Working at raley's is no like many other grocery store jobs because the employees are very close knit, which is a good thing and a bad thing. If you really want to feel like you belong here, you have to be down with the herd, so in that sense it's just like any other store. But if you have an ounce of charisma, some self discipline and willingness to improve, you will find it a rewarding place to work regardless of your department.
The main customer base of the store is elderly, and it is frustrating sometimes helping customers out on the touchscreen to pay, or dealing with people that are too high & mighty to wear a mask like the rest of us.
As far as breaks go, the managers can be strict about it, but there's a good reason, and that's because other people depend on you getting back from break on time so they can go to lunch, or go home, or go on their break. So I don't blame the managers for that.
If you're a courtesy clerk like me, the workload can be overbearing at times. Some days im bagging for 8 hours straight, other days im wiping carts for the whole day, but I try not to complain. Most days the workload starts easy, gets tough, then goes back to being easy again. Maybe by the end of the day you'll get time to do gobacks, stock a shelf or do some other task where you can just tune out and enter your flow state.
If you are not at some level physically fit and you start working here as a courtesy clerk, you will be sore in the legs, back and shoulders the first few days, but you get used to it very quick.
Easy to feel like you belong, cultivates discipline in your life
Short breaks, heavy workload at times, difficult customers.