Strack & Van Til
2.4 of 5 11 reviews
www.strackandvantil.com Highland, IN 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jan 3, 2014

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David Wilkinson

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10% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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More good then bad. Most of my co-workers are nice.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cedar Lake, IN

I have been working at Strack & Van Til part-time for less than a year

ProsSome flexibility with the scheduling, I get at least 20 hrs a week, paid time and half on some holidays. Part time stockers and cashiers can get health insurance after 2 years. Union stores. Paid breaks and they make sure their people take their breaks. The store is kept clean and it looks nice.

ConsLow pay. Have to pay union dues. Sometimes store manager can be tough to deal with. One CSM/Cashier is related to one of our managers and she can be crabby and difficult to deal with. That CSM/cashier gets away with being bossy with some of our other managers and she gets treated more favorably then the other cashiers.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company shouldn't allow its managers to have their relatives work at the same store with them. (A managers father, daughter, niece or son-in-law, etc should not be working with them at the same store.)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good

Baker (Former Employee)
Hammond, IN

I worked at Strack & Van Til part-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat company to work for

Conspromise management but never do

Advice to Senior Managementmore customer service

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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not great, not horrible

Deli Clerk (Former Employee)

I worked at Strack & Van Til part-time for less than a year

ProsCan't think of any pros, although some of the people I worked with were pretty good

ConsTerrible manager in the deli dept. If you weren't on her good side, watch out--worst shifts and aleays looking for something wrong.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Decent salary, comfortable work environment, but don't value their employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Strack & Van Til

ProsGood benefits, offers insurance to most employees, and the work environment is friendly and helpful.

ConsUpper management and corporate doesn't value their employees, also this company used to be a family based friend,y company and is now more a corporate company fixed on expanding and getting money. But not giving anymore to their employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very little regard to the individual.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Crown Point, IN

I worked at Strack & Van Til full-time for more than a year

ProsEasy work, you get hours, not terribly boring. Some managers and co workers were very helpful and knew what they were doing.

ConsThe management is very close minded to suggestions and seemingly corrupt. They're content to sweep an issue under the carpet as oppose to addressing it. Our back room was a disaster, always overstocked and never organized. An absolute pig stye. We often find items that expired years ago, and no one seemed to care. I had to call off several days for military reasons, and they are legally not allowed to penalize me for this. What do they do? Write me up and claim the company is more important than my military obligations. Also, the gossip situation is rampant. We have two managers in particular who will stand up front for a half hour at a time and whine or gossip about other employees and their personal lives. I've even had costumes point this out. I actually left the front end for a position in the back because I was so sick of the constant gossip and whining about little things instead of sucking it up and dealing with it. I could go on about many other issues, but these were the most prevalent. Also, doing the garbage was hideously gross. No one else will change a bag, just pile it on. Many of the other employees were demoralized and cared little because of these problems.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to suggestions, learn that some of us trying to make a career outside your store (military in my case) and be flexible, clean up the back room, and stop acting like a bunch of middle schoolers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Be yourself and honest

Wrapper (Current Employee)
East Chicago, IN

I have been working at Strack & Van Til part-time for more than a year

ProsYou will be hired depending on location ... east chicago , Indiana is hard up for good workers.

ConsPay is not indicative of work done. Hardly any regard or merit is given to employees rather the customer is always right even when they are wrong or come in drunk or high or want something for free so they complain and management always gives in to them.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe fare with employees who help make your profit margins attainable and be more generous with wages for work performed by your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bad experience

Baker (Former Employee)
Crown Point, IN

I worked at Strack & Van Til part-time for less than a year

ProsI got a pay check.

