WZZM13 - Meijer re-evaluating managem...

WZZM13 - Meijer re-evaluating management staff at 179 stores

There are 73 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Jul 11, 2007, titled WZZM13 - Meijer re-evaluating management staff at 179 stores. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Changes are on the way at Meijer Stores across the companies 5 state region. Meijer announced Wednesday it will realign it's leadership structure at 179 stores.

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Resident of GR

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Jul 12, 2007
I've greatly reduced the amount of money I'm spending with Meijer. For about a year now, they've had reduced lanes for checkout so the wait is much longer and the clerks are far from friendly. To request paper instead of plastic puts your life at risk! I also watched one of the deli workers skim meat off a customers order one day after she had already weighed the product. I will never shop at Walmart and I'm happy to support Family Fare. They're just as local as Meijer and very helpful as well.

Two years ago, our household had a situation where some bills were stolen out of our mailbox. The checks were then bleached and used at Meijer on Plainfield. The person wrote the check out for "Meijer Thrifty Acres" for over $200. The person never checked the id and the crook got off. Meijer did absolutely nothing to help find who had stolen the checks (could have reviewed security footage, but refused). Instead they sent a letter saying they would no longer honor our checks because they were no good! Now, that's great customer service. Help the criminal! Sorry Meijer - you're not welcome in our household.
Max

Colorado Springs, CO

#22 Jul 12, 2007
Adam Geldersma wrote:
When I was little, which probably isn't that long ago compared to most people here, we shopped at Meijers every week. I couldn't understand why it was so busy though, because other then groceries everything was considerably more expensive then at other common neighborhood stores.
As for Walmart, I really wish people would stop shopping there. Every time you buy something from Walmart, you're hurting the country. Almost every single thing Walmart stores stock are extremely cheap Chinese products. It costs a little more to get American products, if you can find them, but it will go back into your pocket eventually.
It is not just Meijer who stocks products from China. China can produce whatever a company wants, no matter where they are. Meijer has done this for years, they also can have the label printed anyway they want so you don't even know where it came from.
Meijer has been on a self destruct path ever since Fred stepped down from the everyday operations. Now they hire outside companies to look at the bottom line and come up with programs that Meijer supports only to find out the programs don't work. This has happened time after time.
Wonder Y

Gallipolis, OH

#23 Jul 12, 2007
Maybe when the White Collar workforce in Michigan start getting their jobs cut they will understand what manufacturing has seen for the past five years. This is a great example of the greed on Wall Street that is killing America. The job cuts have nothing to do with being competitive, it is about profit. Money does not disappear it is going into the filthy riches pockets. I hope that this is the last Republican president we have for many years. The big money players are taking us to the cleaners. None of us are better off than we were 7 years ago. Remember! If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic!
Not next in line

Aurora, CO

#24 Jul 12, 2007
I think that rather than putting up podiums for management to stand behind and attempt to direct traffic into checkout lanes, the several management type people standing behind them most of the time with walkie talkies would be put to better use opening up more checkout lanes when they are busy--most of the time at Meijer more than half of them are closed, and most of the time the wait to check out is a minimum of fifteen minutes. Target, for example, opens additional check out lanes immediately when they have a back up to check out.
Too many chiefs, not enough cashiers.
Joe

Mears, MI

#25 Jul 12, 2007
Wonder Y wrote:
Maybe when the White Collar workforce in Michigan start getting their jobs cut they will understand what manufacturing has seen for the past five years. This is a great example of the greed on Wall Street that is killing America. The job cuts have nothing to do with being competitive, it is about profit. Money does not disappear it is going into the filthy riches pockets. I hope that this is the last Republican president we have for many years. The big money players are taking us to the cleaners. None of us are better off than we were 7 years ago. Remember! If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic!
Amazing how quick democrats are to blame the republicans! I could fill the is page with solid facts, such as NAFTA getting signed into law by a dem. majority legislative branch and Clinton, or a dem. governor that pats herself on the back for 1000 jobs as 100,000 are lost, or how about the unions that back the dems and have autoworkers making $45 per hour with a high school education and then complaining that they are losing their jobs. I'll be the first to add that their are some reps. that are worthless as well.

