Pros: union, 30 minute meal, employee discount
Cons: short breaks, long hours on your feet
While I mainly enjoy my work, especially my coworkers, I don't feel that I was properly trained, or informed of some important expectations at all. So, i wanted to try and wrote a review that may help anybody entering Meijer as a new employee! In orientation, they didn't inform you that if you're one minute late from a (15 min) break you're docked a – more... half point. Theres not much of a grace period for tardiness, 1-1/2 minutes is it. The problem with this is customers often (ok always!) need help and you're almost always stopped before you can punch in. Even if your badge is not on. I've been told there are routes to take to avoid this. You're technically not supposed to avoid customers, but while new, it's best to find that route! TIP: If you're more than a minute late from your break, and a customer has stopped you, or you notice a spill and clean it, COMMUNICATE this to your Team Leader that a customer stopped you. This is very important. Make sure they note that you punched late because of it. Management can be very accommodating, about this they know jyst as well that customers stop us frequently. They take it into consideration, and likely won't punish you because you helped a customer, or prevented an accident. It's not something that you're told in orientation or training, probably because many can and will abuse it. Just don't make it a habit and you'll be ok. You cannot punch in for the day until 2 minutes before your shift, not a minute earlier! Be by the register or clock ready to clock in as early as possible. Be aware that NEW HIRES are allowed only 3 points, termination will be an unfortunate result. Absenteeism is 1 pt. Tardiness to work or break, is a half point. They can add up fast, be very careful and manage your time wisely, by all means stay healthy and don't call in unless you cannot work at all. Rest assured, these points do roll off in 4 months time. So just be very conscientious of time, your schedule and manage it wisely. I finf arriving at least 20 minutes early to be most helpful. After your 'new hire period', it's 12.
Only ither problem Ive encountered is the management stressing to new hires that, "You should never even need the Union Steward one only needs them if they're a "troublemaker" This is NOT true! The union is there for you. Do not be intimidated, if you think you need your steward, ASK FOR REPRESENTATION. The management isn't required to inform you of this right. This is why we pay dues! You're NOT a trouble maker (most times!) Management was a part of collective bargaining and really should know better than to tell employees this. Nobody wants to be labeled a troublemaker. If you think something is just wrong it's better to use/ask for your representation, than to be terminated! You can't be punished for that.
In closing, at my store, management is good, conditions are good. Management will listen to concerns and address them. If you've requested days off as early as possible, they work with that. Most of the customers are a joy to work with, some will make your entire shift. Smile, be cheerful, it's contagious. Always greet the customer, it can change their entire mood, making their experience better than it may have been. I've managed to make terribly unhappy customers (like full out yelling, to smiling and waving next time they're in) happy by going the extra mile to find something for them. Just be incredibly patient, take a deep breath and deal with them kindly. This almost always changes their demeanor. – less