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Meijer Reviews in Cincinnati, OH

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
581 Reviews

2.8
581 Reviews
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Meijer Co-Chairman and CEO Hank Meijer
Hank Meijer
348 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some Team leaders/ management are somewhat understanding and helpful (in 26 reviews)

  • Didn't take long for me to reach part-time seniority status due to the high turn-over rate (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • You get paid minimum wage to do about 3 people's jobs (in 30 reviews)

  • Team leaders hired off the street before they'll even think about promoting within the company (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    a job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pricing  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Pricing in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    weekly pay, closre to home

    Cons

    no pay raise, bad benfits no real training or way of running the full day to day store fuctions

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Longtime Inmate, Former Team Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Analyst  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Analyst in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    The kale salad in the deli is pretty tasty.

    Cons

    I originally started with Meijer in 1998 left the company then came back....a total of almost 15 years now. I was a team leader for 8 years, and went back to being a team member so I could go back to college. Thanks to college, I am close to the end of my Meijer career. With every year that passes and every union contract that is re-written, the wages drop....paid time off drops.....cost of benefits increase, etc. Meijer restructured store management and general store labor in 2004, then again a few years later. Every time they cut down labor, they (Hank, Doug, and friends) saw how much more they could make by just not having as many employees....no wonder they're currently worth $8.39 BILLION. There are many cons. The work ethic of the general population is dropping. Compound that with the fact that starting pay in grocery in the Cincinnati market has gone up $1/hr in the last 15 years. How much was the cost of living 15 years ago compared to today? So 9 out of 10 hires have low work ethic and are barely paid above minimum wage. Then that 1 out of 10 guy that busts his hump every day for $7.75/hr wonders, "Why should I be killing myself for this money?" With ZERO chance for raises based on merit, it would take someone over 12 years to go from $7.75/hr to $12.30/hr I have worked at 4 stores in my almost 15 years and it's been the same everywhere. The people that kill themselves trying to work hard get more worked dumped on them while the lazy "team members" do next to nothing and never get reprimanded. Management used to almost always be promotions from within, but are rarely so anymore. It seems like 4 out of 5 new managers are from Wal-Mart or Sam's Club. When I originally left the company, I was a team leader. I was asked to train a management trainee.....from another company......who STARTED OUT making $4/hr more than me....after I had been in management for 8 YEARS!!!! Everything this company does, whether intentional or not, comes off as slighting the employees. I could go on forever, but I'll stop. I honestly think the company will continue to grow and get richer and richer, but at the price of having horribly down-trodden employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) You're employees are the backbone of your company. They need to be paid better and treated better.
    2) Stop lining your pockets. Do you have any idea how long we have to beg to simply get a pallet jack that works? And then when we finally get it, it's not the $800 Crown pallet jack that lasts 15 years....it's the $200 Gillis pallet jack that is broken within 3 months and must be used that way for the next 10 years. Getting the tools we need to do our jobs is nearly impossible.
    3) Do whatever you can to actually find out what's going on in the stores. DON'T ANNOUNCE VISITS!!!! If market directors and group VP's came in and saw how stores REALLY look, maybe things would change. But the visits are announced in time for management to slap make-up all over the place and cover up all the cuts and bruises. There needs to be a way that employees can have an open forum with upper management. If just one employee complains to upper management it might come off as someone being whiny. But if dozens of fellow team members were to validate the complaint, maybe upper management would look into the issue. It wasn't bad up until about 2008-2009, but since then working as a team member at Meijer has been hell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Hard Work Equals Success

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for advancement. If you're intelligent, hard-working, and customer-focused, then promotions come easily. Put in the time and effort and good things will come.

