Hy-Vee Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
353 Reviews
3.5
353 Reviews
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Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO & President Randy Edeker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours when you get into a dept that has hours to give (in 38 reviews)

  • They do have some pretty decent health benefits as well as long as you are not part time (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, MANY part time positions but much less full time positions (in 27 reviews)

  • Hire too many part time employees so the employees do not provide "goodwill" to the company (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company - Expect some long days, holidays and weekends.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Hy-Vee full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The autonomy of the company makes it hard to imagine working for another retailer.
    When you get into management it really is as though you are running your own business.

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult with long hours, holidays, and weekends. Opportunities are there but do requrie a great deal of patience and sometimes becomes unclear if you are on the right path to success within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to see improvement in feedback/reviews.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    GREAT PLACE, 2ND LARGEST EMPLOYEE OWNED BUSINESS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wine & Spirits Clerk in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Wine & Spirits Clerk in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and great service. They give proper training and set you up to succeed. Great work environment with friendly managers. This company truly does care about its employees.

    Cons

    "Customers are always right" tends to be their slogan. Customers can be extremely rude at times and you have to turn the other cheek.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more assertive towards customers and workers whom behave inappropriately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good First Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Checker in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Checker in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule and friendly staff

    Cons

    low pay, difficult customers, hard to get time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more flexible with time off requests

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Italian Clerk in Coralville, IA
    Former Employee - Italian Clerk in Coralville, IA

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    very good work life balance, could get most any hours that you want, co workers are great and easy to get along with

    Cons

    will get busy around thanksgiving and Christmas, can be hard to get full time and full time only pays $12 an hour

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none management is very good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great first job. Fun environment to work in with flexible hours.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best when you first start.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job for a college student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seafood and Meat Service Clerk in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Seafood and Meat Service Clerk in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are fun to work with for the most part. Work duties aren't overly strenuous and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed. I enjoyed my time there to help make extra money for college.

    Cons

    You will need to work some weekends. The hourly wages are about what you would expect from a grocery store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the owner isn't seen as the worst part of the store for current employees. It seemed like the location I worked at that the owner did not really engage with any of his employees. Managers were the ones who were engaged with employees for the most part and kept morale up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work In the Kitchen/Deli/Chinese/Italian

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Kitchen Clerk in East Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Kitchen Clerk in East Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Hy-Vee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everything is based on the Kitchen department
    - Great starting pay $8.50 and easy to get pay raises
    - Easy to get hired
    - Friendly co workers
    - Diverse staff and costumers
    - Fun environment
    - understanding Manager
    - Easy to get time off
    - Flexible scheduling
    - If you are in school they understand that school is more important
    - Options to move departments to get more experience
    - Opportunity for college scholarships
    - Company holiday parties
    - Fast pased

    Cons

    If you wear a blue shirt your life basically sucks. My friends have worked as cashiers and baggers and all they do is complain about how they cant get time off and how nobody will work with their schedule and how management is just rude. for example my sister had put in a request a month prior to have a day off so she could take the ACT. When she didn't get it off the manager told her that her part time job was more important than higher education. Their is also a manager who had been fired for sexual harassment but than was rehired. They do not fire people ever. That can sound like a good thing but for those of us who actually show up and do our work this can be very frustrating. If a person becomes to much of a problem they just move them to a different department. Up front management is also very disrespectful of other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being *******. From my experience the Kitchen and Deli managers are the only ones who actually deserve their position. Understand that most of your staff if high school students who are only here to work through school. RESPECT EVERYBODY!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Go for it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Cashier in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment, the pay, the coworkers

    Cons

    Promotions, lack of good management sometimes, busy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Hy-Vee full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good company for retail pharm. hours are decent, worked with me in school. just got a better job offer, good benefits, great first job out of school, manager was a good person

    Cons

    retail pharmacy. can be really busy and can get backed up.. drive through was mismanaged a bit, could have better wages for techs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nice to your pharmacist and pharmacy techs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great job to learn skills and develop work experience

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

    I worked at Hy-Vee part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    coworkers
    great culture and values for a grocery store
    active, fast passed environment
    paid breaks for part time employees
    matching 401k, good benefits for full time employees (given it is a grocery store)
    quarterly bonuses for full time managers
    Company is very adaptive to change for the better
    advancement opportunities
    flexible hours for part time employees
    The biggest pro i took from HyVee were the skills and abilities i was tough by senior management.

    Cons

    low pay
    scheduled work hours are not always ideal, work holidays
    no tuition reimbursement
    stores can be short on help at times to cut back on budget
    workload can be overwhelming especially around holidays and 1 day sales
    called in to help when short staffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the store I worked at, the director made a substantial amount more than those right below him. Spread the wealth to management to keep them around. Otherwise, keep up the hard work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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