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Safeway Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
1,312 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Safeway is one of the very few companies that gives you work / life balance which is rare these days (in 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits, strong union, nearly impossible to get fired (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is really off considering your schedule changes drastically every week (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 56 reviews)

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  1.  

    Safeway does not value people, expendable resource that can be replaced, and their compensation proves it. greedy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Operations in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Safeway full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    All benefits of working at Safeway have been stripped away, replaced with a upbeat “this is the industry standard” standard statement, and a bunch of upper level managers that seem greedy, scared for their positions, and at times down right evil.

    Cons

    Many of the valuable upper level managers left months ago, leaving behind the poor performing executives to take advantage of job openings. Now the new aquisistion team gets stuck with the worst of the Safeway executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should seriously see how poorly staffed at the executive level, how many feel entitled to treat people poorly. Most of which put their career agenda before the companies health.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Bad Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    The only good thing is getting a good experience with customer service.

    Cons

    Where to start? Low salary, terrible treatment my management and my your own co workers (because they have more seniority than you), little chance to grow or even voice your opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you get paid more doesn't make you better!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Once apon a time they were a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Journeyman Cashier in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Journeyman Cashier in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    You can work your way up

    Cons

    You have to be two faced to get anywhere in this company. They don't value long time employees, care if you have knowledge, no work/ life balance unless they decide they don't like you in which you will receive no hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play favorites, reward hard work even if it's just a compliment. Don't sit in the office while checkers are getting yelled at because they are tired of waiting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It used to be a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Head Sales
    Current Employee - Bakery Head Sales

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    There are some really good people who work for Safeway.

    Cons

    Managers are being trained to not be friendly and harass employees.
    To move up you have to suck up to the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good depending where you work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It can be very rewarding in the Corporate office, not so much for the divisions. Used to have a good work-life balance program but that's history.

    Cons

    Lack development, Higher education doesn't count for anything, cronism, long hours and below market average for specialized positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to employees and at least pay market standard for specialized positions like risk management, finance, hr.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Keep a track of your hours, they will not paid for the hours you worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Clerk in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Food Clerk in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    there are some friendly co workers......................

    Cons

    I worked at the bakery for about 5 months at Goshen RD, MD. They scanned "expired" items for charity and toss them because they are so lazy to compost any of it. They do not recycle anything throughout the store.

    NO BREAKS

    I keep track of my hours. The very last week I worked, the paycheck was 2 hours and 30 minutes short. I can't do anything about it since I am in another state now. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR HOURS THEY ARE SPITEFUL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I will talk to the department of labor about this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Field Merchandiser

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This was a good job in the 1980's but now is not.

    Cons

    I have never meet a happy Safeway employee. Everyone is stressed out under paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is disconnected with how the stores run and operate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    I didn't have an interview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Fairwood, MD
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Fairwood, MD

    I worked at Safeway part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    What I like about the company is that it teaches the value of work and in the area I was at the time was great because you get to interact with different people.

    Cons

    When management begin to become a bit of a jerk and if you had the union and used it your advantage against them you were a target but it shouldn't have to be that way in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving unnecessary overwhelming demands you couldn't handle by yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Its fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. everyones in the same boat

    Cons

    low pay rate, managers don't care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quite if you like your job

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

    Apply if you want to work like a slave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Clerk
    Former Employee - Office Clerk

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Ok for students to make some little money , most of the jobs do not require any education levels

    Cons

    Horrible boss, horrible schedule, horrible pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more professional. Care for your employees

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