I’ve been thinking about writing this for a while. Just didn’t really have the push to do it. Then Mr. Rockwell came into the break room and thanked us for everything we do for the company. He told us that Artie T was still fighting for us. So, I got the push to do it.
The vast majority of you won’t know me. I’m not a supervisor, a manager, an assistant, or even full-time. I am a part-time produce clerk. Before that, I was in the front end as a sacker for nearly two years. However, I am a cog. And without cogs, a company will not run. So, my story is as valid as any of the higher ups that are on this page.
I started at Market Basket after being laid off from my previous job of eight years. Took me eight months to find a job, but my brother (who was working at Market Basket at the time) spoke to the front end manager and got me the job. I told my friends that it was only temporary, until I could get a job in the field of my degree. That changed quite quickly.
Within a couple of months, I had been trained as not only a sacker, but also a cashier. By this time, I had seen enough of the culture to really love the job. After six months, I decided to try for either front end assistant, or to move to another department to get full time. I never ended up getting the assistant job, and it took a bit longer than I would have liked to go to another department, but I finally made it. After almost two years, I went to produce.
Why am I telling you this story? Because it shows how I feel about this company. I, like probably the majority of the people who work here, only planned on using it as a stepping stone. Just a job until I could find something better. Some do, eventually, leave. Others find out how great this company is and stay. My eventual goal is to be a store manager. It is a long road, one I am more than willing to travel down. The first step was moving to another department, and I have achieved that.
I have made a lot of acquaintances at Market Basket. I have made several friends there, and even some extremely close friends. These ones, I can’t even imagine life without now. And it is all thanks to Artie T keeping the culture of Market Basket alive.
I have never met Artie T. To be honest, I didn’t even know what he looked like before all this started. However, I have worked at two grand openings. I have seen how serious he takes this company. I have spoken to a lot of people, co-workers AND customers. When I was getting signatures for the petition, I had a customer talk to me for nearly a half an hour, explaining how he knew Artie T and what Artie T has done for him. How many companies have that? How many companies are there where customers care who the CEO is? If the CEO of WalMart were to change, would people care? Maybe the employees. Shaws has changed hands several times. Except for the fact that they have slightly lowered their prices, no customers really cared.
I will finish my post now, it ended up longer than I thought it would be. I just want to thank this page for giving me a place to finally state my piece.
Part-Time Produce Clerk, Store 35