Safeway Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,160 Reviews
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Pros
  • Safeway is one of the very few companies that gives you work / life balance which is rare these days (in 46 reviews)

  • Nice people, they promote from within, offer good benefits for mgmt (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is really off considering your schedule changes drastically every week (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 53 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Category Analyst

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    I very much enjoy my team. The work is challenging and i work long hours but the experience is well worth it.

    Cons

    Some of upper management have a few things to learn about managing people. Pay could also be a little better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider your people more of an asset then just people that work in the same building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Safeway overall is a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Food Clerk in American Canyon, CA
    Current Employee - Food Clerk in American Canyon, CA

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

    Pros

    They work with your unavailability. They are open to giving promotions.

    Cons

    Dealing with customers. Managers expect a lot from you. Pay raises don't come often enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to be friendly to your employees and not just the shoppers that come in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The ladder is there to climb if you're motivated, hard working, and hungry for a challenge.

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    Current Employee - Seafood Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Seafood Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    It's consistent, honest work. I really enjoy the independence. If you do you're job well, go above and beyond, show increases, create a good work environment for your employees and the store overall, no one bothers you. When they can tell you're passionate and sincere about what you're doing and you're good at it to boot, they trust you. That's been the best part. There's also a great work environment, which I'm sure varies from store to store, but in my experience the store is a big family that makes going to work really enjoyable.

    Cons

    At the end of the day you're working for a giant grocery store chain, besides the moral issues with that (a story for another day) it also means lots of bogus meetings, programs, initiatives, and business jargon that clearly doesn't do much good. They're thinking of the company as a whole instead of treating each store individually. What works in one store may not work in another, I think they'd do well to realize that. You also aren't going to get any sympathy for having no private life and feeling like you're never really off the clock, you have to love this kind of work to be here, it will consume you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Dynamic

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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

    Flexible work environment. Given opportunities to grow. Learned many new things. Made good friends.

    Cons

    It would be great to enhance the benefits package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to new Albertson's management: Communication is key to maintaining employee trust. Especially during an acquisition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place if you're looking to settle for longer term, have family/kids/other priorities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Great work/life balance - most people are gone by 4-5pm, and even earlier sometimes on Fridays.
    Jeans day on Friday, Jersey days...more relaxed than other corporate environments

    Cons

    As with any big companies, there is bureaucracy. Work can get boring, esp at the lower levels. Cubicles, artificial lighting are depressing at times in the main building but the other buildings are more 'cheerful'

  7.  

    Great company but is changing

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great company nice place to work

    Cons

    Being sold
    Unsure of future opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut costs too top heavy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working At Safeway

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    Former Employee - Safeway (Food Clerk) in Auburn, WA
    Former Employee - Safeway (Food Clerk) in Auburn, WA

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

    Pros

    A great job when starting out. Pretty forgiving and you quickly learn about the business at a fast pace. Good for starters, as well as those looking for promotions, making for a great paying full time job during college and what not. Its a fairly stable job and has good consistency. If standing up all day is not a problem for you. Then Safeway is a good job for anyone really.

    Cons

    Management is ok when it comes to making sure the employees have a crystal clear understanding of there jobs and where things are located. Also not always good at showing and telling you exactly how they want things done. Its best to ask the questions rather than just going for it by what the manger has told you. Best to make sure you listen and ask questions about the job that may not of been answered. Then you are set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should give more in depth descriptions of the employees tasks when they are talking with employees new or not. They should also show new coming employees around the store and show exactly how things should be done, until the employees and/or workers understand it very well. Shouldn't take long. No more than a couple hours depending on the job's task. Other than that, Safeway runs fluid and is often a hard job to fail at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unsure at this time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Love working in the Bay Area
    Lots of Benefits. Gym on site. Healthy lifestyle encouraged and Life balance is a must.
    Vey Family friendly and great folks to work with.
    Collaborative.

    Cons

    Changes are coming.
    Not sure how things will shake out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer the good employee an opportunity to stay in the site they like. This venture will change the culture that was just starting to be very positive.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    BadIt was a good experience

    Cons

    It was a good experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  11.  

    Nice place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people I worked with

    Cons

    Not a lot to complain about

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