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C&S Wholesale Grocers Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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Pros
  • The pay is decent and paid training (in 15 reviews)

  • Coming into C&S as a selector you have the potential to make big money (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of stress and not a lot of work life balance (in 41 reviews)

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

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  1. "Not the worst place in the world."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Incentive Selector in Westfield, MA
    Current Employee - Incentive Selector in Westfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highest pay in the area for selecting cases.
    Usually 4 day work week.
    Day shift.

    Cons

    Lately we've been doin 13 to 14 hours vs our usual 10.
    An extra day scheduled almost every week for the last 6 months.
    They like to slide extra days in at the last minute.
    Don't care about their good employees.
    Pushing safety so hard it's choking production.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your veteran employees are suggesting for solutions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "VP"

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

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Given the free rain and opportunity to run a multimillion $ budget as desired, although responsible and accountable for preformance and results.

    Cons

    Privately held company which pulls benefits and bonuses at a whim if a large customer is lost or a forecasted loss is predicted, regardless of departmental goals.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employees who make this company successful.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Time somewhat well spent"

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

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    After you pay your dues, the money starts to come in. That could be seen as a con as well however. Good place to get your feet wet and then move on.

    Cons

    The finger-pointing and blame game is ridiculous at this company.....The HR department is completely useless, the direction of the new HR department was both confusing and wasteful. There is no work-life balance at all at this company, for years I've seen people feeling bad leaving early at the facilities I've worked in. The warehouse leadership teams are a joke and most of the guys in those positions have those positions simply because they stayed around and took the bs, then they just so happened to fall into their positions. I am convinced most of the warehouse leadership that came up through C&S could never work at another company. Supervisors are beaten and weathered, the turnover is unreal. From a supporting services standpoint, they treat their people like crap and it will be the companies downfall.

    There really is no continuing education or support for professional certifications, many times the leaders above me were incompetent and had nothing to offer as far as training and career advancement went. There is no structure at all for that.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the number of VP's and department heads and pay your lower people more money. The turnover rate in this company will never be solved until C&S becomes a destination employer, that will never happen. I'd say focus on the robots and call it a day. It's a wrap when minimum wage goes up.

    Pay what people are worth, stop making folks get outside job offers with higher compensation, then countering with higher salary. I've seen so many talented people leave for much better positions over the last 11 years, truly sad


  4. "Make the most money in Jacksonville"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coming into C&S as a selector you have the potential to make big money. With the new programs that are in place you can be making $20+/hr.
    Also within C&S you have the opportunities to build a strong career.

    Cons

    Hard Work=Great Rewards
    Florida is HOT!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Always encourage and guide your team members to strive for more


  5. "Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time

    Pros

    Great people. I love my co-workers and bosses. We have a good time.

    Cons

    Too many hours sitting and not moving around.


  6. "Good pay. Hard work."

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    Current Employee - Order Selector in North Hatfield, MA
    Current Employee - Order Selector in North Hatfield, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good pay. They are not afraid of letting you work overtime there is more and more until the daily order are done.

    Cons

    You are dispensable. Have to keep high selecting performance in order to make the work worth... zzz zzzz zzz zzz

    Advice to Management

    Get supervisor that are willing to work harder. Not just sit around and walk around.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Political Bias in my Department"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Accountant in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mr. Cohen, the owner of C&S transformed the company from one warehouse in Brattleboro, VT to the largest wholesale grocer in the United States, props. C&S has a free company doctor and an excellent cafeteria.

    Cons

    The manager of my department was a BIG supporter of the Democratic party. Negative opinions of the Democratic party negatively change your performance reviews. Some in the department promote political discussions, taking the Democratic side, to gain favor. For conservatives, 50% of the population, this creates a toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Human Resources should remind managers to be POLITICALLY NEUTRAL during work hours and focus on corporate goals.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No Work Life Balance and Poor Communication From The Executive Team"

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    Former Employee - Executive in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Executive in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hard-working co-workers, an established and smart CEO, and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    As many others have already stated, the work-life balance is one of the biggest issues at C&S. Coupled with that, this is a company where you will work longer hours and get paid less compared to other companies with the same positions. The majority of upper management has been in place for quite some time and although change is a focus for some, it does not happen quick enough as I have seen many hard-working and great professionals leave this company and I anticipate this will continue to happen. Another area to point out for anyone looking to join this company is that communication is extremely poor. A large portion of the news is heard by 'word of mouth' and not from the top down like it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to your people. Listen to all of your co-workers and not just as certain levels. Do not hide information that should be known to your employees.


  10. "Truck driver"

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    Current Employee - Class A Truck Driver in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Class A Truck Driver in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay flexable hours new equipment

    Cons

    Far from my home . Gas is expensive.


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