Bakery Clerk (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 30 August 2017
The company needs to acknowledge its hardworking people. The amount of work required to complete in a short period of time is unreasonable. After a while it starts to build unnecessary stress. Low salary for the type of job and the physical strain.
Salad Bar (Former Employee) – Guelph, ON – 16 August 2017
While I was working at Denso, I worked at the Salad Bar where I prepared various salads and fresh fruit and vegetable trays. The management was good and communicated well among employees. The hardest part of the job was the limited work hours. The most enjoyable part was the opportunity to improve your creativity skills.
I did not like working for Metro. The reasons are that they would set unrealistic goals for you throughout the day. You were always rushed to do everything unreasonably. I did not feel appreciated the whole time that I worked there
Food Prep (Former Employee) – Thunder Bay, ON – 28 July 2017
I hated it there, it was an okay first job but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I am incredibly glad to have moved on. They were constantly hiring but there was no hours as it was. Everyone that I know that works there, hates it. Managers were okay but no one really knew what they were doing.
clean and tidied department before and during customer service
Clerk/Cashier, Floral (Former Employee) – Barrie, ON – 18 June 2017
Floral clean and tidy shelves and areas around plants water plants place orders once a week distribute product when they arrive in the store. Management let me run the department with little supervision the hardest part of the job was the lifting of heavy boxes the most enjoyable is working with the plants employees were great to work with.
the abitity to work with little to no supervision but with guidancee
Helpful as first job without experience, but that's it if you're not located near headquarters.
Deli, Seafood, Pharmacy clerks (Former Employee) – London, ON – 9 June 2017
I worked at Metro cumulatively around 7 years. It was my first legitimate job at 15 when minimum wage was closer to $7/hr :) Had some great and not-so-great moments that are common to retail.
Pros: -Have had experience in different departments, but only after leaving for school and returning for summer/on-going part-time work. -Definitely a fantastic place to learn humility and appreciation for others in this field when you are the customer! -Would generally be ok with time off, if booked off minimum 1-3 months in advance and managers notified. -Was always accepted back no matter how long I'd left. -Met some great people and customers
Cons: -you lose any seniority you gain the second you take a leave of absence. I was told in training doing so for school was accepted; this was not honoured. Lack of training in some departments, particularly after a transfer to be closer to school (never met anyone at that store beyond my first shift and expected I knew where everything/one was in the store :/). -ALWAYS part-time, ALWAYS minimum wage. Never received a single increase in wage in the 7 years I worked there, beyond when it changed provincially (i.e. even with my two stints of 3 consecutive years). A friend of mine requested a merit raise after a similar working timeframe and was laughed off/suggested that the position was a "gift"/nothing was owed to them. -different dept. experiences showed different mini-cultures within the store. Working at the Pharmacy was the best experience with a great, respectful team who treated you as an equal. Deli (albeit I was youngestmore... at that time) was a culture of fear towards management; you did what you were told to and were chastised for occurrences beyond your control. Management outside of your department often blamed you for customer concerns that reflected actions you did not do --> lack of trust and support in employee, more in customer stories. -long-term staff would generally get away with a lot more than younger staff (i.e. multiple smoke breaks outside of their unionized breaks, no-shows for shifts without consequence, punch in late, similar drama as noted in other's posts, power-struggles, etc.). If jobs weren't done at end of shift, newbies were blamed despite work meant to be shared. -would max out on #hours allowed per union requirements --> store ran on part-time workers without benefits and wage capped at $14/hr (i.e. I know someone who's worked the same job for 15 years but part-time/never offered full-time...can't make more than that now legally).
All in all, great first-job experience and takes a chance on a lot of teens looking to break into the working world! So thank you for that opportunity.
However ability to "live" working at Metro for a solid majority is impossible due to lack of advancement, surplus of part-time work with no benefits, consistent minimum wage, lack of any incentive for company loyalty (e.g. I worked briefly recently at the Superstore, which offered a discount card after 3 months, insurance discounts, shares in the company, etc.), being screwed over with pension (conveniently disappeared a few years ago and no help provided) and work culture (obviously differs on store).
It's a launching pad to other careers, which reflects in the lack of trust towards hiring full-time employees and treating part-time employees as replaceable.less
See above (people, stability, good first-job)
See above (wage, hours, culture, lack of advancement or other training)
Grocery Clerk (Current Employee) – Brantford, ON – 19 May 2017
The people are fun to work with and satisfying job if you have OCD due to facing being common practice. Doing carts is an unfavourable task but you usually aren't doing them for not then an hour at a time unless you are really new.
Stock Clerk (Current Employee) – Guelph, ON – 15 May 2017
Always clear instructions on what needs to be doing, and when it needs to be done. Store Manager takes a keen interest in maintaining standards, and passes this passion on to his Department heads, all of whom are willing to give help or advice as needed.
Courtesy Clerk (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 26 April 2017
No growth in fields like this no matter how fast you learn and how well you apply yourself. Excellent first job but do not overstay your welcome, as the old guard always wants to keep you down out of fear of losing their jobs or looking bad.