    Cons

    Tight, tight labor budget. Either not enough people employed to do the job, or enough people and not enough hours allowed to accomplish the tasks. The customer loses in either scenario and sales suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people want to work; let them! You can't beat Wal-mart on prices, so you must offer superior service. Allow leadership the labor to run their departments and serve the customer!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor Management, Poor Pay, Poor Union

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    Current Employee - Electronics  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Electronics in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Stable work hours
    Employee Discount
    Vacation after one year

    Cons

    1.Extremely poor pay. Minimum wage is not a livable wage, and its all they want to pay.
    2. There are absolutely no opportunities for advancement. Managers will not recognize good behavior or hard work.
    3. Union - The union is owned by Meijer, so you have no say whether to accept or not. Since this union is owned by the company, it is easier for them to extort and manipulate you. Union also contributes to a lack of pay increases and allows the business to keep employees at unlivable wages.
    4. Management will expect the employee to do everything and then disappear the rest of the day.
    5. Pay increases go by hours worked and not effort put in.
    6. Will not give you health benefits unless you are full time; however, the company will not hire anyone full time and work you just under so you cannot qualify for health benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the union and pay the employees properly. You made record profits this year but can't give a singe employee a raise?

    Work. The Management at my store does nothing; they disappear all day and do not contribute to the standard employees work like they should.

    Do not insult or belittle your employees. One of my team "leaders" insulted an employee behind their backs due to issues in weight and tattoos. Isn't this supposed to be a fair and equal employment opportunity? Feels anything but.

    Treat your employees EQUALLY. Do not punish one individuals behavior but ignore the rest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    If I didn't absolutely need an income I'd Never work there.

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    Current Employee - GM Clerk  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - GM Clerk in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    The paycheck and the Team Member card

    Cons

    Pitiful management leadership, lack of direction, no focus on customer only on cleaning back rooms, ad product is not stocked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gut the management of the whole store and bring in fresh managers who WANT to do a good job and have a successful store where people want to shop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    They're on the cutting and not like other competitors,and always has great products.

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    Current Employee - General Merchandiser  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - General Merchandiser in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    They're pretty flexible and easy to work for and sometimes rewarding, and family friendly.

    Cons

    The cons of working here is there always open on major holidays, instead of being closed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Improvement on the core values

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Everyday is an adventure. Love my job and the people I work with. Pay is good and so are the benefits.

    Cons

    None.....everything for the most part runs smoothly and is organized and well thought out. Cant think of any real issues in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not the worst employer, but definitely not the best.

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Cashier in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    The company overall is really great, and I love shopping there. They give a 10% discount on general merchandise without a 90 day waiting period. They have the opportunity to work full time, with some great benefits.

    Cons

    The management has a hard time working with their employees. They treat their part time employees as if Meijer is their only responsibility. They do not work well if you have a second job, and they don't try and make accommodations with single parents' schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings. They are not just a commodity that you can buy and sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Where did our labor go

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    Current Employee - Team Leader  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    this is a pretty solid company ..family owned..ive been here for 7 years now and if you can suffer through and make it past your first two or three years we really don't get rid of anyone.

    Cons

    our store is always cutting labor, it makes me furious that our management doesn't seem to care about out long lines...the out of stocks in dariy and the carts all over the parking lot..becaseu we have don't have people to get them. How can they not see this??if you think you will get waited on in the Deli department after 6 pm...forget it no one will be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give us back our labor..we want to take care of the customers but it seems like they are oblivious to it or just don't care. My mother stopped shopping with us at my own store because she feels Kroger gives better service. Come on people...what would Fred Do???

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great family owned company for now

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Family owned with a commitment to community values which gives you pride in your work place. Fellow employees are a pleasure to work with. Match 401k and employee discount for general merchandise

    Cons

    The corporate value system is starting to leak in (value profit over customer/employee). Give employees unattainable goals. Pretend to give you a raise based on performance each year (everybody gets the same no matter how much better you are). High stress job and not allowed to sit. If you get busy it is expected to pretty much skip your break (they legally can't tell you not to but you "feel" it)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More overlap for pharmacist (they can never take a real break because they can't leave the pharmacy).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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