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Safeway Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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2.8 1,032 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

Safeway CEO Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

(132 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Safeway is one of the very few companies that gives you work / life balance which is rare these days (in 42 reviews)

  • Nice people, they promote from within, offer good benefits for mgmt (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is below most retail mgmt, requires ALL of your time no work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 46 reviews)

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    Treated with no respect

    Courtesy Clerk (Former Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsYou understand how bad it is to work in Grocery Stores and perhaps develop respect for the younger people who work there.

    Cons-Low pay, especially because of forced union dues
    -Managers treat you like kids, and give you no respect. You also have to listen to clerks, and they act like your boss when they aren't really. Expect to be at their beck and call, and when you aren't there immediately, they accuse you of slacking off on the job.
    -The job itself often feels pointless, as you have to pick up carts and bring them to the front because people are to lazy to get cars while they are walking to the store.
    -Nasty work. You have to take out trash, sweep, clean up spills. All of this in a clean pressed suit without a jacket. It just feels wrong.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect lower tier workers because they are often smarter than you, just a little lower on the totem pole.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Run from this place!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosclose to home. stable paycheck every week.

    ConsPay, very poor work life balance. Managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is a horrible company to work for.

    Courtesy Clerk (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of pretty women shop for food. Usually the customers are nice enough. I loved all of the other employees that I worked with, excluding management.

    ConsVery hard to get ahead. The store that I worked at only hired courtesy clerks (baggers). If you wanted to get promoted, fat chance. I was bagging, stocking liquor and beer, and checking out customers at the front registers for nearly 5 years, but I got paid courtesy clerk wages. There were employees that had been there nearly 10 years or more and were never promoted to full time. You have to force yourself to take a break, since corporate cut back on hours, the store would get so busy you felt bad walking away just to get a 10 minute break.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your people happy and you will have happier customers and that means profit!!! Think about it...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Store Manager (Current Employee) Castro Valley, CA

    ProsNice people, they promote from within, offer good benefits for mgmt. better benefits for union employees. Great training at store level.

    ConsPay is below most retail mgmt, requires ALL of your time no work life balance. Vindictive upper mgmt hr and store mgmt. corp is worse - wages far below average. Work load is impossible to complete in time frame. Unprofessional, hostile and retaliatory to employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of your employees offer a better work life balance and better pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Safeway

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosstable job with benefits for full time workers and union membership

    ConsSo much work for a small paycheck

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst place to work. University place wa

    Deli Clerk (Former Employee) University Place, WA

    ProsThe people I work with are very nice. And not talking about my manager.

    ConsI work in the deli and we are around hot food. They will not let us drink water. We can't get breaks. Because there is not enough people there to work. The manager don't teach nothing it's the employees that only get payed minimum pay. And the manager is very rude. Not allowed to even eat the food they are throwing away. They waste so much food but can give the people that work very hard something.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe big boss that never see really what's going on should Go undercover for 1 month and see what really goes on in the deli. You would really be shocked at how you are treated. and what all the people that work there say about this place. Bad management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Upper Management & Corporate Greed

    Produce Clerk (Current Employee) Vacation Beach, CA

    Pros- Great crew to work with, at least in the produce department at my store.
    - Sunday Pay.
    - Vacation and holidays accrue over time.
    - Salary is decent if you can put up with all the Cons listed below.
    - Healthcare and other union benefits...

    Cons- The union doesn't always do a great job of protecting employees for the amount of money we pay (e.g. compulsory transfers within a district even though it is not allowed, according to our contract). About $500 dues a year plus another $500+ for a one time fee for initiation over the first year.
    - Management in the store lies to people who work there and break their promises (e.g. promotions).
    - District management does not have enough people at the store level to fill the shelves and there are not enough checkers during peak periods. The customers suffer, customer service suffers, and the people working at stores suffer from doing the work of 2-3 people.
    - Shift Work. The different schedules are tough. You can be scheduled as little as little as 10 hours between shifts, which happens often.
    - Schedules are made the previous week and are often posted a day or two late. I love it when friends ask, "Do you work Sunday and Monday?" and I don't know on the Friday before. It's even been posted on Saturday a few times, giving everyone very little notice.
    - Poor work/life balance. See previous two above.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a mentality that, "you should be happy to just have a job". That's not the way I feel about Safeway. Our district manager makes payroll off our store and then treats everyone very poorly, including the store manager. There are not enough people working to provide the appropriate customer experience. The shelves are empty, the lines are long (not enough checkers either), and the employees that do choose to stay are overwhelmed, overworked, and underpaid. $21/hr might seem like good pay to an outside observer, but trust me, it's not worth it.

    Maybe the books need to have a certain appearance for the sale to Cerberus Capital, but this is a Fortune 100 company. Please hire more people and stop making bonuses off of people who work really hard for a fraction of what you make. At least acknowledge that people work hard for you. The turnover rate is high for a reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the worst retail jobs I've ever had

    Food Clerk (Former Employee)

    ProsFine for an entry-level retail job. Unions usually provide decent benefits.

    ConsLittle room for growth. Lots of politics and bureaucracy. Very low salaries. Most job mobility is horizontal - if you move to a different state your wage could be cut drastically. Frequently short-staffed to the point where both the employees and the customers are stressed out and miserable. Before you work for Safeway, RESEARCH THE UNION. Go to three or four different stores in the same district and ask some of the employees 1.) what it's REALLY like to work for Safeway, and 2.) What their union contract is like. It'll be a real eye-opener.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick out a store that you _know_ has been severely neglected - a store on a bad side of town that hasn't been remodeled since the 1970's (you know, the 'problem stores' that usually have the highest amount of robberies? We all know that YOU know which Safeways fall into that category...), and spend three months working at an entry-level position. You'll never fully understand what it's really like to work for Safeway until you've done that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Slaveway

    Head Clerk (Current Employee)

    ProsPaid weekly. Nothing much else

    Conscooperate SUCKS. they only care about the bottom line. Every employee hates their job. Overworked, Underpaid, the good workers quit because they have to pick up the slack due to all the bad workers being hired cuz they are the only ones who want to "work" for min wage their whole life. Just a horrible place to work

    Advice to Senior ManagementWORK FOR ONCE, WE ALL KNOW YOU GOT YOUR JOB BY BACKSTABBING SOMEONE ALONG THE WAY

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst experience ever. Almost hysterical!

    Manager (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThere are a lot of opportunities for process improvements. In addition, the employees are nice - confused and in a daze but albeit nice.

    ConsTerrible leadership with old ways of thinking and not qualified to lead. Leaders do not care about their employees at all and not willing to change their mentality whatsoever. No work life balance and they like it that way! Leaders always gossiping about everyone and everything. Very unprofessional. It was like being in high school all over again!

    Advice to Senior ManagementA complete reorganization would do you well. Make "leaders" apply for their jobs once again. Many existing leaders in their positions simply because of nepotism. This is so 1970's way of running a business.

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