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Spartan Stores Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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Spartan Stores President, COO, and Director Dennis Eidson
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  1. "Good college job"

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Portage, MI
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Portage, MI
    Recommends

    I worked at Spartan Stores part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In-store jobs offer flexible work schedule, easy to train in other departments to get extra hours

    Cons

    Store manager wasn't super pleasant


  2. "Pay attention to your red flags... I saw them but wanted the job so bad I took it anyways."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Quick Stop Manager in Byron Center, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant Quick Stop Manager in Byron Center, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Stores full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As management I got great vacation time and decent benefits. Most of the customers were regulars so got to know them.

    Cons

    It's a larger corporation and if your not higher up or best friends with higher up you don't really mean more then a number to them. At the quick stops management doesn't seem to be held to much standards in the treatment of employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the lower people in how they are treated and the scheduling. Management should also have to work nights and weekends when it's a open 7 days a week place!


  3. "Busy and no labor."

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    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Stores (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Alright job for a collage kid. Not a company I liked. Flexible schedule. Little overtime. Vacation time after 3 months in.

    Cons

    No labor. Tight deadlines with too much to do. Little room for advancement. Seems to be the trend. Health insurance is high but I suppose that's everywhere.


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  5. "great stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Meat Cutter Apprentice in Petoskey, MI
    Former Employee - Meat Cutter Apprentice in Petoskey, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Great place to start working
    *Able to progress in a "career"
    *Management is understanding

    Cons

    *5-10 cent pay raise ever year
    *no over time allowed
    *lack of communication at times


  6. "Great store!"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Cashier in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely amazing management. They really care about you and will work with you to accommodate your schedule.

    Cons

    It seems like after Spartan bought the store I worked at, them trying to force our store to run their way caused some friction. But hey, what can ya do?

    Advice to Management

    Let successful stores runs things their ways. Also maybe let promising employees earlier management training.


  7. "First job, Good introduction"

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    Former Employee - Service Clerk/Cashier in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Service Clerk/Cashier in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Stores part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at the D&W in Kalamazoo, Michigan for several years during High School. This was my first job, and first time in the working world. Everyone that worked here was very accepting, fun to talk to, and very helpful. The management was excellent, scheduling was consistent, and the hours were great.

    Cons

    I do not have many cons for Spartan Stores - it was my first job so I was payed minimum wage, which would not be able to support someone through the next step, or college for that matter. This is to be expected from a first time job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  8. "Spartan is a great company for people who like to be creative."

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spartan Stores full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very open company. Allow a lot of creativity. Really focused on Associate Satisfaction. Lots of locations and a great corporate office. Lots of departments for people with specialized skills.

    Cons

    We are very margin driven as opposed to sales driven. Like any company, there are a lot of hoops to jump through to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  9. "A good organization overall"

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    Former Employee - Category Assistant in Byron Center, MI
    Former Employee - Category Assistant in Byron Center, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This organization is very community driven and encourages its associates to contribute to the community. They also ensure that there is a good work-life balance for their associates The associates are friendly and helpful, overall a great team.

    Cons

    Promotion seems to be a little elusive for many associates

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget your most loyal employees before they turn on you and burn out.


  10. "Growing company on the backs of associates without just reward/acknowledgement."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Spartan Stores full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401k, good people to work with, can be a great place to work

    Cons

    Upper Management talks a good game but does not deliver consistently on caring for associates and abuses store managers and department management. Training and development is not accomplished thru on line videos! Use people to train people...commit resources for live training already!

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in your store teams or lose your momentum.


  11. "Its a basic retail job"

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    Former Employee - Night Stock in Rockford, MI
    Former Employee - Night Stock in Rockford, MI

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for retail. Working while the store is closed. A good first job if you don't take things to seriously.

    Cons

    Upper management is poor. If your department does really well and hits its sales goals you will get rewarded with less hours to do the same job the next month which meant if your at the bottom of the ladder you lost all of those hours.



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