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30+ days ago

WebSphere Developer

The Kroger Co. Blue Ash, OH

The Developer is also responsible for leading the design, development, testing, debugging, maintaining and documenting software components in… CareerBuilder


30+ days ago

Software Architect

The Kroger Co. Blue Ash, OH

This position will work in an Agile environment building new experiences and enhancing current sites/applications in the Kroger eCommerce space. The… CareerBuilder


5 days ago

Manager Web Technology Services

The Kroger Co. Blue Ash, OH

Direct and manage the design, development and support of multiple teams and/or their supporting processes to meet customer expectations. Provide… CareerBuilder


30+ days ago

IS&S Scrum Master

The Kroger Co. Blue Ash, OH

Provide leadership and mentorship to lead a cross-functional agile team. Projects involving large, complex technology and business oriented… CareerBuilder


21 days ago

Sterling Developer

The Kroger Co. Blue Ash, OH

The grocery industry is changing. The need to connect with customers digitally is growing rapidly. Kroger is embarking on a concentrated effort to… CareerBuilder


30+ days ago

Spring 2015 Intern/Co-op, Project Manager

The Kroger Co. Cincinnati, OH

Complete a three, six, nine or twelve month session between or in conjunction with college semesters or quarters working as a member of the Facility… CareerBuilder


30+ days ago

Spring 2015 Temperature Monitoring Specialist (Co-op)

The Kroger Co. Cincinnati, OH

Taking existing drawings for refrigeration and creating AutoCAD drawings for external output to image format.. Role model and demonstrate the… CareerBuilder


28 days ago

Recruiting Administrator- Center of Recruiting Excellence (CoRE)

The Kroger Co. Cincinnati, OH

The Recruiting Administrator will be part of a dedicated recruiting team working closely with our Recruiters to provide our grocery retail stores… CareerBuilder


9 hrs ago

Corporate Brands Grocery Global Sourcing Manager – new

The Kroger Company Cincinnati, OH

. Focus on making our Corporate Brands a strategic point of difference for The Kroger Company through effectively managing product cost assuring the… CareerBuilder


30+ days ago

Corporate Food Technology, Scientist/Cheese Technologist

The Kroger Company Cincinnati, OH

Provide leadership and depth of knowledge in food technology regarding product development, product quality maintenance, and technical service for… CareerBuilder


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    Regarding IT, not a horrible place to start out. Becomes boring for innovators or creators.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Blue Ash, OH
    Former Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Blue Ash, OH

    I worked at Kroger full-time

    Pros

    There are some really nice people here and there throughout the company.

    Lots of different technologies (albeit outdated) supporting many different areas of business, so there is a lot for an entry-level person to learn.

    You might have the opportunity to bounce to another team every couple years if you're looking to learn something new.

    It's a great place if you want to settle down, quit learning, and just ride out a job for the rest of your career.

    The employee discount is nice.

    I'd imagine this is a decent place to be a contractor at. No overtime depending on your contracting firm. Likely working on developing new applications.

    The option to buy vacation time is really nice.

    They give a lot to charity.

    Cons

    Management loves process and paperwork, having a process for everything. Management senses an issue with a project? Let's add in some process and paperwork. Need a 5 minute chat with someone from another team in IT? Just spend 15 min and fill out this form requesting their time. Needless to say, Kroger IT is in no way agile except for maybe 5% of their projects. However, every team will claim they're agile because they hold 45 min stand-ups every morning.

    Terrible work-life balance. Management tends to over-promise to make themselves look good, often without listening to your feedback. This means forced overtime. Overtime that is in _addition_ to 24x7x365 support overtime; even if you're on a "rotation" you could be expected to be available at all times.

    Most (not all) people are just riding out their careers (to be fair, likely burnt out due to the overtime, processes, and paperwork). They're done learning, done innovating, done caring, and, due to this, generally aren't great to work with if you have a dependency on them. You'd think managers would help in this area considering it's their job. They won't. They expect you to continue nagging the other teams' managers if you have a dependency on them.

    Due to this, a majority of a developer's job can end up being nagging other teams to get things done. Managers reinforce this by basing your merit increases and promotions on this ability instead of technical ability, which is reflected in the quality of the applications. You'll see many (not all) higher level developers without a lick of technical competency. This is how. Kroger has lost many good developers over the past few years because of this.

    Pay. Even after reading the above, the job might be worth it if you were paid a premium. Unfortunately the opposite is true. Also, negotiate for pay up front, because once they have you locked in you likely won't see a significant pay increase until you leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be the best IT organization in retail, then you need to attract the best IT people in retail. For that to work, you either need to jack your pay way up or make your IT organization a great place to work. I'd suggest the latter. As is, you absolutely will not keep top talent around for the long-term.

    For the latter, you can start here:

    - At least enforce some tenets of agile from the top down. I'm not suggesting you blindly start drinking every bit of agile kool-aid you can, but at least try to apply the tenets. "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools" comes to mind. Applied correctly, and with good people, agile can be a great thing.

    - Focus on work-life balance. Stop promoting people into leadership that say things like, "I'm so proud of you for all the long hours you all put in for this project." Such statements should be more like, "We realized we were about to ruin several weeks of your lives so we extended the project deadline or eliminated some scope. Sorry for over-committing."

    - Place more focus on technical competency.

    - If you consistently hear complaints about a team being difficult to work with, then do something about it. Hire more people to help them out. Get rid of some of their dead weight. Do something.

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