New Seasons Central Kitchen

New Seasons Central Kitchen

New Seasons, the increasingly less local local grocery store, announced Thursday that it would be opening its first store in San Francisco. San Francisco is already home to some awesome grocery stores (see: Rainbow Grocery, Bi-Rite.) No opening date has been set but it is part a larger push south for the Portland-grown grocer. The San Francisco store, which will be located in “the heart of Hayes Valley and Western Addition” according to a press release, will be one of four stores in development in California. There is already a New Seasons in San Jose, California. New Seasons is also expanding north. In 2018, they plan to open a location in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Greater Seattleites already can visit their store on Mercer Island. For Oregonians wishing for a New Seasons in their ‘hood, however, you’ll just have to wait. According to New Seasons there are no new stores planned for Oregon at the moment. Oh well. We’ll just have to settle for getting our organic kale at the one of the 18 stores in the Portland metro area. — Lizzy Acker 503-221-8052 lacker@oregonian.com, @lizzzyacker
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New Seasons Central Kitchen

Doesn’t Recommend Negative Outlook No opinion of CEO I worked at New Seasons Market full-time (More than 5 years) Pros customers, fellow staff, some benefits but they are changing in negative ways that employees new to No Seasons do not realize Cons Lost original values/culture. Sales and bottom-line are more important than customers or employees. No longer unique in the market now that they are modeling the Whole Foods and Freddies paradigm . Management is dishonest; not employee supportive. Cliquish and sometimes downright mean. Speaking up will probably get you fired or targeted. If you are a boyfriend or girlfriend of mgmt, you will be promoted faster, despite more experienced candidates. Advice to Management Go back to the original model where employees and customers mattered. Quit manipulating Speak Up surveys to say what what you want them to say. (ie-statistics don't lie but liars use statistics.) Learn from the current Trump administration–are you modeling them? Is his bad behavior giving you permission to do the same? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Copy Link Link Copied! Flag as Inappropriate Flag as Inappropriate Helpful New Seasons Market Response seconds ago Edit • Delete New Seasons Market 2017-03-14 13:32 PDT
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New Seasons Central Kitchen

Doesn’t Recommend I have been working at New Seasons Market (More than a year) Pros Good people & free food Cons Slow to change, management needs to communicate and listen to employees, not much room for advancement, low pay, high turnover. I worked in the production facility, which is a windowless white building, which gets old very quickly. You'll be doing the exact same tasks daily. Just know what you are getting into. This isn't a space for creativity, it is an assembly line. Advice to Management Management needs to communicate and listen to employees. Cross train and take suggestions. Don't hire people with culinary degrees, because they will be disappointed. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Copy Link Link Copied! Flag as Inappropriate Flag as Inappropriate Helpful New Seasons Market Response seconds ago Edit • Delete New Seasons Market 2017-04-09 21:01 PDT
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New Seasons Central Kitchen

Pros customers, fellow staff, some benefits but they are changing in negative ways that employees new to No Seasons do not realize Cons Lost original values/culture. Sales and bottom-line are more important than customers or employees. No longer unique in the market now that they are modeling the Whole Foods and Freddies paradigm . Management is dishonest; not employee supportive. Cliquish and sometimes downright mean. Speaking up will probably get you fired or targeted. If you are a boyfriend or girlfriend of mgmt, you will be promoted faster, despite more experienced candidates. Advice to Management Go back to the original model where employees and customers mattered. Quit manipulating Speak Up surveys to say what what you want them to say. (ie-statistics don't lie but liars use statistics.) Learn from the current Trump administration–are you modeling them? Is his bad behavior giving you permission to do the same? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Copy Link Link Copied! Flag as Inappropriate Flag as Inappropriate Helpful New Seasons Market Response seconds ago Edit • Delete New Seasons Market 2017-03-14 13:32 PDT
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New Seasons Central Kitchen

Pros Work with a lot of great people and customers in a healthy atmosphere. Cons Growing to fast, lost its community connection, starting to value people less and less. Advice to Management Unfortunately New Seasons is turning into Whole Foods. New Seasons has hired many former Whole Foods officers recently. A lot of wonderful people who started with New Seasons in the beginning have left or been fired in the last two years.
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New Seasons Central Kitchen

Pros Terrific people, great products, cool vendors. Opportunities to volunteer on paid time and support local organizations like Meals onWheels. Great food! Cons The things that aren't great here are the same things that aren't great at all retailers– a marketplace that is wildly competitive in a biz with notoriously thin margins. Growth in this market has been tough and there have been some bad decisions made. It's still better than so, so many places. Advice to Management Stop trying to do everything at once–solve one problem at a time. Also, all the new people from Whole Foods are smart and nice, but I wish they'd stop trying to simply recreate WF. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Copy Link Link Copied! Flag as Inappropriate Flag as Inappropriate Helpful New Seasons Market Response seconds ago Edit • Delete New Seasons Market 2017-03-16 20:03 PDT
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For Oregonians wishing for a New Seasons in their ‘hood, however, you’ll just have to wait. According to New Seasons there are no new stores planned for Oregon at the moment.
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Pros Good people & free food Cons Slow to change, management needs to communicate and listen to employees, not much room for advancement, low pay, high turnover. I worked in the production facility, which is a windowless white building, which gets old very quickly. You'll be doing the exact same tasks daily. Just know what you are getting into. This isn't a space for creativity, it is an assembly line. Advice to Management Management needs to communicate and listen to employees. Cross train and take suggestions. Don't hire people with culinary degrees, because they will be disappointed. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Copy Link Link Copied! Flag as Inappropriate Flag as Inappropriate Helpful New Seasons Market Response seconds ago Edit • Delete New Seasons Market 2017-04-09 21:01 PDT
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A day at New Seasons Central Kitchen is always changing. With the constant high volumes of food being pushed out of our building can be challenging on the day to day basis. I like my job because of the huge diverse group of people that I get to work with. I enjoy learning about people and their backgrounds and becoming close with them. The hardest part of the job is having high numbers on a product that takes a lot to put together and sometimes you end up having to stay over your hours to complete. Management can be very questionable at times because they arent quick with the communication sometimes.ProsGood people, good benefits, steady workConsshort breaks, management issues, overwhelming work
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Job Work/Life BalanceCompensation/BenefitsJob Security/AdvancementManagementJob CultureNew SeasonsFood Assembler (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – October 17, 2016A day at New Seasons Central Kitchen is always changing. With the constant high volumes of food being pushed out of our building can be challenging on the day to day basis. I like my job because of the huge diverse group of people that I get to work with. I enjoy learning about people and their backgrounds and becoming close with them. The hardest part of the job is having high numbers on a product that takes a lot to put together and sometimes you end up having to stay over your hours to complete. Management can be very questionable at times because they arent quick with the communication sometimes.ProsGood people, good benefits, steady workConsshort breaks, management issues, overwhelming workWas this review helpful?Yes- 6No- Report
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New Seasons has been a positive and fun place to work for the last 7+ years. Our customer Service expectations drive a strong and dedicated customer base, while the dynamic and colorful staff make it unique and up-beat. I have worn a lot of hats in my time with the company as there so many different roles within each store, having a dynamic skill set means getting to mix up your workload every so often when new challenges or opportunities arise.ProsFree FoodConsRepetitive
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New Seasons has been a positive and fun place to work for the last 7+ years. Our customer Service expectations drive a strong and dedicated customer base, while the dynamic and colorful staff make it unique and up-beat. I have worn a lot of hats in my time with the company as there so many different roles within each store, having a dynamic skill set means getting to mix up your workload every so often when new challenges or opportunities arise.