Skip to main content
2 answers
2
Asked 303 views

What departments in a grocery store do employees enjoy working..

#grocery store #Deli

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

2

2 answers


1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Kim’s Answer

Josh,

What one person enjoys, another will hate! It comes down to finding what is the right fit for you.

One of my first jobs was at the deli inside a grocery store. I hated it. Rather than learning all about meats, cheeses, and party trays, our main focus was in serving a lunch meal - chicken, cole slaw, etc. Not exactly my idea of a deli.

A few years later, I was working at a specialty store, that sold mostly cheeses, along with summer sausage, pepperoni, etc. It was similar to Hickory Farms. The part I enjoyed the most was when customers wanted a custom-made gift basket. That allowed me to interact with the customer, make recommendations, use some artistic skill in assembling the basket, etc. It helped that we had a great group of employees and management.

Some employees might prefer to work in receiving, where new products and merchandise are checked in and stored. It's more physical, and less emotionally taxing than working with customers all day. My neighbor is an order puller for curbside grocery services, and she loves her job because she gets to move around a lot, rather than standing in one spot like a cashier or bagger.

I recommend you try to figure out what aspect of grocery store work appeals to you, and why. The why is important. Once you identify that, you will be able to identify other jobs that might appeal to you that you had not previously considered.

Best of luck!
Kim
Thank you comment icon thank you for the advice Josh
1
1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Desiree’s Answer

I worked in a grocery store part time when I was a high school student to save money for college. Some days I liked working the register: each checkout seemed like a mini-victory and I could talk to people. (Other days, I dreaded the endless lines, huge overstuffed grocery carts and chatty customers.) Some days I liked stocking/re-shelving/pricing: it was solitary work and pretty mindless to follow the instructions I was given, so I could "zone out" and think about homework, plans with my friends, etc. (Other days, I found it lonely and repetitive.) Because of my age and the store rules, I couldn't work some equipment (the deli slicer!) so the store generally didn't staff me in those depts. (And to be honest, that store didn't have too many different depts!) Frankly, I didn't have much say in where I was staffed because I was very low level/entry-level/part-time and I had to take whatever work they scheduled.

Also, no matter where I worked, the managers and co-workers really made the biggest impact on how my day would go: the fun loving teams who helped share the burden when things got frantic made time fly, whereas the teams with Cruella DeVil managers and senseless or petty teammates made the time drag.

Desiree recommends the following next steps:

Go to the store as a (pretend?) shopper and observer the depts -- is the team laughing and smiling? when the counter gets busy do others step up or hang back? do they seem stressed or frustrated?
Determine if your age and labor law rules will limit your options (at least inititally)
Ask! Go to the store you're interested in working at, or others in the same chain or your neighborhood, and -- when it's not busy -- ask people in the depts you are considering: do you like working in this dept? what's the best part? did you choose to work in this dept?? If you could work elsewhere in the story, what dept would you pick? why?
1