Total Chaos, clueless management, bad workers
Produce Associate, Buffalo Grove, IL - July 24, 2015
I got hired before the store opened in May. I had no grocery experience and was hired as mid level, level 3. that was because i worked for the federal govt and was responsible employee. Majority of those people with no exp. would have been hired 4 or 5. level 1-2 are management. The store was a mess, produce what Marianos is known for, by far the worst management in that department. They hired all these people, picked a location not big enough for their business, former dominicks store. Location made money, but was not booming like locations where they built the building for Marianos like in VH/Libertyville. So they cut employee hours to make a bigger profit margin for the store. All those people basically quit, because lack of hours or none at all. Produce was the worst department, second shift was a bunch of millennials or high school/college kids. They had no supervision, so they pulled out produce, bullshitted around, did no work, did not put their stuff away and left a big mess fro third shift to put away just so they could do their work. First shift worked but, made the freezer a mess, so everyday you had to clean it up and reorganize again, just so you could do your work. Doesnt matter how many times and how nicely you asked they would keep messing it up. Produce department is the hardest to manage since fruits and vegetables don't last forever. Had four mangers over 2 months, kept hiring guys who decades with grocery experience, but had no clue of what they were doing. They ordered way too much, to make it look like they knew what they were doing, but ended up throwing out large amounts of produce because it went bad. the fourth manager was the worst, he would not even rotate the fruit he put out on the floor. He woukld yell at employees for his mangerial short comings and bad decisions. Final straw for me was he would order 12 pallets of produce, schedule me 4 hours ALONE and expect me to put it all away myself. Not happening. talked to the third shift store manger about him, got a couple helpers, I managed, to get the work done. Produce manager and asst, kept brushing their work off on others. Inventory, etc. Only thing they would do is write the schedule so they got the hours and days they wanted along with time off. they started reducing my hours from 40 to part time, So i got a full time job elsewhere and quit right away. it was a no brainer. they said store wasn't doing well and had to reduce the hours, but they never reduced the size of the orders?!?! So who is going to do all that work???? 8 months after the store opened I saw they had a job hiring fair, pretty sad they lost that many people after the opened so soon. Just in the two months I worked there they lost over 2/3 of their staff, more like 75%. I am sure the produce manager was demoted or fired since i left. they failed self imposed health code rule enforcement. if you shop there make sure you wash your fruit or vegetables!