A busy, friendly, fun and fast-paced environment to spend my working hours.
I was hired at a time that an extra employee was MUCH needed in my department; there is a great deal of work that needs doing each day, and a minimum number of people needed to accomplish it all, and unfortunately the HMR department was severely short-staffed prior to my arrival. I very quickly took advantage of the opportunity I was faced with to really show them what I was made of. I made (and currently still make) myself available to go into work whenever they need me to cover a shift and more than that, every time I go into work, I go to work my hardest for them. I legitimately enjoy the fast-paced work environment, and the face-to-face customer interactions. On any given day there is the chance to work one of several different shifts, whether it be making sandwiches and pizza, filling the salad counter, or cooking. It's a wonderful thing to go into work and know that there is a variety in tasks that need doing. I love the feeling of knowing that when I go into work, I make a positive difference. My co-workers and I have no choice but to work as a team, and working in a place like Loblaws makes that a very easy, and enjoyable task for me. Having said that though, one of the hardest things for me working in HMR is to cope with the fact that we do not have a manager and therefore no one to give solid direction. As an employee of Loblaws, I'm part of the union, and with a union comes the task of dividing hours by seniority, not by a persons capability and productivity. I'm a
Prosability to try new foods daily, friendly faces, healthy work environment
Consnot enough hours, seniority rather than skill based hour allocation
I will never tell | Goderich, ON | Nov. 26, 2015
Type of work,Benefits,Corporate Culture,Attrition,Salary,Employee regard
Zehrs at one point may have been a average place to work
With the recent few years of the culture of attack on its employees
Zehrs is not such a good place to work. Grocery stores have always been a starting point for some. Should you start your children off working for a company like Zehrs the answer is no absolutely no to be more clear.
Zehrs has gone on like many corporate entities and started to attack its employees about a decade ago. With the culmination of spinning off into its own sub company of Loblaws. The attack on its employees has resulted in basically a very hostile work environment with minimum wage expectations and the point of employee professionalism to either work like a robot compete with a robot act like a robot or expect to be terminated.
You would be better off setting your children to start there carreers in the work place in any other type of industry and certainly any other grocer rather then a zehrs or loblaws employee
The amount of money the loblaws companies makes is so convoluted and dishonest like every company in the grocery industry.
They all say they earn less then 3 cents on any item they sell.
Nothing could be further from the truth except if you told me that there was ice water in hades. Which working for this company is akin too.
If your a adult and considering working for zehrs consider other options any other options before you choose zehrs.
If local customers actually knew what goes on in the grocery industry they would shun t
Consanything and everything you could think you can find wrong a zehrs
Operations Clerk | Alberta | Oct. 28, 2019
a union secured job with part-time benefits, work discount and perks, with a relaxed working environment
I started working for Real Canadian Superstore in High School and have kept the job over the years as both a primary and secondary job to help with income. I learned many skills that I didn't necessarily have as a teenager, and they developed as I took on more responsibility, had new job roles and when the company changed working procedures. I got to know my co-workers more and more and even built friendships at work and outside of work, creating a sense of family with them, and it made working there more enjoyable.
I took on more responsibility and I have worked in several different departments in many different roles over the past 14 years and learned a lot from working for the company, both good and bad.
I would say my negatives to the job are the cuts to hours that are sometimes very unreasonable and make it so that employees have to either choose to work for them anytime available to get any hours or find further employment to be able to support themselves to live. The rate of pay is fair, but it has stopped since the minimum wage increase for a lot previously hired workers, which has caused a lot of strain on workers and frustrations. When good management changes over, and there is a lot of change over of supervisors and managers in every store, the good managers and supervisors don't seem to stick around very long until they are moved out with either completely new staff or with ones who disrupt the way things are run and want to change the way it is done to sui
Prosbenefits, discount card, work perks, job security, advancements, fair wage
Conshour cuts, weak guarantees of hours, poor management and leadership from time to time, wage hold due to minimum wage increase for previously hired staff, some health and safety issues from time to time
Cashier | Lethbridge, AB | Dec. 7, 2016
TV in the staff room was good during break time or early arrival.
