Benefits and pay, but corporate structure ruined it for me
MEAT CUTTER (Former Employee) – Grimsby, ON – 11 February 2018
Good company, good benefits, people are good to work for. Most difficult thing for me is the corporate structure, you're always just a number and replaceable, thus it never feels like you can make a difference. The most important thing to a corporation and their shareholders is the bottom line. Slowly over the years, the full time wage and part time wage have been gradually getting closer, and often times going up slower than inflation.
More often than not, decisions that are being made are done by people who have degrees claiming they know what to do, when more often than not they have never worked a day in the retail aspect of the company. Constantly relining product to add more product when it does sell in all locations (I worked in a town of 30,000 of predominately white people. But head office constantly wanted us to sell Halal meat products when they wouldn't sell and get thrown out. The push for new product (often seasoned and marinated) never sold as it was priced much higher than tradition non-seasoned products.
The frustration of this happening every season and the same thing happening every time tagged along with the response of "just do it, that's what they want" and never getting any reasoning behind it as to why it's being pushed was very difficult for me.
As someone who always wanted to push the envelope and be the best employee, I found it increasingly difficult seeing these "ideas" as just a way for useless positions in head office to feel necessary to have a job when it could be used for the actual people who are hustling in the stores.
Other employees, getting to know the "regulars" and meeting new people everyday.