- Current Employee★★★★★
Job opportunities at WalMeijerNov 20, 2008 - Night Store ManagerRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Opportunities for less-educated employees. A cleaner environment than most of it's competitors. Until 2003, there was much more opportunity for advancement and wage increases and bonuses were much better. Watch for a merger or buyout that will result more opportunities and a generally more positive work environment. I sincerely wish I could be more positive. It used to be a wonderful company, but when people feel insecure in their job, the tension can be overwhelming.
Meijer was the pioneer of "Big Box" retailing, and continued that tradition of innovation until about 2002. But due to constant "restructuring" since then and a non-innovative, simplistic focus on "price" at the expense of "service", an employee's ability and performance have not been the main factors in gaining promotions or even retaining employment at Meijer. There is a serious problem with the competency of store and district level management due to a concerted effort to "dumb-down" management positions, especially at the store level by taking advantage of IT systems to transfer control to the corporate level: Move the product to the store, get it on the shelf and price it. Because they no longer have the personnel, customer service is a shell of what it once was, store cleanliness has suffered and well-conditioned shelves and creative merchandising is no more. Also, Meijer is a private stock company and is not obligated to reveal it's financial status. There have been store closings and job cuts since strong competition from WalMart, Cosco and Target began in earnest about 2002. Because Meijer is not a publicly traded company, they have had to make creative partnership arrangements to finance growth, which has resulted in much slower than their competitors. The profit center for Meijer is it's supermarket and pharmacy, where it competes well, but the General Merchandise side is in serious trouble. The vast majority of management cuts have been in the GM area: At the beginning of the decade, there was a manager for each department, at least six line managers (Service, Two Night Store Managers, GM, Supermarket and Hardlines) but by 2007 that number has been reduced to four lines managers (Supermarket , one Night Store Manager, Service and GM) and one "department" manager each to cover Hardlines, Fashion, Video/Electronics and Night Stocking in GM, plus Produce, Prepared Foods and Grocery and HBC, in the Supermarket area. Meijer made what could be a fatal decision in 2002 to price-compete with WalMart rather than service the niche (between Kroger & Target on one end and WalMart on the other) that they had. That niche preferred the cleanliness and well-stocked and conditioned character of Meijer stores as well as access to managers and clerks in each department but now, the cost-cutting is beginning to show and they might as well rename the company "WalMeijer".Continue reading
Other Employee Reviews
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
My meijer reviewMar 27, 2023 - 3rd Shift Stocker in Jackson, MIRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Good environment and easy workload
3rd shift isn’t for everyone and it was further awayContinue reading
- Former Employee★★★★★
Really great for what I needed at the time as an entry level team member, overbearing for most.Mar 24, 2023 - IT Support TechnicianRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Working 3rd shift, I was able to listen to my headphones and learn while I worked. And I was able to keep to myself for the most part. Got along great with my boss. While it was very physically demanding, I lost a lot of weight and improved my health as a result. They worked well with me when I needed a surgery to give me the time I needed. While it was tough, I think of it as a great period of self improvement overall.
Not many people want to work 3rd shift, so it is very understaffed and the physical work load ends up being way more taxing than should be expected of an individual to have to unload and break down an entire departments worth of product every night by yourself. But that isn't really a problem that the company can control. This was for the produce department at my particular store, which gets the biggest truck load every night. Raises are every 1000 hours you work and you are more likely to make more money getting hired in as a new employee than you are staying there and working the hours needed to get a 25-35 raise. I made more money as a new hire than some people who were great employees did, who had been there for over 7 years. It's hard to want to stay working at a company for more than a few years, when you realize people getting hired in after you who are terrible at their job and less experienced are likely getting paid more than you. At least as an hourly.Continue reading