ConsI'd have to get my managers to pay me for hours that I worked all the time. They treat their employees like They're not even people. The stracks I worked at hire a lot of educable slow people and treated them so bad and worked them like dogs. I had a friend tell me he liked being in the bakery because the people up front are so mean to him. If anyone has a brain about themselves don't work here. The company is corrupt and only meant to bring in little people so the big people up top can live it up large.
They are not flexible! I worked back in the bakery and they had no one to take my place if I needed to take off. I missed Family get togethers, birthdays, and vacations and I always tried working with them. I asked for a week off and I ended up having to work half of our family vacation because they would not give it to me. I still live with my parents and I didn't have a car so my whole family had to cut the vacation short because of me and my 'Part Time Job' Then when one of the people I work with had to call off work for some time I was stuck with a newbie and they worked me to death plus I have several health conditions (as so did the new girl working with me) that they knew about. we worked late every night because we couldn't finish our work, we were working over 40hrs on a 'part time job' Then they decided to move me to night shift and the new girl had been working there for less than a month and I 8 months. I told them I couldn't work 9pm-3:30/5am shifts that i couldn't get home and my health probably couldn't take that. They tried getting me rides with strangers I didn't even know! I'm not getting in the car with strange people I don't know. Then my manager told me to call off all week so I did, and she kept putting me on that schedule for 3 weeks. Then she went to the store manager and told him I just didn't want to work, which is not true because I need the money I'm getting married early next year. Plus, trying to find your union rep. to help out like he's paid to do, good luck finding him. He called the day after I quit and I called him for two weeks. So he told me If I don't come into work that night he was going to fire me so I quit. So much stress has been lifted of me since then and my health has improved! The had no values of their merchandise, or how it looked or tasted. The product could be dropped on the floor or months in our freezer and we would still package it and put it out on the floor (I always chucked the bread if it fell on the floor I didn't care that's the right thing to do). The bread I baked was Months some times years expired! Everything was filthy, Pans floors and equipment. I also run my own business so I couldn't imagine running my company like they do! People need to read this, people need to know what they're buying!

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should take care of the people that are the face of your company. Listen to them, and actually be flexibly like you say when people apply and they'll return the favor. I worked so hard to gain the approval of my employer and they beat me down, all the time except one which was the only person I could talk too.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a job for teens and retirees, or for those just needing extra money, because the pay scale is LOW for a Union shop.

Cashier (Current Employee)
Saint John, IN

I have been working at Strack & Van Til

ProsInsurance, medical benefits for part time employees.

ConsThey treat employees as dispensible at any time. Union participation is required, although Utility clerks get no benefits from them.

Advice to Senior ManagementCrack down on those who don't do the job. Give recognition when a job is well done. Watch customers more than employees. Get some Security.

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Good as a second income, but not a place for career growth

Overnight Stocker (Current Employee)
Hanover Park, IL

I have been working at Strack & Van Til

ProsHours are available for those looking to work, as the overnight stocking crew is always shorthanded. The turnover rate is astounding, so if you show up on time and do your job, the job security is solid. Overnight hours allow you to still carry on your personal life during daytime hours.

ConsThe pay is minimal with little chance for increases or promotions. I was hired as a part-time employee but have been working 40 plus hours per week. They have still failed to switch my status to full-time and as such, have denied me benefits despite working there for several months at the 40 plus hours pace. Management is extremely busy and not awfully responsive toward fielding ideas on how the store could be run better. They consistently over-order supplies which makes you job harder in stocking them, despite not needing the merchandise for weeks or even months in advance. The backrooms and warehouse are in disarray because of ordering issues.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your foot soilders. The people actually stocking the shelves should have input on which products we need more of and which do not sell. Senior store management often doesn't step out of the office and pay attention to what's going on in the sales floor. Give your best employees who show up regularly and do their job well proper benefits or consider them for a pay raise.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cashier (Current Employee)
Munster, IN

I have been working at Strack & Van Til

ProsThe co-workers at the store are nice, well-reserved people. A lot of hours are given each week, and the paychecks are generous.

ConsManagement is not helpful, and they are not nice. There are not many scheduled days off, and scheduled days can be very, very long.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should listen to employees more and deal with issues with a diplomatic approach instead of interrogating. Attitudes should be nice and positive.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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