Sobeys Reviews

Updated June 19, 2014
Updated June 19, 2014
137 Reviews
3.3
137 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • friendly environment, flexible hours, clean (in 9 reviews)

  • Great team, good work environment (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • no employee discounts, it would be nice to have a (in 8 reviews)

  • Sobeys does not offer enough full-time positions, they avoid hiring (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work as a part timer, or just looking for basic work.

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

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some coworkers are great, and fun to work with. Customers are usually quite happy.

    Cons

    Very minimal raises, basically working for scraps.
    Not very good manager to worker relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to what your employees are saying, don't just assume they're causing problems.
    Don't hold grudges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    cut in hours

    Current Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No transportation costs. Friending customers. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Non-uniform hourly wage rates for identical jobs. Management lacks insight to hire HR staff that can motivate employees and increase moral. Arbitrary decisions to give more hours to newly hired young employees and reduce experienced, mature, proven responsible employees to less than half-with NO notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as equals. Offer each the care and respect you would want given to yourself.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here if you have a family that you love.

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

    I have been working at Sobeys for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Pay. Although this means a lot of money is wasted on unproductive staff.

    Cons

    Everyone gets hired on contract. No communication. No consistency from store to store. Every employee is miserable. Manager in Training programs run constantly, but there are no managers jobs to be had. When a managers role comes up - An outside candidate is usually hired (Most from Metro).
    NO work-life balance. Sobeys does not recognize the families of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees some praise once in a while! Reward them periodically - one weekend off in a year is more than reasonable.

    Everyone hates the DM...and with good reason. He is extremely shady - even on his best days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging (not in a good way)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    flexible hours depending on manager, lots of "potential" resources, relatively clean work environment, you can have fun in the workplace if you have the right team

    Cons

    frequent audits, unorganized, plans changed at last minute, lack of communication and support, policies and procedures not carried through from the top, no employee discounts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deceptive employment

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

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits salary structure and incremental increase structure for FT employees

    Cons

    Almost immpossible to achieve FT status. They have a clause that states 32or more hours regularly means automatically FT, This does not happen automatically in most stores, you have to pursue what should be given, and woe to those who do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic, honest and straightforward with your employees, you might not have such a high attrition/disinterested workforce..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad for high school, early college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashir/Grocery/Customer Service  in  London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashir/Grocery/Customer Service in London, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly, cool staff ( for the most part)
    Great corporate atmosphere

    Cons

    Some levels of management were poorly run
    Many of the customers are rude and inconsiderate
    Disorganized department managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given who your target employees are (people aged 16-23) there should be a larger focus on instilling great employee, management, organization skills. After all if these people see value they could be the future leaders of the company..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - File Maintenance  in  Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - File Maintenance in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You meet a lot of interesting people, both customers and employees

    Cons

    People at head office are idiots and they change things up not only to prove that their job is important (which it isn't) but to put store employees through hell. Plus, their changes don't make sense and half the time they go back to the original idea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to the stupid ideas for head office workers that have never stepped foot in a store and do what works for the store and customers in the area.

  9.  

    very stressful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Services Representative  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Services Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    flexible scheduling, ability to get days off usually granted, usually friendly customers and employees, that's about it

    Cons

    awful management, terrible wages, no room for advancement, benefits package is mediocre for the price paid, do not recommend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are more important than the customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good but nothing spectacular - look elsewhere if you can

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

    I worked at Sobeys part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Meet some cool people
    Company promotes from within (You can go from store clerk to store manager fairly easily)
    Pay is reasonable

    Cons

    No employee discount program.
    Micromanaged - middle management imposes rediculous rules on frontline managers; making your boss stressed out (not good).
    High employee turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better frontline managers. Middle management micromanages too much, it doesn't work, especially long term.

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

    Lack of leadership at Sobeys

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    you get to eat a lot of food, a lot of free food, people are nice

    Cons

    There is no leadership and the organization is terrible at establishing objectives. The National Office has zero power to align with the regions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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