The culture is good on paper, but never emphasized or put into practice.
Support from management
Leadership's expectations are neither realistic nor achievable; goals are murky and unobtainable, and employees are almost never involved in the decision making process.
Teamwork is encouraged on paper, but is forbidden in practice since management forbids employees to communicate with each other.
Freedom to work independently
Micromanaging is rampant here.
You receive a basic training at another store that isn't yours, usually in a group; then you will be lead on your first day to how you do the job; and communication between employees is forbidden.
Women are treated as men are. Sometimes this upsets certain women who feel that the job is "a man's job" and are too disgusted to do the job.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Middle aged workers are hired, I never saw senior citizens hired in all the time I've worked here.
Advancement is possible, but you have to go to them if you're interested and the right people at that. I did the same job for 7 years and I only advanced when I relentlessly talked with them, and did 4 hours of new modules that were enacted.
Overall compensation for your work
Minimum wage for work that isn't even part of the job description most of the time, and for doing the jobs of 4 people.
Office / Work Environment
The environment is a standard grocery supermarket. It's uncomfortable if you work overnight, as there's stagnant ventilation, no temperature control (hot in summer freezing in winter), technology is improving from being stuck 25 years in the past, and lighting is varied.
There's a recycling program for bags as well as hand dryers in most stores.
Work/Life balance is standard here. You will feel pressured into working more hours during the busy season (October-January), but if you need a few days off, you just need to let them know 60-90 days in advance. You will almost never see your family otherwise though, especially when your schedule is written differently each week.
Food 4 Less's parent company Kroger is the second largest retailer behind Wal-Mart, and has been around for 133 years. Food 4 Less has a lot to improve on in terms of how employees are treated from what I witnessed for close to a decade of employment, but that's no mark against Kroger.
Your job is as stable as plutonium. They emphasize that you are expendable and that you can be let go at anytime and for the most trivial of reasons. I feel that in the next 5 years a lot of positions will be eliminated due to financial and organizational restructuring, and advancements in process and technology.
No problems for handicap accessibility.
Safety is emphasized as a cultural standard.
The work is challenging since one has to be swift in movement and a quick thinker to get the work done on time. You leave feeling drained, but unsatisfied since tomorrow you do it all over again, and there's no accomplishment in the work.
Inclusive / Diverse
No ideas or opinions are really put into practice, and often management will take credit without offering who came up with the idea. But it's average overall.