I have been working at WinCo Foods part-time (More than 3 years)
The best part about Winco is profit sharing. Take the gross income you make at Winco and tack on an extra 20% in stock per year. This private equity compounds around 8-12% annually and you are 100% vested in six years working a minimum of 1000 hours per year. Pretty good deal if you're bad at saving money!
If you show your ability to work hard, you will get great hours and opportunity for advancement.
Healthcare is $30 per month: dental, vision, medical.
Opportunity for advancement is there. I've worked all grocery related positions including checking, floor, freight, and I've supervised these areas for about 8 months. There are postings all the time to enter management and your willingness to work hard and sell yourself are the primary determinants in entering that upper middle class profession.
Sometimes your hours per week will plummet because of new hires, slow business, etc, regardless of what you put into the company. This is the biggest con.
There can be little to no communication with management. Sometimes you get a B class guy who hires C class people and ruins a store.
There are no objective operating procedures by which you must abide, but no one else is going to tell you this, even if it makes you fail! Make plans. Make deals. Beat the system.
This is relative to which part of the country you're in, but I've heard of some stores at Winco being quite terribad, e.g. many of our newish openings in Texas. Take a tour of where you're going to work at and know what you're getting into. Ask employees how they like it.
Advice to Management
Scope out your focus on store operations and be really sure before making tactical decisions. Remember overarching strategy to create the most value for our company.
Don't throw the baby out with the frying oil.
Communication is key.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at WinCo Foods (Sacramento, CA) in January 2017.
2 weeks later received a call for an interview.
Only one day available for interview.
You wait in break room for manager. As you are waiting they have a paper of about 3-4 questions for you to fill out before interview starts. They also give you a job description to read through.
Even though ad stated they are hiring two I was told they needed 3 at the interview.
Still waiting for call back by the 1/21/17.