The general impression that people have of HEB being a great place to work is completely erroneous. It is a company for people who want to put in the minimum amount of effort for a paycheck. HEB does not value its employees that go above and beyond on a daily basis.
Support from management
Management does not support or like its employees. Management only exists to enforce rules.
Teamwork is non-existent. HEB has a “top down” “do as I say” 100+ year old approach to management.
Freedom to work independently
If you are an independent individual, please do not think of working for HEB. HEB will stifle your creativity and ultimately choke you till you decide to leave. If you don’t leave on your own accord and still remain fiercely independent while over performing at your job, HEB will find a way to fire you!
Very poor communication between management and employees. But do exactly what your manager says and you will have a job. If not, they will find things to write you up for and get rid of you.
HEB is an old school male dominated company. The odds of you being treated well and promoted directly correlate with if you are male or not.
Attitude towards older colleagues
HEB does not take of its employees in general but does not particularly discriminate against older employees.
I was not challenged, given no opportunities for advancement and my career was stagnant at HEB.
Overall compensation for your work
HEB cannot compensate its employees enough for the mental toll it takes to work for such a terrible company. No amount of compensation is enough for the work it takes to keep your job at HEB
Office / Work Environment
In my 20 year career, HEB has been the worst company to work for. The work environment is one in which employees are not trusted and managers go above and beyond to micromanage their brightest and best people.
At HEB, managers are not allowed to be friends with hourly employees. The work environment is one in which there is clear separation of hourly employees and salaried managers. Also, if upper management finds out that hourly employees are friends with their managers, the managers get written up and fired for it.
If you work for HEB, they will suck the life out of you because of which you will not be able to have any work-life balance.
I have lost complete respect for HEB and for the company that Charles Butt founded!
I had absolutely no job security at HEB. Even though I was one of the star employees, I always feared losing my job because management didn’t want independent minded people around.
At HEB you can be guaranteed mindless, monotonous work. If you want to be challenged, you will have to reach executive levels and find a position at the San Antonio corporate office.
Inclusive / Diverse
HEB openly discriminates against people who are different and who don’t fit the traditional HEB mold.
Suggestions for improvement
- HEB needs to listen to their employees and treat them like a valued asset rather than something that can be discarded at the whim of the manager. Challenge and grow your best employees. Diversity is not only about skin color, diversity of thought and socioeconomic status is a version of diversity that you need to treat as diversity. Finally, please don’t use “Because People Matter” as your logo/slogan when you really don’t care about your employees.
What I like about the company
I liked some of the amazing people I had the privilege of getting to know...the people to loved and supported me and who mourned the way HEB treated me.
What I dislike about the company
I abhorred the micromanagement, lack of career advancement and being constantly hunted down and written up by my manager.