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Central Co-op Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. "Great coworkers but overall soul-destroying"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Central Co-op full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers really really awesome, including vast majority of leads
    Discount on everything in store
    Free culls
    Health/dental/vision with low copay
    PTO
    401k with matching
    Entry level employees given more autonomy than elsewhere
    Solid feedback/communications about some things
    Union
    Covered bike rack

    Cons

    Managers not great. Childish and fickle; absent when needed most
    Too much weird behind-the-scenes maneuvering and sneaky stuff, especially among executives
    Pay doesn't match cost of living; no regular ascension of pay scale
    No annual review
    Lack of organization
    Understaffed
    Customers more and more demanding and dissatisfied as neighborhood grows and store becomes crowded/picked over/changes to "compete"
    Sick leave/vacation combined into general PTO
    Not a lot of opportunity to branch out and learn
    Not much communication between departments
    No variety in tasks
    Lacking precautions for workplace safety

    Advice to Management

    Choose your middle management wisely. That's where things seem to have gone wrong at certain points and in certain departments. Keep communication open between departments and also between the board and customers/members. Value the peons. Adjust pay according to the steep cost of living anywhere between Everett and Tacoma


  2. "Don't Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Central Co-op full-time

    Pros

    15/hr and the benefits were great.

    Cons

    They say they are a Co-Op and concerned with community, but that is just a front for them to cover up their corporate greed. I found the higher administration would say one thing, but do another. I felt like I wasn't heard or valued. I worked long hours and picked up shifts just to be cast to the side when they were done with me. Dan Arnett's vision is to have Central Co-Op be a chain Co-Op. But anything that grows too big and corporate loses its connection with its community. Its not a Co-Op. It just pretends to be.

    Advice to Management

    Have integrity with your words and actions.

  3. "Abusive work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Golden Handcuffs (makes you want to stay):

    High pay
    Insurance (if you're in the union)
    Pto (if you're in the union)
    Health-care insurance (if you're in the union)
    Culls

    Cons

    Consistently short-staffed.
    No upper management accountability
    Psychologically damaging
    Physically exhausting
    Ran by people who shouldn't be in their postions.
    Instacart
    Lack of development
    Employee burn out
    Fear mongering

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers at 1600 as well. Hold salaried manage accountable for their actions, training, development, and whereabouts.


  4. "Great co-workers, dismissive management."

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    Current Employee - Cook in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Cook in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Central Co-op full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good co-workers and it's pro-union. The pay scale is more than fair and the work is reasonable. Discounts on groceries and culled product are a great help.

    Cons

    Clientele can be difficult, management doesn't seem to respect subordinates' work and, though they are usually pretty good at selecting staff, the hiring process often takes too long and departments are often understaffed.


  5. "Great, until it's not"

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    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.


  6. "Clerk"

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    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


  7. "Amazing Experience"

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    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.

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

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    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.


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

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    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.