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Foodstuffs Reviews

Updated January 7, 2018
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  1. "Team Member Glencoe"

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

    I worked at Foodstuffs part-time

    Pros

    Free food on break. A decent place to learn the basics of food service

    Cons

    Disorganized, borderline dysfunctional management that spent a lot of time fighting amongst themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Sit down together and agree upon the rules you want to dictate to lower level employees... too many conflicting rules made working here frustrating.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, super high quality standards & customer-service driven. While they may not implement every idea, the executive team will take the time to listen to any employee and their thoughts for improvement. Most of the upper level management & staff have been there for over a decade. Free lunch! Full medical benefits and very good 401k program.

    Cons

    Holidays are very busy. Many weekend days are required. They currently don't provide employer matching within the 401k program.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your team. I've made some great friends and had valuable learning experience.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Training Manager"

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

    I worked at Foodstuffs full-time

    Pros

    Free meals are offered daily and there is a pretty good selection

    There are no part time employees. If you want full time hours, you will get them from day one(this is also a negative...see below)

    Cons

    There are 4 locations with this company. Evanston and Lake Forest are run by one GM and he does a pretty good job with the tools allowed to him. His biggest asset is he understands that his people are his biggest asset and he treats them like actual people during training and while working.

    Their busiest location has an all female management staff. I was told they are strong women and I needed to have thick skin. They are not strong women. They are rude, entitled women. I have worked with tons of female employees and superiors and none were like this. I was talked down to, I was scolded like a child, they were patronizing. Their goal is to break you and conform you to their style.

    You want full time hours...no problem. You'll get 40 hours right out of the gate. You better learn fast or you won't be there long. There is no formal training system. There is no verification of knowledge. You'll work one week in a station then move to another station the next week. You will be expected to explain breads in the bread station without being given the chance to taste or understand the differences in them. You will be expected to know about deli foods and answer questions without being given the chance to taste them.

    Management understands the IL laws on required breaks so well that you will get yelled at if you don't punch out in time or if you don't take the full 20min. So much so, that it seems they care about the legal repercussions more than they do one of their employees getting a break from running a station in their store.

    Ownership believes Millennials are lazy and simply don't want to work. They don't grasp the concept that there are millions of Millennials in the work force right now. Ownership can't grasp the concept that they simply need to make they business a more desirable place to work...make people want to come and stay.

    The company preaches cost of sales everywhere. There are signs hanging up everywhere showing how much they spend of items in a year to try to teach the staff and get them involved...I won't bring up how their numbers are misleading and represent retail costs rather than actual costs. However, nobody discusses increasing sales....except for the GM mentioned earlier. This company focuses solely on the bottom line and how to make it bigger. They don't see the potentials for increasing the top line. They don't see the cost in added time to perform a duty due to cheap, inferior product. They don't see the cost associated with employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that your company would be nothing without the people working for you. Your employees will work on your top line and focus on your bottom line if you treat them with respect. Listen to your employees. Sometimes they have great ideas. This company is stagnant and has peaked until ownership decides to make some changes in how it values employees.


  4. "Fine for what it is"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foodstuffs part-time

    Pros

    Great free meals, decent pay, even rush hours aren't that bad. They train you in every department so you get a lot of experience in all aspects of the food industry.

    Cons

    Unorganized management. You never feel like you're doing your job right - different managers have different expectations & sometimes even contradict what the kitchen staff wants you to do so it gets confusing.


  5. "Great place to work if you want to be stagnated for the rest of your life.."

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    Former Employee - Associate in Glencoe, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Glencoe, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free lunches and treats for the employees.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, disrespectful to employees and subtle racism and no room for growth or advancement. Was told from several Hispanic employees who had been there 10 plus years that they had not received raises and were struggling to pay their bills and provide a good life for their family

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings and lead by positive reinforcement rather than an iron clad fist...


  6. "Physical Labor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free lunches and great discount

    Cons

    You had your employees standing for 6 hours a day with a 30 minute lunch break, had them scrubbing floors and washing windows, and had really unflexible hours considering your main workforce at the Glenview office are all senior citizens.

    Advice to Management

    Give some more benefits and pay better.


  7. "The company is a joke."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There really aren't any pros. Perhaps the small cheese ends they sell.

    Cons

    Was not paid what I was promised. Management does not know how to manage. They claim their food is gourmet, a good portion is ordered from US Foods. No benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees a decent wage. Listen to your employee's concerns. Stop running the place as though it's a "mean girls" club.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I didn't know that I would only be working for two weeks before they let me go."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glencoe, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glencoe, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foodstuffs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get free lunch and you get discounts on other food items you may wish to purchase. If you work at the Glencoe location you will be working with friendly people but don't get your hopes up about the Evanston location.

    Cons

    I didn't last long here before they decided to let me go. There are many cons.
    Breaks are only 20 minutes
    The guys in the kitchen stare you down making you feel uneasy
    The managers don't greet you when you walk in
    Mostly Hispanic people working here
    You have to do everything and learn everything so quickly or you get fired
    The employees at the Evanston location are not as friendly as the ones in Glencoe
    You feel as though the managers or other employees are talking behind your back
    And if you don't speak Spanish you better believe they are calling you stupid in there language.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat employees with respect and understand that it takes time to learn new things.


  9. "Be careful of what you are getting into"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch (even though a lot of the food options are limited)
    Benefits
    3 days a week off

    Cons

    7 day open availability or you get fired
    Management cannot accept blame for things they do wrong.
    Dirty environment for food production
    Old technology for everything
    Entitled customer base
    Retail jobs involve food production
    Kitchen staff can be sexually crude with commentary to other employees

    Advice to Management

    Update your the technology and look of your store, ease up on running things with an iron fist, let employees have control of their schedule a bit, educate kitchen staff on how to properly interact with other employees, get a separate section for offices and a real break room.


  10. "Was once great"

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    Former Employee - Bartender - Chef in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Bartender - Chef in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foodstuffs part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great fellow employees. Plenty of parties to work. Food was really outstanding and there were always leftovers. Most of the customers were very nice. Only a few North Shore snobs.

    Cons

    The Owner is a thief. He pocketed group/staff tips on more than one occasion. He was also jealous that the catering leads were making too much money.

    Advice to Management

    If you wonder why all the quality staff are leaving you might want to take a look at who is in charge. You get rid of quality catering leads and replace them with people who have no sense of style or taste and you wonder why your staff and customers are leaving!


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