Scare-tactics, Nitpicking and Micro-management thought to be good
Stock (Current Employee) – Red Deer – 24 April 2014
a typical day at Bulk Barn would be go in scared to death to talk to the supervisors. no guidance whatsoever, very little training, an abundance of nit-picking and the supervisors belittling any new meat to look proper in front of the store owners. the store owners would side with the supervisors to make face. LOADS of heavy lifting if your the only guy working any shift. The most enjoyable part of the job is the customers. I learned to never ask the supervisor anything.
Long hours. Psychotic, dysfunctional feminist supervisors. Low pay. Ripped me off a few days of work on payday.
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Swift Current, SK – 13 October 2017
Bulk Barn is a good place to work. The staff are friendly and the store is kept very, very clean. Everyone who works there is responsible for the cleanliness of the store and is also responsible for customer service. The customers are great and they encompass all types of people. I love that everyone cleans, does cash, and customer service. At bulk barn, there is always something to do and the time just flies by.
Exposure to new products and some of the nicest people in town shop there
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 6 October 2017
typical day at work is listening to people talk bad about you behind your back, I learned that people are cruel, management is part of the problem. the hardest part of the job was coming in and knowing that you are not part of the family. the most enjoyable part of the job was leaving.
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Midland, ON – 19 September 2017
Great place to work. Management and Head Office people are great to work with. Cleaning to a big part of the job but that is expected as it is a food establishment. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people you work with. Everyone is super helpful towards each other and is willing to step in if you don't know something.
The workplace culture is great. They focus on helping the customer find what they need and possible alternatives or suggestions. Don't worry you learn it as you go.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Bedford, NS – 18 September 2017
Cashier positions are only give to girls; cashiers need to memorize as many 4-6 digit codes as they can to make checking people out faster; every month you get quizzed on how many product codes you know, if you do good your fine but if you do bad you re-enter the training stage.
Shift Supervisor (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – 15 September 2017
A typical day at work consisted of the doing the same things over and over again. You lift heavy boxes all day and you have to move fast. I learned that you just got to do the job and get it over with. Management was the worst. She had OCD and over worked everyone. Workplace culture; there wasn't any. I've never worked somewhere in my life where people just went to work and left. The hardest part of the job is keeping on weight because your doing so much movement and heavy lifting that you probably need more intake of calories. The stress is always high since you need to constantly need to finish a thousand things. The pay is not competitive considering all the heavy lifting one does and all the responsibilities given. The enjoyable part is talking to the seniors that come in on Wednesday.
Individuals spent more time in the back on their phones talking to friends and family than doing their actual jobs. This lead to work being handed down to Stock members who already have a lot in their hands. Most of the equipment is broken. Owner barely supplies the store with cleaning material. Break room is a compact washroom with a broken toilet. Guys work stock girls worked cash so we basically had to do the "dirty" work and heavy lifting. Lucky for me I was able to work with the most hard working and kind stock members who just so happened to be those I grew up with. Memories were made despite the lowest of lows. If they still work there you will know who they are. They will change your POV entirely just being in their presence.
Safety and cleanliness isn't priority there. They wont insure you if you work stock because youlll never work full time. They will make you work short shifts with heavy work loads. On a very rare day youll do as much as Cashiers.
You make do with the garage equipment they give you.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 2 September 2017
A typical day at work was cleaning bulk food bins, helping customers & working the till. I learned how to look up different bulk products and I also learned about different kinds of foods/products. Management was good, I had no problems and enjoyed working there. Bulk Barn was a friendly and fun environment! The hardest part of the job was looking up different foods/products and not being able to find them, as well as making the customer wait while I hunted down the codes for everything they were purchasing. The most enjoyable part of the job was the people and the great environment.
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Salmon Arm, BC – 1 September 2017
Pretty good job as far as retail goes. I liked my bosses. High turnover rate because people have no respect for entry level jobs. As long as you do your best, you don't have to worry about getting fired. Lots of heavy lifting, remembering all the codes is impossible and a bit tedious to find. Clean workplace. I liked working in the office. Can be fast paced, sometimes slow, but there is always things to do to keep time moving. Lots of cleaning involved. The big offices in Toronto have access to the cameras in the store and will sometimes check in on the employees, make notes and then complain about you to your boss. It's creepy and stressful.
If you're a good employee, they make you supervisor
The job itself is good, but they fired me without warning four days after my probation was over, when I asked why they said they "had to lay someone off and they chose (me)" when asked why to that they cited some obscure event from two months previous which they never even bothered to mention to me until the day they fired me!
They make it very clear you're worthless and temporary.
supervisor (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 31 August 2017
Throughout the day we would refill product, serve customers and wash every single scoop. By closing time we would have to undersweep, mop and wash the surface of every bin. If you worked full time it would become exhausting, at the location I was at we only ever had two on a shift so one person would stay on cash and undersweep while the other washed all the scoops and lids.
Learning about different product
It was awful to do all the cleaning with only two people on a shift
Typical retail job, physically demanding with low pay
Store Clerk (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 23 August 2017
Very clear that corporate office doesn't care about their employees. Took away employee and customer discounts that were previously offered by the owner. The job mainly consists of cleaning, most of which is very hard on your back. The rest of the time, you are running around trying to stock items while fielding questions from customers and watching for shoplifters. All while running back and forth from the cash register. They definitely do not pay well enough for the amount of work they expect. Working at McD's is probably less stressful
No breakroom/breakroom facilities, poor pay, physically demanding