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Loblaw Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
229 Reviews
3.3
229 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance amazing (although this is depending on your boss) (in 9 reviews)

  • Benefits are reasonable for part time employment (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Not all of us are trying to work as part time employees for the rest of our lives, FYI (in 12 reviews)

  • Pay was crappy, benefits were basic and work life balance was non existent (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pay is not bad but there is no work life balance at all

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Pros

    My pay was good compared to some people that have been there for years

    Cons

    No work life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise and acknowledge good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Horrible Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Training, good when in school

    Cons

    Terrible condescending management, poor price checkers (they take forever) huge line ups, too much responsibility given to supervisors (they know all override codes and minor things that cashiers need their constant assistance)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be nice to the cashiers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Student, cashier

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Collingwood, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Collingwood, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gained new friendships through meeting coworkers, recently got rid of our verbally abusive front end manager and replaced him with more understanding manager

    Cons

    Menial work, management requires 5 shifts a week (24-28 hours) from all part-time staff including high school students employed there. To maintain a higher GPA and work that many hours is a struggle, let alone get involved in any extra curriculars. As well, on the 2 days off you get a week, management will call you and nearly beg you to come in due to sick calls. Every single day you have off. They try to make you feel guilty if you don't take it. Not only that, but up until a few weeks ago we had a manager who kept his employees in check by berating them in front of customers and, quite frankly, acting in the manner of a child when employees did things that weren't to his liking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though I understand some level of time commitment is expected from staff, including high school students, 5 days a week is slightly excessive. Considering the fact that students make a considerable amount less than adult workers in the company, our schedules should be adaptable. The company recognizes us as children when it comes to cut a cheque, but when it comes to scheduling we are required to adhere to the same standard as grown, part-time adults who don't have to attend school for 30+ hours a week, and study on top of that. Good job Loblaw.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Garbage

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Cart Pusher in North Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cart Pusher in North Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good people
    annual chirstmas parties
    Free luncheons

    Cons

    sucks low pay hate the manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more money to staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales person

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cellphone Salespereon in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cellphone Salespereon in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can move up, at a price. The company offers a decent commissions package.

    Cons

    In order to make money, you must be willing to harras people in a grocery store. If you do not live up to expectations, even in slow periods, you will be heavily pressured then fired. You can possibly advance but you have to be willing to sacrifice your personal life. You're expected to perform with minimal training. Sales quotas in slower periods I.e January are still the same as busy months like August.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees better and actually advertise that you exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Easy

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    Former Employee - Cashier in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in London, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The job is really easy. You just stand at your till and they dont expect much from you. Easy to get a job as they have low expectations. Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Really boring job. Repetitive actions (scan, bag, scan, bag, scan, bag). Menial work. Long hours of standing in one place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pharmacy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technicians
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technicians

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The rest of the staff is great. And you do feel like an important part of the team, which is nice.

    Cons

    Not enough staffing for the pharmacy. Also seems like they will do anything possible to not have to pay people overtime (who have worked overtime).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management division

    Former Employee - Cashier, Front End in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier, Front End in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    free food sample and cheerful fellow employees

    Cons

    Very frustrating customers, arrogant supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose managers with people skills, who help employees with situations, and attempt to structure work in the most efficient and compassionate way.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    NOT good for students. Actually, the WORST place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are welcoming, the company provides benefits after a certain period of time if you're interested, the store is well maintained, there is a scholarship available.

    Cons

    As a student, how on earth are you expected to be well-rounded, involved in extra-curriculars, and work towards a better future when the contract for availability is so demanding? Of course, this depends on who your manager is. But regardless, being EXPECTED to work either one day from mon-thurs until 6 or a night after five (mon-thurs), plus mandatory availability on friday/saturday/sunday is RIDICULOUS. That adds up to being available 4 times during the week. Most students attend school 5 days a week and can barely even make the availability requirements with school, let alone extra curricular activities, especially after having to calculate the commute time. And if you negotiate with some managers, your only option is to quit or take a leave of absence, even if you can work alternative days.

    I am disgusted to see that a company like this discourages youth from work-life balance because it is so demanding and taxing on your time. Not all of us are trying to work as part time employees for the rest of our lives, FYI. If you work for this company and aspire to get an education and intend to balance extra curricular activities, pray that you have a decent manager who is willing to accommodate you as a student. If not, don't even bother with this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about this company discusses FLEXIBILITY and the true definition of what it means to have a balance between work and life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Records

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Loblaw full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, a lot of events and great place to network. stock matching, 80% benefits, two weeks vacation to start.

    Cons

    Politics! Layoffs, and more politics. Its no what you know it who you know. management is very apathetic and a lot of people have an ego. Maybe i got hired to the wrong department but when i spoke to other the felt the same way. You are overworked for the pay..you will earn your money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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