Compare Ross Stores vs Grocery Outlet BETA

See how Grocery Outlet vs. Ross Stores compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.

Employee Ratings

Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.2
(based on 4620 reviews)
3.3
(based on 259 reviews)
Career Opportunities
3.2
3.1
Compensation & Benefits
3.0
2.6
Work-life balance
3.1
3.6
Senior Management
2.9
3.2
Culture & Values
3.0
3.5
CEO Approval
Ross Stores Ceo Barbara Rentler
65%Barbara Rentler
Grocery Outlet Ceo Eric Lindberg/ MacGregor Read
89%Eric Lindberg/ MacGregor Read
% Recommend to a friend
55%
61%
Positive Business Outlook
50%
56%

Salaries

Salaries for similar jobs
Store Manager410 Salaries
$66,691/yr
Sales Associate301 Salaries
$9/hr
Area Supervisor290 Salaries
$13/hr
Cashier23 Salaries
$10/hr
Sales Associate/Cashier4 Salaries
$11/hr
Department Manager9 Salaries
$13/hr

What Employees Say

Pros
"Employee discount"(in 280 reviews)
"20 discount"(in 234 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 13 reviews)
"Great place"(in 9 reviews)
Cons
"Part time"(in 209 reviews)
"Minimum wage"(in 177 reviews)
"No benefits"(in 20 reviews)
"Minimum wage"(in 11 reviews)
Featured Review

Current Employee - Associate Analyst

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

Pros

Coming from a retail background, having a corporate job means having more balance between life & work. Everyone is very professional and they all want you to succeed in your role. Training... doesn't stop in just a couple of weeks, they continue to train you and you continue to learn even after your 90 days. Gym access on campus is also a wonderful addition, you literally will not have an excuse to skip the gym after work. The Ross Cafe is also very convenient & Ross employees get 15% off. Employee discounts during double discount days is an amazing thing. Lastly, the room for growth and career progression is absolutely up to you and how far you want to go. If you explain that to your manager, she will help you get there.

Cons

Nothing so far! I pretty much enjoy working here, I'm constantly being challenged and work is never stagnant, you're always being pushed to your fullest potential and if you don't like that, then... this place isn't for you.

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Is it cheesy if I say everything? Truly though, from my very first interaction - with who I can only describe as the most diligent, personable, and real recruiter I've ever met - through my very... enjoyable and expedited interview process with my amazing team, Grocery Outlet continues to amaze! Everyone you encounter is so welcoming and genuinely happy to meet you. It's clear from day one that overall, the company has very low ego; we're all interested in collective success and operate with the "one team, one dream" mindset. In my first few weeks, I kept thinking that the other shoe HAS to drop, but it hasn't, and I still find myself experiencing surprise and delight regularly. The office is very surprising and not what I expected when I came onsite for my interviews. Open-concept, modern looking with a gym, private showers, multiple places for meetings (private and open) and tons and tons of buyer samples (yum!) I think there are only one or two offices in the whole building, and they are designated for confidential functions only. It's like, "Executives: They're Just Like Us!" (CEO and Vice Chairman sit in the open-concept, too). It's great! There is a healthy mix of tenure that is a constant reminder that the company is invested in hiring and retaining the right people and propelling them to grow successful careers here. There are so many examples of working from the ground up, and having experience in several different areas of the business, creating new roles for teams to fill needs and expand reach - very encouraging! This doesn't mean that we hire based on talent alone - everyone shares the same level of scrutiny around finding the right cultural fit, and it shows! I am also loving how humble the culture is and how the structure is relatively flat. The level of bureaucracy and political red tape I experienced at my previous companies (large corporate retailers) was often a source of extreme stress and very low job satisfaction. From leaders stifling creativity and acting as blockers, to creating a CYA culture of fear of taking accountability. At GO, this isn't the case - I am regularly reminded of this based on the amount of runway I was given immediately, how mistakes are not treated like the end of the world, how quickly decisions are made, how much trust leaders have in their people, and how collaborative everyone is, even at the executive level. All in all, I am so glad that I didn't allow Grocery Outlet to become a missed connection in my job search. I thought I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to be, but I was so, so wrong. I am now at a fabulous company full of amazing and hard-working people, and in a new role that is mine to shape and build out and grow. It's the best decision I've made in a long, long time! This is truly a hidden gem of a company and a real diamond in the rough!

Cons

The company has operated like a small company for a long time and sometimes documentation and structure around processes isn't the best and you have to learn from one or more people to get the full... picture. Also, when you have a job that has touch-points with multiple departments and functions, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out who does what, etc. Fortunately, everyone is super open and willing to help, so you aren't ever stuck!

Advice to Management

Make sure that cultural fit is always at the top of the list when bringing in new employees to preserve that Grocery Outlet secret sauce. We are growing very quickly and it would be all too easy to... fall into a pattern of "get butts in seats" so that work can be done, but that's a practice that becomes a culture-killer.

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