Safeway Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  • Work life balance is good especially for those with families (in 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits to long term employees (in 47 reviews)

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  • Work life balance does not exist at store level (in 38 reviews)

  • Some of upper management have a few things to learn about managing people (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Store director

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    Current Employee - Store Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Store Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay in small town

    Cons

    Negative company to work for. Not in any way interested in providing tools for success. Current company has cut labor beyond all reason

    Advice to Management

    Sell


  2. Old Boys Club

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Marketing in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to have a good team before company sold, cafeteria on site

    Cons

    Very Old School and political. Horrendous leadership and terrible moral at the Pleasanton location that used to be corporate - it has been sold to Albertson's and has changed immensely - also in the stores. Very little pay for great responsibility and there is no room for any disagreement or feedback to management

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and respect employees


  3. Worst job ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safeway full-time

    Pros

    The union helps a little bit with you problems and also pay

    Cons

    Everything is a con there, they make feel like you are slave, that's why they called it SALVEWAY

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to management because they just follow orders from the corporate


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  5. Wasting away

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    Current Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hmmmmmm....... They did have good insurance, but that is likely over. We are gearing up to strike soon, the company has offered nothing but cuts even though it made billions in profits last year. The hard working people are the only reason these stores run.

    Cons

    Managers are not trained capable managers. They are not educated in the subject, skills and nor do they understand leadership. You will work every holiday and be lucky to see a weekend ever. Pay is low, turnover is high. Do more, more, more, with less. less, less. Mild to mediocre monthly job threats, they are full of it though. They cant get anybody to stay because we are asking way to much and paying so little.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with your egos. You all get switched out so often that its hard to take any of you seriously and it seems that you all are trying so hard to give yourself value that you have forgotten that you are there to increase the value of not only the stores but the amazing staff you have slaving away for you. Say thank you, make suggestions not demands, ask for things to be done don't TELL. If you expect respect you better give it. Know that 70% of the employed American workforce is looking for another job. Says a lot doesn't it. Says that we need a revolution in what we call employment. Obviously people are not getting what they need in return for your record profits. See your employees as the asset they are not the cost.


  6. Seafood clerk

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    Current Employee - Seafood Clerk in Silverdale, WA
    Current Employee - Seafood Clerk in Silverdale, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    some benefit to purchasing 50% off food and knowing if it's still good enough to eat. Has saved me a few bucks.

    Cons

    Can't get live on part time minimum wage hours. Store expects too much for too little to cover their inadequate staffing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay higher wages and offer full time employment for everyone.


  7. Current Meat Manager, unrealistic expectations

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    Current Employee - Meat Department Manager in Peoria, AZ
    Current Employee - Meat Department Manager in Peoria, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good medical with low cost. Union company, but union is weak in AZ. Decent pay for Journeyman Cutter. Large company that likely won't go out of business anytime soon.

    Cons

    Sad pay difference between a Meat Manager and a Journeyman Cutter. Only $1.25 more an hour to deal with Managers who are clueless about being a Butcher and learned how to manage perishable departments from a weeklong computer course called RLD. No bonuses for the majority of Meat Managers so no real reason to take the job. Corporate and Managers try to intimidate employees into performing unrealistic expectations but we just smile and work slower when pushed beyond a reasonable level.

    Advice to Management

    Stop dipping into the most incompetent pool of people to work at store management and < level. Most of your people are out of touch with reality. Make it a prerequisite to have managed a perishable department for at least 1 year before going any higher in the company.


  8. Union Fees, but no Union backing

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    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Castro Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Castro Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful customers and the chance to build lasting relationships with people in the community.

    Cons

    Union dues are mandatory, but if there is an issue with the company the Union does literally nothing to support you in any way. Ultimately you are treated poorly and payed far less than you should be in favor of benefits that do not actually behoove you as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Taking part in the training of your inferiors as opposed to letting them be trained by their peers or letting them train their own peers and their management would help to foster a more respective and responsive workplace.


  9. cashier

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway full-time

    Pros

    nice store but bad attitudes

    Cons

    attitude reflects leadership of store,skilled cashier gets paid same as unskilled,thats unfair.no communication from managers.under staffed so management gets their bonus.

    Advice to Management

    is safeway or Albertsons even paying attention or reading any of these posts or just ignoring them.dont think disgruntled employees don't talk to customers and family in the community....THEY DO.wellpaid skilled workers make you money while workers with bad attitudes cost you money.WAKE UP.....PAY YOUR SKILLED WORKERS.its not rocket science


  10. Good People, Old School Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful gym on premise, good healthcare benefits, 9to5 work culture, great place for people who worked their way up from stores to corporate leadership roles

    Cons

    Bad pay, difficult command and control culture where decisions didn't get made or only made by senior leaders, lots of people jumping to follow orders without a lot of strategy or thinking, hard to get things done, highly political

    Advice to Management

    not relevant, as company has been sold since I left


  11. Awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - opportunity for promotion - lots of locations

    Cons

    - no communication, even though rules change every day - NOT an employee-centric company; they couldn't care less - no recognition for exemplary work - unrealistic expectations - staff kept ridiculously low to keep profits high; everyone works every job - no value for training/cross-training - there really IS no training; they just throw you in - you have one month to fully learn your position before disciplinary action - EXTREMELY high turnover rate; I saw some employees leave less than three days in - morale is so low I could feel it before I even officially started - they may have you help out in a higher-paying position than yours and will not promote you or pay you that wage unless you fight with them

    Advice to Management

    - VALUE YOUR EMPLOYEES - put more emphasis on proper training; invest your time - improve communication To district management and higher-ups: PAY ATTENTION TO THE STORE MANAGERS. Many of them are completely incompetent and/or unfair to their employees. Despite promises of confidentiality, most women at my store were afraid to report blatant sexism to our district manager, worried they would lose their jobs. Conduct surveys of employees. Maybe ask THEM what they think is working/not working? Maybe look at something other than your profit sheets...?



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