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A New Company!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

I have been working at Topco Associates

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Growing business - 10 years in a row Changing environment - new entrepreneurial feel to the business New leadership team - better directors through CEO in last 2 years Great long term benefits - pension/401k Nearly recession proof business Did I mention new leadership? - great news Painful CEO is gone!

Cons

Only fair salary levels Mediocre raises - barely meet inflation Horrible building - maybe new addition coming soon Antiquated IT systems and policies

Advice to Management

Keep pressing forward with the change that is starting. Don't let the long timers hold you back, move the business forward. Hurry the IT changes - they will make everyone's job better. Don't build, move instead.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work if you're just looking for a job rather than a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Topco Associates

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

    Pros

    Topco is a good place to work if you're the type the likes to be governed/micromanaged. The employees are generally friendly. Within departments, a sense of community is received.

    Cons

    Communication seriously lacks within this organization. Employees are more apt to "pass the buck" rather than taking responsibility for duties assigned to them. Promotions are few and far between with little difference in pay.

    Advice to Management

    An incentive program would be a good way to improve employee moral. The only incentive to do the job well, is fear in losing said job.


  2. Grateful for experience after college, but some management needs some maturing to do.

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    Current Employee - Buyer's Assistant/Member Service Associate in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Buyer's Assistant/Member Service Associate in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Topco Associates

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

    Pros

    - free food very often - get to learn AS400 and a little bit of Hyperion - good experience with fast paced customer service via email and phone - convention once a year in the spring time is over the top and very fun and interesting - stable company that especially thrives when people have to rely on generic food instead of brand name food when the economy worsens and the unemployment rate increases - sales volume from the total number of member-owners (customers), the grocery stores you serve, have been second to Wal-Mart, according to upper management.

    Cons

    - if you are good at brown-nosing you will have a high chance at becoming management, even if you have peers that have much more years experience and wealth of knowledge than you do - don't expect to learn the much more updated systems/applications now out there like SAP and such, you are stuck with AS400, and they are comfortable with never changing because they don't want to invest into how much it will cost to change and update - there is some training available but definitely not as thorough as it should be - some people do get promoted, but there are still people who have worked there for many many years and they are practically at the same level except probably with increased salary over the course of years with good reviews and of course, you will attain more accounts = even more work to multitask which becomes extremely fast paced. - although some generic food can be somewhat comparable to brand name food, sometimes the quality is certainly not the greatest - if you like using Excel and Access, don't expect to be using it much at all. It's Outlook and AS400 all the way.

    Advice to Management

    Update your systems/applications because they are becoming very antiquated. People promoted to management should be based on merit of course, but with definitely a bit more years of experience and more wealth of knowledge than someone who just got out of college a couple years prior.


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