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Kowalski's Markets Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Kris Kowalski-Christiansen
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!! Not perfect, but always looking for ways to improve."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lyndle Store in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Lyndle Store in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kowalski's Markets part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great family run business. Encourages everyone's family members to work here. Great people, great company!! 20% Discount.

    Cons

    The union is really not necessary in 2017. Kowalski's would treat their employees fairly without it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to educate your employees regarding the why of your policies!! It really helps people understand why they are doing something a certain way!!


  2. "Review of Kowalski's Market in Woodbury"

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    Former Employee - Baker in Woodbury, MN
    Former Employee - Baker in Woodbury, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kowalski's Markets (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got free food at the end of the night

    Cons

    Long hours of heavy lifting

    Advice to Management

    Keep you employees happy

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not a friendly place to work"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Courtesy Clerk in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Cashier/Courtesy Clerk in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kowalski's Markets part-time

    Pros

    The deli food is good!

    Cons

    After working there for a few weeks I realized I was only getting $30 paychecks for 15+ hours of week. I learned that you have to pay a $100 entree fee for the "Kowalskis Union" that's mandatory. There's also a $25 a month fee for the union that I heard nothing from the entire time I worked there. On top of that, one of my peers got a job there after getting caught shoplifting at the same store and was paid $1.50 more than me an hour for the same exact job. Only difference is he's male and I'm female. I asked the management about it and no answer.
    When I asked for fewer hours because of the school year starting I was yelled at. Not worth it. It was a emotionally cold place to work (and literally!)

    Advice to Management

    Establish a closer community. Be nice to your workers. Be open.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Job Opportunity at Kowalski's"

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    Current Employee - Training and Development in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Training and Development in Eagan, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kowalski's Markets part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have found many positives while working at Kowalski's. One that I absolutely love is the work environment, coworkers are friendly and customers are simply amazing. This makes life at work a lot easier and less stressful.

    Cons

    There isn't a downside to working at Kowalski's.

    Advice to Management

    The interactions that managers have with employee's and customers is a unique experience that makes me feel valued.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Family Friendly place to work!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deli Associate in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Deli Associate in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kowalski's Markets part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They are very flexible with my hours, which works well with having little kids. We have many customers that are regulars and they become part of our Deli family. I love the people that I work with and working with them for 11+ years, is a big reason that I am still here.

    Cons

    They don't post job openings in the store, so we can see if there is a position that we would like to apply to move up. We need a little bit better communication on certain things so we can all be on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to have more meetings, so we can address all of the different things that come up and are better informed about our new products.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - MOD/Meat Department in White Bear Lake, MN
    Former Employee - MOD/Meat Department in White Bear Lake, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kowalski's Markets part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Almost always accomadates your schedule, lots of room to grow. Started at $6.25 made $14.65 in about 5 years, higher starting wages in the meat department. Will work well with a military schedule.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get full time

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!!"

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    Current Employee - Front End in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Front End in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kowalski's Markets full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been given the opportunity to grow with the company. My hard work and dedication has been recognized.

    Management listens to their employees and resolves issues fairly.

    20% discount on everything is great!!

    Thankful for the 401k and good health benefits.

    Training not only teaches us to give better customer service but to be a better person over all.

    Flexible scheduling- Time off is usually not an issue

    Cons

    Not too many cons really. Overall, I like coming to work, enjoy what I do and the company I work for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

  8. "Demo"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at Kowalski's Markets part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Active Citizen Training, Democratic management; empowered employees

    Cons

    Working weekends can be tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give employees the flexibility and respect!


  9. "Goodtimes"

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    Former Employee - Cheese Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Cheese Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kowalski's Markets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Room to grow with an expanding company.

    Cons

    Weren't always sure which direction to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Study your options before acting.


  10. "Family business, strong values"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Excelsior, MN
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Excelsior, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kowalski's Markets part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company! I love it so much, I got my friend to apply. 20% discount helps! 😀

    Cons

    Every once in a while you get a customer who is upset, and no matter what you do to improve their day, you just have to deal with them and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Why doesn't kowalskis have an app? Also, thank you for the discount card. It makes it a lot easier to buy food on break.


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