Fred Meyer Jewelers Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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Peter M. Engel
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Pros
  • Good benefits, parent company is solid (in 5 reviews)

  • Base pay is better than minimum wage but not compariable to a 9-5 M-F career (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Managers have large sales goals & are competing with their team members & trainees (in 5 reviews)

  • The upper management makes you feel like you don't deserve to have any type of life because you are "working retail" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Pretty good, depending

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Meyer Jewelers full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, and it's a fun job. You get to know a lot of interesting people, and the diamond and gemstone industry is very interesting.

    Cons

    It can be very stressful being held to sales and credit goals, but it all depends on how the management handles it. Day to day, stores usually aren't swamped, so there's a lot of emphasis on marketing, but management gets very intense about focusing on EVERYTHING all at once. Focus on getting credit, closing sales, adding care plans, disclosing gem treatments and bonds, focus on the upcoming shows... focus on everything!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    You're really good at setting realistic sales goals, but the credit goal has been the same for 4 years, and nobody ever seems to make it.


  2. jewelry associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fred Meyer Jewelry Associate in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Fred Meyer Jewelry Associate in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Fred Meyer Jewelers part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun place to work. I like my boss Rob Nay.

    Cons

    Scheduled to close 3 times this week


  3. Good if you don't want anything more.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Fred Meyer Jewelers part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun work environment, relaxed culture and dress code, laid back management, great discounts, decent commission.

    Cons

    Low hourly wage, no guaranteed commission, no opportunities to advance in less than 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right people, people often get promoted for their sales ability; not leadership abilities.


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  5. Excellent benefits and incredible room to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Jonesboro, AR
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Jonesboro, AR

    I have been working at Fred Meyer Jewelers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very fast promotions if you're doing your job
    The best benefits anywhere in retail
    Best financing in the business
    Excellent pay

    Cons

    A little behind on current techniques
    Marketing is almost completely In-house and irrelevant to outside marketing


  6. Helpful (2)

    No longer the same company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Fred Meyer Jewelers

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

    Pros

    Great Health Insurance coverage. Employee discounts throughout Fred Meyer Corp. Monday-Friday work hours in Corporate office.

    Cons

    After Ed Dayoob retired the new management team lead by Pete Engel has managed to fire, demote or push out all of the people who helped Ed build the company to the 3rd largest in the US from a grocery store base. All the knowledge and talent is now gone and you just have Operations people running the show with no Merchandising experience. Don't voice an opinion or concern or you will be targeted as not being a team player. Just shake your head in agreement to whatever Management is saying or you will be out the door. The company used to be highly respected in the industry, but now they are just considered a joke. So sad to see such a Cinderella story go down in flames! Shame on you.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees at all levels with respect. Where's the fun??? It use to be such a fun place to work, we worked hard and had some really fun times, but not anymore. Clock in, clock out, it's so intimidating that some employees have a stop watch so they don't get written up for being a few minutes early or late, just on the dot. You could learn the names of the people who work for you and it would be nice if you had any idea about them as a person. But, you won't and they will continue to be just a number. Watch out, when the economy improves and people feel secure in making a career move you will end up losing your best employees as they won't stick around and continue to work under such poor conditions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Started off great, but long hours and low pay are starting to wear in all of us.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Fred Meyer Jewelers full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Part of the Kroger family so the benefits are very nice. Hours of operations are very reasonable compared to other retail locations open 10-8

    Cons

    A lot of overtime for managers with very little thanks for it. Pay is pretty low compared to other Jewelers. Having to constantly explain to customers that it is high quality jewelry. Just because it is located in a grocery store, people think of low end jewelry

    Advice to Management

    Pay at least what the national average for jewelry professionals. Advertise! Advertise! Advertise!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales Professional

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Fred Meyer Jewelers full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Merchandise and prices to be proud of, great entry-level pay, opportunity for upward mobility, incredible benefits, owned by Kroger, customers receive Fuel Points on purchases, etc...

    Cons

    District managers can be overbearing, corporate seems unaware of actual store needs, tries too hard to be Sterling while saying how different they are.

    Advice to Management

    Come back to the sales floor for a couple months to see what is really needed. Don't just stop by for 30 minutes, criticize everything that isn't exactly to policy and leave. Listen to us - we know what the customer wants because we actually interact with them!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Horrible!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Fred Meyer Jewelers full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Discounts, casual Fridays, cafe and coffee bar, sample sales, location, on site credit union, owned by Kroger, merchandise, etc.

    Cons

    Nazis about time and attendance (even with salaried employees), no flex time, management is extremely fake; manipulative and quick to point finger's, does not promote from within, "big brother" atmosphere, below industry pay, they give sick time but then you get "written up" if you actually use it, Would not recommend working here unless you're desperate for a job or like to torture yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Start over


  10. FMJ IS THE PLACE FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO BE USED AND NOT PAYED FAIRLY!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Holland, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Holland, OH

    I worked at Fred Meyer Jewelers full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Discount is great and only thing great!

    Cons

    Instead of properly training current employees for promotions they hire outside the company and expect current employees to train them with no Extra pay! Upper management talks down to you and has unreasonable expectations for you.

    Advice to Management

    Start over starting with upper management... Hire people with integrity and that are honest... Be there more for your store level managers instead just giving out demands and pressure! Show that you really care and help build up instead of breaking down your store level managers!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Sales Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Fred Meyer Jewelers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hiring process went very quickly considering at the time I worked at a different store two doors down and had heard about the position by word of mouth. Had a very brief interview with the Manager at time, was called back after a couple days, walked over and did my drug test and was hired a few days after that. All in all it took maybe a week.

    Cons

    Pressure to meet ever increasing sales quotas took its toll after a while. Only busy seasons were Mother's Day, Valentine's, and Christmas. Absolutely no business in Summer season.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe try to do a little more instead of just hanging out in the back office. Be more available to assist in negotiating the sale.



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