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Thrifty Foods Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Bill McEwan
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Pros
  • Had a good experience and learnt a lot and worked with great people (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, Social group of guys, Friendly atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • And it's next to impossible to get full time (in 8 reviews)

  • As with most part time jobs the hours were rather inconsistent (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good For Students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thrifty Foods part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a pretty okay job if you're only working part-time while you're going to school or something like that. It's east to balance.

    Cons

    There's really not much room for advancement or moving up in the career chain. I happened to get free Thrifty ice cream because I had a cool boss, but other than that, no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Take notice of hard working employees and give them opportunities for moving up. Let them utilize their talents and skills to their full potential.


  2. "Thrifty Foods"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - great relationships with management
    - stable hours
    - friendly coworkers for the most part

    Cons

    - the shifts are usually either very slow (slightly boring) or stressful and way too fast-paced - it was rarely a nice easy and interesting shift

    Advice to Management

    I really enjoyed the connections I made with management, they tried very hard to communicate with employees and to give everyone a good amount of attention

  3. "Good company to work for"

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were good. Great company core values that are truly supported by management. They stand behind their products.

    Cons

    Take all of employees ideas into consideration. Give equal recognition to wage employees as they do to the salaried employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do more promoting from within


  4. "A Good First Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saanich, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saanich, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The co-workers I worked with when I first started were amazing. They interacted with customers and made the workplace happy. Management was very nice and were very accomodating with the students that worked there.

    Cons

    Turnover is pretty high so a year after I started there were a lot of new faces and the standards became pretty low....the pay wasn't too great either and the hours were always all over the place. Rarely anyone got good shifts, even supervisors.


  5. "Cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thrifty Foods part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff are great and need to be recognized. I can't really think of anything else positive to say. Ok

    Cons

    The managers are always in a meeting and never help on the floor and if they have to come and help it's for maybe 5 minutes and then off they go again. The pay is horrible and very hard to get a raise. Sobeys waste a lot of time getting the staff to do Q12 and then they never do anything with the info and if a staff member is honest how they feel they get spoken to so they are just asking staff to say what they want and not what is really happening. Sobeys took to much away from the thriftys staff first the Christmas bonus (yes I said Christmas bonus) they took that away and then they took holidays away from us now the store is only closed on Christmas :( the first time owners grant is now gone. It's a hard job with no acknowledgment anymore. The staff should not have to pay for their uniforms and at winter time should receive one of the black sweaters because it's so cold on the front end and in the store. Training is not being done properly and then the new staff are left scrambling and the old staff is doing both work.

    Advice to Management

    The management should be on the floor with the staff And get to know the staff. Stop taking everything away and start making it a great place to work again. Happy staff happy customers Give staff a discount at least


  6. "It's Not a Lifer Job"

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

    I worked at Thrifty Foods part-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    Relatively steady workload

    Cons

    The hours are not enough. Unless you get three promotions, 5.15 hour shifts are all you get. Which is not enough to get benefits.


  7. "Deli Clerk"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Thrifty Foods Deli Clerk in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Thrifty Foods Deli Clerk in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thrifty Foods (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The scheduling can be flexible

    Cons

    Overloaded with tasks
    Upper management have no respect for you
    At least one person has a mental breakdown/cries a week due to stress
    Low pay
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are doing their best. Maybe have some compassion/recognize their hard work.

  8. "High School Student's Take on Thrifty Foods"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thrifty Foods part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    For a teenager still in school, getting paid above minimum wage ($11) and not having to work at McDonalds is pretty nice. The uniforms are not terrible, the people are almost always respectful and pleasant and it is not a difficult or challenging environment. Lastly, the hours are very flexible and easy to get vacation days.

    Cons

    The repetition and lack of change can become dull, however you can't expect much from working in the service industry as a cashier. Speaking of, the service industry means dealing with unhappy or rude customers at least once a day, so that can be challenging and upsetting. Lastly, the florescent lighting is actually quite harsh on the eyes, and having windows to see the outside world would be amazing.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to teach new employees face to face - even if they have had previous experience in service jobs - how to handle and respond to upset customers while remaining respectful and helpful. Some people have social anxiety, and in those unexpected moments it can be very stressful to deal with angry customers, so knowing what to say and how to say it, even if they are panicking, can really benefit them, the store, and the customer.


  9. "Great place for a first job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Dairy Clerk
    Former Employee - Dairy Clerk
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours which is great for students

    Cons

    Some of the Managers are weak


  10. "Good for students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Thrifty Foods Deli Clerk
    Former Employee - Thrifty Foods Deli Clerk
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very accommodating for working around student schedules and for requesting time off.

    Cons

    No store discounts or perks. Not much of a community atmosphere. Distant manager relationships.


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