Safeway – Why Work For Us?

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Our employees are the foundation of our success – they are the heart of what we do.  By developing a personalized career, fostering a healthy lifestyle, and participating in a culture of innovation, our employees impact the lives of our shoppers and improve the communities we serve. Our retail, division, and corporate teams make the most of their careers with benefits that build better lives.

Personal and Professional Development:

Strong tradition of growth from within is a product of our commitment to developing our employees’ careers. We offer career path assistance to develop emerging leaders, tuition reimbursement, and myriad opportunities to learn on the job and succeed.

Resources for a Winning Lifestyle:

We focus on you – your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. At Safeway, we believe life is about balance and making the most of it. We’re dedicated to providing you the programs and resources that contribute to a balanced, healthy lifestyle. We offer a nationally recognized healthcare program, a positive and diverse working environment that encourages teamwork and builds respect for each other’s opinions, and a Chief Medical Officer who leads a team dedicated to promoting a healthy mind, body and spirit for all employees. In 2012, Safeway was awarded the Best Employer for a Healthy Lifestyle.

Lead a Innovative Industry:

At Safeway, we believe new ideas come to life every day. We encourage our employees to participate and lead the development of ideas that seek to improve people’s quality of life. From the beginning, we set out to introduce innovative products and offerings that make life easy so you can enjoy it. Our teams developed state-of-the-art wellness rooms, award winning brands such as Eating Right® and O Organics®, and Just4U, our digital platform that revolutionized the shopping experience. We foster collaboration and team work so you can succeed in bringing new ideas to life.

Making a Difference in our Communities:

At Safeway, we’re committed to improving the communities we serve. We work closely with local growers to deliver the freshest food, decrease our carbon footprint, create zero waste facilities, reduce our packaging, and volunteer our time to important causes. Since 2001, The Safeway Foundation has raised more than $1 billion causes such as cancer research, people with disabilities, education, and hunger relief.

 We’ve been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2013, a Fortune Most Admired Company, a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer, a World’s Most Admired Companies for 2012, and garnered high ratings from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for practices pertinent to Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. In addition, Safeway has received the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employers Support Freedom Award, the nation’s highest honor for employers of National Guard and Reserve members.

 Whether you’re just beginning your career or are in the market for a new opportunity, the possibilities are endless at Safeway.  Come build a better quality of life with us and apply at safeway.com/careers to join our team!


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Safeway, the Start-Up 
In 1915, M.B. Skaggs, an ambitious young man in the small Idaho town of American Falls, purchased a tiny grocery store from his father. M.B.'s business strategy, to give his customers value and to expand by keeping a narrow profit margin, proved spectacularly successful. By 1926 he opened 428 Skaggs stores in 10 states. M.B. almost doubled the size of his business that year when he merged his company with 322 Safeway stores and incorporated as Safeway, Inc. Two years later M.B. listed Safeway on the New York Stock Exchange. M.B. did not let the difficulties of the Great Depression dilute his pioneering focus on value for customers. In the 1930s Safeway introduced produce pricing by the pound, adding “sell by” dates on perishables to assure freshness, nutritional labeling, even some of the first parking lots.
 
M.B.’s value vision still drives Safeway today, though on a dramatically larger scale. There are now over 1,400 Safeway stores across the US in Northern and Southern California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Alaska. 
 
Safeway Today

With more than 1,400 stores throughout the country, we’re proud to be your neighborhood grocery store. We offer you the freshest groceries at a great value. You can count on us for the finest meat and seafood, produce delivered fresh from our farmers, delicious ready-to-go meals from our deli and so much more. Plus we bring you more value with our Gas Rewards, just for U™ savings, weekly Club Card specials and thousands of everyday low prices down every aisle. Every day we evolve the future of grocery, and look for new ways to improve consumers’ quality of life.

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undefined Safeway offers a comprehensive benefits package that helps our employees take charge of their health today and tomorrow. Along with tools designed to help employees manage their total health—physical, emotional and financial—our Live Life, Live Long, Live Well™ benefits make Safeway a great place to work. In striving to help our employees make informed decisions about health care, we emphasize the power of individual behavior and recognize that the choices we make directly impact our health and well-being.

