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Fred Meyer Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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  • Work life balance isn't the greatest (in 25 reviews)

  • Full time employees must have 100% open availability (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "It's fine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Home PIC in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Home PIC in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Meyer part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Usually works with your schedule for school

    Cons

    Working with the public is the worst


  2. "Home clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Home Sales Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Home Sales Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Meyer part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and protected by union.

    Cons

    Management, management, management. Underappreciation of employees, overworked and underpaid.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Ruined by Kroger."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Bellingham, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Meyer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The associates and customers are awesome. They make it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Kroger has owned Fred Meyer for a while, but over the past few years, Kroger has been bringing Fred Meyer more in line with other Kroger companies and has destroyed the culture of Fred Meyer. They now want to run the stores with as little staffing as possible, which means very little customer service; so stressed out overworked employees and unhappy customers. They're simply banking on the convenience of one-stop shopping and low prices to bring customers in. They are losing great and loyal long-term employees and customers as well.

    Advice to Management

    If you focus on taking care of your employees, they will take care of your customers, which will take care of the bottom line. If you continue to focus on the bottom line first, you will continue to lose great employees and customers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Loss Prevention at Fred Meyer is a joke."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Loss Prevention Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Loss Prevention Specialist in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good vacation time
    -Higher pay than most retailers

    Cons

    -Terrible LP policies and restrictions
    -Fire happy company
    -Majority of shoplifters get away
    -Floor surveillance LP in almost all stores
    -Understaffed
    -Shifts range anywhere from opening to overnight shifts

    Advice to Management

    Actually value your employees and their work.


  6. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Meyer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Discount, 401 K, Vacation, Personal Days

    Cons

    Management too many chiefs in top positions and not enough associates to help complete tasks. Good luck if you earn vacation or personal days as a manager they will most likely be denied and they don't roll over so you will end up loosing your personal days. Would not recommend because you will spend every waking moment in the store and what you do will still not be good enough! Here are some words of advice run the other way not a good company has gone down hill! The department managers are overworked and under appreciated...associates have more rights because they are protected by the union so if you must make sure you have yourself protected.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate really take a look at what is happening with your stores communicate with your section heads they are the eyes and ears on the front lines. We truly know what is going on in our departments.


  7. "Managment needs assistance asap."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fred Meyer part-time

    Pros

    Discounts opportunity to grow customer based job

    Cons

    Managment Hours favoritism among employees

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to ALL employees including ones who have relgious beliefs, take medical emergencies seriously to not danger employees. Upper managment needs to not be selfish for their own personal gain


  8. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Meyer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay if you put in the years

    Cons

    Stressfull high expectations no backup

    Advice to Management

    Add labor not managrs


  9. "I expected more"

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Albany, OR
    Former Employee - Clerk in Albany, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company makes many worker-friendly claims.

    Cons

    Company does not practice worker-friendly treatment.
    Inconsistent schedule, erratic discipline, nonexistent training.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word. Don't tell interviewees one thing then do something different two months later after the holiday season is over. "Thanks for coming in to help us out."


  10. "Retail Associate"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The customers were nice most of the time. Co workers that weren't in my department were nice. Sometimes free food in break room.

    Cons

    No work life balance terrible hours. Don't work with you on your hours at all. My manager scheduled me everyday from 2-11pm on the register in the clothing department. Gave me no opportunity to learn anything else I was supposed to learn I had talked to her about it several times and she scheduled me on the floor for a couple hours some days then on the register the rest of the time. My manager also didn't care to manage our department I would have co workers from other departments come over and tell me she was telling them great work and stuff but giving no recognition to anybody in my department. 3/4 of co workers in my department were just lazy and getting better hours than me which was ridiculous. Assistant manager of my department was more of a manager to us. I was pregnant while working for this company and when I was done with my work I would just ask for a chair to sit in because my feet would kill me after a while and with all the other things that were up by the register that were work projects I was doing including putting merchandise on hangers to be hung up and hung on a big rack and carts with boxes of shoes, etc other assistant manager would tell me a chair is a trip hazard. She would tell me If I would have to sit down to tell someone to cover me at the register and go back to the back to sit down. Even customers would ask me why I'm standing up here without a chair to occasionally sit down. Then when trying to put in my application over the phone for a leave when I was going to have my daughter the phone system wouldn't work and I went to HR to seek out help and she just told me to keep trying to call them when the call kept dropping every there was a problem with their system so I didn't get to even apply for my leave.

    Advice to Management

    Management wasn't even present. I think HR should do anonymous reviews of managers to make sure they are doing their job correctly. They don't recognize hard workers. And if a chair is a trip hazard isn't anything considered a trip hazard? Just wondering...


  11. "Upheaval"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health and Beauty Department in Lynwood Center, WA
    Former Employee - Health and Beauty Department in Lynwood Center, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fred Meyer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co workers can create a very tight bond, lunchroom break room and locker room was very open and most everybody did there part to keep it kept up

    Cons

    Constant change of the management and the security and has little room to move up or around departments. Cliques are apparaent

    Advice to Management

    Have more frequent multiple department meetings, get out more info on transitions within management and be open to discussion about possible in store promotions


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