Meijer

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Meijer Reviews in Grand Rapids, MI

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
644 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some of the team leaders (mine included) are very easy to work with on issues that pop up during the day (in 29 reviews)

  • Didn't take long for me to reach part-time seniority status due to the high turn-over rate (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • 75 starting (mind you this is in Illinois in which the minimum wage is 8 (in 35 reviews)

  • Depending on location they will use you up to 39 hours a week and deny full-time status (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Inventory Control Analyst

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Inventory Control Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience to use in your career. Individuals go out of their way to help. Helps develop sense of urgency.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and too many bosses, disregard for creativity, promotions not based on merit, not very family oriented, living in the now instead of investing in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit, get some outside industries, learn the technology limits, stop getting talent from bottom heaps of retail industry and pay top dollar for winners.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Generally had a positive experience while working at the corporate offices for this company.

    Cons

    My particular job was a seasonal job working for Meijer.com, that was the biggest bummer when I got laid-off at the end of the season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and keep a number of Meijer.com customer contact people in the brick & mortar building for the entire year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Company Culture - Unfriendly and Spiteful (Corporate)

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    Former Employee - Talent Development in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Talent Development in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Meijer headquarters is they give you samples of the products they are selling from time to time. If you are an employee (not a contractor) you can also get discounts on Dyson vacuums and special events around Grand Rapids (very seldom).

    Cons

    The worst thing about Meijer is the culture. Before I joined the company, I thought of Meijer as a great place where they invest in the community and genuinely show compassion. I was excited I could work there...until I joined the team. There is no investment into the people who work at Meijer, and management tends to be hostile or incompetent (with exceptions).

    I noticed a distinctive environment of unfriendly competition. Teams do not collaborate, and it's difficult to feel supported. People will "report you" if you browse the internet, regardless of whether you are on your lunch break and/or have completed all of your tasks.

    I specifically worked with the Leadership Development team, which has lost almost FORTY PERCENT of its employees in the past two months thanks to an individual. [He demanded that his salaried (and sometimes even hourly) employees work a minimum of 40 hours, and if they work 60+, they are not to balance them by taking an afternoon off here or there, but continue working 40 hour weeks. It doesn't matter how hard you work, he will never be satisfied. He has no concept of a work-life balance, and his demands as well as management style have led 40% of the team to quit (and I was told yesterday they're losing 1-2 more within the next 3 months).

    One of the most appalling things he did while I was there: he called a meeting with everyone in the team except 1 person--to discuss that person's job performance. he told the team to point out whenever the absent person made a mistake--to the extended Talent Development team. He did not have a conversation with the individual to explain his concerns or how to improve but chose public shaming instead.

    VERY difficult to move within the company to a different position. People want you to stay in the same job role for the duration of your employment there. This stifles growth.

    CONTRACTORS: STAY AWAY! Contractors who ask for raises are told the "experience of working at Meijer" is all the compensation they deserve. They are not eligible for any of the perks Meijer employees enjoy. They are treated as replaceable and their work often goes unappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management can easily take steps to fix the issues at Meijer, but they won't. The company needs guidance and insight into the investment they make of their time. It wouldn't hurt to act like you care about your employees. When alarming turnover trends like the Talent Development team become obvious, make an effort to discover the problem and fix it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heavy nepotism with average performers in key leadership roles.

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Promotions are reserved to those who keep their head down and opinions to themselves. Publicly voicing limited prospects is taken as a show of loyalty to meijer. Being better than your boss and those that have been there for more than 10 years (thought of as stars) are sure to limit your career prospects (even if you get stellar annual reviews). If you're an A-type driver, stay away from here. They look for ways to keep your annual salary down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they wouldn't follow it anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience but there are many other better companies

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Merchandise Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Private company that is continuing to grow. Meijer is fiscally strong. There are lots of opportunities to move around within the firm.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Employee benefits (health, vacation, etc) are lower than most other employers. Office employees were required to work a few days in the store in November and December.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase work flexibility. Reduce the amount of micro-management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Old Boys Club

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    Current Employee - Department Team Leader in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Department Team Leader in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly, family orientate (depending on your team leader), yearly raise

    Cons

    Passing up current employees for promotions for hiring outside the company, higher leadership is not forth coming about what you need to do to be promoted, very perception based instead of objective, higher management is not friendly (doesn't even say hi) and will not meet to discuss performance and goals, very political atmosphere in leadership. yearly review is "not allowed" to be high even if you have performed at a high level because they don't want to pay a big raise. You are expected to keep your team motivated and valued, HOWEVER, higher leadership does not thank you or make you feel valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing the blame game. Take responsibility and make leadership in your stores feel appreciated. Market directors and Regional directors need to speak with the lines and department team leaders about where they want to go in the company and what they need to do to get there. Stop playing favorites and listen to what your employees are telling you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good, strong company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Director in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Market Director in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Meijer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented and family owned. There are no company mood swings based on Wall Street. Very friendly people who truly want to help each other. No desire to take over the world and there is a good balance between making a profit and keeping prices low for the customer. Great place to work for 20+ years and have job security.

    Cons

    Advancement within the company is very very slow. Lots of opportunities for lateral moves, but most senior people come from other retailers. Pay is slightly below average because Grand Rapids is relatively inexpensive. Also has most/all of the same issues that other retailers have so if you don't like the retail world, you won't like Meijer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing old things in new ways (mPerks are just paper coupons delivered digitally) and try to figure out new ways to do new things. Hire more people from outside of the retail world to bring fresh ideas. Hiring senior people from mediocre retailers like Sears, Kmart, etc. just brings in "new" mediocre ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Team leader

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, boss, team work sometimes,

    Cons

    Over worked,hours, upper management,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more help....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people yet management needs to loosen up and take more risks.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Meijer as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dedicated Team Members who are good at what they do make the projects fun to work one.

    Cons

    There is a lack of creativity, innovation, and risk taking from management and decision makers and thus company behind the times always playing catch-up to competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time and money to move software development to small teams utilizing Agile or Scrum Methodology and you would greatly reduce your time to market. Right now your completion always kills you on bringing service offerings to market for customers. It would also improve developer satisfaction and foster more creativity and innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    20+ years of entrenched pettiness

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    Current Employee - Operations Staff in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Operations Staff in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Easy to cause stress for the incompetent management who doesn't realize how they are slowly killing the company by avoiding obvious solutions.

    Cons

    Meijer is now in the hands of the lazy buttkissers and those whose butts were kissed. If only the produce operation realized how much they are keeping the company afloat, they would rebel and shut down all the bureaucratic boofs who are simply filling space until they can retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire ANOTHER tier of middle mamagement. Adopt modern hours and dress code. Abandon random metrics. MCQI is JOKE, and you know it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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