C&S Wholesale Grocers Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
131 Reviews

2.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • C&S is definitely a fast-paced environment, but if that excites you, you'll do great (in 14 reviews)

  • It is a fast paced environment and it keeps you busy (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • they have poor work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected and necessary to get the job done (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company, several opportunities within the company. Good management depending on department.

    Cons

    Consider themselves "family oriented" but do not commit. Poor heath insurance coverage. HR Department not helpful. IT department are not helpful most of the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be a better company to work for.

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    Former Employee - IT Department  in  Keene, NH
    Former Employee - IT Department in Keene, NH

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    For the Keene area the company pays pretty good when you start. They have a good IT infrastructure which allows you to keep your skills current, I have also had pretty good success at getting training when I have asked for it. People, for the most part, are great in the IT department. Like the rest of C&S, the work is fast paced and this may appeal to some.

    Cons

    Stress level is very high in this 24/7 company. Workers at local hospital call C&S "Coronary & Stroke".

    No pay raises, as it's usually just 2% each year IF your lucky. Health insurance is now a joke.

    Recently a large percentage of IT has been converted to "offshore labor", but they still refuse to call it outsourcing. This seems to have put a further drag on pay and how well they treat you.

    Your job enjoyment can be largely effected by the manager you work for, some are really bad, some are great.

    I have never been in a place with such low overall morale. Everyone is thoroughly "beat down" and burnt out. Get your skills current here and then move on to a less stressful environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    HR Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    Many departments within the company to find your fit.

    Cons

    HR has many issues in the company

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  5.  

    Place sucks period

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    Current Employee - Selector  in  DuBois, PA
    Current Employee - Selector in DuBois, PA

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People I work with are great the only way to make it through the day

    Cons

    Red praiaire sucks completely hard work for very little to no reward or good job to selectors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with each other stop acting like your in charge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not what was expected ...

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Selector  in  Suffield, CT
    Former Employee - Warehouse Selector in Suffield, CT

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The hiring process is fast.

    Cons

    For Warehouse Selectors, after your training, you are put on a "percentage probation period." This means that every week you are expected to get faster and faster at picking items. Until you reach 100% of what they believe is optimal efficiency. Everything you do from the moment you clock in is timed. And efficiency for them is everything. For what you are paid, the amount of wear and tear on your body and stress... it's not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to use a time based efficiency model, then you have to account for aisle congestions, accidents, counseling, and fatigue. Employees are not machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    squeezed hard, lied to and disrespected.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you are desperate, you might consider this environment, otherwise it is truly a waste of your time.

    Cons

    Company culture is dysfunctional. Supervisors and employees are adversaries. There is a demonstrated profound lack of corporate credibility . The physical environment is unhealthy (mold, co2 leaks, temperature etc.). Success is unrewarded unless you are totally compliant. Individual or out of the box thinking processes are punitively discouraged. This company is a showcase for what is wrong with corporate america.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ultimately, you will reap what you sow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freezer selector

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    There are know good reasons to work for c&s they treat there employees like slaves there benifits suck there pay sucks and management sucks all the way from the bottom to Rick Cohen.

    Cons

    Making money with there red prairie system is impossible it cheats a selector out of time and money it's corperate America at its best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a rewarding position and I learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    The people were wonderful to work with

    Cons

    There was very high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees well. The selectors work very hard.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very demanding management team

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    Former Employee - GM of Operations  in  Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - GM of Operations in Stockton, CA

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    pay is very good for positions

    Cons

    Over demanding, micromanage, poor coulture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get out of the small company mentality and transfer to a corporate enviroment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of talk very little action

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time

    Pros

    Incentive pay for employees allows people to make more money for the more they produce

    Cons

    The incentive pay scale causes a tremendous amount of safety issues as employees are only concerned with what they are doing and nothing of what is going on around them. There is very little team atmosphere as departments can't even find it within themselves to figure out how to work together to not hinder each other. Opportunity for advancement is solely based on favoritism and not on qualifications. Managers make decisions on personal relationships. Management constantly talks about safety and quality, but that is where it stops. From there, it is solely about productivity regardless of safety. Too many safety incidents over time and not enough action about it. Damaged product is completely out of hand. Company steals from its employees when it comes to crediting time towards productivity appropriately. Company does not care who stays and goes, just that there are people out there picking boxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making decisions on your personal relationships. Actually come out of the office and do something rather than just say something and hope the problem goes away. Develop your staff. Too many people come and go through this company and too many safety infractions occur. Good employees don't want to stay in the same position, they are looking to move upwards and help the organization. It is a manager's job to find these people and help them develop - not for them to find you. Maybe if they did more actual employee engagements they might realize this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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