C&S Wholesale Grocers

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C&S Wholesale Grocers Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
157 Reviews
2.5
157 Reviews
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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 17 reviews)

  • Like the rest of C&S, the work is fast paced and this may appeal to some (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • they have poor work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Workers at local hospital call C&S "Coronary & Stroke" (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Be prepared to work long hours with minimal support

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operations in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operations in Stockton, CA

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    The company pays really well compared to others in the same market. There is no bonus unless you're a general manager or above.

    Cons

    The challenge is working with very tight budgets. The other challenge is working in an environment full of Union members. Some of the members abuse the system and make it bad for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once you let someone go for a violation of the company policy don't let them come back. Management needs to follow their own advice and rules and stop going back and forth.

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

    An amazing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    Unlimited growth potential; If you are willing to put the time into the job there are very few limits to where you can get to. I had been provided so many opportunities and schooling was not a major factor as I only had HS diploma. Confidence, learning capacity, common sense, and personal drive to do what ever it takes.

    Cons

    I can't name any, but there are high expectation place on you individually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growth plans going; Ensure the people getting the work done are brought in early enough to learn the requirements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Place To Work

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

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

    Pros

    C&S offers ample opportunity for personal growth if you are willing to work hard. Management is appreciative of employees' contributions to the department, and they will work with you to develop your skills and knowledge. Benefits are okay, and the free on-site health clinic for prescriptions and everyday issues is really great. The hours are consistent, but time-off requests are usually granted without too many issues. Work-life balance below the manager level is reasonable.

    Cons

    Health insurance plans aren't bad, but could be better for a company this size. The work-life balance for managers and above gets pretty lopsided, depending on the time of year. The company culture seems to change significantly between departments, depending on the attitudes of the managers. Some higher-ups are out-of-touch with the difficulty and/or simplicity of their assignments - sometimes you will be handed a project that takes a week and they will expect it the next day, and other times you'll get an assignment that takes an hour and have a deadline 2 weeks out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at C&S was anything but enjoyable.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    Fast paced, always something new happening

    Cons

    Company mid and senior management ethically a day value challenged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Profits are important but shouldn't be made at the expense of the staff and customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, not interesting salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Keene, NH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Keene, NH

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a business analyst, I had an extremely high degree of autonomy as to what projects I would tackle and where I put my energies. Since my job was primarily advisory in nature, the senior management of the company often relied on my recommendations without question.

    Cons

    C&S is not known for their generosity. They will low-ball you on salary if you let them. Easily one of the lowest paying employers in the region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policy can often feel like it blows in the direction of the wind. It can be frustrating to always have a different strategy to follow every 6 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Growth on the horizon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    Company outlook is positive with a focus on growth, thus providing individuals opportunity to learn and expand their breth and depth of knowledge

    Cons

    Vacation is short to start and increases based on years with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Large scale operation with no focus.... little opportunity to move up and poor management on sites

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Order Selector in North East, MD
    Current Employee - Order Selector in North East, MD

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

    Pros

    Paid to work out...
    Paid on your actual work within the building to keep personnel motivated

    Cons

    Lack of career growth.... you will stagnate within the first few years here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees rather than hiring new potential disasters or lazy personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Questionable/inconsistent leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    Above average industry. Discretion and autonomy

    Cons

    Inconsistent leadership. Areas of focus change frequently and cause confusing workload.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Management could be better.

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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 C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast pace environment, it's a job. You can get in shape.

    Cons

    No flexible schedule, low pay, unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more into your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay but bad culture

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

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers

    Pros

    Good pay, better life as consultant

    Cons

    Bad culture, treatment of employees very bad, expectation unrealistic, unclear strategy, very bad project management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They never listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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