Fun place to work with no job security and mixed management styles
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While working with Albertsons LLC., not to be confused with the dead Albertsons Inc., I had a very mixed and usually fun experience. I started with them at age 15 as a bagger, or, as they like to call it Courtesy Clerk, and it was an incredible experience to start out. I had excellent supervisors and managers and they pushed me extremely hard which led to me learning how to work hard and efficiently and helped me learn the importance of having a strong work ethic. I was taught very well and learned how to perform perfect customer service even with difficult and sometimes abrasive store patrons. Something they taught me that really stuck but has no real world relevance was how to bag groceries and they taught me how to do it right. At the time I thought it was a stupid thing to have to repetitively practice when not with a customer but it's something I eventually realized was a very important procedure. Today when I go to King Soopers or Target or Walmart I don't allow them to bag my groceries because they don't bag correctly, and sometimes even safely with meats, at all and because of what I was taught by my teachers at Albertsons. Within 2 months I was moved up to cashier and was again meticulously trained on how to do my new job. Then in the next several weeks I was forced to start a second job to support myself and surprisingly my manager was more than willing to work with me and my new revolving schedule. After a whi
ProsAbove average pay, 20 minute breaks, good chance of being promoted.
ConsPossibility of lay offs at any time, horrible treatment from corporate management
Work load is never ending. If you care you will be there 24hrs a day
I’ve been with the company all my life at store level 30+ years so I’ve seen the good and bad. GOOD is it helps develop great work ethic. You learn to test yourself for the expectations are big. You can be a mentor to entry level associates and a mentor that means something. You can make a difference in someone’s life and develop direction for people that have none. The customer and associate contacts are unlimited and can build some outstanding relationships. Benefits are strong but going up in cost. Medical, Dental, Optical. 401k match 7% you get 5%. Short- and long-term disability. You accrue vacation that is very competitive in the industry. You can build a solid foundation for yourself with great skill sets that are practical in life. You expand exponentially on communication skills. It pays lower-level bills and the environment changes daily. A non-management associate can utilize to get through college, keep themselves busy and if they pay attention can learn a ton about the logistics of business. For anyone not pursing management, it’s really a solid, diverse job with security that can be fun. If you want to work your way up, there are copious positions available. Albertsons is growing quickly, and the company needs people like never before. (Pay determined by area, length of career and volume of store you work in. Pay justification is also relative to work/life balance, how you feel that is) it’s an essential job and you will not worry where your payche
ProsSolid ground to grow from
Conslost focus on what matters most. The store associate
Typical large grocery store chain. Typical days consist of general production, stocking and cleaning interrupted by greeting/helping customers. Amount of teamwork depends on what department you're in and time of day/shift but generally one communicates directly with 6 to 10 coworkers a day. (I worked in a pretty small store.) I learned pretty much everything there is to know about the grocery store business except the higher levels of management and bookkeeping. (Shipping/receiving, inventory/ordering, customer service, loss prevention, creating/managing sales displays, shrink prevention, analyzing sales trends/patterns, specialty foods and services and many more.) Local management is very understanding and flexible; district and corporate level not so much. They would come into the store with impossible expectations and agendas without recognizing each stores unique situation. All large companies suffer from "one size fits all" philosophies and Albertson's is no exception. This problem is intrinsic to large companies and cannot be avoided but its still frustrating to the grunts at the bottom of the pyramid. Several times while working there changes were made which everyone agreed should not have been made only to have the company revert back to the old way after 6 months or so and millions down the drain. Usually such changes were made because someone in corporate found they could save some money in the short term by making said change; without thinking of the long term. An
Prosrelatively easy, low stress env, discounts, working with the public
Consinconsistent hours, very repititious, holidays and weekends, working with the public
I gained experience, but it wasn't necessarily good.
I'm not sure that I would condemn anyone working for Albertson's, but I certainly wouldn't praise someone for picking this company as a career choice. From the moment I began working until the moment I was laid off four years later, I was told on a daily basis to not get comfortable because the store would be closing soon.
My first night on the job I was brought into the department and told where the lights were for the cold bar (that's what we called the area behind glass where we kept our salads), I was shown where food was in the freezer, and I was told where the supplies for cleaning dishes were located. The supervisor then told me she was going home and left me alone in the department. I thought I was going to have someone come in and train me on the machines or how to cook food, but no. I was left alone to run that department and close it down, and I had to get my feet wet by being pushed in, not by jumping in.
