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I am a new Kroger employee. have some questions.
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I have some ?'s

 Do you get paid every week?

What does the computer training consist of?

What do you do in the orientation?

does part time employees get any benefits or discounts?

what is a union?



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1) yes we get paid on a weekly basis
2) It consists of general base knowledge that you'll need to preform your job. Depending on what job you're accepted for. For example: i'm a bagger - mine consisted of learning to lift properly, use a box cutter, how to mop, when to use spill magic vs dry cloths, how things should be put in bags, why meat and fish should not be bagged together, ect.
3) you recieve a kroger brain washing, fill out paper work, have a chance to ask questions, and do computer training. Don't worry it's not too extreme.
4) as part time you get insurance after 18 months and a 5% discount on kroger brand items via your plus card.
5) a safety net. Just think of it like that

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BagBoy wrote:

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4) as part time you get insurance after 18 months and a 5% discount on kroger brand items via your plus card.


 You only get 5%?  We get 10%.



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Anonymous wrote:
BagBoy wrote:

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4) as part time you get insurance after 18 months and a 5% discount on kroger brand items via your plus card.


 You only get 5%?  We get 10%.


 we get 10% during the holiday season =\



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We only get 5% once a week off the total grocery sum. :( So you have to be careful when you use it.



-- Edited by FedUp on Monday 18th of July 2011 12:34:38 AM

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Ooh.. An added benefit for kroger employees that just started recently. You get double fuel points when you shop.

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Orientation? I must have missed that day...

A little advice I always tell the new guys:

First impressions are EVERYTHING you want managers and coworkers to know you are BOTH friendly and hard-working.

You WILL be frustrated about everything. Don't let it get to you.

THE BIG ONE
If you are going to miss a day of work always call in 2 hrs before your shift. People who miss work and don't call in are No Call No Show (NCNS) and depending on your contract, that is the easiest way to get in trouble and lose your job. I can't stress this one enough.



Unemployment? you will never get it from working here. If you do lose your job, you will never be terminated (fired), you will be "indefinitely suspended" which is just a fancy way of saying "no unemployment for you"

Keep these things in mind and welcome aboard



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YES YOU GET A 10% DISCOUNT...YES YOU GET PAID EVERY WEEK....COMPUTER TRAINING????? AND LAST BUT SURE NOT LEAST UNION IS A ORGANIZATION THAT CHARGES ALMOST $9 A WEEK THAT DONT REALLY DO **** BUT TRY YO TELL YOU HOW HARD THEY WORK ON CONTRACTS BUT THE TRUTH BE KNOWN....I HAVENT SEEN A DAMN THING THEY VE DONE BUT LIE & TRIM OUT MORE & MORE INS COVERAGE AND AND SEND OUT LET THE COMPANY MOVE IN THESE NEW WAYS OF SHOVING MORE WORK DOWN YOUR THROAT AND CUTTING HRS AND DOING ****LOADS OF PAPERWORK(KEY RETAILING)BEEN WITH COMPANY 15 YRS AND MY ADVICE 2 YOU IS SAVE YOUR UNION DUES BECAUSE IF THEY WANNA FIRE YA THERE GOING 2 REGARDLESS BUT YOU LL STILL GET THE SAME BENIFITS AS A UNION PERSON..BUT AS I WAS SAYING I KNOW THE JOB MARKETS BAD OUT THERE...BUT  FIND A REAL JOB WHERE COMPANY STILL CARES 4 ITS PEOPLE AND GET THE HELL OUT OF KROGER BECAUSE THEY SURE DONT IF I EVER HAVE THE CHANCE I DAMN SURE AM  AND THEY CAN STICK THERE KEY RETAILING,THERE HUDDLES,SHELF REVIEWS,GUIDES AND WAVES 1-5 UP THERE ASS



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As part of a union you receive a load of benefits, and job security. A Union is the best way to ensure your position and fair treatment from your employer.

The fees are for a group to manage your work environment, pay, health benefits, and ensure you a fair employment opportunity.

