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Save-A-Lot Food Stores Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  • Work/life balance, compensation/ health benefits (in 12 reviews)

  • Stores receive much criticism and little support from upper management (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get paid weekly. Raises are based on hours worked not opinion of boss. Family environment with staff.

    Cons

    Can't keep a store Manager longer that 2 years. Customers are rude. Thefts always occuring

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your staff before you decide that they're not worth it.


  2. "Wholesale Commodities Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Replenishment Buyer in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Replenishment Buyer in Saint Charles, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance for salaried employees. Charismatic mid-level management. Ideal location outside downtown, next to shoppes, great eateries and two Casinos.

    Cons

    No work from home. Antiquated systems. Experience means more than a degree. No negotiation for more than 40 hours PTO; granted based on longevity with the company.

    Advice to Management

    You rock.


  3. "Not a company that cares about its employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great weekly pay and nice customers

    Cons

    Understaffed no work life balance


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  5. "Save a lot manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are many advancement opportunities. They are expanding and building many new stores in the Philadelphia area. Under new ownership who seem eager to improve.

    Cons

    Managers work 60 plus hours per week. Bonuses are poor and undependable. Stores receive much criticism and little support from upper management.


  6. "Assistant Store Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Chula Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save-A-Lot Food Stores full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy schedule letting you continue with education, also simple scheduling. Reasonable Management, easy job.

    Cons

    Have to be constantly moving at a fast pace in all areas of store.
    Highly endanger productivity if one person fails to fulfill assigned tasks or decides to call in sick/ no call no show.

    Advice to Management

    Management was great in all stores in California and Nevada that I rotate to or visit for projects


  7. "Wouldnt recommend to people with ANY other option ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Clerk in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Store Clerk in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling. Possible to get a ton of hours because the turnover rate is so high.
    There is a "premium" rate for working Sundays and holidays ($1.35 xtra an hour and up).
    Pays weekly.

    Cons

    So many. To start they dont offer any type of employee discount. Employees are not allowed to buy marked down food items.
    The pay is only 40 cents above minimum wage but the expect the world from you...and because they only allow a certain amount of employees on a particular shift the customers are often irate from waiting around for assistance and to be checked out. So for minimum wage they expect you t work the aisles, provide customer shopping assistance, restock and recover shelves and products, keep the store clean, and check out customers quickly. There is usually one one manager/supervisor, one cashier, and one person working the aisles so its not possible .
     They dont offer any type of medical benefit for part time positions (There arent really any full time positions or oppurtunities to advance) They make you watch hours of monotonous "training" modules that really only teach you the following 4 things: They care a great deal about preventing "shrinkage" ( money/product loss), they blame cashiers as the primary cause of shrinkage (which they try to prevent by randomly auditing tills and register videos and not allowing cashiers to do product voids over 5 bucks or for more than 3 items),they dont want you to get hurt, or acknowledge yours or the companies fault, in any incident on the job because they dont want to be held responsible, and they expect you to be super employees for practically minimum wage.
    They time how quickly and how often you scan items at checkout...so if someone decides to run back to get an item theyve forgot it counts against you and could result in a write up.
    You cant clock in more than 60 seconds late, even if its because there are a line of people clocking in. The system locks you out and they write you up.
    You cant call off without a "valid" excuse(only managers and HR decide what is valid). The very first time you will get a write up.
    Lastly they throw away a TON of food everyday.
    Items that are considered "damaged" or unsellable are marked off. If they cant get a refund from the distributor it goes in the garbage. Its usually something minor like a torn label or slightly torn wrapping from rough handling. And no, employees are not allowed to take the food. It is considered "shrinkage" and theft from the company.
    You will get written up for taking food headed to the dumpster! And prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law based on your state law!

    Advice to Management

    You should try caring about your employees as much as you care about your bottom line. It is obvious that none of you have spent a single moment working the retail end of this business and dont know anything about day to day operations and interactions.
    The amount of work you expect from us does not equal the amount you pay us per hour...which is why people spazz out and buckle under the pressure. 40 cents above minimum wage is still minimum wage.
    If you want quality employees than pay us what we are worth. You get what you pay for.


  8. "Basic Cashier Duties ,bagging , Stock shelves & freezers , stocked produce , clean bathrooms & store aisles ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Orangeburg, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Orangeburg, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Save-A-Lot Food Stores part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid every week and SOME customers were nice .Prices are low so buying lunch from the store was a plus

    Cons

    Rude customers , didn't get enough hours store heating and air didn't work , head manager was rude and unfriendly ,area wasn't nice or much safe.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate with store associates and gain and NICE relationship with them stop being rude !


  9. "Assistant Store Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Upper management works well with stores

    Cons

    Pay is below average for retail.


  10. "Assistant store manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a low pressure job with lots of great people. Boss hardly tells you what to do. Would roccomend.

    Cons

    Low pay and barely any benefits. They will take advantage of your situation and not give you what you need.


  11. "Manager Positions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Stocker
    Current Employee - Stocker

    I have been working at Save-A-Lot Food Stores part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good prices and Good management

    Cons

    Not super efficient and some unprofessional workers



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