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I had an interview for salaried management for Kroger back then. They were running an ad in my local paper, inviting any and all with a Bachelor's degree to throw their hat in the ring....So, I drove some three hours over to Kroger's corporate office, fully expecting success; after all, I also had some retail experience! What could go wrong?

The guy I interviewed with looked like he'd just learned how to shave. He spoke like he was testing for a speech tournament at a community college, and he wore so much collogne that my eyes seriously started watering. Just as I began wondering what his real experience with the company was, he froze in the middle of my resume'. Looked up to my eyes, as if challenging my presense.

"It says here you worked for Menard's? The home improvement company?" I affirmed that. He smirked. "While still in college." Another burning look into my hazels. "Yes", I reaffirmed. He licked a finger, used it to page through my application and resume', then said "Is there anything in your experience that I'm not seeing here, that makes you think you're qualified to lead a grocery retail team?" You'd a hadda been there; that which followed took on the glamor of an eighteenth century war amputation.

Basically, I challenged this post-pubescent to define management, as he thought it would best benefit Kroger. I asked him what he thought the differences were in p & l between his company and any other on the planet. He began to object; I countered with another challenge to his personal experiences at ballancing pay roll. Then, as to his thoughts on quarterly reports, THEN, as to how he would handle shipping/receiving. I asked him how most Kroger stores inventory looked, and how was he personally accountable for over stock. He was burning holes through my skull by then. I asked him "exactly what did you have to do to receive your advancement to where you are now? Cause you don't seem to know diddly sheeit about the company itself."

 

Naw.......I didn't get the job.



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the points you broght up a valad thou. far too many, most in fact, of kroger upper management don't have a clue how to run a buisness

so they hire 'experts 'to tell them how, and we get keyrefailing, and ****.

bottom line, the new crop of management coming out of kroger U.have no people skills, no customer skills, no basic buisnesss skills, just a bunch of coat tail riders, and suck ups, that got their job because they said "yeesa masta"you iz so smaaaaart"

they don't WANT people with a brain, because they might think for thelveselves.

your better off NOT to get the job. i would not take a management job with present kroger coperate, regardless what they paid me.

OK, maybe if they paid me 6 figures...

hey, everybody got a pricebiggrin



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barada wrote:

the points you broght up a valad thou. far too many, most in fact, of kroger upper management don't have a clue how to run a buisness

so they hire 'experts 'to tell them how, and we get keyrefailing, and ****.

bottom line, the new crop of management coming out of kroger U.have no people skills, no customer skills, no basic buisnesss skills, just a bunch of coat tail riders, and suck ups, that got their job because they said "yeesa masta"you iz so smaaaaart"

they don't WANT people with a brain, because they might think for thelveselves.

your better off NOT to get the job. i would not take a management job with present kroger coperate, regardless what they paid me.

OK, maybe if they paid me 6 figures...

hey, everybody got a pricebiggrin


 I'm noticing this more and more.

I've applied for management twice since I've worked at Kroger.  I meet the requirements in that I have a bachelor degree, but seeing what I have seen in the past three years, i'm just viewing it as more of a pay increase and nothing else.

The store manager when I worked there retired back in January.  The co-manager when I started was moved to the store across town back last summer and the new co that we've got is very intelligent but very mild-mannered.  The new store manager is young but very naieve and does everything the district manager says to a T, even if it results in a grievance.

I actually had a conversation with our new manager regarding engagement and brought up a conversation that I had with our union rep about our previous manager threatening to write people up for failed mystery shops.  The union rep told us that if we were written up to file a grievance on it immediately.  I got a deer caught in the headlights look and "that's walking a thin line.....the company wants this....the company....the company....".  I ended the conversation before I did any more damage. :)

For the record, our district manager who is these people's boss, I would love to catch the guy on a voice recorder for the way he talks to the other managers and to some of the employees.  I keep asking myself if I did go into management if I really wanted to work for this guy, because he is an absolute loose cannon. 



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well.... what does a co-manager get paid?



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i will never forget how i was talked too, by my zone manager during my greivence. direct insults to me personally, not just my work.

he insulted my height, my weight, my hair,  my clothes,( i wouldn't even have hierd you, you should be under a car changing oil, or hauling trash) my hobbies( if you can read trashy wrestling books, and play vidio games,like some kid, you can read a damn log !!)my ethics ( do you care you could have KILLED someone ?)over a inital.

at the thrid step meeting, the human rsources guy asked him to 'keep to the point ' twice, because he went off on personal rants again. and i STILL lost !

thats what kind of people kroger put in charge. guy was a freaking kid, not even 30

i remember when he was working DGM  at my store. I had been with company longer then him !

ugg, co-manager/ i have heard huge pay gaps, so it must vary a lot. i have heard 'barley more then you guys make' too"i can't make this kind of money anywhere else"

the lowest iv'e heard, is around $40,000, and they said another co in the store made twice as much



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A manager is a person who manages certain things, or people. An assistant manager assists the manager in various operations of an organization. He should have good leadership and planning skills. It is not an easy job by any means.Employee Handbooks



-- Edited by Batista on Thursday 7th of April 2011 01:30:13 AM

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nocturnia wrote:

I had an interview for salaried management for Kroger back then. They were running an ad in my local paper, inviting any and all with a Bachelor's degree to throw their hat in the ring....So, I drove some three hours over to Kroger's corporate office, fully expecting success; after all, I also had some retail experience! What could go wrong?

The guy I interviewed with looked like he'd just learned how to shave. He spoke like he was testing for a speech tournament at a community college, and he wore so much collogne that my eyes seriously started watering. Just as I began wondering what his real experience with the company was, he froze in the middle of my resume'. Looked up to my eyes, as if challenging my presense.

"It says here you worked for Menard's? The home improvement company?" I affirmed that. He smirked. "While still in college." Another burning look into my hazels. "Yes", I reaffirmed. He licked a finger, used it to page through my application and resume', then said "Is there anything in your experience that I'm not seeing here, that makes you think you're qualified to lead a grocery retail team?" You'd a hadda been there; that which followed took on the glamor of an eighteenth century war amputation.

Basically, I challenged this post-pubescent to define management, as he thought it would best benefit Kroger. I asked him what he thought the differences were in p & l between his company and any other on the planet. He began to object; I countered with another challenge to his personal experiences at ballancing pay roll. Then, as to his thoughts on quarterly reports, THEN, as to how he would handle shipping/receiving. I asked him how most Kroger stores inventory looked, and how was he personally accountable for over stock. He was burning holes through my skull by then. I asked him "exactly what did you have to do to receive your advancement to where you are now? Cause you don't seem to know diddly sheeit about the company itself."

 

Naw.......I didn't get the job.


 Dont change a thing you did good the way I see it. Asskissers are the ones who hurt the business world!

 



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