Kroger Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
1,598 Reviews
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1,598 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule, working to serve the people of your own community and friendly coworkers (in 73 reviews)

  • Paid holidays (4 hours) & paid vacation available for part time (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is tough because I had to work a different schedule every day/week (in 48 reviews)

  • Krogers way of cutting out full time, long tenured workers who have given them 20-30 (in 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Bahlāna
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Bahlāna

    I have been working at Kroger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    highly motivated place to work

    Cons

    too much interferece of top management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get experience if you need it and leave promptly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Lexington, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Lexington, KY (US)

    I have been working at Kroger part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can build customer service experience here in college (then leave to find a better "entry-level" position). Being a cashier here can improve your people skills. This job looks helpful or decent on a thin resume. After you're in the union (45 days), it is not easy to fire you. If you're in the right area you can work with some nice people. Some departments may be enjoyable (such as stock).

    Cons

    Kroger doesn't care about its employees. The union does nothing for people who actually do their job. Raises are strictly time based. Starting at minimum wage (new cashier or courtesy clerk), you get your first $0.10 cents raise at six months. After that your next raise is at a year. Praise is very scarce and little rules are often nitpicked (or encouraged to be by upper management). If you start as a courtesy clerk (bagger/cart boy) you have to beg for cashier, which would be fine if it functioned as a promotion but it sadly doesn't. After you're given cashier you get the next paygrade up in the union handbook (very likely ten cents). They can also make you a dual bagger/cashier. If you make supervisor you also get no raise. Vacation benefits and holiday pay are nonexistent until a significant amount of time at the company (over a year).

    Management is also abused and disconnected from their associates. Due to this disconnection, middle management (supervisors and leads) runs the show and are often incompetent because the only credentials they have are that they've been there long enough to require being given their turn at lead or supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to stress competence and praise based raises to bring out the people that are excellent at their jobs. Working here is sadly a grind because you go nowhere unless you stay for a very, very long time. This especially clashes with modern culture when you employ mainly college students. Training is played fast and loose and seems to never be reviewed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    All and all a good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kroger

    Pros

    the kroger i worked at was very tight knit and they were very warm and welcoming. I liked it there

    Cons

    the insurance was good as a hourly but awful as a salaried employee.. I could not write my own schedule

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  5.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kroger

    Pros

    Safe work environment with great benifits

    Cons

    Low startup salaries in the beginning.

  6.  

    Great Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Cincinnati, OH (US)

    I have been working at Kroger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunity here. Huge company.

    Cons

    I have none at the moment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unhappiness

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Flint, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Flint, MI (US)

    I worked at Kroger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits health care dental vision etc. Still couldn't afford the co-pays.

    Cons

    Have to have a very brown nose to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit letting brown nosers run the stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    There has got to be some place better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Co-Manager
    Current Employee - Co-Manager

    I have been working at Kroger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Kroger has some "great people" and health benefits it takes an act of congress to lose your job.

    Cons

    pay, pay, pay and hours hours hours! Oh and plan on working every holiday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hold your people accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Meh...

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Danville, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Danville, IN (US)

    I worked at Kroger part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, descent benefits.

    Cons

    Only hire part time, hard to get full time. It's union so anyone who's been there longer than you has first grab at choice hours and hours in general regardless of they are incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was a good place to work once upon a time

    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Kroger full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance. Meeting some good co workers and customers

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non existent no matter what they tell you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live what you preach

  11.  

    lots of hours, not a lot of pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Delaware, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Delaware, OH (US)

    I have been working at Kroger part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the best part of working here is the people, you can get pretty much all your days off you request, and their flexible with their schedules.

    Cons

    no work life balance, they will work you 39 hours a week part time , then drop you to 12 one week to avoid putting you as full time, managers are horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate your workers more, pay them more if they've been with the company for longer. and don't display favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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