Safeway

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Safeway Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
1,216 Reviews
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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)

  • 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 55 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Standard retail job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Good first job experience. Introduces you to the working field.

    Cons

    Too much multitasking, customer dissatisfaction, sometimes hard to keep up on work.

  2.  

    Focus on diversity and development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Focus on diversity and development

    Cons

    Buy-out by Cerberus will impact culture of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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

    It's a learning experience worth the time!

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

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

    Pros

    I love the discounts so that's a bonus. I also have my employee discount so it's perfect.

    Cons

    I don't feel that some people leave happy sometimes. It's true it's all about the way employees treat the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any issues with management so they are doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, great people

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

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

    Pros

    Safeway is a great company to work for. The people are smart and friendly. The company offers many training and leadership programs. Company cares about it's employers and offers many benefits including a health club on-site and a great café to dine in.

    Cons

    The organization is very matrixed and one must be resourceful to know how to navigate through. Also, can be process oriented and at times, things take longer than they should. .

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work with changes forthcoming

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

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

    Pros

    Safeway has being known for being a great place to work. They offer career growth, networking and volunteering opportunities. The people are friendly and you can easily get acclimmated to the culture of feeling connected. I like how they organize various health and career development presentations and speakers. Including on to how prevent certain illnesses, care for yourself or a loved one. My personal experience has been that there's a good sense of life and work balance.

    Cons

    Currently, Safeway is in the process of being acquired. There wil be changes but alot of it is still unknown. Such as the company structure, which positions will change or be eliminated and what the culture will be like. We should have more information by end of 4th quarter.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Hard, but a great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Checker in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Grocery Checker in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Solid management tiers, providing great resources.
    Union backed, providing job security, a safety net, and a fantastic alternative source of communication and answers.
    Union also provides an alternative which can work with HR in order to resolve most issues quickly and efficiently.
    Solid pay scales, though they have been lengthened by recent contracts, it allows to climb up to better wages.
    An endless source of understanding to grow ones patience.

    Cons

    Customers have a habit of being rough, and can treat employees very harshly for little to no reason.
    Management can be over-stressed and over-worked, and create a hostile work place.
    The positive aspects of the store are almost entirely based upon the communication and attitude of the management.
    Shoplifting and theft at many stores is a constant, and can be... disheartening.
    Pay raises do exist, but they can take a long time to get through unless you get promoted to a P.I.C, where the upgrade to journeyman is immediate.
    Schedules are all over the place, it can be very difficult to have any idea what you will work from one week to the next.
    It is very often that when you call in sick, even if it is legitimate, due to other people who lie about it, that you may be interrogated regarding whether or not you are actually sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not push away employees who try to communicate, they are a great resource.
    Try not to micromanage too heavy-handedly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company, don't know what it'll bring in the next year or so

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

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good people and if you are in a good team, you will learn a lot of new skills, great company culture. Great Cafe (HQ) and food for lunch.

    Cons

    Some leadership shouldn't be were they are now.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good First Job

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

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were really cool.

    Cons

    They essentially pay you minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees free water when they push carts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Category Analyst

    • 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 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
  11.  

    Great place to learn.

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of tools and trainings, your future is in your hands.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre for the level of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give lower level employees more power in decision-making. Simplify shoppers life's with more straightforward promotions. Stick to one strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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