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13 days ago

Software Developer

SPAR Group Inc. White Plains, NY

EDUCATION Bachelorrsquos Degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent experience Please submit resume and salary requirements to… Dice


20 days ago

Bakery Specialist - Fixed Term Contract (Spar Group)

Spar Group Jetpark, Gauteng

Purpose of the Role: The successful incumbent will provide specialist consulting and training for the bakery service department. This will involve… CareerJunction.co.za


16 days ago

Secretary (Spar Group)

Spar Group Bloemfontein

Purpose of the Role: To control administration and office functions of the Retail Operations Department and provide secretarial support to the Senior… CareerJunction.co.za


1 day ago

Bakery Specialist (Spar Group) – new

Spar Group Bloemfontein

Purpose of the Role: Based in Bloemfontein, the successful incumbent will provide specialist consulting and training for the bakery service… CareerJunction.co.za


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    Depends upon where you live and your supervisor I think

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Merchandiser

    I have been working at SPAR Group part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A few years ago, I worked for the "McKesson" division of Spar and hated it. I only worked a few months because it mainly dealt with pharmacies and they just didn't seem to "get" merchandising like some of the bigger stores or even the dollar stores.

    Last year I came on with Spar working in the division that works on the dollar stores. I have mixed feelings about this company and the work - but I gave the company a 4 star rating because I really do enjoy my district manager and she is great.

    In my area (a small town with a total of 5 dollar type stores and one box store), I am the only Spar rep for my division. Depending upon the project, I get paid at various rates - either a project rate for a small job or an hourly rate for a bigger job. I might do anything from put up IRC stickers on products to auditing things to creating displays to resets. The bigger the job...the better the chance it is an hourly rate.

    I like the fact that I can schedule my work the way I want...within reason. Most projects have a one week window when they're in Family Dollar - some others have a 2 week window.

    The smaller jobs are easy usually - the larger ones are resets or video counts (I don't have a handheld) which always take me about 3 times the amount of time to do because I don't have a handheld (which I really would only need for that one task four times per year). My manager is super about making sure I get paid my overtime because she knows I'm counting and sorting hundreds of videos by title.

    I like the fact that I know that every month I will be in Family Dollar on weeks two and three and that USUALLY (but not always) the larger projects are during week two.

    I live in a small town and my furthest store is maybe 8 miles from my house- so I'm never out a lot of drive time or mileage to do my stores. If I lived in a bigger town where I had to drive 20 miles or so across town for a $10 job, I can see why folks might complain.

    I think sometimes about giving up Spar - mainly because of the video counts which I hate. But the fact is...I really enjoy my manager - she is one of the best I've ever worked for and she is always so positive with me and just...outstanding. I feel like she cares about me as a person and that means a lot to me.

    Cons

    I hate HATE HATE Spar's reporting and scheduling system with a passion. I hate all the paperwork you have to print up (although they do give some reimbursement). I hate the fact that some things are project rate with pay like $3.25 or $5 or whatever because you're in the store anyway for another project. I understand why they do it - but that is one of the reasons I think of quitting every so often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change to a better website portal. I know you have an app for the phone now but for some reason - my Android won't let me use it and seems to think it has a virus or something. (It works fine for other apps).

    Stop with the piddly rates for the small projects. Yes, I know they're small and yes, I know that we're already in the store. But we have to print the paperwork, read the paperwork, etc. and that takes time too.

    With that said - if you live in a small town and are in the stores anyway....and can have a manager you like...try it out!

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