C&S Wholesale Grocers

Working at C&S Wholesale Grocers: Company Overview and Reviews

C&S Wholesale Grocers
C&S Wholesale Grocers
3.2
1869 reviews
C&S Wholesale Grocers Ratings
3.2
Average rating of 1869 reviews on Indeed
2.9Work-Life Balance
3.3Pay & Benefits
3.0Job Security & Advancement
2.9Management
3.0Culture
Headquarters
Keene, NH
Employees
Unknown
Revenue
More than $10B (USD)
Industry
Food and Beverages

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 Average SalarySalary Range
438 salaries reported
$22.13
per hour
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48 salaries reported
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15 salaries reported
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1 salary reported
$23.00
per hour
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Salary Satisfaction
54%
Of the employees are satisfied about their pay
Based on 4102 reviews
Benefits
Health Care
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
401k
Paid Time Off
Stock Options
Discounts

C&S Wholesale Grocers Reviews

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Overall Reviews at C&S Wholesale Grocers

1.0
Order Picker | Robesonia, PA | Jan 4, 2019
Don't Work Here
5 years ago this was the primary warehouse of a cooperative grocery distributor that had been around for well over 50 years...... then they went bankrupt and a company named C&S bought it in a courtroom auction. Now it is the equivalent of a single blueberry on a mediocre bush in a field full of blueberry bushes that are owned by C&S wholesale grocers. As a former employee that worked through the good times and the bad, let me tell you the one thing that has always remained true about this place and the 'picking' profession in general... you will work hard or you will be fired. And the job got even harder after C&S took over. If you can't reach and maintain a 100% production rate by the end of the training period, you will be fired. If you get too many disciplinary letters for not maintaining a 100% after your training period, you will be fired. The starting pay was around $15.50 when I started in the 2000's, and with the periodic union contract raises I reached a little over $20/hr just before the company went bankrupt. The health insurance coverage was incredible, and workers had a pension...... but that's all changed or completely gone now... You'll be making around $14.68 to start. That's right, you'll be making a dollar less when you start than I did when I started at the same warehouse over 10 years ago (meanwhile cost of living has increased). And it will take you at least 3 years to reach the top pay rate which is only $17-$18 and some change now. The o
ProsIt's a job
ConsEverything about said job
4.0
Order Picker | Harrisburg, PA | Jan 27, 2015
It's a warehouse workout, that's for sure.
You ride around on an electric pallet jack up and down the warehouse aisles, searching for, grabbing, stacking, packing, and wrapping up the orders on your hand-held lists. After each order is complete, you slap it down at the loading docks, label it, record it, and leave it. After that, you cruise around, scavenging for half-decent pallets to snag up and use to dive on into your next order. That's it, all day long, at least for the main warehouse order selectors. Repack is a smidge different. Repack is candy and spices and cigs in a cage. You creep around on the short jacks to pick and pack inside the cage. People from the loading docks, called "runners," come to get your finished orders. I didn't like being glued to the cage. I wanted to ride the open rows. Picking and packing is "incentive," which means the more you pick, the more money you make. I couldn't go very fast, but the lowest hourly rate is still pretty darn good. In spite of the incentive base, the environment is pretty relaxed; even more so than many other warehouses I've passed through over the years. You can make it fun if you want. However, beware the caged women in repack, as they do get into little spats here and there. Even so, we weren't doomed for it because I surely never had a problem with any of my girls. As I said, you make it what you want it to be. Of course, the "work" part wasn't super fun, but I felt at home in the entire warehouse. The environment was mine to mold. The best part,
ProsCig breaks whenever, catch up whenever. No whips or chains.
ConsMonotony. Bodily wear & tear. Expensive health care, not worth it.
1.0
Dock Worker | Chester, NY | Nov 17, 2013
Re-Dick-u-Lous work expectations for little pay as a Reciever/Backhauler!!
Management are typically a bunch of young guys who started this job at a young age and are cocky with their attitudes towards others or majority have the Military mind set on how you should work and you never amount up to their standards no matter how hard or fast you try to do your work. Management does not really care of your personal issues of trial tribulations you go through in your daily life with family matters outside of the company as long as you get to work on time and focus on work like a robot without feelings or to have a brain as long as you are a work horse that doesn't want to stop. If you commute far from home to work and have to commute back home after a long night of being over worked, freezing, exhausted, frustrated and mentally shot, your drive home is that the same of escaping a tornado . Supervisors write you up for the smallest stupid things that are drawn out to be far more intense than what they really are. No matter how hard you work your never good enough cause they use someone else whose less than half your age as an example that they do more than you so their expectations of you are far more than you can imagine. I work there and can barely afford to feed my family after the gas expense I shell out once a week to get there and back. It adds up to one of my entire paychecks a month! So I pretty much work for 3 paychecks out of a 4 week pay period therefor, less money to buy food for my family or clothes for my children. It is very difficult
