A question for long time employees: was there even a time when Kroger actually cared about their employees? I’ve been here for less than 3 years and not once have I seen anything to show this. I keep hearing about how great this company was….but NOT what made it great. So tell me, what was so great about Kroger back in the day, because the way things are going now those days certainly seem to be long over?
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If you are young and blonde and straight out of college, they will love you here. If not, get ready to find the door.
I started at Kroger as a bagger on my 16th birthday. They worked around my sports schedule in high school that I participated in, in college they worked around my crazy class schedule. I went into management after college worked myself up from a 24 year old co manager to an executive at the age of 42. The company was different. Dave Dillon was a little different kind of guy but did a great job of leading this company out of the disaster that Joe pickler left it in. Then there was Don Be cker (the greatest grocery executive i ever met). He was hard on people but loved and respected people. He changed the direction of the company in the early 2000’s. Unfortunately he died and Dave retired. I worked directly for Rodney for several years before i retired.... some things I will say about Rodney,”could care less about people,especially older tenured people, was filled and consumed with his ego, horrible with people and a TERRIBLE public speaker (several of us would left at executive meetings and say how did this guy become ceo), fell asleep in a lot of meeting.s... all I can say is total DUESCHE.... don becker is rollliing over in his grave!
Working for kroger for over 35 years. It was a great job. Now after years of no raises or a gift cards. The cutting if hours. It is beyond cutting costs It is lack of caring for employees or customers.
I would never recommend working for kroger at any level. This from someone who uses to love working for this company.
I think the only reason I stay, is the hope rodney will leave with his millions and it will get better.
If your hot or someone’s kid you can move up if not F you, doesn’t matter how hard you work
Whoever said, Looking For Press, was dead-on! All these managers, and all, trying so hard to get noticed and be in the paper, linkedin, twitter, etc. Have you even seen the resumes of some of the wannabes online? OMFG - they are as bad as Rodney.
Lots of dead weight works at corporate now. Not really doing anything for the customer or each other. Just campaigning for their next promotion and looking for press to make themselves look like they know what they are doing! The stock price says it all and you can’t deny that Kroger “leadership”!
Oh yes. The company did care about it's associates. So much so that people wanted to stay for 30 and 40 years.
But then Rodney, Calvin, Timmy, Mike and his tag along Val Pal, and several others came along. They listened to people like Carl and even the P&G Dough Boy himself who said: Why are these people staying with the company so long? We must be too easy to work for. They are too comfortable and getting a little gray. Their pension is costing too much. We need some diversity in dis house. I dont have a pension because I'm from the West or haven t been with the company long enough.
Yes, Kroger has historically been blessed with great leadership; Everingham, Bere, Pichler, Dillon, Becker, McGeorge, and others.
Sadly now however, a once Good/Great company has lost it's way
I've also noticed there is less transparency among leadership and I was shocked to find out my manager and director had no idea Transformation was coming. To this day they still do not know what we should be doing or what the big picture looks like.
I've noticed each year the focus is on HOW we work instead of the actual technology we work with. Administrative overhead is up easily 50% and productivity is down. More and more business degrees and MBA types are becoming my colleague rather than hiring technology experts we desperately need.
I've been in kroger IT for 10 years. It has changed for the worst. Many non-digital areas are being left to die leaving those of us left with too much responsibility. If you're not in digital, you're not cool anymore and your applications don't matter.
I loved Kroger for the work-life balance and transparency among leadership. I had some great mentors and coworkers over the years. So much knowledge I aquired just because of the culture Kroger had cultivated. The pay wasn't the best and there really isn't a career path unless you're in management, but prior to covid it was very difficult to find a company that allows remote work or work from home and paid decent wages. Kroger checked alot of boxes at one point. That is why I stuck around for so long. Unfortunately I am now playing catch up technology wise because I've been doing the same stuff for so long with a lack of a career path internally. Thankfully it's all on krogers dime. Eye for an eye I suppose
I don't know if this is Yael's fault or not. But it was better under Chris
I started to work there in 1996... it was a great company. They really did care about the people who were making them the money. Then about 6/7 years ago it started to go down hill slowly.. now it looks like it is at high speed. I no longer work there and I wouldnt waist any more of my time on a company that does not care about their employees. What made it so great was that they treated us with respect... they would listen to us and cared what we said. They treated everyone fair.. we as a whole were treated equal. Now everyone is treated like c-ap. Leave before you waist any more of your time. Find yourself a real job.. one that you want to go to every day like I use to at Kroger.
It was great before Rodney took over. You used to couldn’t wait to go to work and spend the day with your work family. Mid Atlantic rocked and then they started bringing other people from other divisions. It became who could make a name for themselves and how many clip board requiring reports could they start. None of them were their SMART requirements. They ran off the old managers and office staff starting in 2017 and again in 2019. Today they hire people with no experience and promote them and it all sounds good until someone else comes along. Like a dog chasing a rabbit, then the other dogs start chasing and the challenge is to get rid of the rabbit. This rabbit got out thanks to the horrible HR staff and the equally unqualified district manager. If you are still working, start looking.
Things were "great" BEFORE Rodney the Weirdo took over. Everyone is hating the place. You've been there 3 years? I'd find another job now because unless you are young and pretty, you will be getting fired like the rest of us. They have already started to 're-org' again and tons of managers and above are on the list to leave... j/s