Vons Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
175 Reviews
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175 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Can help develop time management and customer service skills (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule (depending on store manager) (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • You MUST pay your union dues or else get fired (in 12 reviews)

  • Cheat the law by hiring you part-time and working you full time most of the time (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Co-workers work hard, but everyone is underpaid.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vons part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co workers are great! I like the atmosphere in most of the stores. Benefits are horrible, very expensive, and no 401K match, what you put in is what you get. You can move up if you prove yourself, but raises, even for exceptional workers, are woefully small and demeaning.

    Cons

    There is never enough time and/ or money to have enough staff to cover all the tasks that get done. This causes poor customer service because everyone is too busy. Lots of Lots of double checks and checklists, it seems you are not trusted to think and get your job done without being checked on and verified. Not a lot of trust from upper upper management. Everyone is nervous about what the upcoming merger with Albertsons will bring. Some auxiliary divisions have already been axed, who is next?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hired good people, now get out of the way and let them do their job without looking over their shoulder and micromanaging them all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Vons part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing. Too amazing. Way too amazing.

    Cons

    Amazing, Just Simply Amazing. Great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being amazing. Please keep being amazing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    My only experience with huge grocery stores as an employee.

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    Former Employee - Cake Decorator  in  Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Cake Decorator in Escondido, CA

    I worked at Vons full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The medical benefits, although, available only through Union membership, are enticing because they're cheap. Vons contributes a lot.

    Cons

    Working at Vons caused me to use the medical benefits more than I think I would have: stress, repetitive motion, constant standing and lifting 50 pounds at time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compassion

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

    Like a family

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    Former Employee - Jamba Juice Clerk  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Jamba Juice Clerk in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vons part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Loved working with the people. If I had a problem I simply talked to my manager and they did everything they could to help me out.

    Cons

    i didnt stay as long as i wanted to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier

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

    I worked at Vons part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is very easy to get promoted in your store. If you work at a busy location, shifts go by incredibly fast due to the amount of work there is to do. You can get overtime after 9 hours. You are guaranteed 16 hours a week minimum.

    Cons

    Management does NOT care and WILL overwork you for little pay. Customers are almost as rude as careless management. You are forced to join a union and pay monthly dues. My boss literally did not let you call in sick, fired you if you did. Schedules are very inconsistent, not a good job if you are a student because they will schedule you when they want to regardless of your availability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee's needs... be more empathetic. Why have a "request box" policy if you are going to schedule employees the days they need off anyway?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Positive team to work with.

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    Former Employee - Deli Clerk  in  Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Vista, CA

    I worked at Vons part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is difficult for me to say anything good about this company right now because I really needed the unemployment benefits to help me continue with succeeding with basic living expences. When I was working with VONS I feel that this company would not turn there back on me; they had opportunities to move up in the company.

    Cons

    While taking steps to move up in the company; they would change there minds & give the position to someone older. I am not joking the store that I got transferred to would do this too any employee my age. I got over worked and left with all the responsibilities just during rush hours while someone who they desided needed more help financially left the department. It was not humanly possible to run a deli of 100 customers alone. Yet I did it time and time again. CONFLICT OF INTEREST

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unemployment Benefits are a nessity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Been working there for 8 years

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vons part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay once you max out, which took me 5 1/2 years woking as many hours as I was allowed.

    Cons

    Even though they state it's a flexible job and they will work with your requests for time off, some managers will and some won't. That is unacceptable to me because I do have a life beyond Vons, also discouraging after working there for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making your employees happy will in turn equip them with the best tools to perform their job. A miserable/sleep deprived employee is hardly a smiling, good customer service giving one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Seems like staff members that have worked for Vons for a while are miserable. Not the sharpest blades on the mower blade

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    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Vons part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Goof short term job-if you're able to handle the stress.

    Cons

    Very low compensation. Poor leadership. Too much drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice would not help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard times and weird people

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    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Vons part-time

    Pros

    Good people, with easy to understand directions and easy ways to set yourself apart given employment pool

    Cons

    Iffy pay. Union is super annoying and took more money out of my paycheck than they were ever worth, especially since I was part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work, if you put in the effort

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    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Vons full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun people to work with, consistent procedures for scheduling, good management, numerous opportunities to advance when you work for it.

    Cons

    Always working holidays and weekends, no overtime (never)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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