What is it like working at Weis?

A behind the scenes story

When they go to Weis, many people stay for 41 minutes on average, while many Weis workers work for about four to five hours. On the surface, Weis seems like a comfortable and healthy work environment for many working within Weis. Though this is what is perceived by the customers going to Weis, this can’t be further from the truth. According to Indeed, the job-finding app, many workers do not look favorably toward Weis. One former worker said on the app, “Terrible, management is unorganized and unhelpful when needed. Would not recommend working there.” Another person said, “I honestly hate going to work there. Standing for hours with short breaks and lifting heavy groceries for dozens of customers a day is tough on your body. The only thing I look forward to is getting paid and my days off.” With statements like these, it gives insight into what happens behind the scenes at Weis.

The average workday at Weis starts with the clock-in, described as the worst part of the day by Tyler Vandermark, a current grocery worker. His reasoning for the clock-in being the worst part is his not wanting to work there. After clocking in, many employees will go to the back to see what their manager has for them, and many employees have differing opinions of their managers. At Weis, there are at least four managers, each with a different role within the company. Gavin Forester, who works in production, doesn’t interact with co-workers or managers too much due to his position. Still, even with limited interaction with these managers, he has opinions of each one of them. Foresters’ overall view of each one of the managers would be positive. In comparison, Vandermark works more closely with the managers. The way Vandermark describes managers are vastly different, with him using profanity to represent the majority of the managers. Vandermark would sum up his opinion of the managers by saying, “ management doesn’t work for the people.” Though this is his private sentiment, he is silent about his complaints.

This hatred towards the managers is so intense it explains why the problem with the motivation of the workers is dropping. A large sum of workers takes extended breaks, with the time for a holiday being 15 minutes. Many have taken breaks that are as long as an hour. Not only that but some have been seen on their phone rather than working. The reasoning by many for this lack of motivation is mainly due to the main complaint that many workers at Weis have. The problem facing many workers is repetition. Many people who join Weis only stay for about four months until they quit due to this repetition. The managers also scold the workers for this lack of motivation, so due to those factors, many quit. We can see this drop in productivity with a former Weis worker, Isaac Hartzell. Hartzell describes his work proficiency: “When I started, I was working hard and stocking the entire shift. Then after a while, I started to go in the breakroom for 30 minutes and not work as hard.”

Weis workers have a significant sum of complaints, and management, instead of solving them, simply cycles out the old workers with new ones. This lack of action taken has upset a large group of workers, such as Vandermark and Hartzell. So even though Weis has been described as an easy job by both workers and employees, the social and emotional dilemmas seem to affect workers’morale.