ProsBenifits, Holiday Pay, and Having a Job period!
Consexcessive work envoiorment both mentally and physically.Management a little too harsh on employees
2.0
Order Picker | Bethlehem, PA | May 11, 2019
Don't believe what they advertise
If you're going to work here, be prepared for being patronized by your trainer and being told one thing in training and expected to do another when actually working. A.K.A. getting a safety talk by the safety manager saying he doesn't want to see anyone running in the warehouse but him during an emergency, but if you want to get incentive pay you're going to have to run, FAST to make 100% pick rate because a 4 minute assignment / long picking Bay = you better run if you want to make your time. Have legit overhead other workers say when getting off break " time to go back to picking cotton" Be prepared to be told the same thing multiple times and to be expected to do more than others if you are naturally responsible. Be prepared for mandatory overtime and not being allowed to leave until all of the work is done. And even then you might be required to stay later especially if you work hard and don't fool around / chat with other employees instead of working. HR office and supervisors / managers offices are in a locked office so good luck trying to get ahold of them. If you're going to talk to them it will probably be on the floor while your time is running and if you don't keep track of it yourself, your pick rate goes down. Corporate HR is not responsive. Be prepared to keep close track of the hours you work and even though you're using a punch clock after you get your ID your paycheck is still short time that you worked. Overtime is NOT time and a half eit
ProsGood paychecks with overtime
ConsShort breaks, you're just a cog in the system. Company is too big / too high a turnover for quality work.
3.0
Order Picker | Plant City, FL | Mar 30, 2022
Great place horrible management
Had hard times since the beginning and nobody cared checks were scheduled to come on Wednesday couldn’t even get my checks because they kept sending them other departments that I wasn’t in or even applied for and they had me off Wednesdays and Thursday night so I would drive a hour and 10 mins to come Thursday morning to pick up my check and on three separate occasions was told my check was locked in an office and that’d I have to come back tomorrow I would go almost all the way till next pay period before receiving my previous check for the previous work week Management doesn’t care about anybody I was set to graduate and become an incentive selector but 2 supervisors asked me to help in a different department so I asked would I still graduate on time since all my percentage and performance was up to date they told me yes my graduation was as locked in so I agreed to help out in the freezer for the rest of the shift the next day I’m told I’ll b put in the freezer all week when asked for freezer suit I was shrugged off and had to work the whole week in the freezer without proper attire and so I asked again if I’d graduate on time and again I was assured that I would so at the beginning of the next week I was approached by a trainer and was told I would not graduate which I didn’t for another 3 weeks then when I did graduate on the 2nd month I didn’t get any of my incentive pay till almost the end of the 3rd month and several other trainers and employees told me this is norma
ProsNon
ConsEverything
4.0
Warehouse Associate | Chester, NY | Jan 21, 2014
Productive and work alone environment.
I loved this job. A typical day included arriving at work at 6a.m., picking up a terminal that would load assignments for the day. The terminal or "Jennifer" (an automated computer program) would ask you to complete the daily, pallet jack, equipment checklist. Once the checklist is complete, Jennifer would then announce the first assignment. She would tell you which aisles the assignment starts and where it ends, how many items in the assignment, how many slots, and how much time is allowed for said assignment. I, in turn, would announce that I am ready to begin my work by saying "ready to go." Then Jennifer would tell me, for example, "go to aisle 80 slot 04-02 grab 15." Next I would drive the pallet jack to the slot and repeat to Jennifer, "grab 15." Then Jennifer would announce the next slot and quantity of items and so forth until all cases have been picked. Now let's say this assignment were to take 60 minutes to complete. If I complete the assignment in exactly 60 minutes, my productivity would become 100%. If I complete the assignment in 30 minutes, it would become 200%. My goal is to complete the assignment as quick as possible, thus resulting in higher pay. Base pay is $15/hr. At the end of each day, each individual may check their average percentage for all assignments for the day. Normally, about 15 assignments are completed by each worker per day. At the end of the week, whatever the average of your percentages for each day total, you will get paid
Prostwo 15 minute paid breaks, take 30 minute lunch whenever between 8am and 1pm
ConsThere may be congestion in the aisles due to the amount of people working. Thus, wasting time and lowering ones percentage for that particular assignment.
3.0
Order Picker | Aberdeen, MD | Feb 21, 2013
MESS! disorganized! Mess!
