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The Fresh Market

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Cashier in Vero Beach, FL
Current Employee - Cashier in Vero Beach, FL

I have been working at The Fresh Market full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Good insurance benefits. 20% employee discount on purchases.

Cons

Payscale too low for even basic human survival.

Advice to Management

Pay your employees a decent wage

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  1. Good for a student job

    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Gainesville, GA
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Gainesville, GA

    I have been working at The Fresh Market part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice staff, free samples

    Cons

    Lots of standing and helping to set up displays

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  2. Helpful (4)

    A sign near the store entrance reads, "SERVICE ANIMALS ONLY." Fitting, given that the company treats employees as such.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk, Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk, Cashier in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The Fresh Market full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers can become good friends.
    Occasionally, outside food is provided as a reward for store achievements.
    The store's hours of operation are reasonable (though not necessarily the hours employees get).
    No "you break it, you buy it" policy- accidents are usually not a big deal.
    Some of the items are difficult to find elsewhere and employees and their spouses/domestic partners get 20% off all non-alcoholic items.
    Sunday pay is $.50 more per hour for part-timers and $1.00 more for full-timers

    Cons

    Items other stores carry are still less expensive even with 20% off.
    Customers are among the most demanding/particular/entitled people imaginable
    Everyone with more than a few bags of groceries gets helped out of the store, and many people don't want the help.
    No tipping is allowed for this carry-out service. Turned down about $10.00 in tips an hour on weekends and about $2.00/hour on weekdays to keep my job. Taking tips from people who *know that they're not obligated to tip* would have just about doubled my pay.
    Customer complaints are treated too seriously. The company will side with any claims made by customers, no matter how frivolous, and there are *a lot* of frivolous complaints. generally they result in write-ups for employees.
    Pay is not tied to performance/aptitude. A high school junior getting 5 hours per week for bagging/ carry-out help, and not trained to operate a register is paid in many cases the exact same (slightly above minimum wage) as adult cashiers working 20+ hours per week who have been trained in other skills around the store.
    The store has events like Earth Day sales, despite the fact that in the store only gloss-free cardboard is recycled. Glass, metal, paper, and plastic all go into the trash compactor.
    Classical music is played incessantly. The same song can be heard several times in a shift and it's rather mind-numbing. It's not unreasonable to ask that different songs or genres be played.
    While on shift you *must* be doing something work-related at all times. There are no desk jobs. There is no "down time." If you aren't on one of your scheduled breaks, you will be doing something to make the company money, and you will be standing.
    Mandatory half-hour or hour-long lunch breaks for 7+ hour shifts are not paid.

    Advice to Management

    Create more incentives for employees to work hard. A $5 gift card classified as income on a paycheck isn't going to help the bottom line or foster the productivity that something substantial will.
    You are competing in the labor market with firms such as Aldi, which offer significantly higher rates of pay for similar or identical positions. Attract talent by getting what you pay for.
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    Realize that customers aren't oblivious to the fact that workers there are treated poorly. Although one might see reusable bags, organic produce, and "indie" brand grocery items, it is painstakingly evident that in its core practices The Fresh Market is not by any means progressive.


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