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C&S Wholesale Grocers Reviews

Updated November 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "The pay is decent and paid training" (in 18 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "This leads to a work-life balance challenge" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Employees are made to work long hours because managers are too greeted to hire enough people to get the job done correctly" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Hard work with good benefits and good pay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Baldwin, FL
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Baldwin, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make excellent money, tight community with your coworkers, you never have to worry about conflict with anyone. Most of all everyone is extremely helpful and cares about your success

    Cons

    Physically demanding, you work over night, the hour can range from short to long, and you don't leave until the work is finished,


  2. "Good Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Policies and Good People

    Cons

    Too much work per person

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Some Pros, Many Cons"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Keene, NH
    Current Employee - Analyst in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice/Caring culture
    - Very open/welcoming senior leadership - almost always make themselves available
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Location (Keene, NH)
    - Cheap (not much room in the budget for training, education, constantly avoiding any additional expenses)
    - Unmotivated work environment/culture of complacency
    - Territorial/Knowledge-Hoarding
    - Dying industry
    - Most (but certainly not all) leadership is strong, but promotional opportunities are slow, favor men, and those at entry level are under-paid and avoid change.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Selector, Loader, Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Westfield, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Westfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The money can be alluring for younger folk who either did not attend college or who are attending. They can kind of be flexible with part time schedules though its hit or miss on the shift's needs.

    Cons

    Mandatory Overtime is terrible, the engineering labor standard is rigged. Safety is a joke both in how they approach it and how they handle expected occupational hazards. The incentive fast paced environment is a direct conflict of interest to their expectaion of safety.

    As a supervisor your life is C&S. You are expected to never call out, never use personal time, vacations are on their terms. This place, and other facilities burn through management, you'd think they'd take a hint.

    The technology that tracks warehouse inventory is literally 30+ years old, and there is no manual. They old salty supervisors that have acquired how to read, interpret and use said program guard that information and will not teach you how to do anything.

    I realize its cliche to say their exists a void, a disconnect between corporate and warehouse management but in this case its all too real, especially after being employed at their competitor for the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and less at nickle and diming everyone and everything.


  5. "Senior Director of Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time

    Pros

    Pays well, local operational management, very structured

    Cons

    Corporate Enviornmental and politics, number of weekly meeting/ Conferance /reporting very high.

    Advice to Management

    High


  6. "OK place to get a paycheck"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dispatcher
    Former Employee - Dispatcher

    I worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers full-time

    Pros

    You get a paycheck and health insurance. Job tasks are the same so you know what to expect.

    Cons

    Long twelve hour shifts that made it difficult to have a social life


  7. "Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can Honestly Say None Really.

    Cons

    Outdated Equipment; Poor Facility; Will Not Invest in Their Employees

    Advice to Management

    Get new management

  8. "Associate Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, strong business outlook

    Cons

    Pay, benefits, growth opportunities, middle management

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a chance to grow


  9. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely great people within a large organization that manages to maintain a family, small business-type atmosphere. Despite the many acquisitions, leadership makes a tremendous effort to create and maintain jobs which comes from the owner.

    Cons

    Keeping a large workforce probably has the downside of not being progressive with compensation. There is a lot of management and leadership for a limited number of front-line workers. This leads to a work-life balance challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the positive values listed above, but look to see how you can further invest in your workforce by increasing wages or hiring more workers. Create a more robust career development path. Look to consolidate some management and delegate decision making to lower levels of the organization to improve responsiveness.


  10. "Regional manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the company has a wide footprint and opportunity for growth if you are part of the "boys club"

    Cons

    weak management and lack of empathy for employees


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