A typical day at work:
I usually arrive very early at work. If my manager is short of staff she usually ask me to start working right away, or I sit down in the staff room reading a book or watching TV until it is time to start work.
The first thing I usually do is to clean the convey belt then I turn on the light to show that my line is open for the costumers to come.
When the costumers arrive I greet them, ask them if they want to use bags, then I scan the items, ask them if they have a PC (President Choice) card and if they have I ask them if they want to use their points, or what kind of payment they are going to use. After they make payment I gave them their receipt and say thank you.
What I learned:
I learn a lot about team work. The store was bland new; all the staff had to learn together at the same time. It was nice to see the team work that was demonstrated by the management and all the crew to make sure that everybody knew their parts and was able to be ready on the grand opening of the store.
The knowledge of different produces was amazing to me. I was able to learn a lot of different ethnic produces that I would have never known if not for working at the Super Store.
As I mention before the management was so supportive to the staff and they worked hard to make sure that the learning transition was good to the staff before the opening of the store. I was able to choose the time for the schedule that I wanted to work.
Stocker | London, ON | Jul. 2, 2016
Decent student job & Life Balance is atrocious
Im a student, whose worked at loblaws for 5 years, since highschool. It's a decent job to have as a student whether your in highschool or college; I wouldn't say university though. It's good money to save for school/daily expenses. However, you bust your balls for every dollar you make. I would say this job is above average in terms of physical labour, depending on your department. I worked in the dry foods. The scheduling and hours/life balance at Loblaws is absolutely beyond atrocious. Like it's literally beyond atrocious.
When your new, they tarnish you with a unreal load of hours and/or give you brutal shifts (2:30-11 back to back shifts, constant back to back 8 hour shifts, a 8 hour closing shift then a 8 hour opening shift the day after; even though there should be a 10 hour time difference in between shifts. The store i worked at didn't give a flying f...). I would give my availability of when I can work depending on my school schedule, and i would say about half the time ive been at this company for the last 5 years, every 2-3 weeks the manager would book me a shift that wasn't according to my availability. And the scary thing is, i'd get called out for not being able to work the shift or get complained at by the manager himself even though i specifically left an availability note saying i can not work that certain day.
At this company or well atleast at the store i worked at, you have to show them you work hard in order to get a mutual respect and build relat
Prosdecent student job
Consshift times, hours, scheduling, disgusting work life balance
Personal Shopper | Winnipeg, MB | Apr. 2, 2019
if they hire you, RUN
I have worked as a personal shopper for just over a year now but I am going to give my 2 weeks notice as this last week has been the last straw for me.
when you are hired for this job I wish I would of been told that I would have my shifts cancelled, have my manger calling and texting me and all hours of the day to ask if I can work on a day outside my availability or if I would be ok with making my shift shorter to 'save the department hours' like god I am not on call. I also wish they would have told me that I would never get my breaks which is illegal.
This job it self is rough too since customers will be racist to you if you have an accent. there is also a lot of heavy lifting like literally you are expected to have to lift 40 pounds from over your head or lift cases of water that customers order. And you have to work outside in all types weather which is great. it went from being outside in 30 degree weather to working in rainstorms and even working in -40 degree Celsius weather at night which should be illegal. I got frostbite for the first time in my life from having to stay outside for 20 minutes when we had 10 customers show up at once and we had to keep running their orders outside to their cars. nothing beats having a customer tell you 'wow must suck working in this weather' as you are unloading their groceries into their trunk as they let their car run and you are getting lovely exhaust/gas in your face.
I was suppose to be fired this last week because
Proscoworkers were the only reason I could stay at this job for so long
Consnot getting my breaks, being paid $10 an hour after union dues, lazy coworkers, fast turnover rate we would hire 5 people and only 2 would stay longer than a week
Assembler | Cambridge, ON | Dec. 15, 2020
Fast paced and physically demanding
A typical day at work involves safely operating a Crown double pallet jack to pick cases as directed by a headset along a predetermined route. Aggressive quotas ensure the work is fast paced and physically demanding. As a result, turnover is extremely high, with a new training group starting nearly every week.
