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C&S Wholesale Grocers Keene Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Keene, NH

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Pros
  • The pay is decent and paid training (in 15 reviews)

  • If you want to work hard and make good money c&s is the place to be (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of stress and not a lot of work life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • Long hours, not enough one on one attention (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "job opportunity review"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Keene, NH
    Current Intern - Intern in Keene, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities for this

    Cons

    nothing bad to say about this


  2. "Some smart, talented people, but lacking culture and direction"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some truly excellent managers there; the analytical and industry experience you gain is invaluable; the opportunity is endless if you're around the right people; senior management is approachable and friendly

    Cons

    Inflexible vacation policy; middle management lacks training and skills; most employees hate their job

    Advice to Management

    The company lacks any understanding of a modern workplace and remains, despite feedback, inflexible. Though much of senior management is truly brilliant and fantastic, it is sad that many employees assume they do not care. Simple improvements in culture and benefits as well as clearer, positive communication from the exec team would be welcomed.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Awful culture - Former manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people:
    My employees and coworkers (Manager and below) were pretty fantastic. I have met some wonderful people.

    Cons

    The owner/CEO doesn't value his employees and it shows..
    -salaried employees are expected to work 45+ hours per (SVP level conveyed this to me).
    - Raises are offensively small; almost would be better not to give them
    - culture is to push those under you as hard as you possibly can
    - HIGH turnover
    - Health benefits are almost prohibitively expensive
    - Salary is below average even in the area

    One of the main reasons I left:
    After losing a large customer Rick Cohen decided to make his employees pay for the 30m write off. He came to the site and asked his poorly paid employees to "Invest with him and upper management in the company (all of whom got bonuses)".. to make that investment he cancelled raises, and dropped the 401k match, referring to it as a nice to have. during the same meeting, he reviewed company financials that illustrated hundreds of Millions of dollars in profit. In the months following drastic cuts to employees benefits and compensation, the Company/CEO purchased not 1 but 3 competitors/companies (I understand this is for growth but the optics are terrible).

    This company and its leadership will use. They do not care and don't even try to hide it.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees.
    Rick - You are supposed to sacrifice for your employees; NOT the other way around.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Ridiculous and discriminatory compensation practices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively stable company, almost free health clinic for Keene/Brattleboro employees and their families, free flu shots and health screening every year.

    Cons

    Hire outsiders for Sr. Management rather than promote from within; High turnover at all levels; UNFAIR pay for work even based on their pay scales; Put a cap on how much of a pay increase they will ALLOW an employee to have even when moving into a higher pay grade position; Pay new college recruits more than long-time employees; Benefits continue to get worse while employee costs go up; No 401K match; No raises (even for cost of living adjustments) for employees while Directors and above still received their bonuses; Do not replace most positions when someone quite, they just give the work to others on the team with no promotion or pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fairly, pay them a fair wage for the work they're doing.

    Stop hiring foreigners for Sr. Management positions. Promote the American, long-term employees who actually understand your business.

    Stop crying poverty and financial hardship while spending hundreds of thousands on charity projects (like building a playground) when your employees are having a hard time paying heating bills and their ever increasing health care costs which you continue to slash to save yourself money.

    Don't discriminate between your offices. Corporate drive employees were given new chairs, plants, the bull pen was painted, etc., etc. while the other offices had NO upgrades/improvements. I won't go into the conditions in the warehouse offices...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad company culture"

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    Former Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good for the Keene, NH area, fairly good size company, beautiful town

    Cons

    Cut throat culture, long and grueling hours, weekends required, no work life balance, horrible job training, no support from management

    Advice to Management

    Good people and talent are lost to how the employees are treated


  6. "Very Good Summer Intern Program"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Intern in Keene, NH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning
    Time Management
    Working like a full time employee

    Cons

    There is no Cons as per my experience as my experience was short term


  7. "Decent Workplace Mediocre benifits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues were great. Family atmosphere

    Cons

    No Work life balance, very few paid holidays, Unclear growth path

  8. "Work hard but watch your back"

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    Former Employee - Administrative IV in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Administrative IV in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Co workers
    Always busy
    Offered unlimited overtime
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Managers tough
    Some managers take advantage of employees needing to work by not offering room for development, promotion, advancement but demanding unrealistic goals with no raises, little time off, working employees into the ground

    Advice to Management

    They should set realistic expectations, work hard to offer some additional raises if they hit higher tier of performance & invest in their employees future by spending time with them to collaborate the development of excellence
    This will bring in a stronger bottom line of loyalty and will up their profit margin s beyond what they realize is possible


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accounting Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Keene, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time

    Pros

    Constantly growing and changing - Never a dull moment there
    Plenty of face time with the higher levels of the organization
    Plenty of people to bounce ideas off of

    Cons

    Constant growth and change doesn't provide a break for people to relax and recover
    The pace of the organization can be a grind

    Advice to Management

    Open up the hood a bit more and let people understand the business model. The more people know, the better the workforce is to help assist


  10. "Would not recommend to my friends"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Operations Analyst in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Help Desk Operations Analyst in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, on-site cafeteria with quality food. Opportunities for overtime exist on occasion. Lots of experience with many different technologies.

    Cons

    Not a friendly place to work, horrible training, computer technology is extremely outdated. Everyone is miserable and not particularly pleasant to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Work load is not evenly distributed among day/night employees. Training materials are almost nonexistent. Night manager out of touch with day time work


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