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Safeway Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
1,216 Reviews
2.8
1,216 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    informed

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

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

    Pros

    If your looking for a job with good pay then this is it. But the pay is only good a the Store Manager level.

    Cons

    This company offers no work life balance. In addition they use reverse discrimination when promoting. they tell their managers to focus on people of color and women. If your a white male this is not where you want to be. They don't want you.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent first job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    It has a flexible schedule

    Cons

    You're treated like crap, not only by customers but my management (if they don't like you which is bias)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally and don't gove special treatment to your favorite

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

    Over worked and stressed out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    fun Coworkers, not bad if you have a good store manager

    Cons

    working holidays, mean management, underpaid New employees don't want to stay, job demands too high, not enough help, inconsistent hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to run their own departments. We know what is best, you do not work there every day so stop telling us what we need to carry and sell when all we do is throw it in the trash

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    They overwork you due to unrealistic staffing cuts. There is a high expectation on standards and measurable goals that are difficult to make with little to no help.

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

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

    Pros

    They are a leader when it comes to training. If there is a family emergency they are very supportive in your time of need.

    Cons

    The salary sounds good on paper until you find put you need to live for the job. Work life balance a a big ZERO. If you needed an accommodation for the work life balance( I have 2 young kids) they offered a demotion. They have management cut help so much to make a profit that you the salaried employee is expected to work unreasonable hours to achieve results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together corporate. Every store is not the same. The way you treat your salaried employees is illegal and unethical.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Uncertainty.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee. Nice cafeterias for employees. Heath challenge activities.

    Cons

    Lots of uncertainty now due to the pending merger. No job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company but think before applying

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    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lifework balance good people okay benefits okay pay love the gym

    Cons

    Everyone at corporate is going to have to reapply for their positions there will be layoffs since we are merging with Albertson's is going to be a very lean matrix pay scale will change less jobs and lots of positions are going away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're thinking about applying for a position I would wait until after the merger to see what positions will be available the new structure is going to be a very lean matrix which means less jobs might be lower payand I don't think the company is going to be as diverse as it is

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

    Company used to be a good employer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities for advancement with no degree required. Health insurance is adequate once you reach third level and have full benefits (dental, eye and health/welfare).

    Cons

    Upper management is hostile to workforce and tends to "rule the kingdom" by intimidation. It is quite common to see or hear management berate employees on the sales floor in front of customers. Management ignores time off requests even those for doctor/dental appointments. I've been dropped by my primary physician because I had to cancel too many appointments due to scheduling. Company has created a hostile environment by setting high standards and then slashing the workforce to the point where these standards are unobtainable and then threatening employees with write ups for failure. Company claims to provide an equal opportunity workplace for women and minorities but the reality is that the farther away you get from the immediate division/district office area the less likely this is to occur, especially in the rural areas where there is a definite "good old boy" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to open it's eyes to what is really going on in the stores and realize that customers can feel the bad atmosphere that is being created and will shop elsewhere. The desire to suppress wage and compensation has led to a revolving door where we are constantly training (or attempting to train) new hires that through no fault of their own have no clue regarding their job. Many of the programs that have been implemented would work if we had a well trained experienced crew. It's sad to see a once vibrant company slowly destroying itself...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Okay part-time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Walla Walla, WA
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Walla Walla, WA

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

    Pros

    Part-time work with little experience

    Cons

    Pay is poor compared to industry

  10.  

    Decent for a Teen Starter Job

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

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

    Pros

    There is a 10% employee discount on Safeway Brand products. It is good to gain a little work experience

    Cons

    Borderline minimum wage. The back room for employees only is quite repulsive. Everyone hates their job, no matter the position. The management, they are hypocrites who are lazy in what they do, some are even rude. They can be demeaning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be respected as a manager, show respect to your employees. This will not cause for insubordination, this will just ensure a steady working environment; An environment in which each individual will adhere to your request without distaste for yourself or the job in which they currently hold. Show them that you not only give orders, but that you yourself also does what is necessary in order to maintain a clean, well-polished, well-reputed, efficient store.

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

    Management is Terrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Pleasant Hill, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, Did the easiest thing in the store, Good Hours

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, Terrible Scheduling, Terrible Customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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