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"Not the best career choice"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Petco full-time (More than a year)

Pros

1. Bring your pets to office (if you have any).
2. Yearly bonus.
3. Good offer signing bonus.
4. Good relocation benefits.
5. Looks good on your resume/CV.

Cons

This company practices (or at least tries) some of the absurd processes and policies in IT. They don't realize that it is not a Software product company but a Retailer. They tend to spend too much on smaller projects which are destined to fail, and then fire employees in the name of cost cutting and to increase profitability. Too much top heavy with Directors, VPs, SVPs and no real Managers present to manage the teams, set expectations and build project roadmaps. Average salary for a location like San Diego. The on-boarding process for new employees is laughable. You will be Micro managed by random people (not your boss or your boss's boss) to such an extent that you may have to prepare your Weekly/Daily/Hourly work roster and present it to them, for no apparent reason, but just because they can ask you to do so. Too much confusion all over the organization and a good amount of time is wasted in figuring out who is supposed to do what and how. Out of bounds finger pointing and favoritism I have ever seen in my career. Everyone wants to know and approve everything and there are just too many meetings on a regular work week, and more than 90% of the meetings yield 0% valuable outcome. Unusually excessive outsourcing, and the outsourcing partners are obligated to perform just the bare minimum which often times is not enough. The company is growing rapidly but people are struggling hard to keep up with the pace. Overall an extremely stressful environment to work in.

Other General Cons are:
1. No real cafeteria. Only vending machines with frozen burgers.
2. Old and dated office buildings.
3. No scope of internal trainings and personal development.
4. Not very great medical benefits.
5. Only 4 vacation days on your first year.

Advice to Management

Revisit the outlook of the company and realize major changes that needs to be done.

Other Employee Reviews for Petco

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Has potential if the upper management would take advice from the people on the front lines"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Lithonia, GA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Lithonia, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Petco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, good co-workers. Plenty of opportunities to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Upper management relies on their "team of experts" to make decisions regarding the animals in the store. They are not willing to listen to the people who know what they are doing and interact with the customers and the animals on a regular basis.


  2. "If you want to be micromanaged to death, this is the job for you."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Petco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with animals. Interacting with customers and their pets on a daily basis. Helping local rescue groups with adoption fairs.

    Cons

    The rigid procedures involved in the animal departments are exhausting and set you up to fail. full-time employees are regularly scheduled for only 35 hours at most, never 40 and definitely no overtime allowed. Mandatory nights and weekends are also a downer.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up a little on the rigid procedures and allow employees to enjoy their jobs.

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