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Topco Associates Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Topco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great amazing people
    Finally update systems although SAP hasn't started well

    Cons

    Senior management don't listen to employees doing the day to day
    Not enough internal promotions


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, competitive, fun group of people focused on a common set of goals for members and customers. Flat organizational structure provides associates at all levels with access to executive team. Communication is open and feedback is encouraged.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth. Retention has been an issue. Some roles are more administrative than should be due to outdated processes and tools. Company is undergoing change initiatives to address.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Business Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique and smart business model, solid and stable financial growth, interesting work and exposure to many different aspects of the grocery business, many talented, honest, great people. Lots of opportunity for growth and improvement. Solid benefits, life/work balance, several excellent executives. Well respected and influential company in the grocery business.

    Cons

    Lack of knowledge. No innovation. Slow to keep the pace with rapidly changing grocery business. Rush to make radical changes proposed by consultants who did not take time to understand intricate internal and external relationships. Decision to downsize or outsource entire departments before the new system is working properly is hurting the business.
    Political and volatile environment. Competing priorities and agendas. Mistrust and poor communication between departments. Blatant favoritism, no consequences for unethical behavior. Promotions based on political alignment, not knowledge and achievement.

    Advice to Management

    Use better judgment - trust but verify. Many untruths have been slipping into the newsletters and corporate communication. Promote from within. Support long term employees equally as new talent.


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  5. "Good Job Security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Topco Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sense of stability. Great hours and good pay.

    Cons

    Not much unity between departments. Slow moving and out-dated software and processes. Many tiers of seniority.


  6. "Two Year Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, benefits, coworkers. I have had an overall positive view of my position within the company.

    Cons

    slow to make decisions, management. Hopefully recent changes and company wide ERP change will help with operations. My personal experience with upper management in my department has need less than favorable.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging is not beneficial to employee retention


  7. "Sr. Sourcing Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Topco Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my co-workers and the majority of people I interacted with within other departments. Pay and benefits were okay.

    Cons

    Had issues in the past with bad communication between departments. They were doing a good job correcting this and it should get better going forward.

    Advice to Management

    Keep emphasizing better communication between departments and spend money to keep the technology up to date within the office.


  8. "Senior Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well established company with significant travel opportunity.

    Cons

    Very political environment as a member-owned cooperative.


  9. "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are great to work with and work life balance is always considered.

    Cons

    Everyone emails so there is a lack of verbal communication at times.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Office Clerical Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerical Administrative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Clerical Administrative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company benefits, Nice work enviroment, accesible location,

    Cons

    wages are not very competitive, merit increases are low.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better and they might stick around longer!


  11. "What a very exciting time to be a part of Topco!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *One of a kind company and business model!
    *Lots of opportunity. It is exciting to be a part of transforming this 70-year old company. There is so much opportunity and upside potential here that once we are through this transformation Topco could double in a quick-short timeframe.
    *Great members and exposure. Work with fabulous Members and exposure to all levels within their organization.
    *Leadership team is very accessible

    Cons

    *Need a flexible work environment
    *Vesting schedule is long

    Advice to Management

    If you want to attract up and coming talent, you need to be more flexible in your work environment. With today's technology, we are wired 24/7. You don't need to be seen in the office to know that work is progressing. In fact, often times twice as much work can be accomplished while working remotely, uninterrupted.


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