Job Overviews

It is always helpful to see what it is really like to work at a company. Many thanks to all our contributors who shared their experiences below.
Kroger - Management Sucks!!!!! By unhappy

If you are thinking about getting a job at Kroger, don't!!! You are treated like a robot. Management doesn't care about you. The bosses stand around and talk while the workers WORK their asses off. Usually, they do not schedule enough workers so you have to do everything. When it's time to leave for the day, the supervisors ignore you and if you ask them if you can leave they either ignore you again or yell at you. And the Kroger where I work, the boss will put you down, cut you off and talk over you, and never listens to you or your ideas. There are so many people that hate the Kroger were I work.

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Government contractor - I hate it here By anon

I hate my job.

I talk to people from all over the US, and everyone seems to be an idiot. Especially the Department of Veteran affairs. My God. I feel like I could personally run a VA hospital with no experience and I'd fit right in. The incompetence and stupidity of pretty much everyone who works there is incredible.

There was a big glitch in the government system which I supply support for. We were flooded with calls about said glitch, as well as the usual call from VA idiots.

Sure, the VA is the worst, but it's not just them. People who work for our government should know what an explanation point is. And yet I get asked what it is every other day.

I have vastly overestimated the intelligence of people. ...I'm so tired.

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Wegmans - Wegmans is so overrated By stressed out mess

Wegmans is so overrated it is not even funny. They stick all us new people at the god damn cash registers and we have to deal with a bunch of ungrateful customers that expect me to bend over backwards for them. Also don't even get me started with their customer service shit! If you don't risk your life for customer service, they will say you are a bad employee. I asked my manager if I could be promoted to janitorial and he told me i had to wait for a 6 months (it feels like 60). Well i am glad those managers get to stand around and chat with eachother while us rats work like a dog for them. I once had thid manager bitch at me for asking to use the bathroom and i don't even do that often. They pay us all minimum wage and act like we should be grateful. I honestly don't know what kind of uncivilized 3 ringed circus they are trying to run. This job has done nothing but stress me out big time.

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dsw - tricked into a sh!++y job! By TiredOfBeingTheBreadwinner

So I get it, feminism america. Women working and being independent. Its hot? Right? Well..maybe some of us women like the thought of being stay at home moms, or housewives. It sounds stupid, I know. But if I had of known that I'd be tricked into taking this stupid job full time I wouldn't have done it. My roommate kept taking more andore sick days, and as the newly appointed fill in..I was gappy to lend my time. But when my then coworker and boss decide I'd be perfect for full time..mwithout NY input. Well let's just say I was a little displeased. But, my fiance doesn't start his job until next month and soebodyd gotta pay the bills. But, when he starts working. I would like to take up the housework again..which seems next to impossible now that I'm full time because not only would I be screwing over the mentally disabled person I take care of, according to my roommate I'd be screwing her over too since she "got me the job". I'm just tired of living my life for everyone else, and I definately don't want to be taking care of adults and wiping asses my whole life.. #RantOver

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A place like a prison - Prison By stevenB22

I am an engineer. Me and most of my co-workers used to love our jobs, and you'd rarely hear a complaint. That is until new management took over about a year ago.

They have someone come by several times a day and do surveys on us to see what % of groups are working. "working" is considered being silent with hands on keyboard or talking to others about a project. Tying your shoes, getting coffee, walking to the bathroom, scratching your head, or asking someone about their weekend is considered non productive and is documented in the reports. I was documented once for "stretching" after i had just bent over my computer for 4 hours to pull off a last minute request with tight deadline, i rolled back in my chair and stretched to get relief. Then i looked up and the time monitor was coming through. I was like you got to be kidding me.

They also make us use PTO if we aer even 1 minute late.

They dont let us have cellphones at our desk anymore.

Management meets for hours and can not make decisions. THey change project criteria mid-stream often, resulting in rework and compressed deadlines.

I recently had completed a task that would affect many people and was told to go start showing the internal customer so there wouldn't be any surprises. I met with the director of the dept who was my internal customer and presented the project. He was on board and rolled it out to his entire organization (hundreds of people).

