Turkey Hill Minit Market is in the C-store division of Kroger. Their business model is based on getting a $1 worth of production out of a nickel's worth of investment in employee compensation. According to the company's wage scale, which is negotiated by the corporate cost accountants with no employee input, the top M-I-T salary is $12.98/hr during training. You earn more on average only because of overtime, which is mandatory. You are expected to work a minimum of 48 hours a week. Entry level for clerks is $7.25/hr and Kroger believes the people who will take these jobs are unlimited. When you don't have clerk coverage because of call outs (a regular occurrence due to the job expectations for the wages paid and allowable coverage), you are expected to cover those hours as well as yours. Benefits are ok if you can afford them without having to choose between living expenses and retirement accounts. Negative reinforcement is the motivational program followed (you are 50 times more likely to get documented for poor performance, than given praise for a good job). If I wasn't in my mid 50's and have years invested in the company, I wouldn't be there. I will move when an opportunity arises.
I've worked for Turkey Hill/Kroger for 5 years now. They are a horrible company to work for and lie about what they pay employees. I was hired as an assistant manager and was only making $11.50/hr and informed I wasn't going to get another raise because I was making more than the new scale. I pushed to get into full store management because I spent 8 months acting as a store manager because the manager was out on disability. Instead they put me in the MIT program and only bumped my salary up to $12.98/hr. I can also tell you that in most cases, that's more than a store manager makes because they have cut staff to avoid Obamacare, but expect the stores to be staffed and open 24/7. They want the manager (who is not hourly once you accept the store), to work a minimum of 48 hours a week and cover all call off's to keep the doors open. Will drive you into the ground physically, then try to find a way to fire you for cause to they don't have to pay unemployment. Very bad employer.
Salaried need people skills, they don't know how to non-hostilely engage employees, and blunt management styles are driving down employee morale in an already overstressed environment, which increases the likelihood of a problem occurring.