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Save-A-Lot Food Stores Ltd.:What's it like to work here?

United States Industry Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail
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Save-A-Lot Food Stores Ltd. experience report

  • 09.Mar 2018
  • Employee

The new ownership doesn’t understand the discount grocery business.

1.06

Company Culture

The new company has not resolved what their business model will be. It seems to change with the wind. Poor leadership has Save-A-Lot losing business to the competition and consequently has closed over 100 stores in the past six months.
They are in a death spiral which is sad to watch. To compound their problems, they have separated most of their talented employees from the company and hired a new inexperienced group.

Support from management

The independent retailers have been asking for a little support from management. They are not getting anything but lip service.

Teamwork

Teamwork is not a part of their culture. You do want I tell you to do is the culture.

Freedom to work independently

You are given your marching orders to complete tasks. There is no independent culture.

Internal Communication

The communication with the new group is poor. Late deliveries which lead to out of stock conditions in their stores is one example. The stores do not know when their deliveries will arrive so consequently they can’t schedule labor appropriately.

Gender Equality

They treat them poorly.

Attitude towards older colleagues

They have terminated almost every associate over 60 years of age.

Career Development

None

Overall compensation for your work

The separation between the old associates and the hiring of the new ones was a “Hire” for less attitude.

Office / Work Environment

High pressure along with a seven day work week is the culture.

Environmental Friendliness

No environmental program is in place. They place little importance on this.

Work-Life Balance

Working late nights seven days a week is expected.

Company Image

The industry is just waiting for them to implode of be sold again.

Job Security

People are still being terminated on a weekly basis. When management decided that a program is not working, it is then blamed on the staff and not a poorly designed system. Senior management takes no responsibility for ill conceived processes.

Handicapped Accessibility

They do the basics and nothing more.

Workplace Safety

Nothing but your basic safety plans are in place.

Challenging Work

With no model as a reference point, what are employees being asked to challenge.

Inclusive / Diverse

They have a large diversity group here. Unfortunately they do not practice what they preach.

Suggestions for improvement

  • A new culture needs to happen soon if this is to be salvaged.

What I like about the company

The discounted food business helps many shoppers save money on groceries buy putting stores in areas that may not have any supermarkets.

What I dislike about the company

Their treatment of their employees is awful. They also treat their licensed owners poorly.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Save-A-Lot Food Stores
  • City
    Earth City
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Executive leadership

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered