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Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
56 Reviews
4.0
56 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • friendly environment, flexible hours, clean (in 11 reviews)

  • A very well paying part time job if you're okay with the physical labour as it can get tough (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Our Manager left back in February and we still have no full time Manager and its May (in 8 reviews)

  • Since head office is in Atlantic Canada, that's where big decisions are made (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Family like atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A courteous, professional and organized workplace. My coworkers were nice and gave a lot of insightful tips. Very competent upper management.

    Cons

    The salaries are under the market's norm. You'd earn more by doing the same job for the competitor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Large retailer. Originally based on family traditions. Tough competition in Canada. Growing.

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, growing, basic good (everyone has to buy groceries). Lots of opportunity to crosstrain and explore different areads of the business.

    Cons

    Slower to adapt to changes due to the size of the company, and the risk aversion of strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Was a great experience

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

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement if you really want to work hard and long hours.

    Cons

    There were no discounts available for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen really listen to your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Starter Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours for students. Managers are usually down to earth. Pay you on time and wage increases.

    Cons

    Avoid front end department ex, Cashier/Courtesy and you'll have more freedom and a better shift overall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Always busy, interacting with costumers

    Cons

    Some costumers can be rude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of organization and communication

  7.  

    Good for a first part-time job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I had pretty reasonable managers in general, and the manager of my department was great. The job was easy but kind of rewarding in a way; when the department looked good and you knew you contributed to that it was pretty cool. I had some good co-workers, made a new close friend. It is hard to get fired. Flexible scheduling, my boss always followed my availability.

    Cons

    I did get raises every 500 or 1000 hours or something like that, but when minimum wage went up I lost them...and still haven't gotten them back (even though I was clearly their best part-timer). I deserved to earn more than most of the lazy people I worked with, Sobeys will hire anyone for a part-time position; ANYONE. Which you might say makes sense since it is just part-time but in all other things they seem to hold themselves to standards, not with employees. Someone here said you get too few breaks; that is a lie, at least at my store, maybe they are all different. I had TOO MANY breaks, I didn't take half of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better people, reward your good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sobeys is a rewarding company to work for

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

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Good family company with stable leadership

    Cons

    Risk Averse company so slow to take actions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very well organized company, but prices are expensive.

    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, regular hours, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    a lot of night and weekend hours. Good for students or part-time work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary great coworkers

    Cons

    Too much red tape day to day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An excellent student job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    As a student, this job couldn't be much more idealistic. During the 10 month long school year, I'm able to squeeze in about 12-15 hours per week, and these hours are very flexible. At $10 per hour, and no bills to pay, it's a pretty sick deal. Because I am still a student, I was hired on a what they call a "courtesy clerk." While this position consists primarily of grocery bagging and cart-collecting, we do get opportunities for other things as well, like helping out in the other departments. I feel this is really great as it provides you the opportunity to have a little taste of everything that there is to do in the store. On top of this, Sobeys is very environmentally friendly, as well as values locally produced goods, as I'm sure we all appreciate. Just to re-cap:
    -Flexible hours
    -Average $550/month
    -Career opportunities
    -Environmentally friendly
    -Encourages buying locally produced goods

    Cons

    At Sobeys, we are required to work 1000 hours before we receive a $1 raise. If you work 30 hours per week all year long, this can be accomplished within a year. However most students (myself included) won't exceed 15 hours in a school week. This, in combination with 30 hour weeks during the summer only equates to 840 hours. Personally, I understand it taking anywhere from 12-18 months to see my first raise. Others, however, might find it slightly discouraging to have to wait so long. The only other thing I could really think of is the constant hiring on of new employees. This is probably the only aspect of working here that really perturbs me. It's like a whole new set of faces every week I'm in. Now, I'm not against meeting some new people, but this is overkill. When they hire on as many employees as they do, and refuse to put people on for full-time, they are forced to cut people's hours. So instead of being able to reach my 30 hours per week, I normally end up seeing about 20-24 of these hours. Just to re-cap:
    -Lots of time required to see a raise
    -Hours cut frequently due to constant employment of new staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only sincere complaint I have is my hours being cut so much due to the constant hiring on of new staff. Other than that, everything is going pretty well. Thanks for reading this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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