The pay and benefits are good but all thier standards are based off of production and speed and lacks pretty much everywhere else. Co-workers will steal equipment from other co-workers while they are on break, incentive selectors have assigned equipemnt yet as a trainee you have no idea which ones are assigned because the company does not bother to ethier have designated parking for unassigned and assigned equipement or have simple labels that designates it as assigned which leads to wasting a lot of time when there is confusion. The only part of the training process that was superior to other places I have worked was training on equipment. As far as being trained on everything else you will recieve conflicting information on how to do pretty much everything, some trainers will even tell you to do things that are against correct procceesess, one trainer will suggest you do something one way and another trainer will disagree. They dont like giving delays/downtime for anything, you have to argue for it. Thier safety record sucks for a reason. Its not enough that the voice picking system is a headache but if they run out of the bigger unit batteries you will most likely get stuck having to change the battery every 2 hours and they dont like giving you downtime for changing the RF battery. If you happen to value the standard of basic repsect and also value the quality in your work and you are not a confrontational person this place is most likely not for you, at least not as a s
Prospay, quite a few selectors are very helpful, benefits
Consquality standards lacking, too many shiesty people who make other peoples days harder to make thier easier
5.0
Shipping and Receiving Clerk | Brattleboro, VT | Jul 23, 2013
3 day work schedule
Each day was different but this is general: set up the first billing for selectors to pick from to load trucks to be shipped out. I would brake the loads down into shots to fit on pallets for the selectors. I would take in the load sheets back in to close them out making sure that all the proper stickers where on the load sheets in their proper places to be sent to the trucking company for their drivers to take the loads out to be delivered to stores. I would answer phone calls from customer service or transportation for paperwork related things such as adding a handbill for a customer that needed something else added to his truck for a special item. I learned to work alone but fast and the supervisors depended on me to make sure the office ran smoothly and efficiently, I could manage several phones at the same time, I ran 5 machines at the same time off and on when it was required, I managed my time to my fullest fitting in everything that was required. I worked 3-14 hour shifts sometimes running over. Overtime was never an issue for me. Co-worker were all guys on my shift. even the supervisors. But they respected me and I them. I had a great working relationship with all. The hardest part was working everything alone. But if I needed help my supervisors were right there to pitch in and offer me brakes if I asked them. The most enjoyable part were the guys. They were a quirky bunch and made me laugh a lot. But every once in a while they knew when to let me be. They unde
ProsWe would often get a safety cookout. Like so many days safe without incident.
ConsFor me it was just having to work alone sometimes.
2.0
Order Picker | Street, MD | Jan 3, 2022
As a selector you will be the only person overly using your body daily. Management isn’t helpful and hours are long
I worked for this company for 4+ years and as a selector you will be working the night shift. Comings in new you will be trained how to ride an a electrical pallet jack. After learning how to operate the jack correctly you will be tested on how well you can maneuver between cones and if no cones are hit you pass this test and will able to start working in your department (perishable, Grocery). You will be trained by someone knows how to select fast and consistent learning how to properly place cases in different bases. These people get easily frustrated and will talk behind your back every chance they get to management. As a male dominated workplace the environment is different for everyone who isn’t familiar with being around a certain type of co workers. As a result to never leaving until the work is done some nights will have you working 12,14,15 hour shifts and be expected to return to work tomorrow on time or will be written up for calling out from exhaustion. Coming late is a problem at times because from the lack of employees willing to show up on time overworks the ones who did show on time. This is a self motivated place don’t expect to have any pats on the back or be appreciated for a job well done. All in all if you aren’t going to be ok with missing family on holidays or seeing them as much and beating your body down on a consistent basis for decent pay then this isn’t the place for you.
ProsPay, Physically demanding, Learn how warehouse ships products Understanding of personal issues
ConsManagement, Work life balance, Under appreciated, Trainers, Environment, Bias
2.0
| Remote | Nov 16, 2021
Not the worst place to work, but very poorly managed
C&S is the kind of place you go to work when you need a solid paycheck and good benefits before applying for the job you *actually* want. The hours are long, the pay is decent, and they really do have a great benefits package. Additionally, among low-level workers, there is a pretty strong sense of community. The culture isn't toxic, per se, but rather just... sad. Everyone you work with is worn out, angry, depressed, worried about losing their job to another round of layoffs or some offshore contractor in India, or all of the above. It often feels like nothing you do matters, and you're just another cog in a machine designed to print money for the children/grandchildren of the company founder. C&S is without a doubt the most top-heavy organization I've ever worked for, and I've worked for the US government. For every office worker who is actually producing real work, there's like 5 managers and 3 executives. The office environment (and all departments in those offices), are highly siloed, which results in massive inefficiency and absolutely mind-boggling levels of wasted money, time, and resources. Upper management tends to respond to these huge budget overruns by cutting the best and brightest (and usually highest paid) members of already severely understaffed departments, resulting in even worse inefficiencies, causing more staff cuts; it's a self-propelling issue.
ProsExcellent pay and benefits, strong sense of community among lower-tier employees
ConsExtremely understaffed, little to no support from management, zero company direction, little opportunity for career advancement

