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WinCo Foods
WinCo Foods
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3.1Work-Life Balance
3.7Pay & Benefits
3.2Job Security & Advancement
Boise, ID
$1B to $5B (USD)

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Overall Reviews at WinCo Foods

Forklift Operator | Modesto, CA | Dec 12, 2019
Could be a good place to work
1st shift is 4am-12:30pm, 2nd 12:30pm-9pm, 3rd 7:30pm-4am. New hires are on call and must be ready to work 1st or 2nd shift. You probably won’t be able to go to third shift until you’re 10+ years of employment cause your seniority too low. Starting pay is around 17. No incentives for beating rate. You get small a raise every 6 month for the first two years until the third year you get really big raises. Plan on getting Tue/we’d or wed/Thursday off. You won’t see weekend off unless you stay of 2nd shift for 10+ years. It’s nearly impossible to request time off. Overtime is mostly voluntary can be hard to get again depends on seniority. I don’t really care for it so it’s perfect for me. The employees who started with this company in late 90s to early 2000 chances are very lucky people, most will have or already have multiple million dollars retirement account thanks to employee stock. Not bad for the average joe working an average job with no college degree required. The stock incentives are still very generous for newer employees, but chances are you won’t have nearly as big of a retirement account due to stock price not appreciating as fast as before. Yes, some cases are heavy and you have to move at a fast pace to hit rate, but being a order selector isn’t too hard as long as you don’t talk and move at steady pace. A lot of people slack off most of the shift only to finds themselves working harder and faster than they need to towards the end of the shift to make up lo
Produce Clerk | Lancaster, CA | Sep 8, 2020
Good for the money....Not as a career
I felt welcomed since day one by my co workers and manager, I was always being reminded on what to do and helped incase I felt pressured or confused about something. Overall friendly workplace and great benefits Here’s what my problem with WinCo is for one the point system here complete negates you from missing a day of work, EVEN FOR EMERGENCIES, but you’re probably wondering oh well it’s probably not that bad...true it probably isn’t if it wasn’t for the fact that each day you miss you accumulate 3 points...”What’s the problem?” Well the problem is you’re only allowed to have a maximum of 9 for your probationary period and which is not 70 days as with most other jobs, it’s a Total of 500 hours worked and most likely during your probationary period you’ll only work a max of 2-3 days on average so in turn it can take between 5-7 months until said period is over so if you happen to miss three days because say you needed to handle things at home or with family, the likelihood of you getting terminated is very high, at any prior job I had in 7 months I would’ve easily missed at the bare minimum 6 days of work or around once per month, and even when you become a full time employee your maximum only goes up to 12 points...PER YEAR! This system makes you have this indirect Love hate relationship with the company because even though ever so often you get raises in pay, the cost of it is prioritizing the company and work over your personal life and family, furthermore the company i
ProsMost likely you’ll have friendly co workers, great benefits and great base pay
ConsReally shady superiors, managers, supervisors, overseers, etc. Point system is absurd
Cashier/Clerk | Bellingham, WA | Jun 24, 2014
Not a Good Place to Work
WinCo is unfortunately not a very good place to work. This is despite the fact that the company goes out of its way to suppose otherwise. When I was hired the was a lot of hurrah about how great the company was and how they are dedicated to their employees' needs. I found the truth was to the contrary. The biggest problem is the management. The majority of my co-workers were great people that I genuinely enjoyed being around. Managers, however, are cold, distant and often times rude. It's difficult to do your job correctly when you have three different people telling you three different way of doing a job. Departments are chronically understaffed and overworked. The managers use the fact that there are occasional down weeks–in terms of customers–to justify keeping all the departments to the smallest number of people humanly possible. This means you will be working at break neck speeds for your entire shift just trying to keep up with the basic demands of your job. But this leaves no time for the extra-curricular work that management expects you to complete. In other words, imagine the scene about "Flair" from the movie Office Space; that's basically what working at WinCo is like. If you do your job and clock in and clock out on time you're just doing the "bare minimum," which, even though it's your job description, is somehow unacceptable to management. I worked at WinCo for a little over a year and found myself dreading it every day I went in. I knew was going t
ProsA job.
ConsEverything else.
