Some upsides with more downsides
Service Associate (Current Employee) – The Woodlands, TX – July 12, 2013
Working here might be good for a student living at home with no expenses, but for an independent individual trying to make their way in the world, Kroger is definitely not the ideal place to work. The hours are inconsistent to say the least. Some weeks I'll have 38-40, most I have 28-35. It generally takes at least 3 years to achieve full-time status if you aren't in management (something most companies offer right at the start), so up until then you have to essentially beg for more hours. Not only that, but when you do work, you're working in multiple other departments simultaneously because Kroger doesn't like spending the money to schedule adequate staffing. Working in produce doesn't really mean produce, it means produce plus dairy, nutrition, grocery, getting carts off of the lot, and bagging on the front end whenever they need it; and they still expect your work to be done after yanking you all over the store for your whole shift. I have literally had days where I've done nothing in my own scheduled department because I was too busy doing other peoples' jobs instead of my own at the management's request. Granted, the insurance is pretty good, but you need to work there for 9 months as part-time to even qualify. And they don't tell you when you qualify, so if you miss the deadline, you have to wait until the annual application period in October to get insured. Overall, I would only recommend working at Kroger as a last resort. They will hire just about anyone. And that isn't always a good thing either.
blue cross blue shield health insurance, flexible scheduling depending on the department.
take advantage of your time and skills, ask you to do jobs you aren't scheduled to do, low pay, virtually no room for advancement, part-time-only entry level positions.