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A&P Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
130 Reviews
2.1
130 Reviews
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A&P President & CEO Paul Hertz
Paul Hertz
11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • learn good customer service skills (in 4 reviews)

  • The associates are generally hard working individuals that care about the company (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No raises in 5 years and no bonuses except to senior management (in 11 reviews)

  • Some customers can be rude but that happens at all stores also low pay (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Deli

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Rye Brook, NY

    I worked at A&P

    Pros

    After school hours and decent pay for high school kid

    Cons

    Having to work Holidays and weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good people and good opportunity.

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

    I worked at A&P

    Pros

    Lots of different positions to move around to and learn different parts of the business.

    Cons

    Position titles are not translatable across industries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Short Staffed

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

    I have been working at A&P full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with; employees as well as Managers.

    Cons

    Always short staffed. Not really sure what HR does. Definitely doesn't assist with hiring even though they know departments are short staffed. Company has been in financial difficulty so, no raises, no reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees. They keep the customers happy and your store functioning!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Co-Manager

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

    I have been working at A&P

    Pros

    Associates
    Clean Stores
    Work-Life ( To a degree )
    Customers

    Cons

    Corprate
    Company Value
    Office Culture
    Implementations
    Company Outlook
    Personal Growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on the associates that are the one that are actually working and trying to make the company a place to shop and work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    LP Dept Overview

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

    I have been working at A&P full-time

    Pros

    Store level associates and management are real people. They understand the unrealistic expectations of corporate A&P and will do what they can to help you as long as you demonstrate the ability to meet them half way. LP Specialists understand the untested, repetitive, and unfocused daily routines of the LPM's daily/monthly routines and will help you if you can at the least do what you can. That being said, not all of corporate LP is negative. The top level LP exec uses reason and facts to make decisions. His direct report has excellent ideas that he cannot implement due to financial reasons. These are ideas that other companies have implemented and work to their advantage. The department's store level execution is a product of failed wishful thinking.

    Cons

    Career advancement is stifled by external hiring. This company will hire externally before they even chance posting an opportunity for potentially qualified internal candidates. There are no "temporary"/"developmental" positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your stores are split between 6 states, you are not nation wide. Instead of hiring more management to micro manage the same amount of stores, why not focus on the store level LP and give them specific direction on items that actually effect shrink/stock loss. Turning an audit into a daily routine is just being lazy about the audit itself, especially when the audit is still being done by district management (LSS calls it waste). Stop handing out promotions and raises in upper management and start building relationships with your store level associates. Eliminating the pre conceived notion of "Store vs LP" starts with upper management...ACT LIKE IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad for a first or second job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front End Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at A&P part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for moving up in the company. I know a lot of people who were promoted even from the cashier level but most importantly many of the store managers were former customer service representatives or even former stock people.

    Cons

    It's not necessarily a "con" but the work is typically boring unless you're working in a customer-facing role...in which case you need to know that when you're between people and food you will take a substantial amount of verbal abuse. However, management usually has your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to make the people at retail-level feel as if they should always have one foot out the door. I would stress the ability of employees to move up in the company and provide cross-training for different roles (i.e. customer service reps able to ring when needed and cashiers able to assist in bakery, stock, front-end).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in New York, NY

    I have been working at A&P

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, time-off, hours, coworkers

    Cons

    Management, Customers, and Low Pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the money for people that have been there for awhile and that do good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I like A&P Corporate very much, the company has a rich history and a lot of pride.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing in Montvale, NJ

    I worked at A&P

    Pros

    I appreciated the co-workers I had, there were few office politics and everyone worked toward a common goal.

    Cons

    The company seems to be shrinking a bit and there have been many layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the people who are worth it, they are working to make you money as well as themselves.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Brand in Montvale, NJ

    I worked at A&P

    Pros

    I worked at A&P for over 20 years. It WAS a great place to work. The people in the Montvale office were/are dedicated.

    Cons

    Mutilple CEO's, Business models changed with every management change. There was never enough time to let a program to take hold to drive sales and teh C&S deal sealed theer fate. The "my way or the highway" was the way things were run. I hope it changes for those still there. Lay off after layoff....... no raised for 5 years, but I hear that has changed now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing for your employees and customers, Clean up the stores. Its take a minute to lose a customer but years to get them back.

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

    Poor Management

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

    I have been working at A&P full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many Pros to write about as the company is suffering from severe financial difficulties.

    Cons

    Hours constantly changing. No work/life balance, Upper management seems to be very disconnected from operations. Can't get supplies from vendor to support store needs (paper towels, toilet paper, brown shopping bags, etc) Constant pressure to meet store goals yet product pricing is what's driving customers away to the competition!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower food prices, get rid of ridiculous programs to do not offer sales improvement (ie: PrimeTime) hire more help to meet the needs of the customers. Update equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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