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A Testing Place to Work

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

I worked at Meijer

Pros

If you want to be tested as a person and grow in character this place will test you. I came out more mature and stronger but it was because of the difficult circumstances that came up. Your co-workers usually are people just like you that tend to get along well with you if you show them respect and work with them but be firm in your position/ conviction.

Cons

The management disciplines very unfairly. They take advantage of those who they know need the job and punish them while allowing others who disregard their discipline to get away with it. In essence they are twice as hard on those who will actually listen because the other workers will not.

There is an unfair workload place on those who will actually work hard and those who will not are not punished. The union is there to help but in many ways doesn't. TMAG is great for those who are earnestly learning to become hard workers but horrible for those who will abuse the system.

Ex. People will take advantage of the seven strikes per offense by using them when they desire and waiting for them to disappear and then using them again.

Expectations for work are too high for the limited amount of staff. I understand wanting high performance but when you lack performers and allow people to eat up company salary who will not work hard you will not meet them.

There is a huge waste of good food simply because it looks bad or is one or two days past date. Orders are way too high and thousands of dollars of food are thrown out weekly; which could have feed hungry Americans who if they signed a waiver or something wouldn't care if their family had no food.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Respect and honor you employees based on their commitment and performance. Don't allow those who are deliberately disobedient and obsitant to thrive while causing the hard workers to barely survive. Honestly, you cause some of your greatest assets to hate their jobs because of how you treat them as a slave and then turn a blind eye to your lazy workers.

Stop ordering so much! Just because you have a high amount of stock does not mean you will sell it. Listen to you more advanced order writers and not just what the company desires. If you desire to sell 500 cases and in reality people only buy 250 cases buying the 500 will not cause them all to sell. It just wastes perishable food.

Discipline harsher though who take their job for nothing and honor those who truly try to work well. You have many "battered" workers who are quick to snap and defend themselves because you have kicked so many of them down.

Discipline with good judgment and not just a system that is consistently abused.

If you want high performance give a resonable amount of performers for the job. If you can't fit the salary then you best cut costs elsewhere if qualilty work is what you really desire and not just profit.

Listen to your employees when they tell you that what you are expecting is too much. If you honestly could do it then teach them by showing them and not just reading off what corporate desires. How many of those in corporate honestly know what it is like to pull out the numbers they desire? If you can't do the job yourself don't expect others to do it.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Not as bad as some of these reviews make it sound.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Team Leader in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Area Team Leader in Fort Wayne, IN

    I have been working at Meijer

    Pros

    As with any retail job, experiences will vary from market to market within the same company...even store to store. But my overall experience from 2 different stores and 3 different store directors is that if you come to work to actually work instead of feeling entitled to a paycheck just for clocking in on time, then things will go well for you and you will have opportunities for advancement should you show the interest and take some initiative.

    Cons

    Pay for team members isn't very competitive and not merit-based whatsoever. Aside from nickel-and-dime incentives for certain jobs, pay for team members is based solely on how many hours you have worked, not what qualifications and experience you may bring when being hired how well you do your job or (see comment on advancement above for how to overcome this.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your store management the flexibility to compensate strong employees/potential hires better pay when appropriate. The turnover costs you would save far surpass the cost of losing strong team members we simply can't afford to hire and/or retain. Hire an Industrial Engineer to analyze this and she/he will present you with the same conclusion and actually quantify for you the amount of money you are currently throwing away on warm bodies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall great retailer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Oxford, MI
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Oxford, MI

    I worked at Meijer

    Pros

    Good benefits. Fair wages for salaried associates.

    Cons

    Open 24 hours, every holiday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your workers as they are the core that holds the store together

    No opinion of CEO
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