Safeway

  www.safeway.com
  www.safeway.com

Safeway Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
1,254 Reviews
2.8
1,254 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Safeway CEO Robert Edwards
Robert Edwards
201 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

190 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    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

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Store Manager

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

    I worked at Safeway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is good, but that is the only reason why the people that choose to stay feel that they can't leave.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is laughable--there is no such thing. Meetings in my district are often scheduled on our "mandated" days off, conference calls EVERY day, and often scheduled before the "mandated" time for our work day to begin, so we are forced to either come in early to take the calls, or take the calls in the car on the way in to work! The budget is virtually unmanageable--there is no budget to allow for the staffing actually needed to run bare-bones, yet the biggest customer complaint is that there is not enough help in the stores. The upper management is lost, and they carry a heavy hammer. The company is not in the business of selling groceries. The have such a divided focus, and the leadership is allowed to bully and belittle people rather than be coached and developed themselves so they know how to coach and develop others. It is a culture of misguided panic, micromanagement, and "fear." Morale is in the toilet, and more people would leave if they could afford to give up the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would, but no one has the courage to listen. They talk a good game about the "values" of the company, but as an outsider coming in, I have yet to see those "values" I was drawn in for lived out in my day-to-day. I have seen quite the opposite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to feel like a slave rather than an employee, work here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Checker/Cashier in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Checker/Cashier in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    They are a large company; so they will pay you on-time every time. that being said; you better keep track of your hours if they don't have a sign-in/sign-out machine..

    Cons

    Where to start. The work environment is lackluster, most other employees are either constantly depressed; or complaining about something, or they are (no offense to them) too dumb to know they are being treated horribly. I have to BEG, if not argue, in order to get any LEGALLY REQUIRED breaks. Pay is horrendous starting out; and you shouldn't have to wait until the 2nd Thursday to get paid the first time; when you first start out a job; (especially one like this) you are already hurting financially; I can imagine that the turnover is pretty bad considering this information...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Today was my 3rd day. I was scheduled from 8am-12pm. I have a spine problem called disk disease where I get extreme pain in my lower back and side and it is sciatica so I also get pain in my leg. Well 2 other checkers called out sick so around 11:00 they asked if I wanted to stay for longer; I said that was fine; but I would like to be able to eat lunch at some point around noon. They informed me that you do not get a lunch unless you work 8 hours; and that I would just get a (15 minute) break I said I understand (I do know the law is 2 15-minute breaks and 1 30-minute lunch for an 8 hour shift/ 8.5 hours including the lunch) So they told me that I could leave at 2 or 3 (less than the 8 hours so they wouldn't be required to give me a lunch). I told them word for word: "I am sorry, but I was scheduled 8am-12, I didn't eat breakfast, I am hungry, I would like to eat a lunch, if I can't then I will just leave at 12 like I was scheduled. A different manager gave me my first break at 11:30, (15 minutes is not long enough to have a lunch break; 30 is already unpleasant having to rush). Once I came back I had to essentially beg some of the lower managers to let me have a lunch; finally around 1 someone said that I could stay till 4:30 and have a lunch, but had to wait another half hour before I could go. Then around 3:30 I had to beg another manager to have my second break; remember I have been on my feet for essentially 7.5 hours at this point with a back problem. I should not have to beg a manager to take my legally required breaks. I also am very much over-qualified for this position; though regardless of that fact; ALL employees should be treated like people. not slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company I've Ever Worked For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Safeway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None. This company has no perks whatsoever.

    Cons

    This company is backwards. The movie Office Space shows exactly how this company is run. You have to dress up every day, constant reporting to human resources (i.e. one employee hugged another in congrats on pregnancy immediately reported to HR and demoted, one employee made little joke in meeting reported to HR and demoted). People are not happy here and there is constant friction because management is so horrific to its employees. Pathetic company and I was so glad to get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its 2014 not 1988. If you treated employees as human beings, as many other companys do, you may grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid off due to all Chicagoland area Dominick's store closings.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stores were always clean and well stocked.

    Cons

    Over 6000 people lost their jobs due to 72 store closings because Safeway only wanted the money to offset taxes because of Canada store closings. No full time. Gave as minimum hours as possible. No raises for three years. Only when contracts were renewed. Their shareholders are more important. Very sad for people who were near retirement age, but could not yet collect any pension for many many years of dedicated employee service. Just cut our heads off.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    20 year employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Was a great company with values and opportunities you could be proud to work for

    Cons

    The company has changed ownership and the direction they are headed is below industry standards and treats its employees horribly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees as assets to the company and don't cut hours in the stores or at corporate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Work there.... ONLY if you are desperate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling (at times), small store so you know everyone and anyone, employee discount on safeway brand things ONLY and just 10%

    Cons

    The uniform, the way the managers treat the customers, you tell them what days you cant work and they schedule you on those days that you requested unavailability, certain bosses not being people person's so they tell you stuff under their breath and you are just like what and they get very angry answering questions, Checkers thinking that they are the boss of the courtesy clerks by telling them what to do, Breaks short, not caring about employees, also there are 1 employee during peak hours on the registers, also the union (dont join if you apply)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the paychecks in higher cost of living cities, change the uniform, also if a girl is under 18 she should NOT be allowed to be a cashier! Males are not allowed to become cashiers when they are under 18 so why allow the girls? so please practice what you preach, remove the union because its dumb

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at Safeway? Share Your Experiences

Safeway

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.