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Family dollar sucks!!

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Current Employee - Store Manager
Current Employee - Store Manager

I have been working at Family Dollar Stores

Pros

You get to see alot of people.

Cons

The company is very poorly ran! We are doing way too much as managers. We ring up, unload trucks, stock, do paper work, clean, manage,etc. We get stuck doing way too much. Our payroll is horrible. You can only afford to have 2 people in your store at a time. Family dollar doesn't hire minors, yet only hires for very flexible part-time. You give people 20hours at minium wage and execpt them to stay? The only people who can work for such a crappy place are minors yet we aren't allowed to hire them? If someone has anything but a downside on working for family dollar I would love to hear it!

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Invest in your stores

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    Be prepared to work very hard, and alone.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Hagerstown, MD

    I have been working at Family Dollar Stores

    Pros

    It is a sound company to work for.
    The company has no debt. The pay scale for managers is good. Managers generally can be assured of Sunday off work.

    Cons

    There are long hours to be put in. 52 hours per week are the expected hours to be put in by store managers. You unload trucks and process freight with little to no help as payroll constraints do not allow for much help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In downway economic times, costs should be cut, however, to take desperately needed payroll hours is dispicable practice. Try limiting some of the perks and bonuses from the higher management, not the folks who earn stockholders money.

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    Family Dollar not perfect but much better than most

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Alma, MI
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Alma, MI

    I have been working at Family Dollar Stores

    Pros

    Job security is excellent in our economy . Medical insurance choices vary, you get to choose the amount of coverage you think you need. Includes dental, with choices in amount of coverage and also optical. Doctors for the medical plan are available locally. Also available is 401K with company match and the usual options to choose risk. Stock options are available to full time employees. Stocks are not a fast growth, but a steady secure investment. Company is a little behind in the technical area in some stores, but new stores are cutting edge technically. Older stores receive the improvements at a steady rate, without the company going into a lot of debt. The company is essentially a debt free company so the security there is excellent as long as stores show a profit. They like to promote within the company rather than from outside, so once you have your foot in the door, the possibilities are endless. They have anonymous call in for employees that are not getting results at the store level. An award program for time worked. Several contests through the year to motivate employees with excellent compensation upon winning. On line applications are available with info regarding the company also. Communication from the upper levels is steady and informative. Several programs in place to make the
    job easier, and consistant improvements to them. Continually improving workplace tools to make job easier. Program for employees hit with natural disasters to receive assistance. Shor tem and long term disability available with sick days available to store mangers.

    Cons

    Lack of payroll is the biggest issue in most of the stores. But is necessary to keep costs down. All of the pluses of working for Family Dollar can disappear depending on your District Manager and further up the chain of command. The manager, employees etc. will make or break the store. This is going to be a problem anywhere you deal with people. Vacations are lost if not used within that year. Technolgy needs to catch up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look at the areas that need the technology the most rather than just new stores, and advance at a faster rate improving older store capabilities. Get feedback from managers of the stores as to what their area and their store needs
    as far as technology is concerned. Quit going by what the chamber of commerce rates the crime rate. They have a tendency to make it look nicer than what it is to encourage people and businesses to move into the area.

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