Topco Associates

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Topco Associates Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
39 Reviews
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Topco Associates President & CEO Randall J. Skoda
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    You can do better elsewhere

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

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

    Pros

    Decent start to a career in CPG

    Cons

    if you're not a favorite of management you will not move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow from within. Going through transformation now and bringing in a lot of consultants. Feels like the company is getting away from our core business which is aggregation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The most blatantly male dominated company in the nation

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salaries and many good people

    Cons

    Absolute glass ceiling starting at the Director level. Topco would rather bring in a barely competent male than promote a high performing woman

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Welcome to the 21st Century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going in the right direction!

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

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time

    Pros

    Large company with a long history in the retail business.

    Cons

    Going through a transformation, which can be tough with so many changes. Lack of technology, but heading in the right direction. No flexible time and rigid structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the changes going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Alright company

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

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time

    Pros

    The people in this company are great! There are a lot of new employees.

    Cons

    They do not have a work from home culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company who's leadership is trying to drag itself into the 21st century

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

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

    Pros

    For me, potential for learning, a few perks, there seems to be stability if you do your job.,

    Cons

    very antequated. old timers fear change. Lack of knowledge in some areas are detrimental to getting the job done correctly. agreat deal of PDL (passing it down the line.). Agreat deal of mistrust in some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course on updating hopefully most departments in company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful Company during my first 8 years. Last 2 years were horrible.

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

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the opportunity to help grow a small department into a large department. Learned a great deal about the industry and established national credibility for myself as a great and reliable professional. This led to good opportunities after Topco.

    Cons

    Underpaid for a Director level position, however, bonus was ok. Worked under a micromanaging VP way too long. Turnover within my old department has been severe since my resignation. What's with that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should recognize VP's that are poor at managing their direct reports. Significant turnover and inability to hire qualified individuals that stay more than a couple of years should raise the red flag.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent Company But Very Conservative

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    • 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

    Pros

    Treat employees with respect
    Exposed to a lot of areas within our department
    Given contstant feedback on my job performance

    Cons

    Limited Career Advancement
    Poor 401k options and company match
    Limited Technology- seems like they would rather work harder then smarter
    No exposure to Senior Management
    Tough to change legacy processes- hear a lot of that is just the way we do it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest money in current employees. It is great you are trying to get top talent but what are you doing to keep current talent.
    Better merit inceases we are having recaord years yet we do not see it in our merit increases

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My Comments

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

    I have been working at Topco Associates

    Pros

    Good Benefits, free samples of different product

    Cons

    Too much politics in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to implement a reward system

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Worked there during a period of tremendous growth and change, which was both challenging and frustrating.

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

    I have been working at Topco Associates

    Pros

    The member/owner customers are great, with tremendous diversity in geography, size and format.
    This diversity presents a great opportunity to see many different aspects of the grocery industry, and is a great experience whether you choose to maintain a career there or eventually move on. The members really need what Topco has to offer them, and are unbelievable willing to work with Topco, so there is an opportunity for tremendous job satisfaction.

    Cons

    The organization's business model is extremely complex with multiple programs, (perishables, grocery, pharmacy etc.) interacting with many members. In order to address this complexity, they have developed separate functions for purchasing, programs, account management and now member services. Exactly how each of these groups should interact with members, suppliers, brokers etc. was never all that well defined, creating opportunities for mis-communication, overlaps and service gaps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The former president was extremely conservative in his interactions with the employees, and I believe had a blind shot relative to many of these issues. I encourage the new administration to encourage more of a free flow of ideas, concerns etc. I believe that this approach will make for a more effective and efficient organization and a much better place to work.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    secure

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

    I have been working at Topco Associates

    Pros

    stability, easy for work-life balance,

    Cons

    people would rather work harder than smarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    top-down structure makes it hard for innovation and creativity; do not rule by fear

    No opinion of CEO

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