Associated Food Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Awesome company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Associated Food full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You never know what good this food distributor and grocery store is doing, but they're always working hard to make people's lives better. They aren't bragging about it though.

    Cons

    Employee reviews and raises were few and too far between. Employees generally felt undervalued by management. Sometimes it wasn't clear what management wanted or what the end game was.

    Advice to Management

    Please remember the little guys who made you what you are. There are several small communities in the inteermountain west who could benefit from a more devolved grocery service.


  2. Avoid the company

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

    I worked at Associated Food full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Checks are on time. Great place if you're a part of the family of so called leaders. Good at underpaying people

    Cons

    Management is related to each other and only will listen to their own opinions. Employees will be bullied into submission or fired for having a different view point. They will lie to employees in order to manipulate them. The incentive pay program is designed to "fine" employees. The Team has been forced to pay for Management's mistakes with lower wages and higher benefit costs.

    Advice to Management

    A change needs to be made at the top tier of Management. Everyone in management is a carbon copy of each other. Greed is the only motivator.


  3. Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Associated Food full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Associated Food Stores is a great place to work at. It is a family and friends atmosphere. I enjoy going to work every day.

    Cons

    Associated Food Stores is a retailer owned cooperate. Because of this technology is focused primarily on retail. Business Intelligence is 10 years behind. Also pay is on the lower side.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the future with state of the art technology and invest in educating your employees.


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  5. Pay based on market rate of pay which is determined by finding another lowest paying company to compare.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Associated Food full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Might be able to work 1 or 2 days a week at home. 4 Day work weeks available if ok by supervisor.

    Cons

    Management week and slow to respond unless it can make them look good. Nothing is private. If you take a problem about your boss to HR the next thing you know you are in a room with your boss confronting you .which only makes things worse. Open door policy is a saying not a doing.

    Advice to Management

    If you really want pay for performance then get rid of all the friend deals. To much brown nosing going on.


  6. Poor Pharmacy Management

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

    I worked at Associated Food full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you keep your head down and off the radar, you are left alone.

    Cons

    By 'left alone' I mean no support. Poor management decisions, inconsistent management.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time out in the stores and not just sending emails and requirements out without accepting feedback from the employees.


  7. Good Company. Still adjusting to the recent merger.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bakers Assistant in Spanish Fork, UT
    Current Employee - Bakers Assistant in Spanish Fork, UT

    I have been working at Associated Food full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a pleasant place to work. Closed on Sunday. Most jobs are inside where it's warm. There are opportunities for advancement if you are willing to work hard.

    Cons

    There hasn't been any pay raises for anyone since the merger at least that's the excuse. People have been fired for saying things thought to be detrimental to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are a great source of information. They can convey to you what the problem is and how to fix it. Don't punish them for identifying problems. Listen to them they are part of the same team you are.


  8. Severely outdated behind the times in technology and communication. Good people on the floor leadership is another story.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Farr West, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Farr West, UT

    I have been working at Associated Food full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting all the new people every week

    Cons

    Communication between departments and gossip city

    Advice to Management

    Discontinue family relationships in same department.


  9. 5 years with Fresh Market

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

    I worked at Associated Food full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid well, provided a stable work environment. Good people to work with. Benefits were comparable to any other grocery chain.

    Cons

    High expectations of great customer service without having sufficient help to do so. Managing intensive jobs with very little help and little direction sometimes. Long work days without any allowances for human needs (a break to sit down, have a lunch, use the restroom, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    More guidance and training for new employees would be good.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lin's grocery: Great starter job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Saint George, UT
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Saint George, UT

    I have been working at Associated Food part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They hire almost anybody, and they hire ALOT(For front end ie. cashiers/courtesy clerks). They also hire people from the front end to other departments when something opens up. Great community, lots of fun. Store leader does an employee lunch once a month and it is really good. Once a month you get 10% off one whole purchase.

    Cons

    They start off at only 7.50 an hour, and in the last 4 years they changed it to "Performance based raises" but nobody monitors performance, and if anybody has gotten a raise in the last 4 years I haven't heard about it. When they say they only promote within the company, they really mean the entire AFS, we had 7 people put in for a front end supervisor position and two times in a row they hired people we had never met from a Macey's or something. You only get 10% off one purchase per month. They wont really work with you on a schedule unless you change your availability and then they cut your hours instead of changing them, so good luck finding a second job with this erratic schedule. They start sending you home early if they even think you are getting close to overtime. they don't give holiday pay, unless you are fulltime(only supervisors).
    They are open every day of the year except Christmas day. and you are not allowed to request holidays off.
    They train courtesy clerks(baggers) as cashiers, and then schedule them one courtesy clerk shift each pay period so that they don't have to give them a cashier's raise usually about a dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Livable wages make for happy employees. Or in layman's terms, STOP BEING CHEAP.


  11. Great family-centered company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Analyst in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Associated Food full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like the commitment Associated makes to allow employees to live a balanced life. Don't get me wrong, you need to work hard, but allowances are always made for family and other issues that come up. There is an open culture, relaxed dress code and caring employees.

    Cons

    Because we work for independent retailers sometimes it feels as if there are 400 bosses. Ideas and the results of ones work need to be continually "sold" to the membership. This pushes us to be better, but does present issues at times.

    Advice to Management

    Look to be more inclusive in the creation of committees and teams and is soliciting ideas. At times it feels like there are a certain group of people that are placed on a pedestal as having the all the answers and included in everything. And, I'm sorry, lunch with the CEO does not count.



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