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

    Pros

    Topco is a good place to work if you're the type the likes to be governed/micromanaged. The employees are generally friendly. Within departments, a sense of community is received.

    Cons

    Communication seriously lacks within this organization. Employees are more apt to "pass the buck" rather than taking responsibility for duties assigned to them. Promotions are few and far between with little difference in pay.

    Advice to Management

    An incentive program would be a good way to improve employee moral. The only incentive to do the job well, is fear in losing said job.

  10. Grateful for experience after college, but some management needs some maturing to do.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer's Assistant/Member Service Associate in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Buyer's Assistant/Member Service Associate in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Topco Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - free food very often
    - get to learn AS400 and a little bit of Hyperion
    - good experience with fast paced customer service via email and phone
    - convention once a year in the spring time is over the top and very fun and interesting
    - stable company that especially thrives when people have to rely on generic food instead of brand name food when the economy worsens and the unemployment rate increases
    - sales volume from the total number of member-owners (customers), the grocery stores you serve, have been second to Wal-Mart, according to upper management.

    Cons

    - if you are good at brown-nosing you will have a high chance at becoming management, even if you have peers that have much more years experience and wealth of knowledge than you do
    - don't expect to learn the much more updated systems/applications now out there like SAP and such, you are stuck with AS400, and they are comfortable with never changing because they don't want to invest into how much it will cost to change and update
    - there is some training available but definitely not as thorough as it should be
    - some people do get promoted, but there are still people who have worked there for many many years and they are practically at the same level except probably with increased salary over the course of years with good reviews and of course, you will attain more accounts = even more work to multitask which becomes extremely fast paced.
    - although some generic food can be somewhat comparable to brand name food, sometimes the quality is certainly not the greatest
    - if you like using Excel and Access, don't expect to be using it much at all. It's Outlook and AS400 all the way.

    Advice to Management

    Update your systems/applications because they are becoming very antiquated.
    People promoted to management should be based on merit of course, but with definitely a bit more years of experience and more wealth of knowledge than someone who just got out of college a couple years prior.

  11. Topco University

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Visalia, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Visalia, CA

    I have been working at Topco Associates

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good compared to most companies. Good stable income.

    Cons

    Bonuses for upper management only. Most people leave for better salaried jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Share bonuses with lower level employees

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