Here are a few points to consider though...

1. We have a government that wants to give illegal amnesty to fill the jobs Americans won't do. Why would they we support them with welfare and social services.
2. Michigan is not a "right to work" state. Meaning the unions rule and that is that. Google it and see where all the new auto plants are being built. It's not Michigan!
3. China is taking manufacturing jobs left and right. Look at Asimco here in West Michigan. Almost 500 jobs gone! Want to take a shot at blame? Don't look left or right, it's you and me. We put up with it and buy the cars anyway. To hell with domestic, I mean mostly made in China, I hope Toyota and Honda take the tops spots because Ford and GM don't deserve it anymore. What ever happened to "Made in the U.S" we don't care anymore.
4. If you think dems are so great you wouldn't mind putting a family living off welfare up to give them a place to stay. Don't say no now, dems love people that depend on big government and your tax dollars to survive rather than get jobs. Might as well cut out the middleman and take them right in!
5. Even the simpliest of the things for both parties, how much do Michigan schools pay when the water their grass all summer long with no one there? My association pays $10,000 per year with 350 units. But schools always want more money and tell us the students will ultimately pay. Don't forget the teachers who alway want more and are sunning themselves all summer long while others work 52 weeks per year.

I'm just as sick of the institution as the next person as we are always the ones that pay and in return we hear of dem sponsored middle class tax breaks that cover up to $150,000. That's not middle class around here, that's really well off and doesn't cover me at all. What about you?

But hey I'm done typing my head hurts and standing on this soap box is tiring. Just think next time are we really better off with democrats?
traceydukester

Buffalo, NY

#26 Jul 12, 2007
"Layoffs minimal" that's a joke my friend works there and has been with the company for 18 years and was "let go". Meijers is cheap and greedy, they don't care about their employees only the profit they make. They just saved some money now and the state will have to make up for it in unemployement. He wasn't the only one either they made many managers and team leaders leave or take a paycut how fair is that. Now at 40+ years of age these dedicated employess have to try to start over.
Cori

Denver, CO

#27 Jul 12, 2007
I guess my feelings that is that they escorted a friend of mine off the premises of Meijer 54th Street a long time manager there and due to thier cut backs I will be cutting back on where I shop and Meijer is not one of them. And Meijer just lost a few customers. Prices keep going up here but they keep cutting back. Wake up Meijer. Word of mouth is the biggest advertisment and this is a black mark on you.
Jamie

United States

#28 Jul 12, 2007
Wonder Y wrote:
Maybe when the White Collar workforce in Michigan start getting their jobs cut they will understand what manufacturing has seen for the past five years. This is a great example of the greed on Wall Street that is killing America. The job cuts have nothing to do with being competitive, it is about profit. Money does not disappear it is going into the filthy riches pockets. I hope that this is the last Republican president we have for many years. The big money players are taking us to the cleaners. None of us are better off than we were 7 years ago. Remember! If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic!
Your govenor is doing a smash up job! although I do agree with you on one thing, GREED is killing this country, but neither party as cornered the market on that.
stef

Dorr, MI

#29 Jul 12, 2007
meijer gone WILD!!!!!!!!!! whooa
Black Day at Meijer

Colorado Springs, CO

#30 Jul 12, 2007
Another black day at Meijer, and another step in destroying this company! Don't hear of Target, Walmart, Kmart of having these black days, like good old Meijer.

Meijer is no longer a career company, they have eliminated this aspect along time ago. Use to be they relished the longevity of the associates who worked for them. Even wrote books on the backbone of this company and how people could start out as baggers and work their way up to being President of the company.

Those days are long gone and will never return.
Think the longest assoicates are down to the Meijer boys only. Pretty sad when you think about it, since they can't run the company either.

