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"The merger with BILO was a foolish mistake."

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Current Employee - Assistant Produce Manager in Jacksonville, FL
Current Employee - Assistant Produce Manager in Jacksonville, FL
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Winn-Dixie full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Fast-paced work atmosphere and consistency. Managers and fellow employees are usually open to new ideas and creative solutions. There is room for advancement in the retail sector of the company but don't expect to move up into corporate as the BILO-merger eliminated a majority of previously available jobs.

Cons

Company merger. Like any company merger, there are usually wide liquidation/consolidation of jobs and labor hours to the purchased company (Winn-Dixie). BILO has effectively eliminated most Winn-Dixie corporate positions including specialists and director positions. These are the positions and individuals that brought the company to a higher standard since it's bankruptcy. Things were looking good for Winn-Dixie! BILO is eliminating costs where ever it can. No overtime, no holiday pay, lower hours per department, cheaper products and vendors, et cetera. Most stores are operating on absolute minimum hours. For example, a perishable department pushing nearly $7k daily requires at least four midday shifts to run effectively. Duties often require unloading massive shipments into the backroom while restocking the sales floor, keeping the area tidy, preparing product for sale and maintaining product quality by removing damaged or expired product. On top of that, there are customers that require assistance. Now, that's not possible with 160 labor hours (which is approximately four FT employees including managers). With an average hourly rate of $12 per hour, that 160 hours only cost the store a little over $1.9k for the whole week; barely over a quarter of one days worth of sales! Employees are not the major expense their made out to be. A deduction in hours will lead to degraded customer service and diminish the quality of living for employees that depend on their job. Will Bilo-Winn-Dixie be haling to the tune WALMART logitics and operation soon? Possibly. Ultimately, this will lead to customer dissatisfaction via poor quality of service and poor product quality. Keep it up long enough, there'll be another bankruptcy. Thus, I would only recommend this as a temporary job, not a long term career.

Advice to Management

Listen to your employees and do what ever you can to keep their morale and happiness up. Ultimately, an unhappy employee will lead to unhappy customers which in turn leads to lower sales. Trying to make a dollar out of a penny via cutting labor hours not only negatively effects employees, it makes essential services less available to customers because the present minimalistic staff is already under enough pressure to accomplish an obscene amount of work with little help. It cost money to run a business, that's the reality. If a company is foolishly willing NOT to invest in people (its employees and its customers), it will surely fail and crumble. NOTE: Bilo-Winn-Dixie presently offers no holiday pay or overtime to employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Winn-Dixie

  1. "Front end mgr"

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    Current Employee - Front End Manager in Hudson, FL
    Current Employee - Front End Manager in Hudson, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Winn-Dixie part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay. And employee 5% discount.

    Cons

    Bad moral. Never received a raise in two years. Too focused on survey results instead of improving employees.

    Advice to Management

    Appreaciate your employees!


  2. "A great start for experience."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Lead in Ocala, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Lead in Ocala, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winn-Dixie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a relatively easy company to work for and it's great for garnering experience for bigger and better things. An employee discount is offered as well as tuition reimbursement, up to 100% if you maintain an A average.

    Cons

    Rate of pay is low, especially for today's standards. I held a similar position with Food Lion over ten years ago and made a significantly higher rate of pay.

    Advice to Management

    Take a little time to focus more on getting to know your associates and making them feel part of a team, it's amazing the success your employees will be driven to achieve if they feel appreciated.

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