Then the next day day our mgt decided to radically change the project in a way that adversely affected my internal customer. I mentioned that I had already presented it and that changing it now would hurt our credibility as well as create tension. Mgt said well dont say anything and maybe they wont notice, what can we do to hide this. I said the hell with that, my internal customer deserve know.

My company is obcessed with appearances. There are pre-meeting meetings where people obcess over how to spin the data in order to hide the fact they dont perform. Every week the management talks about the same performance issues and blames other departments. It is a big blame-storming conference.

I really want to find a new job.

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Gervasi vineyard - Worst place to work ever By Disgruntled

Underpaid, under appreciated. Only the ass kissers get ahead(Marsha). Terrible wages. Unable to hire a competent Staff. An efficiency expert who is anything but. Smug asshole-ish owners. Will not listen to employees concerns. Dead end. Counter intuitive work environment. Terrible pay raise system. Terrible sick day policy. Terrible hours. Managers who don't have the skills to be managers. Chefs who are completely untrainable or think they are Gordon Ramsey. Sous chef who is completely out his league. Coworkers who call off with no excuse for a month and still have a job. Cheap owners. Yet they have 25 expensive sports cars. Awful food, recipes and kitchens. Floors so hard and uneven that they have broke 2 people's feet just from standing on them 10 hours a day. Pretty much treat their employees like 21st century slave labor. The worst work atmosphere u can imagine. Inflexible and generally hell on earth. F that place in their stinky b holes.

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Securitas - security guard By theguythatgetsskrewed

"Offer" health insurance so they don't have to pay a penalty. Problem is the health plan they offer is almost $180 a month. Stop undercutting your employees that get paid $9 an hour and can't afford your health plan. How more corrupt is that. No one should ever work for Securitas.

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Nursing home - Bull crap By

Okay so I started my job at the nursing home about a year ago starting at 7.25$... Number 1 what nursing home that you know of only paying minimum wage, number 2 what nursing home freezes raises for a whole year even though they make more than enough money? My bosses make me do work that is not my job.. Literally.. Im not qualified to do half the things they ask me to do,but when I need help noone ever has time. Not to mention I work 12 hours a day with one lunch break.. And you have to pay for lunch!! Now I have to wait another year to get a raise.. 2 years to get a 14 cent raise.. The only reason I still work here is because jobs are scarce around here.. I can go on and on about this place.. Favoritisim.. Secret racisim... Drama... So many lies that ive just stopped listening and doing whatever.. Lies from the big bosses, residents, resident familys ect...

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Prestige management - Now your staff By Schmoopie

I took this job after listening to the owner tell me for hours how it's a large company with room for advancement and family oriented atmosphere. Things seemed to line up all research indicated growth. After walking in I realized it was a small office of about ten people 8 of which were relatives of the owner. Family atmosphere my foot. They then are taking people with zero expeience or background and giving them charges necUse they didn't go to college and don't believe in it. Make one silly error even if you are new and you'll never live it down no matter how's my mistakes the family makes they just like to pick on non relatives

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LPL Financial - Overworked, under paid, under appreciated, micro managed By sulbalcone

Pros: There is job security since they can't fire anyone because they have so few people doing a ridiculous workload. It may be great for advisors since they seem to to have all the time in the world to keep calling about one issue 10 times a day. My manager is a good sincere person but she has been put in a completely unwinnable situation. It's a paycheck & the way of doing business today is "just be glad to have a job."

Cons: I'm pretty sure they want to turn the entire place into a call center. They (management) wants every employee fielding calls no matter what department one is working in. LPL has been offshoring a lot of its processes which is industry standard. It's a great way to increase profit margins, reduce US jobs and the quality of the work. The vacation time is stingy & we are not paid nearly enough for the (unreasonable) amount of work we're expected to complete. The work environment could stand to have a few more professional personalities. This place is just bad for the soul.

Advice to Management: Hire enough people to do the work. The problem is that every company is doing this. This is the new normal. Work a skeleton crew of people to the bone and have them put up with more hassle than is healthy and pay them less than they're worth. Thing is, if you want to be "the employer of choice", don't do what every other company is doing.

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