Dierbergs Markets Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Hard work, and lots of customer service

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    Current Employee - Deli Clerk
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk

    I have been working at Dierbergs Markets part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people, lots of breaks

    Cons

    Union takes my money. kinda sucks

  2. Deli Clerk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dierbergs Markets part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great customers, you will meet different people. Ok pay for 1st job. Good benefits if full time.

    Cons

    Bad managers, talk to you any way they want. Do way more that job description, have to take up slack of other worker. A lot!!

    Advice to Management

    Step up and be nice to your employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great part-time, awful full-time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dierbergs Markets full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -As a part-timer, they're great with schedules.
    -Great coworkers for the most part.
    -Store core management are generally a pleasure to work with.
    -Real clean workplace. Well-kept.
    -Union break schedule.
    -Very good advancement opportunities once you get to full-time. You've gotta be in the club and willing to kiss-up, though. That gets you in the club, which is essential to being promoted. It's truly NOT based on merit.
    -Set pay increases. But they are per the union contract, so it's number of hours, not merit.
    -Higher class of customer and coworker than say a Walmart/Shop n' Save, Schnucks.

    Cons

    -They run the business aspect of things from corporate without knowing what's happening in your particular store. Like they'll order 5+ pallets of product for a given department (grocery/frozen/dairy/liquor/etc.) without coming to the store to look at your back room or talking to the department manager. They rely on the computer system movement, which reflects NONE of your back stock or backroom situation.
    Former department manager rant, sorry.
    -The bigwigs don't give a hoot about ANYONE below assistant store manager.
    -Retail is retail: weekend/night/holiday hours.
    -Morale is AWFUL at a lot of stores. It's heavily dependent on your store director and how they choose to implement corporate's guidelines.
    -They're cutting hours wherever possible to make the books look as good as possible. Maybe to sell? Greg and Laura never wanted the business and their grandma (who was the sweetest lady and incredibly proud pf her family business passed, so...
    -They try to run the business and claim the environment of a small, family owned local business, but it's simply not the case when you do that much revenue and have that many locations.
    -Some customers can be a pain, especially in the high income areas.
    -The HR department at corporate is mostly terrible. Especially in development of promising employees. Their CDC (career development center) training is archaic and uninformative if you know ANYTHING about business and sociology/psychology.

    Advice to Management

    See above?

    But seriously, most store core managers are fine. It's corporate that needs the advice, so:

    -Stop cutting every corner to line your pockets.
    -Value your employees.
    -Get in the stores more than once a year at Christmas.
    -Talk to more employees than the store director and assistant store director. Ask for feedback.
    -Get back to doing what you did 10-15 (and more) years ago. It was a truly wonderful place to work then. It's terrible now.

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  5. Only positive is the coworkers

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Manchester, MO
    Current Employee - Cashier in Manchester, MO

    I have been working at Dierbergs Markets

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, fast paced, union

    Cons

    no hours, needy customers, no employee discount, demanding

    Advice to Management

    Rather than constantly hiring more people, give more hours to your existing employees!
    also, give us a real employee discount! I don't want a discount on prefrozen meat or about to expire food! thats gross!

  6. Dierbergs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dierbergs Markets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    low pay, no benefits, holiday hours.

  7. Over Worked, under paid and not appreciated

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    Current Employee - Centre Design in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Centre Design in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Dierbergs Markets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy working with flowers and creative people.
     Health insurance they provide is a wonderful benefit for people who have worked here for a length of time.

    Cons

    People working here are unhappy. I've heard the term sweat shop used to describe the work conditions. The building is filthy, full of mold. We haven't had our floors cleaned in over three months. Complaints about this are ignored which tells me they don't care about the well being of the workers.

    We are under staffed. They expect 10 hours of work in 8hrs. They can't find skilled workers because they aren't willing to pay more than the minimum. They don't utilize the workers they do have in a very effective way.
    We have an aging work force so people are constantly out on sick leave. The workers who are reliable, available and willing to work aren't valued and our hours are cut to bare minimum which is very stressful. It seems that the workers who schmooze upper management fare much better and are appreciated more than the hard workers. Everyone sees it, talks about it and it and is one reason morale is so low. My work area is so tight and cramped I feel like I'm working in a cage. Thankfully the bars are flowers.

    Advice to Management

    Since the people running the facility have no floral experience it might help if you worked more closely with the people here who actually know the industry well. I'm sure the floral buyer, master designers, former flower shop owners who work here would love to brain storm with the corporate number crunchers in the office to solve some of the looming problems and grow the business. Instead you are constantly down sizing cutting corners and not changing what you are doing at all. You should listen more closely to the employees suggestions.
     Finally, the Dierbergs web site is poorly constructed and maintained which make our jobs more difficult.

  8. The company completely changed when it was time to renew the union contract in 2014.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dierbergs Markets

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Hot Food Available for lunch (for purchase)

    Cons

    Salary, Low Hours per week, Stuck on Seniority
    I put in a request in December 2013 to have my birthday weekend off (July 2014) and was forced to use vacation hours because someone with higher seniority requested the same weekend off only weeks before the actual day.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Company can be more forward thinking

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Accounting in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Dierbergs Markets full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was fair in my opinion

    Cons

    Work environment is not very welcoming

  10. Easiest job, but union dues are outrageous.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dierbergs Markets part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Nice Employees
    Clean
    Decent Pay
    Easy Job

    Cons

    Union Dues
    Standing Constantly -- Up to 8 hours at a time -- Worst case scenario
    Cons mostly depend on department

  11. It was really good job.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Dierbergs Markets

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

    Pros

    Get to be in the union. Get regularly scheduled breaks.

    Cons

    Don't get paid much. Get really busy during the holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Wouldn't change anything, good job management!

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