Wegmans Food Markets Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. Unappreciative, No benefits, Just cares about cutting hours and making more money

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    Former Employee - Front End in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Front End in Boston, MA

    I worked at Wegmans Food Markets

    Pros

    I had one good manager that genuinely cared about his employees however he left to go to another store and other management took over that was not nearly as good as he was. He was truly a needle in the haystack at Wegmans. Even when he did his best and things where at the worst the company clearly did not provide him with the tools to make it right.

    Cons

    Minimum wage pay. I had been with the company 1 year and asked for a $0.50 raise and was told no, I was told that the $0.35 raise (about 3% per year to equal inflation) was a major benefit and most companies don't do that. I am now working at a company that pays me double what wegmans was and has way better staff and happier staff. I remember they used to have a board called "opportunity hours" and it was the amount of hours that management was supposed to cut for that day to save the store money. The current company that I work for is the total opposite always looking for people to pick up shifts. Not much room for advancement. Just before I left Wegmans I was given the opportunity to transfer departments but it was a lateral transfer with no pay structure or raises. No employee discounts at all. The only thing we did get was a $1 coffee and that was the "discounted price" I was once told by a manager that the store loses money on this however I find that hard to believe considering I can go to cumberland farms (a local gas and mini market chain) and get a good cup of coffee for $0.99 and thats the regular price. When I was at wegmans I also recall a time when they where celebrating "voted best company to work for 17 years in a row" however I was never asked about this. It seems like the prices continued going up for this private company due to corporate greed and everything was driven by a dollar sign without any regard to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees. I left because I was offered another retail position for an amazing company that gives me 25% employee discount, 50% off my phone bill, Full health vision and dental insurance, 401K match up, Tuition reimberment among many other things. They also actually show in their emotion that they care for their employees. Wegmans never offered anything like this to me. This was my first job so I did not know what other options where out there but had I had a job previously with these benefits I probably would have never worked at wegmans. You are missing out on great people because you treat your people terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. It was hectic and the company shows favoritism.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wegmans Food Markets

    Pros

    The pay was alright. And the hours were fine.

    Cons

    Favoritis. The management doesn't know what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learned to do their work and listening to the coworkers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. management very unfriendly to older employees benefits

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Wegmans Food Markets part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits are very adequate for partimers

    Cons

    too much favoritism shown to certain employees and discriminate against older employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manager should go a school to learn to be more polite to customers and employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. RSC #3 Pottsville, PA (produce dept): In a short sentence it's like a prison.

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    Current Employee - Produce Picker in Pottsville, PA
    Current Employee - Produce Picker in Pottsville, PA

    I have been working at Wegmans Food Markets

    Pros

    Decent health insurance, completely free uniforms.

    Cons

    If you are an honest hard worker this is not the job for you. Only employees that suck up, get promoted or even listened to. The scum bags are encouraged while the people who put in a decent days work are treated badly if not fired. If you are a female then you should be ready to give "favors" to be taken seriously. There is no honesty in management and they preach that they care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe you should take a closer look at the team leaders that are put in charge. If you promote drug addicts, womanizers, and liars then you've got the right people in charge. I wish I was being melodramatic but I promise you 100% that the above statement is true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    I work at a military style wegmans that is modeled after the east german stasi model of management.

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    Current Employee - General Merchandise Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - General Merchandise Manager in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Wegmans Food Markets

    Pros

    There is quite a bit of free food, since cake is often served when the employees quit. Which is often.

    Cons

    The management in the PA regional stores is adversarial, degrading and prone to being politically motivated for all internal movement. They promote 'fairly' from within, but the DM is hired from outside the company. The managers seem to be modeled after the 25 year old frat boy style of managerial entitlement. The 'family' thing only works if you are in a successful store, if you have a horrible store manager, you're pretty well screwed and destined to cross your Ts and dot your Is and Cover you Arse to avoid being sucked into the hole of lateral career movement with no hope of upward mobility. Drink the kool-aid. Be a yes-man, watch and ride the TLs so they can harass the full timers, so they, in turn, can beat on the part timers (who are like excrement on the bottom of your shoe) ... The stores are run by low paid team leaders, overseen by a handful of well paid managers, who are beat on by per/non perishable managers who are ridden like thoroughbred racehorses by the store managers. Its a dysfunctional, adversarial and stupid management setup. Full timers make poverty level wages and are told how lucky they are to have a job their. The whole system is infected, from top to bottom, by entitlement, nepotism and favoritism. Walmart is a pig, Wegmans is a pig wearing pearls. Pretty, but still a pig.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, Wegmans core values are profit/shrink like any retail joint. You're just a supermarket with super marketing. Once you get inside, you see OZ for what it is. A shadow of what it claims to be. Stop telling new hires that you are an enlightened and wonderful mecca for those in retail. Those lies lead to expectations that you will not meet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Family Atmosphere is a Myth

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    Current Employee - Bakery Customer Service in Montgomeryville, PA
    Current Employee - Bakery Customer Service in Montgomeryville, PA

    I have been working at Wegmans Food Markets part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They work with your schedule. They hire a wide range of people (very big on talking about diversity but rarely do you see a female in upper management). The employees they hire are usually very cool and make great co-workers.

