Customer Service - Cashier (Former Employee), Fresno, CA – June 22, 2015
You may wake up before the sun and go home before your teenager rolls out of bed on a non-school day. You'll work 20/week so they won't have to give you benefits. I learned it's really cold in the ice cream freezer and if you're in there for more than 10 minute it'll take another 10 minutes to thaw when you get out. Management and leadership are great and supportive people.
Warehouse Associate (Current Employee), Stockton, CA – June 21, 2015
Bosses are very rude, they complain about the littlest things that they can do themselves instead of sitting in the office all day doing nothing. Hours are cut almost all the time. Management takes up all the money, but does absolutely nothing, they get paid to have employees under them do their job.
Service Clerk (Former Employee), Lakewood, CA – June 14, 2015
Cons: not enough hours
Typical day at work is assisting with various customers with there specific needs. I learned how to operate a baler, making price tags. The management does need some improvements. My coworkers are like my family. The hardest part was getting pass over for a promotion. The most enjoyable part of the job is making customers happy.
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZ – June 8, 2015
Pros: paid training/ benifits at full time
Cons: no set schedule
There is room for advancement at smart and final, but you will have to earn it. They typically promote from with in. It can be a fun job if you make it that way. They will train you with everything you need to know to be successful.
Management level (Former Employee), West Hollywood, CA – May 12, 2015
Pros: free lunches, company gatherings, raises every certain hours
Cons: the hours needed to get raises is quite a few.
Out of all the jobs ive had I think Smart & Final was the best one. It is a very fast-paced and hands on type of job. You are always on your feet. There is always room for advancement here. Interacting – more... with customers is always fun. The managers are usually very nice and always come around to help. It is hard to get a raise since it is based on the hours you work but you just have to do your job well in order to get more hours. – less
Part Time Sales Associate (Current Employee), Riverside, CA – May 4, 2015
Pros: Employee discount, decent paychecks
Cons: healthcare, prefer to work in regular shoes instead of work boots.
Work days can vary from slow to fast paced, though I always have a lot of work in front of me. I learned that teamwork is the usual (and most of the time) method to get a heavy workload finished. The managers – more... I have worked with so far are great. Like friends you can joke around and have a good laugh with. I would have to say that the hardest part of my job so far is trying to work both produce and deli departments at the same time. The most enjoyable parts of my job would be working produce as I have a responsibility to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the customer, which gives me challenge. The second would have to be the register because I get to interact with customers. – less
Pallet Jack Operator (Former Employee), Fontana, CA – March 19, 2015
Pros: pallet jack riding
Cons: management not very helpful
the minute I clocked in we were instructed to begin order picking which was fun on the electric pallet jack but headsets were a problem which decreased my productivity rate. management were hard to find at times especially being new still but employees were friendly.
Service Clerk (Current Employee), Encino, CA – March 12, 2015
Pros: 10% employee discount
Cons: no healthcare to non-fulltime, difficult to get fulltime
I understand that companies need to maintain a certain type of integrity, but to treat there work force like expendable assets is another thing. On a normal day, you normally run on your to-do list and – more... complete the same tasks again throughout. My manager isn't the type to condescend on every lower ranking, however, having to work twice as hard in the presence of the assistant manager because of the fear of being scolded at, well makes this part the hardest part of the job. It is very difficult to receive requested hours. – less
Service Clerk/Night Shift (Former Employee), Redwood City, CA – February 23, 2015
Pros: great manager
Cons: short breaks
Solved problems and provided customer service. Made sure the store was up to standard. Served as service clerk, cashier and on the night crew. Greet customers and help them find their purchases. Co-workers were very friendly and hard-working. Hardest part of the job was closing duties. I enjoyed helping customers inside the store and helping them with carry-outs.
Part-Time Key Carrier (Current Employee), Phoenix, AZ – February 10, 2015
Pros: 401k, health insurance, raises after working a certain amount of hours, advance positions
Cons: short breaks, sometimes bad hours, no bonuses
I've been with this company for almost 7 years now so I can't say I hate it. I clock in and give it my all everyday. This is my first real job that has taught me a lot about how business works, especially – more... in the food industry. Every manager I've had has taught me something new and I've always carried the information that they've taught me onto how I train new employees. The only negative part about this job is that the work hours can be very difficult to work around your personal life. What I really enjoy is the customers and co-workers. I do appreciate all my customers because without them, I wouldn't be able to pay my bills. I appreciate my co-workers because we work as a team to get the job done. – less
Produce Lead (Current Employee), Encinitas, CA – December 3, 2014
Pros: great culture, supportive to students
Cons: advancement is limited
This job has helped me learn that I can do anything I want to do if I put outstanding planning and effort into my goals. The culture is very straightforward: if you want something, go and get it. The management – more... is very supportive to those associates that show a genuine interest in advancing their careers with the company.
The most enjoyable part of the job for me is having management give me autonomy to develop and implement plans that will help our customers save money. The hardest part of the job for me is waking up at 3 a.m. to get to work since I have attended school at night for the past 4 years.
The culture is especially supportive to students like myself. Most of my past managers are college graduates themselves and they have all supported me by being flexible with my school schedule. This company has given me the opportunity to reach my long-term goals while providing me with leadership abilities and intangible experience that can only be acquired through customer interactions. – less
Clerk (Current Employee), Pasadena, CA – October 21, 2014
Pros: fast paced, fun, good people
Cons: false hopes, crazy shift hours
Its a good company to work for but not a permeant one. its fast paced and keeps you on your feet if your working on the floor. Depends on what city you work for the people can be really nice or just plain rude. Management usually knows what they are doing and are always there to help as best they can. Its hard to move up positions to get the better pay.