The Real Food Company

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The Real Food Company Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun, flexible company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Real Food Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most everyone is friendly, it's flexible and generally all the staff are understanding and accommodating when scheduling hours. It's casual so you can dress how you want and it's in a great part of the city. Employees also get a discount on anything you buy.

    Cons

    It's really cold because all the open coolers, which can make it very uncomfortable. You get a 30 minute lunch break and it's not paid. You only get 10 paid vacation days, which isn't a lot considering the company is open year round (so you never get a break like normal companies that would close on Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, etc). As a female I always feel a bit uncomfortable sharing a unisex bathroom with all the men who work there, and the bathroom is in a main part of the office, where you can hear everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'd be great to have a men's bathroom and a women's bathroom designated instead of sharing. It'd also make it much more pleasant if it could be warmer - customers always comment how they can't wait to get out into the heat and that it's freezing inside the store. The music that is played somehow ends up being reggae or heavy rock music, which isn't conducive to customers wanting to linger and walk around. It's very aggressive sounding and really puts you on edge. I know a lot of people have complained to me about it but I don't know who is responsible for playing the music.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Horrible training. Unorganized hiring process.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receiving Associate in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Receiving Associate in Kent, WA

    I worked at The Real Food Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its a growing company with lots of potential to move within the company. In a central location in kent washington.

    Cons

    Its 36-48 degrees inside. The hiring process was confuaing and way too many people involved. Training was absolutely poor. In a warehouse job usually you get a day of training and they put you iut immediately to do things on your own. I was told i was training with someone and he immediately passed me off to another employee after 15 min. After four days I still had not done anything but follow my trainer around for 8 hours a day in the cold while she complained about her personal problems. She should not be training other people either. Just watching her was chaotic and a waste of time when things could be done more productively.
    Not to mention they had me training ON A DIFFERENT SHIFT than one I would be working on. The morning people admitted to having no clue what the night people do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meeting the recruiter from Portland is pointless. He just directs us to a supervisor anyway.
    Designate trainers. Train them on their shift. Dont spend a week training. Its a simple common sense job. Its a waste of time and annoying to be in the way constantly because they have no tasks.
    Update scanners! Please! It takes precious time away constantly replacing batteties and having to pull a big chunky scanner out constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't work here if you expect to grow or feel like you are appreciated as an employee or a human being.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Real Food Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by healthy food and body care.

    Cons

    Constantly Changing, not treated with respect by the CEO, a small company trying to act like a huge corporation, clearly there isn't any consideration of how changes will affect the employees, even ones that have been here for 15+ years. NO LOYALTY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your loyalty to your employees, don't just offer lame benefits that end up screwing over the employee, let them feel there voice is heard, don't keep throwing away things that people have worked so hard to make successful. Practices your own preachings, like all the training you had us do. Allow employees from within to grow. Stop trying to change everything. Allow the good things that are working get better. Stop being a liar, manipulative, and condescending CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Out of Touch

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Real Food Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were legit.
    Was able to eat koz of culls.
    Made fun of customers with coworkers on the floor

    Cons

    Favoritism, racial discrimination, low pay, and poor scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your friends who were fired from competiting companies.
    Stop doing friends favors by making poor investment choices.
    Stop firing dedicated employees because of poor decisions.
    It's a close-knit store, watch your mouth when you talk about employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Unjust and unethical company

    Former Employee - Cashier in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Real Food Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes you can find some descent expired food in the culls. This is a plus since they really don't pay you enough to buy groceries.

    Cons

    Pay starts at $11/hr. Raises are few and far between. The management hires based on who they like not on experience. Discrimination is to be expected for any reason unless you fill some sort of minority quota. However, the upper management will find a reason to fire any one who's been there for near six months. This is to save the company money by allowing them to ultimately never give raises. They will also fire a well qualified employee to replace him with a personal friend. Do not expect to be rewarded for anything, in fact, assume that if you do something well you will be written up or reprimanded. Employee of the month awards are even subject to interception despite the fact that this is awarded based off of a vote. The company is basically run like a totalitarian regime. And if you thought they were a wholesome local business you will be disappointed to learn that they've opened a location in LA. That store is losing the company a lot of money. Their solution? Fire more employees as opposed to closing the failing store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a heart. These are real life human beings whose lives you are virtually tearing apart for your own monetary gain. Learn how to run a business. Take a class on the ethical treatment of others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Small Business With Corporate Mentality

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Real Food Company

    Pros

    most of the employees are friendly
    adequate flexibility requesting time away or off

    Cons

    despite the fact that they only own two stores, they try to act as a large corporate entity. Pay is close to minimum wage, and much of the customer base are spoiled yuppies who treat you like dirt and whine over every little thing. Over time, workers have had more and more rights taken away. There is a high turnover rate from employee dissatisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees more humanely

    Doesn't Recommend

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