Working at Instacart
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Instacart Overview Table
Headquarters: 50 Beale St Suite 600, San Francisco, CA
Industry: Retail & Wholesale
Size: 5000+ Employees
Type: Company - Public (WMT)
Revenue: $10+ billion (USD)
CEO: Fidji Simo
Website: instacart.careers

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Delivery Driver (Current Employee)

1.12.2022, Job Location: San Diego, CA
It’s by far the easiest to find them when you can observe them in the natural habitat. Real reference calls to previous bosses, subordinates, former co-workers, and suppliers as well as great interview questions will usually expose them. When you find a good manager you should pounce. Punt on the first sign of bad one.

Note, bad managers are excellent at hiding in plain sight and are masters of disguise.
5.0
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Instacart Shopper (Current Employee)

22.11.2022, Job Location: Seaford, DE
I love this app I only wish they would.
Make the route more fair sometimes your orders are 40mins away for 20bucks remember that’s 40mins there and then if you want to go home that’s 40mins back,
And other times 10mins or even 5mins away for
The same price or
More that’s my only
Complaint
4.0
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Data Entry (Former Employee)

16.11.2022, Job Location: Remote
I did data entry for Instacart working remotely. It would be difficult to have this be a full time job as the projects weren’t consistent, but it was pretty easy, fun and pay was fair and weekly.

I’d do it again under the right circumstances.
5.0
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Full Service Shopper (Current Employee)

11.11.2022, Job Location: Frederick, MD
Instacart full - service shopping is an independent contracting position. You control when you work, you push yourself to do more or tell yourself to stop when you want. But you cannot control the amount of orders being placed and when by customers. Sundays are the best time to work because.. for some reason, people think they still have to get groceries on Sundays when someone else is grocery shopping for them..?

Not a steady flow of orders. I have waited an hour for an order to come through, and it doesn't help that the app wants you to be close to the stores to get an order. I could drive to the store and wait for an order, but if it's not a busy day (Fri-Sat-Sun) or it's not a busy time of day, then you could waste your time and gas for nothing!

It's nice that I've had the app/contracting position since April 2020, and even with a long hiatus at one point (1year+) my contract has not been terminated or anything.
4.0
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Shopper/Driver (Current Employee)

11.11.2022, Job Location: Lufkin, TX
You rarely speak to anyone at the company , Don't really need to. Everything is handled thru the app. Pretty good app although much like the rest. Tipping is a huge problem within these apps. While I am greatly against pre-tipping this is used in factor when accepting trips and driver determines wither its feasible depending on time and distance.

They have done a lot of work to make this better . Used to be customers had 24 hours to change the tip . Now they only have 2 hours to reduce or 24 hours to increase. Problem is people have learned to manipulate the system this way by posting a large tip enticing the driver then reducing it after delivery. Besides that its great
2.0
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Instacart Shopper (Current Employee)

9.11.2022, Job Location: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Instacart does not pay nearly enough to maintain wear and tear or gas for your car. The Instacart care/support line is also slow and unhelpful if you have a problem that does not follow a script.

Customers can be frustrating, giving very low tips for heavy and large orders, ofter delivered to a residence that has stairs. Customers will also fraudulently report items as damaged or missing and remove your tip/rate you unfairly.

There is also a lot of competition to snag decently paying orders.
2.0
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Full Service Personal Shopper (Former Employee)

8.11.2022, Job Location: Hannibal, MO
What is the best part of working at the company?
Work pretty much when you want

What is the most stressful part about working at the company?
They deactivated my account while I was in the middle of an order at night gps had me in the country middle of nowhere and finally got connected with customer service rep for help in getting a hold of customer they wouldn't answer my calls or texts couldn't find their house so hadn't delivered their stuff csr reassured me it wouldn't be counted against me then next thing I know call is dropped and screen goes blank I couldn't get back in then I received an email saying I no longer employed I tried to fight it but I don't even think they actually looked over any of my comments.

What is the work environment and culture like at the company?
Work from vehicle

What is a typical day like for you at the company?
I did shop for people's grocery orders and deliver them as well when I was employed via this company
3.0
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Independent Contractor (Former Employee)

2.11.2022, Job Location: Ocala, FL
I used to LOVE working Instacart when I started. I used to be able to make $700-$900/week but they let too many people become shoppers for the area and suddenly I could hardly make $200/week.

Instacart was my main source of income for a long time and I used to absolutely love doing it but it forced me to go back out to get a different job to be able to pay all of my bills.

Really wish it could’ve stayed how it used to be, I would’ve stayed working Instacart for as long as the platform continues but $200/week doesn’t pay for much at all.
1.0
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Full Service Shopper (Former Employee)

1.11.2022, Job Location: Lake Saint Louis, MO
What is the best part of working at the company?
You can work when YOU want.

What is the most stressful part about working at the company?
Not being able to accept good paying orders before robot criminals get them first.

What is the work environment and culture like at the company?
This question is not really applicable to this position. Your work environment is literally your car and whatever store you are shopping in. Culture varies.

What is a typical day like for you at the company?
Turn on app, wait for hours on end for a decent order, accept it and get screwed out of pay while dealing with ungrateful customers who get angry when goods are out of stock.
3.0
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Instacart Shopper (Current Employee)

25.10.2022, Job Location: Elmira, NY
It's not bad if you live in a city. Expect to be underpaid for a lot of deliveries. Many customers tip poorly, and some even lie about not receiving orders/correct items.

Expect long wait times in parking lots when in search of an order in areas which are not heavily populated. Would not rely on this as full-time work unless you know you live in an area where orders are consistent, and where customer's are willing to tip appropriately.

Also, occasionally an order gets cancelled after you have already been in the store shopping, and have a full cart. (this has happened to me enough times to leave a bad taste)
2.0
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Personal Shopper (Current Employee)

23.10.2022, Job Location: Stillwater, OK
What is the best part of working at the company?
Driving on paved roads and having a internet connection. I did learn a little about the retail industry and also found how dishonest customers can be.

What is the most stressful part about working at the company?
They send me way far away for a little bit of money and I lose internet connection and maps stops working and I can't find the residence and sometimes find myself on dirt roads that are bad for my vehicle for pennies.

What is the work environment and culture like at the company?
I didn't think very fair.

What is a typical day like for you at the company?
Some days are slow and some aren't , some days have no work, it's a gamble.
3.0
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Instacart Driver (Current Employee)

18.10.2022, Job Location: McDonough, GA & Atlanta, GA
What is the best part of working at the company?
I feel that the address should be given when a batch is offered. I also don't like how I shop at one store and have to drive so far for $10 and most of the time they are over 30 to 40 items to shop for

What is the most stressful part about working at the company?
Being put on a time when you know half the things they want is not even there. Then telling me the items might have been at the store 14 hours prior. Then if you have 2or 3 batches at one time not close to each other and then being given a time to deliver

What is the work environment and culture like at the company?
Stressful. Trying to make a decision about what customers want when it comes to replacements

What is a typical day like for you at the company?
More calmer when I do orders that doesn't leave the store
1.0
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Instacart Shopper (Current Employee)

13.10.2022, Job Location: Boca Raton, FL
The pay is poor with inflation kicking in works is very slow and your actually start making less money.Seems like you profitably is capped off I don't see people making 300$ a day it beat's a fast food job but your compromising your car to have a job that grants you flexibility with your job.

I also think the company does not care about there workers because they give double and triple batches you have to juggle so much to make great pay if you want to make 200$ you have to migrate to a great as well as do 5-7 double or triple batches
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