Given the high turnover, the hiring process is quite basic and consists of an informal interview. The training consists of a comprehensive five-day program, followed by an eight week adjustment period of sorts intended to ease yourself into the role by gradually increasing the quota every week from 55% to 95%.
Again, this work is fast paced and physically demanding, and most people quit within their first few weeks. However, I found that it doesn't take long for new opportunities to arise should you power through, with the opportunity to learn a new position such a reach truck or forklift operator in my instance arising within my first few months on the job.
Management can be quite hit or miss. I found those in the Perishable department to be quite rude, condescending, and unhelpful compared to those in Grocery. Likewise, I found a lot of my colleagues to be the same in each department, although there are some really fantastic people in either department.
The hardest part of the job is of course, keeping up the pace for long stretches of time in order to meet your quota. The stress of the job is further fueled by unforeseen circumstances such as congested aisles an
Prosstraight shifts, optional overtime, opportunity for advancement, culture
Consexhausting work, rude and unhelpful management and colleagues
Pharmacy Assistant | Calgary, AB | Dec. 10, 2014
Busy, busy pharmacy
A typical 9am-10pm day at Loblaw's Pharmacy consists of three pharmacists, six technicians/assistants and two cashiers busily working intake, packaging, checking and pick-up stations for approximately 290 to 320 prescriptions. During flu shot season, 300 to 400 prescriptions are the norm.
Working at this pharmacy, I have learned patience in all aspects of this retail environment, whether it be solving third-party billing issues, helping disgruntled customers, locating misplaced stock or just keeping up with workflow. Patience is the single most important characteristic any member of the customer service field must have. With patience, I have led unhappy patients to reach solutions that give them peace of mind.
The management at this pharmacy is lacking in terms of clear disciplinary action and reinforcement of policies. Staff that are late returning from breaks are never spoken to about the matter, including about frequent abuses of long bathroom breaks. Staff are also not discouraged from leaving their post to purchase personal items in the store, whenever they please.
Co-workers are friendly individuals, however, are slow to get to work. Patients have frequently complained that our staff has ignored them in the past, to cluster in the back and chat about personal affairs.
The most difficult part of working as a pharmacy assistant here would be solving third-party issues over the phone. Often times, the insurance company puts you on hold for indefinite per
Prosa place to work
Conslack of staff discipline
Cashier | London, ON | Aug. 1, 2019
Don't walk...Run...Run far away from this place.
I applied for this job in May of last year. At the time, I was desperate for a job so I was applying just about anywhere. Loblaws came up, not my first choice but I figured I'd give it a shot, it can't be that bad.I was about as wrong as you could be. My Manager and Assistant Manager were about as boneheaded as you could be. One instance of this was; I was up to around 20 hours after a few months so that would mean shifts would increase. At one point I was working 4 hour shifts 5 days a week. It made absolutely no sense to be doing that to me. I asked management if they could do something like, 2 8 hour shifts and 1 4 hour, they instantly denied me.
Continuing about management, they don't do a single thing. My Manager and Assistant manager would always just sit in their scheduling office and kill time until 8 hours is up. If Management puts no effort fourth why should your employees?
You have to MARRY Loblaws if you want a job here. HAVE to be available weekends (It's retail makes sense) but then they have requirements during the week and certain times you have to be available as well. I believe it was one shift monday through wednesday, one shift either thursday or friday, and you have to be available saturday, sunday. At this place, even part-timers are working 4-5 days a week. It makes zero sense.
The job overall sucked. Snobby customers who think they know better than the store, management on your case about optimum cards, supervisors making you do extra work
ProsWorking in Garden Centre was fun
ConsTerrible Management, Overworked, Moody supervisors, brakes were strict, horrible training
Customer Service Representative | Chatham-Kent, ON | Oct. 29, 2013
A typical day at the Real Canadian Superstore would be the following:
Receive payment by cash, check, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debits.
Issue receipts, refunds, credits, or change due to customers.
Assist customers by providing information and resolving their complaints.