I managed to make things work. I read the labels on the containers and packages until I could convince myself and customers that I knew what I was doing. I unfortunately had to turn away several people, but I did make some sales. And those customers came back the next day, and the next, and so on for four years. I became an expert at my job and was up for promotion when the store finally was put into real danger of closing. The owner had died and his sons inherited the Albertson's company - at least that's what we were told - and were auctioning it off to t
ProsIt taught me to dive in and be the best despite circumstances
ConsPoor training, few opportunities to advance, little to no raises in money, no real implementation of authority by management
I worked for Albertsons before when I was young. I was a cashier for a couple years and used to love working for the company. Had a wonderful time with my co-workers, etc. This was about 16/17 years ago. I decided to re-apply to do something different for a different department that seemed like I would really enjoy and to give me more experience with things that I enjoyed doing. I went in for a interview for that specific department. I told the hiring manager that I would like to work that department full time if available. Told them that I did work for Albertsons before so I have experience working for the company already. I just would really love to be put in this specific department because I really enjoy doing this type of work. I was asked if I would be interested in doing another department to make up hours that I wouldn't get from being in the department I was interested in because I was told that those hours were certain hours. I was extremely confused about this. I said that I would be okay every once in awhile, maybe as a part time but I wouldn't want to do this full time, I want to be in the department I'm hiring for full time first. They said ok then tells me to come back tomorrow to talk to that department manager because they want me to meet them.
So, I talked to the department manager. They seemed to really like me and said they were going to talk to the hiring manager to get me hired on because they want someone to work there who enjoys that department. So I
Albertsons is a massive corporation that has a void to fill in terms of management, pay, and work balance. But it has alot of culture, and job security.
A typical work day:
Get to the store, read over your daily tasks, this ranges from cashiering, to maintaining the store, to bagging, and such on. After that you go about your day, help customers, and be there if they need you. You also have minor daily tasks to do such as gathering shopping carts, cleaning isles, putting unbought products back on the shelves, etc.
What I learned:
While I was with this company for almost 4 years, I learned how to perfect my customer service skills, as well as how to effectively manage my time.
The management with Albertsons is the worst Ive ever had to deal with, and I was an employee. My personal manager, we will call her "Manager A", and my store manager, "Manager B" (Who is Manager A's boss).
During my time there Manager A and I had personality conflicts. She tried to pile work onto me being as I was a rather quality worker, and if I were to tell her I would have to either stay for overtime to do it, or ask if she can give it to another person in my position, she would threaten me with a write up, or actually write me up for 'Insubordination'.
One of my final weeks of working with the company I was on vacation in another state. I requested the correct days off including the day before and after departure. Manager A neglected to tell me she didnt grant me the l
ProsMeet awesome people, Forged in the fire for customer service, Learn how to bite your tongue.
ConsPainfully short breaks, Very low end benefits and pay, Low hours, Atrocious management (For the most part), Company has a lack of care for employees.
Can be either fun or horrible...depends on your manager
I've been a cake decorator for about a year now. I love doing what I do and making people happy. My coworkers are nice for the most part but as for management it goes both ways. Some speak down to you and others want to be friends. For example, while still new, a manager whistled at me, snapped his fingers, pointed to a spot on the ground in front of him for me to stand, and rudely gave me an order. Never introducing himself as the assistant store director. My manager on the other hand is too nice and never wants to look bad. I feel like she took advantage of me by constantly asking me to dish out bad news or coach other co-workers...coming from someone who is not a manager- lectures about what someone did wrong and how to improve are not very effective and people tend to talk bad about you afterward....not fun but I say what has to be said so mistakes wont be repeated.
My manager also delegates most of her tasks to other workers, comes in hours after her shift starts, leaves hours early (my favorite excuse of hers is "I have a life, you can stay"), talks on the phone with friends, hides out in her car when she is supposedly in the office doing paperwork, doesn't order supplies on time (yeah, happy birthday- I don't have what I need to make your cake), she recruits others to help with her job and takes all the credit for it. Doesn't train new employees properly- I took on that responsibility with the past 5 employees, she just sticks them to learning one task like baking
ProsUnion, steals some money each week but you have job security and fast raises, "Sample" foods in each department
ConsPoor, unorganized, unreasonable management, They try to push you to work off the clock, No actual full time employment
Enjoyable work environment, fun and friendly co-workers, physically demanding, must be self sufficient
Once you have punched in the first thing you do is grab a cart and start culling the tables. Once that is done, start looking at your hot spots and grab what you need to fill them. customers often have questions on products so it's best to know your stuff. Depending on the time of year you will have to cut watermelon bowls. It's very important to never run low or out of these as there is a 56% profit on them. The front tables must always look their best as it's the first thing the customer sees when they walk in the door. Bananas must always be kept full as it's the most selling item in any produce department. Bagged salads must always be fresh and full as that's where most of our money comes in. Now that the department is as full as you can make it, you grab your cart and cull the tables once again. That's when I start cleaning up the backroom to get ready to leave. I run my cardboard and trash to the bailer and dumpster, sweep and squeegee the backroom floor, make sure counters are clean and clear and make sure the Goat (a big garbage disposal) has been ran and is clear. Before leaving, straighten the tables once more. Clock out and leave.
