Cashier (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 30 October 2017
The job was simple, would not recommend full time there is no room for advancement, noticed the management would favour employees that spoke polish, and you could only obtain a customer service position if you did. the breaks were short to minimal, 15 minute breaks was not allowed to take a full 30 minutes, they would schedule you to work 7h45m so they wouldn't have to give you another break. you had to punch in and out for breaks and while starting your shift. if you were 1 minute late your pay was docked 15 minutes. the machine to punch in hours didn't even work half the time you would spend 5 minutes just trying to punch in and your pay was docked management did not care they did what they could to intimidate you into believing they were doing you a favour by docking your pay. was not consistent, some could do things without consequence while others couldn't. full time workers hated the job and part time workers did not seem to mind.
Stock Clerk (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 9 November 2017
The supervisors do not speak English, and you are discriminated against if you are not Polish; this is portrayed through the many primitive behaviours of the Polish supervisors and managers.
You are basically interviewed and given a job the next day without having the chance to go through a real orientation training. Then, you are thrown into a job with very little training and with very high performance expectations which set you up for quick failure.
The work hours are inconsistent; in one week you are scheduled for 35 hours and in the other for 20 hours which makes it very difficult to keep up with the bills.
Overall, I would say this Company needs a definite improvement in their human resources practices and as a reminder to start really focusing on making employees happy rather than crucifying them for making small mistakes.
Manager (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 8 June 2017
Working at Starsky is a real meritocracy: you get what you put in. For those who work hard, show up for shifts and have a good attitude, you will get respect, raises and promotions. If you are lazy and a have a bad attitude, you probably won't like it here.
The staff is bright and helpful, there's a really great atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie- most stay for years. With so many repeat customers, there's a family feel that's very warm and comfortable, I enjoy coming to work everyday and most of my co-workers feel the same.
Starsky is one of the few grocery stores that hires full time and are very good with vacation time and trying to find a job that is a good fit for the individual.
I've learned a lot at Starsky and have been given the opportunity to be creative and thoughtful on a daily basis. THere are always new challenges and always people to help when the challenges may seem too much.
Managers really care about the store and the staff. They are hands on, approachable and know every in and out of their respective departments.
I've been at Starsky 4 years and see myself there for many more.
Cheese Clerk (Former Employee) – 3115 Dundas Street West – 8 June 2017
I had a really enjoyable experience working at Starsky Fine Foods. All of my co workers were really fun and friendly which made it a nice place to work at. Management was also very understanding and approachable which made it a very nice work culture to be a part of. I would definitely recommend this company for anyone who was looking for work.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 27 April 2017
Was a great place to work so long as you did your job; people were great, management was kind and understanding. Became stressful at times and customers were often rude, but overall the job was enjoyable.
Great Staff as well as a great working environment
Cashier (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 19 April 2017
As my first job, I was able to learn many things and gain a great experience. My co-workers were great and all my managers were very supportive. The hardest part of this job was sometimes there was a language barrier between myself and the customers as this was a European store.
Meat Clerk (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 15 February 2017
In my time at this company, I witnessed various health and safety violations, as well as instances where basic labour laws were totally disregarded. The hardest part of the job was the language barrier.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 27 January 2017
This place was okay to work for a short period of time, however advancement is hard, management needs improvement and the schedule should be improved as well. Overall, it's not a bad place to work, but management certainly needs to be better trained and made sure they are fit for the job.
Stock Clerk (Current Employee) – Winston Churchill West – 21 October 2016
I began the job thinking that it would a great place to start, not being European kinda made it more difficult a lot of the brands there I have never seen before and it took some time To get used to finding everything. Random people came up to me talking in another language and I could only respond in English. Management gave me a week to get used to everything while another coworker told me he got 2 weeks, not being European white is a disadvantage working here. Management is salty here to thru garbage in my cart and walked away like it was nothing.
Hours are great
Supervisor can't speak English, makes your job sound harder
deli clerk (Former Employee) – Mississauga ,Dundas West – 4 September 2016
Deli Clerk: Try to not get job on Deli. Both supervisors don't speak English and understand not too much and sometimes wrong. They don't know how to work with theirs team. Too much racism. The rules are not the same for everyone. You are treated as an inferior person.Both Supervisor lie and gossip. Old polish communist mentality. Even for polish workers this place is the worst work experience. For regular workers less hours . For some workers" unlimited".
PS: On cheese department pretty close, same atmosphere.
Hot Food/Pastry Clerk (Former Employee) – Stoney Creek, ON – 1 September 2016
The job was not overwhelming - there were many different departments, offering many different opportunities to work. The coworkers were friendly, and being bilingual was an asset. The responsibilities were manageable, and you always had help from your coworkers. I had a great experience working here.
Deli Clerk (Former Employee) – 685 Queenston Rd, Hamilton, ON L8G 1A1 – 12 August 2016
On a regular day at work I engage with many customers and co-workers. As a Deli Clerk, a large portion of the environment is based on the emotions of the customers and the employees. Because this job requires a large scale of customer service, it is very important that the employees do not make a customer feel unhappy or mistreat a customer. I have learned how to properly approach customers and make sure their experience was positive by thanking them for their service and to have a good day. This allows the customer to feel welcomed and appreciated, which will most likely result in them returning. I have also learned how to properly label and handle chemichals and the tools used in the workplace. Preventing any accidents and illnesses are very important therefore proper care is vital in this type of work. The hardest part about my job is dealing with unhappy co-workers and management. often times, the rules are changed and minipulated based on who it is reguarding, finding it unequal and discriminant. Dealing with co-workers who bring their personal problems to work is also another issue that I find at my current job.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 23 June 2016
On a daily basis I would work as a cashier. My role was to checkout customers, handle debit/credit/cash transactions, resolve minor customer issues, maintain cleanliness, keep the till neat & organized. Management was rude, co-workers were helpful and easy to talk to. Hardest part of the job was the rush before Christmas. Most enjoyable part of the job was making new friends
Sales Associate (Seasonal) (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 26 April 2016
It was fairly enjoyable working at Starsky. I was a seasonal worker so I don't have much knowledge but you pretty much work at your own pace there. The manager gives you a job and a person to work with and your set for your shift.
Full time/part time cashier (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 28 January 2016
my shifts were either morning to afternoon or afternoon to closing. the shifts changed every week, we had 1 or 2 15 min break, depending how long your shift is. maintained a cleaned a cash made sure the money is safe. i enjoyed working with the managers and my co workers i made many new friends. the costumers were most of the time friendly. i learned how to be more talkative i used to be very shy. i also trained my memory of remembering most of the codes and learned how to be faster and multitask. lastly i learned how to deal with rude costumers on rare occasions. my managers were all caring and very helpful. my coworkers were very helpful and friendly especially when there was someone new on the team. the hardest part of the job was to keep track of the money make sure i did not loose anything. most enjoyable part would be talking to costumers meeting new people.