Seafood Clerk | Henderson, NV | Apr 30, 2019
Horrible Job
My typical shifts were 3-9:30, although most of the time I was asked to come in at 2 or even 1, which is nice because of hours, but it's mostly because my manager was lazy and just didn't want to work. Sometimes it was something important however. At some times when I worked mornings and my manager said he was going to lunch, which is 30 minutes for most states per law, he would disappear anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours and left the store most of the time. I once even saw him shopping and he went home for an hour and a half. I honestly don't care that he left for so long. I just hated the lying. One day he said, "hey i'm taking my car across the street real quick," and then disappeared for about an hour. Even the deli Manager would ask where my manger is. And I would always say, "I don't know they just always disappear." Lunches would also start usually around 5 and I was always the first to go because I got out at 9:30, while deli was around 10. So with my shifts usually starting around 3 I had to make sure everything was done within 2 hours because I needed a lunch and I had to cover the Deli while they were on their interval lunches, and sometimes lunches wouldn't even be done until around 7, which never gave me much more time, since I had to start closing around 8. This was because my manager would give me 6 things to prep and expected it all to be finished, but most of them took quite some time. Sometimes I would manage to finish everything, while also covering
Prosdecent salary
Conslack of hours, management, rude employees
Clerk | Idaho | Feb 11, 2015
Life at WinCo
Typically the day consists of working in a retail environment that requires you to a customer service role model for the entire store, regardless what department that you work in. Expect to be stressed and stand for hours on end without breaks. You are expected to adhere to the ESP and Winco's Strict Policy Guidelines. What you will learn is that you must be in charge of yourself and take responsibility with a friendly and positive smile. You will earn plenty of skills that will help you within and outside of the company. Call it a free educational course with pay. Many of these skills that you will earn may benefit you at home or at work pending on what department you are working for. However don't expect to become apart of management within a few years or more. Management is hardly out there to make your career a successful one, nor will they resolve issues that you have addressed to them. They're more likely to pick their favorites, be unprofessional at times, phony, overload their employees or walk all over them. You might get lucky and have a manager that actually does their job and help you along the way without being asked to. And expect constant warnings and write ups over the pettiest of things and get intimidated. Generally your co-workers are sometimes therefore you, but many of them tend to gossip poorly about each other or about you in particularly; and make false accusations against you. Many of them are either stuck up or rude. Very few are kind a
ProsGood Health Coverage, Vacation Pay, Holiday Pay, Decent Starting Pay, Bonuses, Valuable Skills
ConsPoor Company Management, False Company Ownership, Bad Retirement Plan, Overloaded Work Expectations, Impossible Deadlines, Employee Gossip, Employee Drama
Grocery Associate | Lacey, WA | Mar 26, 2013
nice co workers and wonderful customers, but management could use some improvement.
Usually when i came into work i would clock in and go pull cardboard on the aisles, after that i would make my list for what LRQT (large quantity) products need to be pulled to the shelves, i would then make my list go to the back find a six wheel and start loading the products to fill to the shelves. I would stock dry food ends to the shelves, then i would move on to deli and frozen and stock LRQT's on those. after that was all done i would then help the lead clerks with their work and then do go-backs (products that people didnt want that get sorted and put back to the shelves) those were my everyday tasks. During my work days, whenever the registers got busy and they needed back up checkers i would come up take a few people on my registers and then check them i would greet them and tell them to have a nice day when through. When all the customers cleared out i would go back and finish my tasks for the work day, but return whenever the registers got busy. Most of the time when the registers were busy i would stay up there. Management most the time wouldn't do anything to help whenever i saw our store manager she would be standing there and talking, not doing any sort of work, hardly ever in her office, just walking around and talking. I can recall maybe two times out of the whole two years that i worked for Winco did i see her do actual work. I actually had a customer of mine complain to me about our manager and her poor work and professional attitude. She would leave early
Bakery Clerk | Sacramento, CA | Nov 7, 2020
Look Else Where
Typical Day - One day may open next day you may close. You maybe working in freezer or Refrigerator most of your shift. One week you may get 20 hours at end of month is slower so you will get less hours Management and HR are not proactive they are reactive is slow motion Workplace Culture Best description Dysfunctional Best Part of Job is the Customers Full time is only guarantee of 34 hours. Low percentage of Employees are Fulltime. Hard to get days off (plan on working most weekends and all holidays except Christmas) Need to have open availability, Schedule is All Over the Place so budgeting and having life work balance very difficult (working 10 days in a row are common) Schedule comes out usually Thursday or Friday for the following week. Training is limited and haphazard unless on computer to meet Federal and state guidelines. No annual Job performance evaluation or goal setting. (online training on your own time is offered) Efficiencies are unrealistic as based on fastest and most experience person in company rather cross section of long-term employees. Hours for each department are based off of these. Work is Very Repetitive in Nature. Working Conditions are Poor technology and equipment is outdated. Lots of stores are dirty, safety and sanitation practices are not enforced. No Recognition for Job Well Done and Poor Job Performance is tolerated. You don’t have to perform your duties you just have to not break any policies to stay employed. Management does
