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Save-A-Lot Food Stores Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • Understaffed no work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Difficult to get straight answers from upper management (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Sabe a lot"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Springfield, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great Company to work for

    Cons

    No overtime, no bonus

    Advice to Management

    Set goals for management,


  2. Helpful (1)

    "New CEO has the company in the air"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for the company to grow in the grocery industry
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Company uncertainty due to new CEO and parent company
    No communication between departments
    Curveballs from senior management constantly
    Low morale

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, don't leave the company in the dark.

  3. "Great for part-time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save-A-Lot Food Stores part-time

    Pros

    Works with schedule, easy job, quick to learn.

    Cons

    Dealing with customers and coworkers


  4. "Its a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The warehouse I worked in was the best place to work at from management to the order selectors just to bad it closed down.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think about like I said I would still be working there if it didn't closed down sure miss it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work Ramon V.


  5. "Corporate Above Store Management Needs to Re-evaluate their approach to business"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I have been working at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time

    Pros

    This company provides you with a lot of valuable, hands on experience in the ground floor, getting your hands dirty and doing most of it yourself kind of way. No short cuts, you will figure it out. Kinda like a grocery industry management crash coarse.

    Cons

    ASMs are hourly associates expected to perform like salaried managers while keeping below the overtime threshold. Labor budgets are insanely. low For a store that is open 95 hours a week and requires a minimum of 2 associates in the building for 109 hours a week, we would often have a labor budget of close to or even below 300 hours. Essentially, it will be you (the manager), a cashier, and maybe a meat cutter. You will fill the shoes of shift manager, backup cashier, stocker and merchandiser all while also handling other tasks such as ordering, planning, date checking, category resets, shrink management and of coarse unloading freight trucks. This company works its management to the bone and if targets aren't met they don't mind telling you that you aren't working hard enough or "delegating" enough. Meanwhile, you are panting from throwing 3 pallets of freight in an hour on top of your other tasks and after wiping the sweat of your face, you ask yourself who they expect you to delegate to when they won't let you have anyone come in and work. So there's that...

    Advice to Management

    Bottom Line profit margins are primarily generated through sales. Sales result from fresh, clean and full product and store presentation and good customer service. The product and store don't get fresh, clean and full without labor hours invested in them. Associates don't give outstanding customer service when they are discouraged with their work environment because they aren't getting enough hours on their schedule and are being over-worked when they are given hours. So to drive sales, labor must be view and treated as an investment into sales, not just a result from sales. If sales are down, invest more hours in a focused, team-work inspired mode to make the store look more inviting. This will drive sales up and the resultant boost to the labor budget will compensate for the investment and earn you dividends if continuously handled in this way. The logic that causes us to cut hours when sales fall initiates a vicious cycle of product and store quality and appearance deterioration which results in falling sales, resulting in fewer hours in the budget, resulting in less being accomplished, and so on and so forth. This is the cycle of defeat inspired by fear. It will result in epic failure. I don't want that for any business I am involved in managing.


  6. "do not work here"

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager in West Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Shift Manager in West Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The raises every 500 hours was great and there was a good manager .

    Cons

    The assistant manager was very unprofessional and the higher ups didnt care about the employees.

    Advice to Management

    try to understand that the employees can only get so much done there only human.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great hours.

    Cons

    Occasionally had to travel to other stores to work.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees know in advance if they will be working at different stores on occasion.

  8. "Good job, bad staffing"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Always busy, always something to do, get to interact with various people

    Cons

    Staffing model is bad, some stores have little staff to help customers

    Advice to Management

    Give stores more hours to have proper staffing


  9. "It's a great job"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save-A-Lot Food Stores part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great customers and employees are like family. Work is work. If you want the hours show your work. Easy and simple work a toddler can do it.

    Cons

    Low pay. Don't get a raise if you accept some positions. Front end - No raise, Produce lead- No raise, Shift lead - Raise, Meat Cutter - Raise, Assistant Manager - Raise. And raises are based on your hours.


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gaining the knowledge of running a business from every aspect

    Cons

    Not much room on payroll for a staff, creates a lot of stress trying to be in all places of the store at the same time and doesn't leave room for a life outside of work

    Advice to Management

    Some set structure is needed so people can have a life outside of work


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