    Cons

    They never listen to customers. They always shift stores and products around. They claim to be a "family" store but it is pure marketing. They make you attend all these ridiculous classes and treat you like you're in grade school. They stock things so high in the freezers I'm amazed more people don't get hurt. They monitor social media sites and when something negative is said about them, they contact the website to remove negative feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth when Danny Wegman and his family visit your store. Don't say everything is great (like the horrible layout!) when it's not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Wishing for the old days

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wegmans Food Markets full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I would say the company's "Who We Are" values but they do not exist in distribution.

    Cons

    At one point in time this was a great place to work but that has changed. Lower level management are expected to be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Working shifts that have less than 8 hours off in between have become the norm in warehousing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to know who you have working for you. Get to know what motivates and demotivates your employees. Realize that you have the ability to make this place enjoyable to work at once again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Great if your a high school student or in college

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at Wegmans Food Markets full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    For a young person starting out this is a fair company. For adults who have families to provide for no matter their experience or qualifications I would NOT recommend this company. As they do not take that into consideration for compensation, this company will not negotiate wages based on your experience. Even though their hiring adds says it will set you apart from other candidates.

    Cons

    If your are part time you can set your available hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Especially in your Pharmacies. Your techs are worth much more than $10.00 an hour

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Health hazards

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

    I worked at Wegmans Food Markets part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Always something to do in the store
    Paid 15 minute breaks
    You can exchange your shirts if they get messed up
    There's always a manager around

    Cons

    Selling expired goods
    Falsifying temperature logs
    hierarchy is messed up
    Once you get hired as part time, there's no way to become full time
    make one mistake and you'll get your hours cut in half
    Getting talked down to by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start telling the truth. There are expired products being sold to the public, cooks aren't actually taking temps of foods going out, they just make up a number between 20-40 degrees or 165-200 degrees. How can you call any of that "high standards?" That's the whole reason I was attracted to apply to Wegmans in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Wegmans is not a family company anymore

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    Current Employee - Customer Service - Prepared Foods in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Service - Prepared Foods in Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at Wegmans Food Markets part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of your co-workers are nice. The pay is usually better than minimum wage.

    Cons

    The higher ups usually know less than you, or are less competent and do less. If you work at At bigger Wegman Stores , you are usually treated horribly by customers, and Wegmans policy makes it okay for them to treat you like you are worth literally nothing. As a prepared food worker the pay is not worth the amount of effort and criticism you must put up with. No matter how hard you work or the amount of effort you put in, you will not be recognized for it. I go out of my way to make sure everything is done properly and looks above standards, yet no one cares to notice. There are many times when I get stuck alone in my department, which gets busy fast. On top of getting stuck alone I'm asked to do multiple things at once with no help from Chefs, or Management. They think its okay to shout things at you while you are in the middle of helping a customer and preparing something though. They make things so much more difficult too by adding in procedures you must do without taking into consideration how difficult it is to multi task in a hectic environment. You will be over scheduled. Many employees in my area get fired, or leave because he treatment is so awful that they just can't take it, or HR hires people who are terrible at doing anything because they don't care about making a good fit. The new scheduling system is terrible as well. They said you would have to schedule two weeks in advance, which you actually realize is false. You will realize it is more like three weeks in advance. If something comes up that you have to do you are basically screwed. Changing your availability takes even longer, which you usually have to do a month in advance. Benefits have gone completely down hill. You get better treatment from customers and management being a waitress in a busy restaurant. There is no room for advancement. Not worth the trouble. I also heard that some of the higher ups make around 50,000-200,000 a year (in-store employees), which seeing the amount of work they do not do makes me sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your job instead of relying on other employees. Treat others like you want to be treated. You are not above anyone because of your title. Your higher job status means you are qualified to help departments out instead of just standing around or hiding in the office talking to each other. Yelling/barking orders does not make things cook faster, especially when the employees obviously have their hands full. Learn how to pay attention to what is going on and what is needed. Get to know the workers better, their education may be greater than yours/even if it is not, they could very well be more intelligent than you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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