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UFCW International Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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  1. "Applications/Database Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at UFCW International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent wages and benefits.

    Cons

    However those wages and benefits have been eroded in the last few years. A couple of years ago we took a wage freeze and the relationship between bargaining units and management has become more adversarial.


  2. "Retired and nw they don't care"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UFCW International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Use to be strong, but has become a business now. Only care is to collect your dues.

    Cons

    Work 40 years and they are dragging paying my pension. Filed 6 months before I retired and been retired for over 3 months and still no check. They keep sayiong it's being processed.

    Advice to Management

    Get you act together.


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    "Pension Processor"

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    Current Employee - Pension Processor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Pension Processor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at UFCW International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, knowledgeable colleagues

    Cons

    The future of the company not certain


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    "Decent enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Organizer * in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Organizer * in Washington, DC

    I worked at UFCW International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good healthcare, exciting work, generally monday through friday

    Cons

    experience depends on manager, usual issues with union leadership


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    "Organizer"

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    Former Employee - Organizer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Organizer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UFCW International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    rewarding when you win, salary competitive, benefits good

    Cons

    top down management, a lot of busywork, many people are not held accountable

    Advice to Management

    focus on campaigns that are winnable or have clearly defined goals. Hold subordinates accountable


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    "Lost Vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UFCW International full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, vacation time off is good.

    Cons

    The new leadership has completely abandon any effort to organizer workers. They spend millions on consultanting firms that have no real experience with labor. The only goal of the leadership is to protect their own pensions. There is absolutely no hope or vision and they lead entirely through fear. Avoid this place if you want to actually make a difference in the labor movement, especially avoid if you are not a white male.


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    "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Legal Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at UFCW International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked in the General Counsel's office and it was a great experience. The people were inviting, professional, and helpful, especially to someone who was on a temporary contract.

    Cons

    General Counsel's office was not hiring for permanent positions.


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    "Where careers & movements go to die"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UFCW International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of talent here and managers who would allow for ingenuity and innovation. That changed with new leadership. On the plus side, most of the people left at UFCW have been able to land positions that are far more advanced than they could get elsewhere, because no one good wants to work here anymore. Since the new President came to power, roughly a third of international staff turned over (especially all the women, people of color and LGBT folks). Beyond good admins, the only people left are people who 1) are too close to retirement or paid too much to leave, 2) people who are happy to just collect a paycheck with little interest in building the movement, or 3) people who can't get another job. Benefits are good and so is vacation time. Some of the staff unions are good too.

    Cons

    Even in the best of times UFCW works you to death (like 80 hours a week) and you have to fight for every promotion or raise. Wages aren't competitive compared to other unions and if you're a woman, you'll likely come in on the low end of the pay scale and be stuck there. Plus, you can look forward to your superiors (all white dudes) showing you porn or making demeaning remarks. If you're a person of color, you have quite a challenge before you in working here.

    All of that is manageable when you get to do good work to build the labor movement, but since the new president came in that has come to an end. Literally this guy is everything the other side means when they say "union boss." He has no vision for the organization and is more interested in protecting his pension than movement building. He knows a lot of the staff thinks this, and has cultivated a culture of paranoia and fear. You need to be careful who you talk to at UFCW. There's lots of spying and in fighting among the people left, because they are all scared to lose their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    If you're middle management there now, you've clearly given up on building the movement so enjoy your paycheck from dues money as you watch union density drop.


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    "Admin Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UFCW International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits including paid holiday and sick leave, an upbeat, positive, people friendly atmosphere, opportunity for advancement and continuing education.

    Cons

    Commuting in and out of Washington DC during peak rush hour traffic times.


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    "short title"

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    Current Employee - Communications and Political Director in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Communications and Political Director in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at UFCW International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    absolutely a great place to work and i would recommend to anyone to work there too lovely building in downtown DC

    Cons

    there are no cons perfect in every way love it love it love it no complaints whatsoever lovely building in downtown dc

    Advice to Management

    please clone UFCW so there can be two ufcws so that everyone can work there because it is great


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