Pros: 5% discount on groceries, young friendly co-workers, easy entry level job
Cons: very few hours, little respect, manager picks favorites, minimum wage on most positions
It's a good job if you're a student looking for a first job and part time work.Although if you are looking to support yourself or get into this chain as a career, I wouldn't bother.
They do not treat their staff very well and are very frugal with any expenses. The 'cashier sweater' is one example of this. This item is one sweater that the cashiers share if they get cold, the sleeves are held together – more... by safety pins and are tattered beyond repair. This is only the beginning of this companies short comings to their staff treatment. The staff bathrooms are always nauseatingly unclean with clogged toilets, tampon garbage bins that go months upon months without cleaning (to the point where used tampons are falling out onto the ground), the microwave in the staff room is coated in food and missing the plate, and the entire back room looks like a good place to catch a disease. There is little to no appreciation shown to the bottom pay grade cashiers, and it feels like a job you will get trapped in with no room to advance. The turn-over rate is high, and sticking through will earn you no reward. Almost all of my co-workers want to get more hours but instead Marketplace IGA insists on hiring more part time staff.
This is a little more of a stretch but still an observation worth noting:
I feel that this specific IGA is very gender separated. All of the produce employees are men, all of the floor employees are men, all of the cashiers are female, and all of the bakery employees are female. There is only one female manager and she has been a part of this IGA for many many years. All other/new managers are men. – less