A nice company with good goals, but your schedule will bounce around
Produce Manager in Training (Current Employee) – Rockville, MD – January 5, 2016
I like the people that work there. The company has nice ecological goals and good incentives for staff, but there is only so much room for upward advancement. My schedule bounced around so much that it is hard to live any kind of life outside of the job and it is hard to get enough sleep. Often they are understaffed, which makes the job more than one person can do, which was pretty hard on my back. They start at $11/hr and have health insurance benefits so it is a good place to start at, but overall was very physically draining.
Overnight Stocker (Current Employee) – Merrifield, VA – July 20, 2014
During new employee orientation, I was taught that Mom's Market do not have their priorities as trying to be the best health and wellness store but to restore the earth. Mom's Market trains employees on energy saving alternatives, recycling, and other various ways we are able to help the earth and its environment. Work feels like daily tasks or chores that needs to be done at a second home more than responsibilities at a paying job; our growing Mom's family members are eccentric, Mom's purpose is motivational, and the company's continuing growth is respectable.
free lunch, new product sample, employee benefits, employee discount
Customer Service (Current Employee) – Bryn Mawr, PA – October 7, 2014
Management sucks, they don't handle problems head on, some of the customers are very snobby and want things done their way, and you have to clean up after adults like their kids. One of my coworkers is very condescending to me on a daily basis. There is nothing enjoyable about working here.
slave work, managers help the cashiers but don't help other departments, 30 minute breaks, and condescending managers.
Flexible, easy workplace, but the environment can be stressful and the customers can be rude.
Cashier (Current Employee) – Baltimore, MD – March 18, 2014
As a cashier at MOM's, I work with the customers all day long. While my duties are essentially easy to comprehend and complete, the store gets busy quickly, and the managers expect the cashiers to be peppy and energetic for the entire shift, almost like robots and not actual people. Additionally, customers can be very rude, some coworkers may be difficult, and the breaks the store gives you are not nearly enough time to recharge from the continuously fast-paced, stressful environment. Overall, MOM's is a decent place to work temporarily, but definitely not something I plan to do in the long-term.
Overnight Stocker (Current Employee) – Herndon, VA – January 17, 2014
The employees at MOM's are very knowledgeable on our health products and seem to be very dedicated toward our goal on preserving the environment. I enjoy working there since I have worked on organic farms and understand the importance of providing fresh local organic produce. I think we could support more local farms more but understand they are doing their best. The managers are very caring and concerned with every individual employee which helps create a happy and much more healthier environment.
Department Manager (Current Employee) – Bowie, MD – February 5, 2014
Working with this company I was given the opportunity to manage my own department. I always begin and end my day with checking my inventory. After checking my inventory I am wrapping, cutting, seperating and setting up my food displays. The most enjoyable part of my day is organizing the department so it is colorful, creative and organized in a way that is easy for customers to find what they are looking for.
I loved coming to MOM's for work because I was given a lot of freedom in my job, in terms of when I did what tasks and how long I was on the floor versus in the back. When I worked demo, I would come in, see my recipe for the day, print out the recipes for customers and find my ingredients in the store. Then I would shrink all the products I needed for my meal and begin cooking. I would prepare the meal and sample it, often preparing a second helping of the meal, for the next 6 hours or so. Then I would clean up my area and write a demo report on the day- reactions to the products, how many were sold of each product I highlighted, how I felt the demo day went, etc. If I had extra time, I would research new recipes that I wanted to cook on my "free day" which was one day each weekend when I could make anything that I wanted to make. I also worked customer service. On these days I would clock in, and if it was the morning, I would make coffee for the day before going to the customer service desk. Throughout the day I would work the bread counter, pick and refill samples throughout the store, record comments I heard in the floater log, keep the area clean, show customers around the store, and make suggestions about different products. I would also answer the phone, help with bagging at the check out lines and wrap the baked goods and breads when they were delivered. Both jobs were different and very fun. For me, the more I have to do and the most fast paced the environment is, the more I enjoy myself. I LOVE being busy!
I learned so much about produce and alternative grains frommore... working at MOM's. I made friends with so many different types of people, whether they were fellow employees or customers and I learned a lot about healthy living from some of the die-hard customers. I learned a lot about produce from the produce manager. I developed a friendship with the buyer and learned about buying for a store. I would constantly visit the wellness department and cheese department to learn about their new products as well. My goal was to learn as much as possible about the organic industry so it would translate into other jobs. I was already extremely passionate about eating all organic and eating healthy foods and working here furthered that passion.
The hardest part was the conditions I had for cooking in and the boredom that would occur when there were lulls in the store. Because my job was mostly to hand out food, when no one was there, I would end up trying to fill my time with helping customer service, facing the store, stocking the shells, etc. but then I would be reprimanded for leaving my post. It bothered me that the managers preferred me to do nothing, rather than help with things that needed to be done.
I thought the managers did a great job, they were helpful, they listened to complaints, they were knowledgeable about all the products. My only issue was that smoking was tolerated and the management and many other employees often smelled of cigarettes. I do not think smoking should be tolerated in a health store environment, so this was my least favorite thing.less
the great people i worked with; the local, educated and interested customers; the products offered in the store and the layout of the store, the discounts on the food, the free produce we could take home from compost
the conditions i had to cook my meals in, the spots for demo, my ideas were not often considered or appreciated even though they would have been beneficial, many of the employees were uneducated about the organic food/health food industry, smoking was tolerated