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WinCo Foods Overview

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Boise, ID
10000+ employees
2004
Company - Private
Retail
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Unknown
WinCo Foods isn't just big on self-service -- it's giant. Inside the immense stores (average size is 92,000 sq. ft.) of this mostly employee-owned supermarket chain, customers shop for food in bulk and bag their own groceries. The ... Read more

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WinCo Foods President, CEO, and Director Steven Goddard
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  • "Solid Retailer"

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    Current Employee - Clerk in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Clerk in Salem, OR
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WinCo Foods part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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WinCo Foods Interviews

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    Overnight Stocker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at WinCo Foods (Sacramento, CA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online.
    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.

    Interview Questions

    • On paper:
      What would you do if you saw someone taking some donuts?
      What would you do if you were told to talk back some ice cream but ran into a customer?
      This one they give you choices or you can write it in.
      one more about safety or customer service.

      Interview questions
      What's you experience with stocking? Have you used a pallet jack, forklift or box cutter?
      She asked about what you wrote on paper on why. From what I got they are focused on customer service, help the customer first then do you tasks.

      What would you do if you weren't getting the task done at Winco ? Basically what would you do improve and how.

      What do you see some of your challenges with the position?
      Name a challenge and how would you overcome.

      What would you do if the aisles are blocked because of power equipment what would you do if a customer wanted a case of water?
      Be customer and safety focused.

      Your availability about shift.
      You have to be open from 9pm-9am. They go by trucks schedule so you may start midnight or 9pm. Everything is already paletized so, there are only two people unloading the truck, everyone else stocks.

      What do you know about the position and Winco?
      I gave a couple facts about the company, the meaning of Winco, what states they do business in exct.. Just go to Wincos front page of about them on this website or their own.

      Interview was with one manager. From what I read on here people have had two.

      Overall a pretty easy interview I will update when I receive a nay or yay.  
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WinCo Foods Awards & Accolades

  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • Employee Ownership 100 (#9), National Center for Employee Ownership, 2009
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