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Central Co-op Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  1. "Amazing Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unable to Share in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Unable to Share in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great Starting Pay
    Friendly Staff
    Improvement with Manager Trainings

    Cons

    Not a good parking if you drive

    Advice to Management

    Way to overcome the obstacles that were before you, much continued sucess.


  2. "Great, until it's not"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Central Co-op full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits, competitive pay, store discount. Enjoyable place to work if you don't get on the wrong person's bad side and don't move up.

    Cons

    Central Co-op is a woefully dysfunctional organization. They lack transparency, fail to properly train staff, and lack professionalism. People in management are ineffective and lack leadership skills. HR is inept at hiring, unable to retain talent, and routinely fails to handle serious workplace conflict around sexual harassment, homophobia, and racism. Departments are run on such thin labor burn out and resentment are inevitable results. Advancement is dependent on popularity and/or power plays and not actual skill or talent. Central Co-op does not walk the talk, there is nothing cooperative about this place.

    Advice to Management

    Work as hard as you ask your staff to work. Learn how to be organized and work efficiently. Communicate clearly and professionally. Stop violating the union.


  3. "Clerk"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Central Co-op full-time

    Pros

    Working for a cooperative, where people are valued over profits (in principle), opportunities to move up, some development opportunity

    Cons

    Incompetent, divisive, hostile, management; long-term employees are jaded and don't care about doing their job

    Advice to Management

    Hire directors and managers who actually value the input of others


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  5. "Good benefits, but a large amount of drama."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay is decent (union contract) and the health benefits are excellent for the size of the business / the industry.

    Cons

    Mostly incompetent management. Too much interpersonal drama. An inconsistent adherence to policies and a lack of internal recognition for going above and beyond.


  6. "Good benefits, but not worth it unless you need the insurance."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefits package.
    Good pay at lower levels.
    Quick progression through union pay scale.

    Cons

    Once you have been there for about 7 years, you can get stuck at your pay level with little chance of increase.
    Lots of management vs. employee mentality in the company.
    Little chance of recognition unless you are liked by upper management.
    Management is adverse to change.

    Advice to Management

    More focus is needed on the morale and culture of the store, which requires change on the management level, not just parties and focus groups. Management needs to be seen as accountable to its own policies before they will be able to enforce them with employees without hurting morale.