ProsHas Good Medical and Dental Benefits, Can transfer to different departments and stores easily, LQBT friendly stores pretty easily
ConsHigh Turnover rate, Poor employee Morale, Very Volatile Schedule, Don't value their employees
Retail Sales Associate | Pomona, CA | Mar 5, 2013
work as a team
Maintains and replenishes stock in a safe and efficient manner to meet customer purchasing needs. Typical Duties and Responsibilities •Maintains the quality condition of all products; stocks, rotates, and faces product; discards outdated and spoiled products and maintains stockroom. •Orders products, cut cases, stacks, prices and marks merchandise. •Builds product displays and operates related equipment such as hand trucks and pallet jacks. •Maintains a safe, secure and sanitary work environment. •Assists customers with questions. •Performs occasional checking duties with an emphasis on providing friendly ,courteous, customer service. •Performs training duties. •Performs all job duties and responsibilities with honesty and integrity. •Cuts boxes in a precise manner and places small containers on shelves. •Performs other duties as assigned or needed. Ability to: •Reach, lift, stack and maneuver objects of varying dimensions and weights up to 40 lbs. within the range of floor level to overhead frequently. •Lifts up to 50 lbs. occasionally. •Push and pull hand trucks and pallet jacks containing product of substantial weight. •Stand, walk and move rapidly for long periods of time. •Bend, stoop, twist and turn frequently. •Ensure safe and accurate completion of work activities. •Perform repetitious work accurately and with mental alertness. •Perform basic math (add, subtract, multiply and divide). •Learn and memorize location of products, check stand and keyboard procedures ,c
Stocker | Ventura, CA | Dec 1, 2020
Enjoyed the actual work involved but management and disciplinary actions are horrid
I worked at WinCo Foods as an overnight freight handler/Stocker. I enjoyed the actual work they had us do (stocking shelves, rotating product, facing aisles, etc.), but the management was horrible. My first day I received no training at all, was literally just thrown into an aisle and had to figure it out. Then when I had finished the manager came over and told me my work looked awful and then showed me how it should look and had me redo the entire aisle. So the communication between the upper management and new staff was almost nonexistent other then when they came to you with a complaint about something you had done wrong. The only worse thing than the management is the fact that they are on the point system for attendance and tardiness. I've worked at places previously that did the point system as well but they gave a bit of leniency, but WinCo has no grace period for clocking in late (maybe I've just gotten lucky, but all of the companies I have worked for have given at least a 5 minute window for error), even if you clocked in one second after the time you were scheduled you got given a point (this was true for clocking back in for lunch as well) and you could only clock in 2 minutes early. At the location I worked at all of the employees had to clock in at the front of the store, near where the liquor is sold and stored, with a computer with outdated software from the 90s. What I thought was the most messed up part was the clock on the computer was constantly incorrect
ProsGood work
ConsBad management, communication and company polices (attendance/tardiness point system)
Bakery Clerk | Fresno, CA | Mar 25, 2022
Spare Yourself and Don’t Apply to Winco
Out of three jobs I’ve had so far winco was definitely the worst. To start off they barley train you, expect you to know things without showing or telling you how to do it. I challenged the manager on a few things and felt like I’m the only person to ever do it, when I told them about my concerns they made changes to things, they probably aren’t used to employees who will speak up for themselves if they feel things aren’t right. After I stood up to them about my concerns I noticed he scheduled his days off on days I work (thought that was funny). The work itself was easy, the issue is there is too much work to get done. The pay is definitely not worth the amount of work they pile on you. Each day you are constantly overworked, it’s overwhelming and stressful especially just starting out. There would be times where I couldn’t even take my breaks cause I feel like I didn’t have enough time in my shift to get done what I needed to get done. There are three shifts a morning, mid, and late shift, since winco is cheap they only have one employee scheduled per shift. While I was working at winco my grandmother passed away, I had to work the day after she passed and I felt guilty about calling In because I was worried that no one would cover my shift and get the work done. Looking back I definitely should’ve called out, I shouldn’t feel guilty for calling out because Winco only wants to have one employee scheduled per shift, I felt like I couldn’t even be with my family or grieve. Di

Questions And Answers about WinCo Foods

What is the best part of working at WinCo Foods?
Asked Dec 19, 2019
The best part would have to be the opportunity for plenty of overtime if you need extra hours.
Answered Jul 5, 2022
Good benefits. $30 per month for medical, dental, and vision for one person. Lots of opportunities for hours if you're willing to help out in other departments. Great coworkers, some of whom became close friends.
Answered Jul 3, 2022
How often do you get a raise at WinCo Foods?
Asked Mar 5, 2021
Raises are determined by steps and if you are part time or full time. More hours you work faster you get through the steps.
Answered Aug 2, 2022
very often
Answered Jul 30, 2022
What is a typical day like for you at WinCo Foods?
Asked Mar 25, 2020
Constant work flow.
Answered Aug 8, 2022
Intense stress, rude customers, uncaring management.
Answered Aug 3, 2022
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at WinCo Foods?
Asked Nov 14, 2019
Wear a nice shirt, and negotiate your starting wage. Supremely understaffed, you can get away with a higher starting wage.
Answered Aug 8, 2022
Always keep eye contact/ dress nice and you the job seeker know alittle about the company and ask them questions
Answered Aug 8, 2022
What are the typical hours that you would start and finish work at if you are working overnight freight
Asked Nov 20, 2016
Typically 12 to 14. Average of 50-55 over 4 graveyard shifts
Answered Aug 23, 2021
10-6:30am at a Texas store
Answered May 14, 2019