Safeway Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. temporary job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    friendly co workers, great health benefits

    Cons

    short hours, a few cents above minimum wage

  2. I have worked at safeway corporate for over 10 years...the people I work with are the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    My co workers are some of the best people I know..I will miss that the most

    Cons

    The upper management is very into themselves...it is about who you know not what you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember how you got to where you are now..be more willing to change things that are not working and leave your dog's at the door..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great people poor pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Met a lot of great people working here.

    Cons

    Low pay, few benefits, high montly Union dues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good people, not great benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Safeway full-time

    Pros

    I like the people, overall. And the sense of community. And the work-life balance. And working in the Canyon Way building is the best. Also, they have a gym for employees, with regular exercise classes. A lot of positive to say about the environment, overall.

    Cons

    A bit culturally conservative for the Bay Area. Still business casual attire required for office workers. Leadership doesn't do a lot of leading, and hasn't communicated well around the merger. The worst I can say about the company is the health benefits: Safeway doesn't pay enough of it, and the benefits are really complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more! Offer better health plans. And contribute to 401k plans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Good place to work if you're someone's favorite

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I've seen many people given the opportunity to grow, and the company changed a lot, in many positive ways, in the time I've worked here. A few people have advanced quickly. Many good people have worked here. Benefits are pretty good, and if you work at the (now) old corporate headquarters, you have access to a free and pretty nice gym.

    Cons

    Favoritism and a preference for people with a store background top the list. If you're not a management favorite, or if someone higher ranking actively dislikes you, management appears to look for ways to discredit you, not support you. I've seen countless examples of people with strong skills being passed over for people with lesser skills/knowledge and experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While a strict top-down management hierarchy may be necessary at the store level, in the professional ranks it leads to disaffection and decisions being made without adequate information because a) the people doing the jobs are not consulted b) people are sometimes afraid to speak up and share views that don't necessarily coincide with management (because doing so puts them on that "unfavorable" list). The understanding that collective wisdom is usually greater than the wisdom of a single person seems to be missing. Management needs a lot more training on effective management, particularly focused on collaborative management. It's not something you take a class on and it's learned; it needs to be continuous education, especially among front-line managers who may be in their first management roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. About what is expected from a mediocre grocery chain.

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    Current Employee - First Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - First Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    They will pay you accordingly. Work life balance depends on store location. Bonus opportunities depend on store location as well.

    Cons

    You will have to earn every penny. Unrealistic expectations. Some days will leave you wanting to pull your hair out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to requests from associates. Too cut throat. Take the time to remember where you came from. Sales, sales, sales aren't all that matter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Not really bad but not really good either

    Cons

    Neutral , union, bad management, and no advancements

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Food Clerk in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Food Clerk in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good and even part time employees can receive them. Also vacation and paid time off is nice. If willing to work in several departments and come in when they need you, you can get 40 to even over time.

    Cons

    You have to work a certain amount of hours in order to receive a decent raise. Even if you take on more responsibilities. Plus in order to get hours you have to deal with a crazy schedule. I've been scheduled to be at work until 8pm and then expected to be back by 3 am on several occasions. and barely ever do you have 2 days off in a row.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have employees willing to go work hard and willing to help where they're needed try and occasionally make sure they can have some time to be home and relax, and they get at least 8 hours of sleep!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Be prepared to schmooze with leadership if you want to get ahead, don't worry about actually having skills for the job.

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Safeway full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is an on campus cafeteria (food is decent there), there is a company sponsored retirement plan, great location in Pleasanton, on site fitness center, and on site health center.

    Cons

    Salary compensation is not very competitive unless you're an external hire, promotions are based on who you know within the company (forget about getting an interview for an internal posting unless you had personally reached out to senior leadership in that department, regardless of skills and qualifications), certain long time employees (think 20+ years at the company) look down upon other newer employees, and the good ol' boy culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond who you're "buddies" with for promotions and focus on the skills of the applicants. Focus on rewarding skilled internal employees with competitive compensation rather than just attracting external hires with the competitive pay. You wouldn't need to look for skilled externals in the first place if you didn't lose skilled internals from poor compensation!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Positive department experience, but continuing a culture of good ole boys

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Loved my team, manager, etc. good work/life balance. Meaningful work.

    Cons

    Convinving upper management to believe in data and testing. Merger has resulted in c-suite execs who are mainly old, Caucasian men. Company culture will most likely get worse in the next few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add diversity among upper management to gain different perspectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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