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Topco Associates Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  • Work from home option (heading in the direction, but not there yet) (in 5 reviews)

  • Old boys club where women in upper management are merely tokens (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "QA Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time

    Pros

    Job security, small organization, and SAP

    Cons

    Must wear many hats to succeed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can work on multiple projects, wear many hats, learn different parts of the business. Should have opportunity to interact with different functional areas, suppliers, and member owners.

    Cons

    Career pathing can be ambiguous (small/mid-size company), does not have strong telecommuting culture. However, HR is actively working to address these.

    Advice to Management

    Resist temptation to reward good work with more work. Continue down the path of attracting a 21st century workforce.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are good. People are nice and enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    To many meetings! Also could do without HR's Goals and competencies.
    Things were much simpler 4 to 5 years ago. I just want to do my job without all the meeting and the stress of Goals and competencies.


  4. "Contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Topco Associates as a contractor

    Pros

    nice place to work at
    independent work

    Cons

    tough to find direction if not motivated to ask or learn

    Advice to Management

    more training


  5. "Ever growing, long established private company in Chicago NW suburbs."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people here are really great! There is a sense of camaraderie and a fast paced atmosphere of energy infused with urgency and purpose.

    I enjoy the unusual perks, like a little grocery store right in our building and around the holidays we get a turkey plus a huge box of our private label products!

    There are people who have worked here for over 5 years and some as long as 20, which says a lot, I think. The company is profitable and has been consecutively the whole time I have worked here (around 4 yrs).

    Cons

    Topco has been progressively advancing into a new business platform and we are almost to the end. This is only a con because of the constant struggles and challenges! In addition, there have been many recent changes in the performance review process. Change is good, but also overwhelming!

    The concept of flexible work schedules, like working from home, are not supported. There is still a sense of a Boy's Club. (Although there have been an increase in female promotions in the last year.)

    Advice to Management

    As a company trying to move into the current century, it would behoove you to consider ways to enhance the workplace as much as we're all working to make the members happy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Topco = Good Organization"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Want to excel for the members. Great working conditions and above average benefits.

    Cons

    Instituted Bonus Structure for Management in 2015 but need to extend it to all associates as soon as possible or increased turnover may occur.

    Advice to Management

    Management realizes there are many silos within the business and have taken steps to break those down. However, there is much work to be done and one starting point would be to cross check all functional objectives across the business and have departments formally support those objectives.


  7. "Topco"

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    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

  8. "Nice qquiet envi"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Topco Associates full-time

    Pros

    Nice quiet environment
    friendly people and pleasant ambience overall

    Cons

    lack of growth ops no scope for making it big too focused on current activities no future plans

    Advice to Management

    expand please, no ambition for the company it feelslike


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Manager"

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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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Business Manager"

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    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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