Look at all big companies since Unions were formed there goal is to dissolve all unions. Why you ask, well without a management company (so to speak) to ensure your rights you'll end up like the employees of Wall-Mart. The health benefits for there employees is to go on welfare no Union, the lowest paid employees for a company that makes Billions per quarter in profit, no Union = companies can treat you like a slave.

If every job in the US was a Union position we as a whole would be better. If you had a job that you worked normal shifts, made enough to live on (not check to check), vacation time, more time for family, and a better quality of life. You would have Union jobs.



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I went through three days of training. One was general orientation, which included a lot of computer work. The other two were for cashier training. Even though I have done cashiering for quite a few years, the training was extremely useful.



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When I was hired about three years back, we skipped computer training entirely.

The orientation isn't much.  The union guy comes in first and tries to get everyone to sign up.  Then, you sign away your photo rights and they talk up weird random benefits like Sprint discounts to get you all psyched up.

If you work there long enough, you may or may not have the option for health insurance if you get enough hours.  In my division, the employee discount is 10% on store brand products and on seemingly random general merchandise items.  Occasionally there are promotions such as double fuel points and such, but if you only work for Kroger part time, you probably won't be able to afford a car.

The union are a bunch of guys who subtract $400-700 a year directly from your paycheck in order to buy fancy chairs to sleep in at their offices.  This is a hell of a lot of money for someone making minimum wage.  If you need their help, you need to interrupt their naptime.  And if you interrupt naptime, they will tell you just to quit so you don't bother them anymore.  The time for action was a decades ago.  The union is toothless and complacent.  Kroger is the 4th worst paying corporation in America and every contract is worse.  You'd be better off with a company that respects their employees.  Costco employees get massively better pay and benefits and don't need a union.



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We only get 5% once a week off the total grocery sum. :( So you have to be careful when you use it.



-- Edited by FedUp on Monday 18th of July 2011 12:34:38 AM


 We haven't had that discount since February of last year I think (Delta division).  We switched to 10% on all Kroger brand items. 



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VWguy90 wrote:
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We only get 5% once a week off the total grocery sum. :( So you have to be careful when you use it.



-- Edited by FedUp on Monday 18th of July 2011 12:34:38 AM


 We haven't had that discount since February of last year I think (Delta division).  We switched to 10% on all Kroger brand items. 


 I'm glad we switched off of that old system.   That was annoying to have to coordinate one large purchase a week when I'm used to buying a few things almost daily.



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My teenager was just hired and starts next week. I'm curious if the 5-10% is something part-time employees are eligible for and if they get it immediately upon hire? I'm sure the employee has to "be there" when the purchase is made, but I'm wondering if since i'm the grocery buyer if there is any issue with being able to do my shopping and then (with them there) use the discount?

 

Also curious about the union situation... What is the "worst case scenario" should the employee chose not to participate? I'm not looking for a discourse on the pros or cons of a union in general - I'm well-versed in that, I'm just curious at a practical level how many employees choose not to participate and what direct effect (if any) they've experienced. In my experience there is a great deal of bullying related to joining the union - so there's certainly a personal aspect, but is there a material difference for the employee?



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Actually the employee doesn't have to be with you as long as it's immediate family that lives in the household using it. I got my discount pretty quick after being hired. And yes, everyone who works here gets the discount. :)

As far as the union, that depends on your state. In some states (like Ohio) you have to be a member of the union to work at Kroger. So I can't really answer that for you.

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4hourrush wrote:

As far as the union, that depends on your state. In some states (like Ohio) you have to be a member of the union to work at Kroger. So I can't really answer that for you.


 Yeah, participation in the Union is a state by state thing



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4hourrush wrote:

Actually the employee doesn't have to be with you as long as it's immediate family that lives in the household using it. I got my discount pretty quick after being hired. And yes, everyone who works here gets the discount. :)

As far as the union, that depends on your state. In some states (like Ohio) you have to be a member of the union to work at Kroger. So I can't really answer that for you.


 Thank you for the response!



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