They would eliminate more hourly people if they could but they are union members. Sure they are working on that.
Mark

Loveland, CO

#31 Jul 12, 2007
The problem is that the managers they do have don't do a single thing except sit around on their duffs.

The big Meijer problem is the spend so much money on "Time Studies" and outside consultants that don't know what really, actually works in Michigan and the Great Lakes area. They come in and make changes, and Meijer thinks that what works in New York and Los Angeles will work here. And it won't.

Fortunately about 5 years ago someone high up at Meijer at the time went around to some friends of mine and told them - in no uncertain terms - to "get the heck out of this company soon, because what's coming is not going to be good." And they all found better jobs.

People complain about Wal-Mart (and I hate them too) but Meijer is just as bad. But because they are a privately held company, you don't hear the bad as much.

I personally will never set foot in the Plainfield store after what they did to some friends of mine. Plus, I just heard from someone I know there that they are now timed in doing certain job functions, and if you are 1 minute over, you are written up. 5 times - you're suspended. Anyone with half a brain knows - because of uncertainties and chaos theory - that you can't plan things to the minute. There's an old saying about a plan survives the first five minutes of implementation, then it's useless.
Lisa

Amelia Court House, VA

#32 Jul 12, 2007
I used to know a Mark that worked at the Plainfield store. I worked at that store for a couple of years. I really enjoyed it. I left to be a stay at home mom, before all the changes were made.

I really think that Meijer is doing nothing more than any other business would do, and that is make sure it can continue to make a profit. It is up against the biggest retailer in the world, and if Meijer is going to survive, it needs to keep an eye on the bottom line. It's business, for pete's sake. Nothing more.

I do think that Meijer needs to be more creative and do something other than copy Walmart. It needs Fred.
Lisa

Grand Haven, MI

#33 Jul 12, 2007
Meijer’s seems to be targeting the people/Team Leaders that have seniority…
After Fred’s kids took over they have really gave Meijer’s store workers the “shaft”…
Wow Fred… you better look into what your kids are doing to a business that you started… pretty soon I’m sure that all your workers will be employed at Wal-Mart…
Loyalty and dependability does not mean spit to the Meijer Corporation… thanks Meijer’s for affecting Michigan Families Negatively!!!!!!!!!!
P Wagner

South Haven, MI

#34 Jul 12, 2007
Who is proofing your articles???!!! First off, companies should be company's. Next, it's should be its.
Poor writing/proofing skills do not offer your article credibility....
Lisa

Grand Haven, MI

#35 Jul 12, 2007
SHOP AT THE NEW WAL-MART IN GRAND HAVEN
GRGUY

Dublin, OH

#36 Jul 12, 2007
I will always shop at Meijer. I am not sure which Meijer most of you shop but the two that I go to have a very high level of customer service. I am pretty sure that Meijer has some of the best prices too. Compared to Family Fare or D&W Meijer is reasonable.
Lisa

Amelia Court House, VA

#38 Jul 12, 2007
Michigan Sux wrote:
I worked for them as a manager years ago. I did as many chick as I could and stole alot of stuff, so I don't really care.
Oh, go away...
Belle

Colorado Springs, CO

#39 Jul 12, 2007
Michigan Sux wrote:
I worked for them as a manager years ago. I did as many chick as I could and stole alot of stuff, so I don't really care.
In your dreams maybe...what a jerk!
Lisa

Grand Haven, MI

#40 Jul 12, 2007
GRGUY wrote:
I will always shop at Meijer. I am not sure which Meijer most of you shop but the two that I go to have a very high level of customer service. I am pretty sure that Meijer has some of the best prices too. Compared to Family Fare or D&W Meijer is reasonable.
I'm sure you would feel different if a family member works or worked at Meijer.I will pay the extra!

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#41 Jul 12, 2007
Michigan Sux wrote:
I worked for them as a manager years ago. I did as many chick as I could and stole alot of stuff, so I don't really care.
Maybe that's why you're in AZ. You couldn't find a job in MI with a record of stealing from your employer!

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