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Shaw's Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
144 Reviews
2.5
144 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible schedule, OK hours, great coworkers (in 13 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, some areas for advancement (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Very few people can be full time without being a manager (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management treats you like you are dumb (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be...

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

    I have been working at Shaw's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules for part timers. Opportunity for advancement. Time off is good.

    Cons

    Average starting pay. Expectations are unrealistic. Always wanting more with no help. Cut labor is talked about endlessly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want fresh cut fruit and in store made chicken salad and tortilla chips etc. give us time to do it. You have good long term associates that have pride in there job but you are making it impossible! Tell me again how many produce managers have quit?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good job for a high schooler

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Westerly, RI
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Westerly, RI

    I worked at Shaw's part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very Flexible schedule
    Laid back atmosphere
    Not much to do
    Lots of socializing
    Could take smoke breaks
    Very friendly co workers

    Cons

    Lack of training
    Bossy superiors
    Ended up doing things not in my job description when I was hired
    Store closed
    Expected to work holidays like Christmas eve

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you want a second job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier/Bagger, Grocery Clerk, Bakery Clerk in Waterville, ME
    Current Employee - Cashier/Bagger, Grocery Clerk, Bakery Clerk in Waterville, ME

    I have been working at Shaw's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I like some of my coworkers
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Leadership roles were given to high school students
    No recognition of experienced staff
    Bossy Superiors
    Store Director had favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been working for Shaw's ever since I was 16. I am 21 and going to college and I have moved around into every department that you can think of. I never progressed to any leadership roles (like front end customer service, or a service desk associate - both positions that are higher up than your average grocery or front end clerk). Now, at 21 years old, kids that just start working there (17, 18 year olds) are being trained for higher management positions like that. I'm a very hard worker, so I don't know how these kids are getting a higher leadership opportunity than myself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent Company/ Could care less about employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Middletown, RI
    Former Employee - Cashier in Middletown, RI

    I worked at Shaw's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Customers were nice to talk to and deal with because I worked in a decent area.

    Cons

    Overworked. The Managers would generally get upset with their employees if they called in sick, stating many times that they can still come in or that they don't sound sick. Low wages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees more and you will get a lot more out of them and a better experience for the customer.

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

    bagger

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shaw's

    Pros

    Worked with good people. Management took their jobs seriously

    Cons

    There was very little opportunity for upwards movement.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you get a job at Shaw's, you'd better be ready to work.

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

    I have been working at Shaw's full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Shaw's gives a good amount of paid time off, they have flexible schedules and they contribute to my 401k.

    Cons

    They spend far too little on labor, making it hard for the stores to operate to their full potential. There are always full time positions opening up, mainly because people are leaving. Since the company became privately owned, every job has gotten harder. They are constantly short-staffed making it nearly impossible to reach the company's vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your store directors how to properly allocate labor. The produce department gets ten percent of sales as well as the meat department. It takes the same amount of time and effort to cut a watermelon as it does a steak with a remarkable difference in retail price between the two. The expectations are unrealistic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was very nice and I am so happy that I could work there! It was the best work in my life for that moment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Harwich Port, MA
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Harwich Port, MA

    I worked at Shaw's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work itself is easy, co-workers were all very nice and helpful! They feeded us few times and shared cakes that was very nice of them and I appreciate that a lot!

    Cons

    I had to be at work at 6 am, but that was fine. My problem was I had a bicycle that would brake every week! It rains often on Cape Cod, so you get all wet often if you ride your bike. I had to take some food with me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people more hours and do not be afraid to pay extra time! People need money! They will be satisfied when they earn more!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good stepping stone

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Shaw's part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to move up. I started as a bagger. As long as you have a brain and common sense, they will quickly train you to cashier. I spent two years as a cashier. Learn as much as you can as a bagger, you'll be more likely to get off register (i.e. chores around the store- trash, bottle returns, returns). Learned alot about customer service.

    Cons

    I was commonly by myself as a CSR to manage checkout. Most managers would leave at 4 or 5. I typically worked 4-9 or 4-10. Most of my cashiers would leave at 4 or 4:30 and I wouldn't get more in until 6. You would only get 15 minute break, even with a 6 hour shift. 7 hour shift was two 15minute increments. 8 hours was two 15minutes and a half hour.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not what it used to be

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

    I have been working at Shaw's (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, associate discount, for the most part co-workers are great people. Every company has a few that are not, but overall the workforce is hardworking and dedicated. Opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Leadership in the company is out of touch with what customer really want. No gimmick, just competitive low pricing. Prices have improved but nowhere near where they should be. Lack of work/life balance- recent Scheduling changes do are not conducive to a family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your people. New scheduling changes make no sense and do not help an already struggling morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Customer Service Representative, Bookkeeper, Service Clerk

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

    I have been working at Shaw's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good hours if the management likes you
    They understand work/school schedule
    Given a lot of responsibility
    Coworkers can be fun

    Cons

    If you have a problem management pretends you never said anything
    Underpaid for work you do
    Store director does not understand what is best for the store
    Given small amount of hours if take a day off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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