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Pathway to success is headed for a cloud of confusion

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Former Employee - IT Lead in Boise, ID
Former Employee - IT Lead in Boise, ID

I worked at SUPERVALU

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

Mostly good people with good intentions but every one thought there position and project was the most important task at hand.I started as an Albertsons employee, IT department of 80. Merged with American stores, IT department of 600. Merged with SVU and total of 1500 related IT employees all retained.

Cons

Most IT employees were very teritorial about there positions. Butting heads was all that was acomplished until mid level management stepped in. But they had to have upper levell mangements approval. It turned in to a beurocratic nightmare to accomplish anything.
Every quarter 100 to 200 jobs eliminated or sent to India. I saw IT go from a lean machine that could react to market changes to a bloated organization where no one could make decisions unless it was to buy software that never worked. First to market for new IT solutions meant buying something and spending years to modify and learn the pachage.
100 pages of paper work needed to make a simple change plus going through 5 approval phases that could each take weeks. Indian IT people were very good and worked for about a fourth of the price. But did not understand the business and needed very complex and detailed designs in order to produce a work order.

Advice to Management

Cut the fat and management levels. Make processes simpler and not more complex. Bloated processes are a result of the CYA attitude every one has when all of there jobs are at stake. Figure out how to be a nimble machine. Do one IT System and any company that does not like it can find other support. Trying to be all things to all people never works.

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  1. Managing-up matters more than hard work

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at SUPERVALU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - 401K Benefits
    - Free Tea/Coffee
    - Onsite Gym
    - Continuous, unpredictable change is adventurous & fun
    - Financially sound

    Cons

    - It's all about how you manage-up
    - Blame game all over
    - too many levels & hierarchy
    - lots of responsibility & accountability at lower levels without empowerment or clear definition of roles

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be part of the strategy for the company to turnaround

  2. Very Transforming

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at SUPERVALU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are decent. The people are great.

    Cons

    Lack of direction
    Lack of focus
    Lack of decision making
    Low comparative compensation

    Advice to Management

    Get informed, decide, Act.

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