Fred's Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Fred's President, CEO, and Director Bruce Efird
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Pros
  • Opportunities for advancement, easy job, my manager worked with my school schedule, friendly environment, the store has a nice little mission (in 3 reviews)

  • Generally good coworkers, very good store management (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Store Managers as well as District and Regional Managers are terrified of getting "ugly ducklings" (complaint) from corporate (in 6 reviews)

  • Customers can get away with anything and upper management tells us to let them do as they like, for fear of upsetting them (in 5 reviews)

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  1. order picker

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Fred's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly people with smiles and laughter greeting daily. respectful management with safety equipment indoor dine in just a mixer of older and young people

    Cons

    there is not to much i can say bad parking lot could use some concrete work and some spots in wharehouse

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    Pharmacy Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Poplarville, MS
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Poplarville, MS

    I worked at Fred's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great hours and holidays.
    good peers

    Cons

    few pay raises
    lower hourly rates


  3. NA

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Camilla, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Camilla, GA

    I worked at Fred's

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

    Pros

    Met people and serve customers

    Cons

    Long hours and incredibly bad wages.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Needs many improvements

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Fred's 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

    Corporate events, giveaways and relationships that would last a lifetime

    Cons

    building condition is terrible, have to practically brag for advancement

    Advice to Management

    consider more internal employees for promotion, enhance the building and consider more ways to reward staff members.


  6. Retail Store Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fred's

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fred's has a great training program for store management. Great communication from all levels of the business

    Cons

    Budget should be more for payroll

    Advice to Management

    Increase payroll budget


  7. Store Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Gladewater, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Gladewater, TX

    I have been working at Fred's full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good employees if you can pick who you work with

    Cons

    Home office has no idea what we do,.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the front lines and see what your causing to happen in the store


  8. Store Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred's full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pay for small box retailer is good.

    Cons

    No payroll budget. Poor communication. Frequent corporate direction changes.


  9. This is not a good job if you want to advance in a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in Tuscumbia, AL
    Former Employee - Assistant in Tuscumbia, AL

    I worked at Fred's full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, friendly coworkers, nice customers

    Cons

    negative district managers, always being sent to other Fred Stores to fill in

    Advice to Management

    be fair to all workers


  10. Helpful (1)

    Horrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Expert in Clarksville, TN
    Former Employee - Operations Expert in Clarksville, TN

    I worked at Fred's 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

    If you work hard and have a good personality it is easy to get promoted. I was an assistant manager by the time I was 20.

    Cons

    I worked there for 3 years. It was my first job and I got promoted twice. I made it all the way to operations expert (assistant manager). On freight days which is once a week every employee has to work so that way you can get the truck unloaded and put out all the freight in one day. On one of our freight days in had snowed and put a sheet of ice on our loading dock so the next day when we were unloading it we were freezing and having difficulty unloading the truck. The manager had myself and two other associates unload the truck while she and the rest of the staff where in the office watching us on camera. One of the associates working with me ended up getting sick and had to go to the hospital. The manager acted like it was his fault for not wearing a big enough jacket and it was perfectly fine that she and the 4 other associates didn't have to help us.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees.


  11. assistant manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Clarksville, TN
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Clarksville, TN

    I worked at Fred's

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

    Pros

    I loved all my customers I came in contact with.

    Cons

    Management is rude and lazy very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Stop chasing males around the store and work with your employees and not talk about them to vendors.



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