Big Y Foods

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Big Y Foods Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
83 Reviews
2.8
83 Reviews
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Donald H. D'Amour
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Easy job, great for a first job, and for part timers (in 5 reviews)

  • decent pay, flexible hours, interesting work, some cool co-workers (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Most of managers highest education are high school degrees (in 6 reviews)

  • No room for advancement, and even if you do go full-time, they make you travel up to 45 minutes to your store (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Big Y Foods full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay
    Excellent benefits- free insurance,low dental/vision, 401k match, manager bonus, tuition assistance
    work life balance
    flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Sometimes upper management doesn't want to really hear whats going on or people are afraid to be honest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Clerk
    Current Employee - Food Service Clerk

    I have been working at Big Y Foods

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, pretty good pay, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Like all work places there is always drama.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall this was a good part time, entry level job to gain some retail experience fresh out of high school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bakery Clerk in Southwick, MA
    Former Employee - Bakery Clerk in Southwick, MA

    I worked at Big Y Foods part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I was given a large variety of tasks to do, so the work wasn't as dull as it easily could have been.

    Cons

    I worked part time, but my hours were very inconsistent. Some weeks I would be given close to 20 hours, other weeks 8, and some weeks I wouldn't be scheduled at all. Plus I only had 4 days notice of when I would be working that week, so I felt I could never plan for anything. Overall I received barely any hours, but when I was scheduled, I would typically be working my entire shift alone, and was left to manage the entire bakery department myself. It was overwhelming at times and I would have to literally run from one station to another to get everything done before closing. Very stressful job for such little pay.

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  5.  

    A great place to stagnate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Employee in Hamden, CT
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Employee in Hamden, CT

    I worked at Big Y Foods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are free/ low cost (dental and vision plans) but aren't the greatest. More of a catastrophic type plan, once you actually start utilizing them.
    Had some solid co-workers.
    Vacation time is generous, if you're full time, and have years invested in the company.

    Cons

    Zero room for advancement, unless you want to be a department manager trainee. But I rarely saw internal advancements occur, at the store level.
    Tuition reimbursement is only for those pursuing business related degrees.
    You will not ever receive more than 2%, unless you are management or in support Center.
    Nepotism runs rampant in this company, it's like textbook bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in proper talent development and utilization.
    Evaluate actual performance and give corresponding raises and opportunities.

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

    Typical Grocery Store Job and Company - Nothing Special

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

    I worked at Big Y Foods part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Part-time job that was flexible with hours and time requests.

    Cons

    Low pay with few opportunities to move up in company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should pay more attention to who truly makes departments thrive and succeed and provide opportunities to those to continue to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overnight crew

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Y Foods

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good environment
    Nice people

    Cons

    Long hours
    Most part have to figure things out on your own

    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Decent first job for high school student.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Service Clerk in Wilbraham, MA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Service Clerk in Wilbraham, MA

    I worked at Big Y Foods part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -The people that you work with will most likely be friendly and helpful!
    -Clean and well kept working environment.
    -Flexible with time off, availability, other jobs, etc.
    -"Dress for Success" attitude makes employees stand out over other competitors.
    -Great -first- job for a high school student.

    Cons

    -Horrible hours. If you are a cashier/service clerk, do not expect to get much more than 20-30 hours a week.
      The schedule is all over the place. One week you could have as little as 4 hours.
    -Annual raises, but don't expect much. I was still making under $9/hr after working there for 2 1/2 years.
    -While many of the people I started out with were offered transfers into different departments, I was not.
    -Biggest pet peeve.....Management will often make workers (especially service clerks) stay after their scheduled shift to collect carriages in the lot, and they want you to do this AFTER you punch out. Therefore not paid for that work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the managers are doing a great job, however something needs to be done about the carriage after store closing rule. Also offer your employees that have been there the longest a chance to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good starting point

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

    I worked at Big Y Foods part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great first job
    Learn interpersonal skills
    Good benefits available

    Cons

    Pay scale not always accurate
    Leaders sometimes less then qualified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think there needs to be more taken into account when it comes to promotions and upward mobility. I saw too many cases of great employees going nowhere because training hours weren't correctly entered or promises were not fulfilled. Also, pay scale needs to be adjusted with minimum wage changes. A new employee should not have the same pay as a an employee whose at the company for 2 plus years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It good job for when I was college

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

    I have been working at Big Y Foods part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It flex able job with good benefit for the people that work the right amount of hours.

    Cons

    There top been come more controlling taken authority for mangers tell what can and cannot do. This make tough do right job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees do the right thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    High Turn Over, Stick with it and there is a chance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Franklin, MA
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Franklin, MA

    I have been working at Big Y Foods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Time and a half on Sunday, Closed 3 days a year with pay. Chance to move up with time.

    Cons

    Hours are always changing and you are not allowed to have set schedules. Training can be bad depending on the staff they have on hand. Can have a lot of favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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