If you love animals this is the place for you. The company is not competitive with their wages. The managers have so much on there plates each and every day it sometimes is hard for them to be able to develop the staff members.
Pet Expert - Part Time (Former Employee) - Gainesville, VA - December 18, 2019
Fun workplace specifically for those looking for sales experience. Help with learning information to be able to perform the tasks of the job at a high level. Fun interactions for those looking to help others with the needs of their pets.
Key Holder (Former Employee) - South Riding, VA - December 4, 2019
I enjoyed working here particularly when I got to work with fun people or anyone at all. There were numerous times when I was working completely alone, meaning the only employee in the building, which was extremely frustrating and at times scary, particularly when I would be closing the store at night. Although, it was never an entire shift of working alone, but often times the majority of the shift. I understand though as the store was often under-staffed. Besides that, the work was easy to pick up on and I would not describe it as a difficult job, but a great one for someones first job! Most co-workers are friendly and majority of the customers are just lovely and you get to know them as they are usually regulars.
While I think it should pay more since you are required to get a certification, it overall was a great job. Loved the customers. Loved the animals. So fun to work for PetValu and entertaining. Regular customers were always a joy. Im only 20 years old, so this was an exceptional second job and now I have a certificate I can use for future jobs. 50% off store brand products like performatrin and essentials brand which is a great benefit for high end pet care products.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) - Montgomery County, MD - August 5, 2019
The company has such a disregard for its employee's that it amazes me. I worked for this company for a year before I needed to find another job. Management is a mess and the company pushes for sales and meeting numbers with having no intensive. Unlike a commission based system, Pet Valu does not reward for meeting sales goals but instead penalises employees for not meeting numbers by cutting everyone's hours. The workload does not equal the pay, as employees are made to clean, stock, help customers, work the cash register, and unload truck for minimum wage. Frustration was felt with my whole team, and I will not be the first, and definitely not the last, to quit this ungrateful company.
customer service, cash register, and cleaning (Former Employee) - Falls Church, VA - June 1, 2018
dont work here if you cant deal with cleaning up multiple puddles of dog wee every day. the pace at my location was mind numbingly slow and i didnt have the best manager so maybe im an outlier. the best part of the job is you get to meet lots of animals, so if petting lots of dogs makes up for having to work minimum wage retail, then this is the job for you
it was an okay job, but you were paid minimum wage for doing essentially three jobs at once. you have to take nutritionist classes for dogs, cats and small animals which gives you a (non accredited, of course) degree, so you can better inform people of their pet food choices. you also have to bring truck shipments in from outside, often alone, and stack them (40lb bags and higher) on top of the shelves because the store doesn't have a back/overstock room. there was also virtually no security and you often worked alone.
you get to meet a lot of dogs
poor wages, large work volume, no security, no truck room
Sales Associate (Former Employee) - Manassas, VA - June 6, 2017
Good part time job, lots is expected of you for what you are paid. Great job for stay at home moms or college students. Can be boring a lot of the times and you are often left to work alone for entire shifts.
I worked at this company since I was 19. The company is certainly growing and will be huge in the near future. I loved my co workers and really enjoyed the relationships I developed with not just my fellow managers but the regional and VP's of the company. I learned a lot about pet nutrition and this company helped me excel at customer service.