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Fun for the most part but hard to advance

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I didn’t have much floral experience before obtaining this job, but I was told I would learn everything as I go. For the most part that was true, but the department manager and the assistant manager had polar opposite ways of training and that made the job frustrating. The department manager had a gentle approach on how to help me retain the knowledge of how to treat each flower and the names of each of them, the assistant manager however, didn’t understand why my knowledge of flowers was so minimal if I got the job and would quiz me on the spot and her approach made me panic a little therefore I would blank or answer incorrectly, which would mean I got put on the gruelling tasks. All by myself and all shift long. When the department manager was in, the assistant manager ignored me completely. The position I was in, was a clerk position, the other position besides management was a floral decorator. The floral decorators (with the exception of one who was condescending) were all very helpful when they were able to step aside from their own task to assist which was nice. I did learn quite a lot about flowers, but more than anything this job taught me tolerance. From it, I learned that I do not have to tolerate that kind of treatment from someone whom I work alongside with. The department manager was wonderful though, I would go back to work there if it meant I was working under her. Without the assistant manager though.


Good department manager


Bad assistant manager
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Poor Leadership from top down

A Sobeys joint with a different name. Person running the company has no clue about the business just follow what's being told from the higher up's from the East.TF lost its essence with this person at the helm.TF just became one expensive place to shop and nothing else.




Top brass lack of knowledge and leadership
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  • Inclusive work environment
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Sense of belonging
  • Energizing work tasks

Poor management

Really enjoyed my first two weeks, was hired a meat supervisor and was the only certified meat cutter there. After two weeks of people telling me I was killing it, the manager felt my skills were most needed standing around doing the service case. $24 an hour to stand around while less skilled cutters failed to fill the shelf. I quit through their online portal and gave my reason for leaving but they must have never checked it because i got a letter two weeks later saying I was fired. Would gladly go back after the manager has been fired.


Fair wage


Poor management in every way!
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It's customer Service

It's a customer service job, where you stand for 4-8 hours a shift. Pay needs to vastly increase. You need to be able to sit down as a cashier. Customers can suck
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Fun workplace

Staff is demanding and not good with time off. They force you into bagging customers reusable bags that are filthy and smell absolutely disgusting.
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Only the people i worked with offset the shame of wearing a thriftys uniform

What is the best part of working at the company?The staff and customers were amazing but I would not recommend this company What is the most stressful part about working at the company?The overall management is terribleWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?The company appears to be inclusive and open on the surface but the underlying culture of the management is racist, judgmental and insensitive What is a typical day like for you at the company?Going to work everyday dreading my day and wondering if it will be my last day
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this was a good first job but the only reason i stayed for so long (3 years) was because of the assistant manager benefits are okay and there are frequent merit raises as well
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It was fun at times

Fun job when I was alone or with co-workers. Frustrating when my manager was around or shall I say when she was in the building. She would look like she was working but was upstairs in the office looking like she was working but was socializing with others.
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monotonous and very simple and easy

The job was incredibly easy and simple. This is a good job for you if you have no previous work experience. It is also incredibly monotonous and I don't know how anybody could work here for more than a year. You are not allowed to have your own personal music so I listened to the grocery store track while working in silence all day. Only fun part was that I was able to work with my friends so we'd have fun
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decent first job, no advancement unless full time

I spent a year there and only stayed because it was easy and I worked with my friends. Scheduling was a mess and we had to cover all the other departments cause they would all hide in the back
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good starter job

Good place to work as a first job, if you are in high school, or have few qualifications. Pretty straightforward expectations, and good hours that fit your schedule.


good hours
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Awful management and bullying

Most people are quite unhappy working under the management there. Condescending sarcastic unhealthy work environment. Make you work late but refuse to pay over time.Staff constantly crying because of how they are treated.




Unfair treatment
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Supportive Workplace

Everybody is super supportive and willing to help! The training definitely prepared me for the job. There’s always fast and slow bursts of customers to keep you busy most of the time.
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Insecure and unprofessional management on all levels

Manipulation, gas lighting + abuse is common. Management have deep-seated lack of self worth & it reflects in how they behave in a neutral setting. It all starts from the top and trickles down unfortunately. This store is comprised of grown adults acting erratically, with little calculation, and dignity. It felt as if I'd gone back in time and was in high school again. I'm unsure if this store is even aware the rest of the professional world does not operate this way.


Free pizza on occasion


Poor conflict resolution skills. Power hungry. Internal and confidential issues that arise, are often spread around to the knowledge of other employees who were never initially involved.
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Great work experience

Great management, friendly coworkers, nice work environment. I was lucky to work at Admiral Road thrifty foods, not all thrifty foods stores nice like this one, I think it depents on who the manager is.
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Fun and fast paced

Working the online order department was great. Well organized and fast work environment. There is a mix of younger and older staff members, so you get a good diverse mix of coworkers. Overall a good employer and fun job
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Good for students and retirees

Fast work and the wage is very low. Management cares more about the income than their employees. The people on staff however are almost all nice and fun.
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would highly recommend as first job. fast paced. codes were a little hard to learn at first but other staff members were always there to help me through my shifts.
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stagnant wages

I've worked here for a couple years and am trained to do a few different roles but only make 10 cents above minimum wage - and Im not the only one. they don't reward loyalty here, and management is a joke
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Not a good job for any other other than retirees or students.

High stress work environment. Management cares more about number than people. “Profit sharing” goals are impossible to meet ensuring $0 bonuses. Management has poor communication and is quick to jump on you for things you didn’t know about because they failed to tell you. Okay job for part timers like retirees and students as long as you don’t mind then completely ignoring your schedule requests. I would tell anyone applying for full time to look elsewhere first. I have 15 years employment and worked in 5 different locations and 2 different departments - I can tell you this is true for all stores I’ve been to.


Occasional staff bbq


No staff parking, management, low pay, bad scheduling
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What is the best part of working at the company?Great place to work friendly staff to work with What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Nothing really everyone is easy going What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Great environment no judgement What is a typical day like for you at the company?Non stressful when doing your work
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Based on 393 reviews

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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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