I learned most everything I know about retail here. I learned how a grocery store works, how to run a register, everything I know about produce, honed my customer service skills, learned time management, organization, learned to write orders, problem solving, sales tracking and business.
Management has always been fair to me here
ProsPleasant work environment, friendly people, plenty to keep you busy
ConsHours bounce around every week, The dumpster in the summer smells horrible
Was bullied in the bakery and nobody did anything.
Let me preface by saying that I loved this job. Working in the bakery was easy and fun and I learned a lot. The whole store felt like a community and everyday was different.
However, about 2 months into working here, I began having issues with a coworker. She had clearly disliked me from the get-go, and nobody knew why, as I got along very very well with everybody else, but I decided to give her space as I didn't want to cause any problems. She trained me, and I helped her do her job on the daily, even if that meant I had to put my own work on the back burner sometimes. I found out after about 2 months that she had basically trained me completely wrong. She trained me to do almost all of her responsibilities (of which she had very few, might I add) so that she could leave early. She got spoken to about it, and I was told things would be different by my manager. Never got an apology from this girl, but decided to let it go so we could coexist. However, things only got worse.
She became very cold towards me, would leave huge messes for me to clean up, clocked out and left hours early, leaving unfinished jobs that I then had to race to finish or stay late for, and was all around not doing her job and being extremely rude about it. Not only that, but she, a grown woman, would throw tantrums at work. I'm talking crying, throwing things, slamming things, walking out early. It was scaring the rest of the staff. She was getting spoken to about it by management everyday, but had no
A somewhat productive workplace with nothing to do but work
A typical day working at Albertsons would involve me coming to work usually 10 minutes before my shift, and clocking in my time that i came to work on the company's time clock. i then would start bagging groceries if there were any customers at the check out stands. Bagging customers' groceries required a strict set of rules that were hard to follow and very confusing at times, but i managed to do everything as best as i could. Bagging customers' groceries also required me to work under pressure, as sometimes the customers would yell at me and treat me like im an idiot if i accidentally did something wrong when i was bagging their groceries. If there weren't any customers at the check out stands, i would be required to do any random work i could find, like putting baskets back at the cart stand or cleaning any garbage found in or around the check stands.
Occasionally, i would also be required to sweep the store floors,clean the bathrooms,take out the trash, and pull carts from the parking lot. Sweeping floors and cleaning bathrooms was a pretty easy task to do, but sometimes customers would try and get me i trouble with management for something i didn't do by telling me i didn't clean the floor or the bathroom when i did. taking out the trash wasn't really part of my job, but sometimes the managers would tell me to do it because my coworkers were lazy and didn't want to do it. I think that pulling the carts was the most challenging thing about my job because most of the ti
ProsMostly 1 hour lunch breaks
ConsDirty, filthy breakroom
Questions And Answers about Albertsons
What is the best part of working at Albertsons?
Asked Dec 21, 2019
Answered May 14, 2022
Answered May 14, 2022
How often do you get a raise at Albertsons?
Asked Dec 8, 2020
1 year if your lucky
Answered Aug 18, 2022
1 a year or 2 if promoted
Answered Aug 17, 2022
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Albertsons a better place to work?
Asked Oct 7, 2016
Proper staffing of pharmacy.
Answered Nov 20, 2020
Find a much better way to communicate
Answered Jun 11, 2020
What is the interview process like at Albertsons?
Asked Jul 8, 2016
Very brief 10 minute conversation about your basic information like education etc. then get put onto computer training for a few hours. Most stores are desperate to hire people so there's a high chance you'll get the job regardless of your background.
Answered Mar 23, 2022
Fine, H/R very knowledgeable
Answered Jan 27, 2022
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Albertsons?
Asked Aug 26, 2016
The store director and your department manager often have colliding requests of you. Listen to the higher-end position telling you what to do, they can talk to your manager later. If working full-time, expect unfair schedule changes and being asked to do more work by other departments.
Answered Mar 23, 2022
Say good bye to your energy for a very long time. Well if you are a pallet Jack rider