I have only ever been employed by Kroger, so my review has limited insight. Kroger forced frequent interactions with customers, which helped me develop great customer service abilities. Culture depends on location and managers. Working in the meat and seafood department included many duties such as cleaning, stocking, packing meat, weighing meat, and grinding meats. At the end of every shift you need to take down the displays, which can be tedious. The work is hard, but anyone can do it. The work is rewarding, but the payout only makes sense if you're looking for a start or seeking health care/retirement benefits. Some managers micromanage while others leave you to the wolves. You're likely to encounter many management styles and meet a diverse background of people. I enjoyed it, and would return if there was more financial incentive.
Scheduling flexibility, stable job, good for development, good for retirees, benefits
Pay, frequently understaffed, occasional uncooperative managment.