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I have been working at Food Lion full-time
Pros – Good pay once you reach upper management. Many avenues to share your ideas and creative nature. Great associates to work with and a fun atmosphere at store level.
Cons – Depends on what DM you get because they change many times...some are very uplifting talent developers and others are micro-managers with no positivity. Pay raises for associates are a joke...only getting 1-2% a year which means someone at minimum wage will only get upto a quarter. Also, the pay scale for associates and lower management are not competitive or laid out well. Different areas of the store don't offer any incentive to move up because of the pay scale. If you are a front end associate making around $8 an hour and move up to office or full time your best shot is a 10% increase. Too many expectations for Salaried employees and no regards to how much time you put in weekly...the old saying "...it doesn't matter how long you work because you are salary..." is in full effect with most DM's. Very Stressful at upper management.
Advice to Senior Management – Look at changing the structure of the pay scale. Why would I pay a meat cutter close to what I am paying a PT cashier. The scale usually starts at $7.25 for any position under management level. Where is the incentive for anyone to want to move up. It is hard for department heads and store managers to keep associates not to mention hire people because they can do the same work at our competitors and make substantially more.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-07-06 12:49 PDT
I have been working at Food Lion
Pros – *Customers are very friendly as are the other Associates.
Its a job.
*Everyone is treated the same way. Like crap.
Cons – *Starting pay rate for a stocker is $7.25. At Target they started me at $8 with a 50 cent overnight increase and a dollar raise when i was off seasonal.
*There is no training what so ever, you are thrown into the fray and left to drown if you cannot swim.
* There is no "great job" or any type of feed back for a job well done from management. But they are very quick to let you know when your work looks like, and i quote "hot sh!t".
*They expect perfection for minimum wage. When blocking, every item 3 deep, every item to the lip, every item aligned with its tag (even though tags are not set properly or spaced as such).
* Management is disrespectful to anyone below but quick to kiss the backside of someone above. If you are below them you are nothing.
*No understanding when you are sick. If you are vomiting, get a bag and keep working. if you are shot in the leg, get a band-aid and keep on limping.
*Obvious favoritism between management and select associates.
*Backstabbing. Do not and i repeat DO NOT trust anyone. If you are going to report someone, tell no one anything. If you are venting about your rough day, tell no one that works there. Everyone has one hand on a knife to plummet in your back. Allegiances are always unknown! Remember that!
*No contact with low level associates and high level corporate. The "open door policy" stops at the store manager unless its something outlandish and can get them sued.
*Associates are made to be able to run an entire store and still not paid for any cross-training. I myself am a Stocker, a Cashier, a Q&A, a Bager. While stocking the entire store (or blocking it) i am told to jump on register whenever needed, bag whenever needed, get carts as needed and am still expected to finish all of my work on time.
*There is no advancement unless you are a favored associate and even then its hard.
*Hours are constantly being cut.
Advice to Senior Management – I would suggest actual training courses. Performance reviews of management from the actual associates. Increased pay, decreased bonuses for salary that does not deserve them. And respect courses for people who are reported numerous times by associates.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2011-11-16 11:17 PST
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