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Topco Associates Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
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Topco Associates President & CEO Randall J. Skoda
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  1.  

    Good Place to work and a place that care about their employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rebate Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Rebate Staff Accountant

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Topco really promotes a great work life balance. In the Acccounting department, I found very loyal employees who had been here 10+years for that very reason.

    Cons

    Communication between the departments is really lacking due to the segmented nature of the grocery business. Getting a consistent answer from the Meats and Dairy deptarment would often be completely different from what I would receive from the Pharmacy Department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in technology to streamline operations and increase ROI for your member cooperative shareholders.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    What a very exciting time to be a part of Topco!

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

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    *One of a kind company and business model!
    *Lots of opportunity. It is exciting to be a part of transforming this 70-year old company. There is so much opportunity and upside potential here that once we are through this transformation Topco could double in a quick-short timeframe.
    *Great members and exposure. Work with fabulous Members and exposure to all levels within their organization.
    *Leadership team is very accessible

    Cons

    *Need a flexible work environment
    *Vesting schedule is long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract up and coming talent, you need to be more flexible in your work environment. With today's technology, we are wired 24/7. You don't need to be seen in the office to know that work is progressing. In fact, often times twice as much work can be accomplished while working remotely, uninterrupted.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    It's been a great, challenging time.

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    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn about other products, the people in the department were great to work with, and the company is very stable and growing.

    Cons

    Work load is to great for one person's desk, the department's don't always work well together to get stuff done, and upper management, while aware of this, doesn't seem to be in a great hurry to fix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

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    Pharmacy Operations

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Skokie, IL

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

    Pros

    Stable company in a successful company built on a good business model.

    Cons

    I worked for a weak Supervisor that did not represent the complete truth. He does not represent the company in a fashion that it deserves. He did several unethical actions of which have not been disclosed. I am not a litigious person nor do I want to cause any additional concerns but there should be a closer look at this VP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If desired Randy Skoda could contact me directly. He is a professional highly qualified individual and was a pleasure to work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Great Learning experience. Great place to begin a career and, take knowledge to other companies.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer's Assistant/Member Service Associate in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Buyer's Assistant/Member Service Associate in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Topco Associates

    Pros

    Provide tools needed to advance in your career. I started in the treasury department in 2008, with very little experience. I ended in the procurement department in 2010.

    Very family orientated. For example; children of co-workers allowed to trick-or-treat at the office. My kids received more candy at the office, than they ever did going door-to-door. Also, when I got married, they gave me a bridal shower.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, company was going through a re-constructing. Many employees forced to retire(those who have been with the company 10 + years). Company hired a lot of newer people to do the work for less money. Also, company consolidated positions. Thus, what was once done by two to three people, now being forced to be done by one.

    Advice: Learn as much as you can as fast as you can. Take knowledge to another company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Widen the channels of communication with your subordinates. The is why the treasury department ran so smoothly.

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  7.  

    A New Company!

    • 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

    Pros

    Growing business - 10 years in a row
    Changing environment - new entrepreneurial feel to the business
    New leadership team - better directors through CEO in last 2 years
    Great long term benefits - pension/401k
    Nearly recession proof business
    Did I mention new leadership? - great news
    Painful CEO is gone!

    Cons

    Only fair salary levels
    Mediocre raises - barely meet inflation
    Horrible building - maybe new addition coming soon
    Antiquated IT systems and policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pressing forward with the change that is starting. Don't let the long timers hold you back, move the business forward. Hurry the IT changes - they will make everyone's job better. Don't build, move instead.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Good stable company

    • 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

    Great benefits
    Good level of respect from peers and management
    Growing company - especially in these economic times
    The people make the company

    Cons

    Salary levels are low
    Systems are old and need to be updated
    Some departments are over worked

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