Count money in cash drawers at the beginning of shifts to ensure that amounts are correct and that there is adequate change.
Establish or identify prices of goods, services or admission, and tabulate bills using calculators, cash registers, or optical price scanners.
Greet customers entering establishments.
Answer customers' questions, and provide information on procedures or policies.
Sell tickets and other items to customers.
Calculate total payments received during a time period, and reconcile this with total sales.
Process merchandise returns and exchanges.
Monitor checkout stations to ensure that they have adequate cash available and that they are staffed appropriately.
Assist with duties in other areas of the store,bagging and carrying out customers' items to the shopping cart or getting assistance to carry items to the customers vehicle
Maintain clean and orderly checkout areas and complete other general cleaning duties, such as mopping floors and emptying trash cans.
Sort, count, and wrap currency and coins.
My favorite part of my job at the Real Canadian Superstore would be dealing with the public, I enjoy the interaction with customers as well as assisting them with inquir
ProsCo-workers, and the work enviornment
ConsNot enough hours in the week
Questions and answers about Loblaw
What would you suggest Loblaw management do to prevent others from leaving?
Asked Mar. 16, 2017
Train workers PROPERLY!
Answered Mar. 5, 2021
-have 6-7 workers per shift not 4. That lessen the stress due to many sick calls and heavy workload
- better hours ,better pay 15$ minimum wage
-don't give the workers shift that ends at 23:00 and then morning shift the next day
-don't abuse 10hr space between shifts like worker ends at 23:00 his eight hour shift and then getting 5am or 7am shift , just because some one called in sick
-don't give workers 11:30 - 20:00 shifts on the weekends , workers can't even make plans
-train management on how to order, and schedule properly , emotional intelligence
Answered Mar. 5, 2021
What are the working hours at Loblaw?
Asked Mar. 15, 2017
For superstore produce workers you get 4 hour , 5 hour or 8 hours shifts.
Usual 8 hour shifts are: 9am-5:30pm , 10am-6:30pm , 2:30pm- 11:00, 4am -12:30pm , 11:30- 8pm
The 4 or 5 hr shifts could be 4am-to-9am, 9am-1pm,10am-2pm, 12pm -5pm ,6pm-to-10pm or 11pm , 11am -2pm, it changes daily/frequently
If you are anytime worker status you get 24 to 28 hours a week. So you usually get the day shifts (4,5 or 8hrs shifts) between 9am-6pm and sometimes 2:30pm-11pm. If you go restricted (union rule) after probation you can work 2 or more days a week , but you have to work every Saturday. If you worked at loblaw for more than 10 years you can choose any 2 days and hours you want to work.
Answered Mar. 5, 2021
Department managers expected to work over 10 hrs a day and do not even get proper breaks as it is looked down apon by the store manager.
Answered Jun. 5, 2020
Why did you leave your job at Loblaw?
Asked Mar. 16, 2017
Worked at the South Surrey warehouse for 4 years. They just have unreasonable quotas you have to hit. Slugging 50lb wonky bags of onions and having to pick 20-30 of them at time and only getting 20 mins to finish that 3 pallet order is too tight. The management mocks you for getting hurt. And when you need a supervisor you have to go the shipping office and ask the overwhelmed Shipping clerk to fetch one. Plus we had two known cases of Covid Recently and the response was very poor We were forced back to work and the place wasn’t deep cleaned at all. There is a reason why it is easy to get hired.
Answered Jun. 7, 2020
I attained a better job position elsewhere but there was a lack of proper training and direction. Managers werent always easy to get in touch with regarding scheduling issues.
Answered May 23, 2020
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Loblaw? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Feb. 23, 2017
For me it took approximately 2 weeks.
1. Apply online (or possibly in person)
2. Get called for phone screening about a week later
3. Get called a few days later to schedule interview
4. Go to interview a couple days later. If you do well, you’re hired at the interview.
Answered Sep. 18, 2020
Basically as soon as you apply you will be hired.
Answered Jun. 10, 2020
Does Loblaw require background check?
Asked Mar. 2, 2017
Basic background check of over 18.
None if under 18.