 Health & Wellness Benefits

Our medical plans provide access to high-quality, cost-effective care. Depending on where you live, you may have different options, but for most employees we offer two main medical plans with a Health Reimbursement Account, two dental plans and two vision plans.

Financial Benefits

Safeway offers a company-funded pension plan and a traditional 401(k) plan to help you plan for your future. We also offer two Flexible Spending Accounts to help you save on eligible medical and dependent care expenses and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

Additional Resources

Safeway also offers a myriad of other programs to help you support your and your family’s physical, emotional and financial health, including:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness programs (e.g., Diabetes Management and Future Moms)
  • Company paid basic life insurance
  • Paid time off for vacation, sick leave and company-recognized holidays
  • Professional and career education program
  • Employee Association for leisure-time activities at a discount

 Our comprehensive benefits are part of a total compensation package that helps you today — and helps you plan actively for tomorrow.

Generally, the benefits listed below are for non-retail store employees. Retail store employee benefit offerings vary by location. Our part-time employees are also eligible for benefit packages.

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undefinedSafeway’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and thoughtful people practices is a core element of the company’s philosophy, ensuring our employees reflect the diverse communities we serve.  We recognize and appreciate the variety of backgrounds and characteristics that make individuals unique, while providing a work environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement.

We have been honored with numerous local, state and national awards for our hiring of persons with disabilities in the U.S. and Canada, and were honored with the Champion of Diversity Award for the second consecutive year from Supermarket News, a leading grocery trade publication.

Diversity and inclusion is a component of our programs for recruitment, development and training of employees and leaders.  We also provide opportunities for employees to contribute their ideas, talents and enthusiasm to the company’s success by engaging with other employees through participation in various employee resource and network groups, such as Women’s Network GroupHispanic Leadership Network GroupAsian Network GroupSafeway African American Leadership Network GroupGALA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance), and Veterans Employee Resource Group just to name a few.

Safeway supports equal employment opportunity in hiring, development and advancement for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify, marital status or any other status protected by law.  Safeway provides reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.  We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any aspect of employment, nor will we tolerate harassment of any individual or group on the basis of any protected characteristic.

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undefined At the heart of Safeway is a commitment to making a difference in the communities we serve. From the very beginning, Safeway has been a leader in corporate social responsibility because of the passion of our employees to create better lives for those around us.

Whether it’s committing to purchase all fresh and frozen seafood from sustainable, traceable sources by the end of 2015, or raising over $1 billion dollars for causes such as cancer research, people with disabilities, education and hunger relief, our employees are the individual leaders who drive growth environmentally, socially and ethically. They are the heart behind what we do.

We believe in creating a healthier planet, and actively search for ways to reduce our environmental impact and improve our use of natural resources. In 2012, we saved 89 million gallons of water in our stores and diverted over 474,000 tons of material from landfills. One-third of our distribution centers and manufacturing plants have zero waste status, and over 25% of our trucks improved their fuel efficiency.

We’re dedicated to making a real, positive impact in our communities. As a grocery retailer, our commitment to hunger relief runs deep. Since 1999, we’ve donated over $119 million in food products to hunger relief organizations around the country.

From the beginning, educating the youth in our communities stretches back to the very beginnings of our company. We support numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. Since 1999, we’ve raised and donated over $270 million to schools. And in 2012 alone, we donated over $20 million to local schools through our eScrip program, requesting that schools allocate 20 percent of our contributions to nutrition and fitness programs that help children stay active and healthy.

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Safeway Awards & Accolades

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Top 50 Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
National Top 50 Green Companies, Green Power Partnership, 2010
National Top 50 Green Companies, Green Power Partnership, 2012
Top 100 Public, Private and Nonprofit Employers in Philadelphia, Philly.com, 2009
Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009
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Additional Info

Website www.safeway.com
Headquarters Pleasanton, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1915
Type Company - Public (SWY)
Industry Retail
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Kroger, SUPERVALU, Walmart

Safeway is proud to serve neighborhoods across the country with the freshest groceries at a great value. We offer innovative products and programs that seek to improve consumers’ health and quality of life. The employees that make this possible are the heart of our company, and they are an essential part of our strong heritage and clear vision for the future. We are proud to offer products and programs that seek to improve shoppers’ quality of life, such as our innovative pharmacies and brands like Eating Right® and O Organics®. We currently own over 1,400 stores, in... More

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