Winn-Dixie Stores Informative - From The Eyes of a FORMER Employee
AVON PARK, FLORIDA -- Okay, to start things off, I am not here to slander Winn-Dixie. I am here to tell things how I see them.
I use to work for them for a few months as a bagger and well, from my experience, the particular store I worked for did have valuable customer service - not the best but definitely satisfactory - but they are NOT top-notch when it comes to keeping their store clean and their food fresh. I will explain why:
1. There is a review here about how the meat department puts new stickers on old meat. This is definitely true, as I have had to do a lot of work around that area. In fact the only recollection I have of them throwing away their old meat is not a very good one. One morning, as I was collecting carts from the parking lot, I found a HUGE bag that smelled like a dead dog. You could smell it from a mile away. I was surprise no one had noticed it sitting there all night. I thought someone had killed something and threw it out. Well I open the bag and I found about a couple of hundred pounds of rotting meat in there. Not only did I inform management, the manager on duty was so grossed out he had me take all of that crap out by myself.
It's bad enough they don't clean their meat department well enough, it's irresponsible to leave a bag of rotting meat out in the open and have their bagger throw it all out on his own. This shows that the person that was working in the meat department the previous day was too lazy to properly dispose the meat, he/she left it out in the parking lot, in a bag on a shopping cart and the bagger on duty that night was too lazy to pick up carts before the store closed. I estimated that, since the meat department closes at around 8 PM there, the meat was sitting out in the open for a good 15 hours before I discovered it upon the start of my shift. The smell was so strong I had to ask customers outside to step back. I couldn't bring all that crap into the store.
2. A lot of times the manager would ask me to take something into the freezer to find that there are a lot of spills. Sometimes the freezer would even smell. I hated going in there. They really need to do something about that. That and they need to organize their products in there a little better.
3. The backroom, where the stockers collect all the products after the truck delivers them to put them on the shelves - no where near clean. There is too much crap on the ground, sometimes it's hard to walk around there.
4. I can't count the times I've gone to the bathroom during my break to find a huge turd floating on the toilet. Once I found one on the urinal. THE URINAL!
On top of all this, they do not treat their employees very well. They certainly didn't treat me like a human being. Besides the fact that the manager called me into her office to nag at me about not doing anything (even though at the time I was bringing out bags) she called me names and would make me pick up shopping carts in the middle of a tropical storm. I hated working for them. I hate Winn-Dixie. I hate the management in it. I hate the fact that they stole hours from me, I hate the fact that there products are so pricy, and I hate the fact that their baggers/cashiers have to do all the damn work while they sit on their ass and make 20 times more than we do by doing NOTHING. They don't even back up cashiers when there are long lines.
In conclusion they sure as heck aren't the cleanest store. I would also like to say that I am not writing this review because they treated me unfairly. I am writing this review because I have seen these things. Heck, I was treated worse at Sweet Bay, but I would gladly say they have the cleanest store I've ever seen. If you want fresh meat, fresh fruits and vegetables and all around fresh foods, ignore the fact that the people there suck, at least they do their jobs.
I could say a lot more, but I think I've made my point across about Winn-Dixie.