Great place to work, may require travel
Helping Hands Customer Assistance (Former Employee) – Brockport, NY – August 7, 2012
Wegmans is THE upstated New York super-mart. Owned by the family of the same name, they like to focus on loacl economy, repeat customers, and happy workers. Anyone in the know will tell you that cart retrieval is one of the hardest jobs in any store, and Wegmans pushes it even further; have you ever been offered by a cart retiever to help you load your groceries into your car? If not, your not alone, unless you shop at Wegmans, then you should be reporting someone because this is mandatory for their cart retievers (known as the Helping Hands).
It's hard work, pushing stacks of carts around a hill shaped parking lot all day while still smiling and remaining friendly to customers, but it has suprising rewards. The biggest such reward is the camaraderie it builds in your fellow Helping Hands. It also creates very grateful customers (the whole reason Wegmans instituted these extra duties) who insist on rewarding you (Helping Hands officialy do NOT accept tips, but, you know, customer's always right and all that).
That said, I do have one main complaint about the Wegmans front end. It is an arguably effective method of rounding out the Front End Coordinators (the person standing in front of the cash registers making sure everything runs smoothly) by rotaiting them between stores, but from the small guies' point of view, it gets hard to remember your bosses name when it changes every 2 months. And then, of course, you always get that one guy who has a vission and just has to rework an already successful system, and you know how that always turns out.
feels more like family than co-workers, always room for advancement, extreamly flexible hours fresh air, lots of exercise, free hot chocolate in the winter, free sports drink in the summer, yearly chance for college scholarship
you have to buy your own pants and shoes (and you go through a lot of them), bosses change often, christmas eve rush (it dosen't matter how many helping hands they have on that day, you still can't keep up)