Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Charleston, IL – November 18, 2013
I can honestly say that working in an environment like that found at Rural King has help motivate me to further my education so that I don't have to work there any longer than I have to. What I have learned as an employee working in a small retail environment is that they will do anything for a dollar and don't really care about their employees beyond minimal compensation. The quality of people I worked with was average. I didn't expect much of the regular hourly associates, but the department managers and store management very often don't have any knowledge or skills of retail management to back up their titles. Decisions are often made that follow the easier road rather than the right one. I have often felt that my superiors lacked the ability or authority to make decisions in the absence of the store manager and that all decisions were subject to a level of micro-management that fostered this helplessness. A general feeling of futility prevails because of the constant need to re-do the same job twice instead of getting it right the first time. While there are many downsides, the environment is always light, but sometimes so much so that professionalism suffers
long lunch hours, very accommodating of school schedules
low paying -high expectation, available schedule hours vs. number of employees, questionable company policies, poor management from corporate down to the store level
love working witrh the gun dept got to know some customer
Retail Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Bonita Springs, FL – March 20, 2017
Rural King was a place I went to get away from hotel work. I had to work every weekend and holiday. I worked myself up to floor manager and I worked many departments. I am full time now and they make me work Sundays., they told me I had to work 2 a month . new managers came in and changed things. now the threating me to go back to part time if I have Sundays off. I do work every Friday and Saturday which is part of the weekend. I need Sundays off because my husband and I do a Sunday school bus route.
Started as a cashier..only got 20 hr/weeks...management was hateful to most employees unless you were their buddy..transferred to the warehouse for more hrs and a cpl dollars more..it was way worse..supervisors sleeping with employees awful work conditions...huge turnover..slave labor for peanut wages..I stayed for a yr too long...unless you were their drinking buddy you got treated like a dog..I seriously wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy..sad thing is I really don't think the owners know half the stuff that goes on in the stores
Unless you're really hurting, save yourself the headache
Cashier and Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Charleston, IL – February 4, 2017
I started working here last year and for the most part it's been pretty easy going. The assistant managers are solid but the store manager is unreliable... which is bad because he runs the show. There are a lot of unnecessary headaches I've had to deal with because of what the store manager did or didn't do. Unless you really need a job, I'd try else where. The turnover rate is very high if that tells you anything.
Department Manager (Former Employee) – Clearfield, PA – January 23, 2017
Managers competing with each other- you are in the middle of their personal battles. Too much drama. Pulled from one job to another accomplished nothing yet was expected to do more in a shift than humanly possible. Job positions in this company means nothing unless you are management. management tactics were less then desireable. Was asked to forfeit time due to their OT rules. (NO OT) Waste of time meetings. fund myself with others work to do Would have been a good place to work if I could do my own work loss prevention is a joke due to their please the customer policy
Loader/Unloader (Former Employee) – West City, IL – March 4, 2017
Employee's like to talk bad about each other. Management not very great. You have to be best buddies with the manager's to get a promotion. If you are looking to get more than 30 hours don't work here you might get 15-20 if your lucky. Customer service is horrible they dont care about the customers all the care about is getting paid, And the customers will agree. Also you get ONE 10 minute break.
Lawn and Garden Department Manager (Former Employee) – Lake Wales, FL – February 14, 2017
Training needed work, and management didn't seem to understand what they were doing, I feel that they were just trying to open too many stores at once. They had to push back grand opening and they hired too many people, which in turn they had to let go many people, some of who left jobs to have an opportunity there.
Backup cashier up front, and for customer service (Former Employee) – Waterloo, IL – March 13, 2017
I enjoyed most being able to walk around and help/ talk to customers one on one and help them find what they were looking for. I learned a lot about the store and stock. It was the only job that I was given the chance to learn register and work around the store.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Greenville, OH – November 24, 2016
A normal day at work was what each individual made it, either productive or not. I was the overseer of the entire store from payroll to inventory and was required to view it daily. Was required to keep budget requirements in line. I was required to conduct meetings and plan the day for the accomplishment of assigned tasks daily. I toured the store daily to plan areas that needed attention and accomplishments to make sure of excellent customer service.
It must be noted that recent changes in higher management is costing the company its family type work environment and the higher management above the store has lost all care and concern for the employees.
Job Work/Life Balance
Sad state of affairs.
employee (Current Employee) – Jeffersonville, IN – December 30, 2016
Over all. No I would not recommend anyone go work at the Jeffersonville Indiana store. Most employees are mentally and physically broken down by management. Unless you grew up with or went to school with or previously worked for or close friends with member's of managements family, you are no body and are treated badly.The new department managers are just thrown in the dept and not told or taught anything. They have to depend on the older employees to teach them what they are suppose to do. The health department should come in and check out the break room. The tiles in the ceiling are missing and falling out because the air conditioner leaked. Its full of black mold and smells to high heavens and has been that way for almost a year. It is a zoo and the keeps are the ones that need to be in the cages.
Two weeks vacation
management treats friends great, others like derelicts
Great high school job. And great for people with an already busy schedule.
Customer Service Manager (Current Employee) – Tiffin, OH – November 1, 2016
Lack of sufficient management. Had very flexible hours, great high school job. Working at rural king has taught me how to handle money and gave me a lot of experience in customer service. Opportunity to be a department mananger after awhile of working. Rural king offers a chance to meet great people and enjoy yourself while on the job.
Scheduling is a problem, and most employees stay "upset" about not having enough help during business hours. Only "content" workers are overnight stockers. Can't keep cashiers, and cannot schedule them right. Floor salespeople have to do their job and cashier's jobs also.
Head Cashier (Former Employee) – Halls – November 9, 2016
Great people to work with except for management they think you are there to talk to you like you are worth nothing. They don't know how to treat a employee with respect the pay is low and same position has variety of low pay. They just look at you and try to see what is the lowest you will accept.
Cashier/Customer Service (Former Employee) – Kokomo, IN – January 3, 2017
A typical day at work was fun with most of my co-workers but not when the managers would stand up there and criticize our every move. The managers were so rude and had favorites they didn't care about health problems or school.
Assistant Store Manager (Co) (Former Employee) – Angola, IN – February 17, 2017
Excellent company for those interested in a merchandising culture. Stores are older, and not in the best condition, but they work for the product that is being sold. I left for Gander Mountain for the opportunity to transfer down south.
Management (Current Employee) – Illinois – December 8, 2016
Rural King is an excellent place to work. There are some issues with workload being too heavy, expectations being unrealistic. Compensation in a leadership role is adequate. Company should focus more on training.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Henderson, KY – December 12, 2016
Fun place to work at very good management and Co workers very fast pace good benefits easy to pick up on how to do the work as a cashier friendly work place Co workers always help you when you need help