Questions And Answers about C&S Wholesale Grocers

What is the best part of working at C&S Wholesale Grocers?
Asked Nov 24, 2019
Production pay and great benefit
Answered Jun 29, 2022
Pay
Answered Jun 29, 2022
What is a typical day like for you at C&S Wholesale Grocers?
Asked May 18, 2020
Stressful
Answered Sep 26, 2022
Just a normal day as any! Just force on achieving goals
Answered Sep 19, 2022
What is the promotion process like at C&S Wholesale Grocers?
Asked Oct 13, 2020
No promo Hardly anyone makes it past probation the position is very laborious it’s hard !
Answered Sep 26, 2022
No promotion sonority rules company
Answered Sep 5, 2022
If you were in charge, what would you do to make C&S Wholesale Grocers a better place to work?
Asked Nov 14, 2019
Better communication between management and employees. Better recognition for associates when the job has been done well for perfect attendance, meeting quota, etc. Management should pay better attention to what it has in front of them instead of promoting the wrong people to jobs they have no business doing. Find ones within, who are actually qualified and have the skill set to do it.
Answered Apr 15, 2021
Have realistic productivity goals as barely anyone can achieve therefore hiring 30 new employees weekly
Answered Nov 11, 2020
Does the company hired if you have a criminal record?
Asked Jan 25, 2017
This warehouse DC and many others will hire anybody willing to throw cases allday. Doesn't matter what you did or if you're a high school dropout..... They just need people to work there.
Answered Oct 22, 2020
Yes and it feels like thats all they want are felons
Answered Aug 21, 2018