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Corporate HQ of retail grocery giant

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Director in Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Safeway full-time

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great people! Genuinely nice work atmosphere, where you can feel valued and empowered.
Nice perks, like a fantastic cafeteria. Company is a leader in employee wellness initiatives and loyalty marketing programs.

Cons

It's corporate. Jeans are a special occasion. It's retail, so pace can be hectic. Salaries don't compete with the higher-flying tech world in the valley, but living expense are the same for all.

Advice to Management

Foster more genuine open dialogue with your execs. Ask for some disagreement, encourage real discussion and seek real input from others on the big strategic ideas.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Toms River, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Toms River, NJ

    I worked at Safeway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to gain valuable management experience.

    Cons

    None - Very happy, satisfying to work for such a company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, focus on work ,life balance


  2. Helpful (8)

    Helping to foster the demise of the pharmacy profession in your neighborhood today

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Portland, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I can't think of any pros anymore. Even the new restrooms aren't as nice as my own at home and the soap smells disgusting. I rarely have time to use the restroom when I need to, but it's nice to have it be so close now if I can get away. Finally, a small, professional courtesy to your healthcare professionals.

    Cons

    I have been with the company for almost 10 years. Every benefit has been cut, wages are stagnant, labor hours are now micromanaged on a daily basis by grocery managers that have absolutely no clue how long some prescriptions take to fill due to extenuating circumstances or how to handle insurance/billing issues that leave patients disgruntled. I work alone all the time as a cashier, constantly interrupted, with no time to fill prescriptions and be a pharmacist. I am so sick of grocery management (community college drop-outs) coming back to talk to pharmacy because someone complained about the price of their medication, when we made absolutely zero profit and lost money filling the prescription. They do not use common sense or professionalism when handling matters of pharmacy. It is all about blind obedience to the big red "S" that they learned in their remedial, middle-management, Safeway corporate brainwashing boot-camp. They have no clue and no respect for me, a Doctor of Pharmacy, 10 years of post high school education, whom they refer to as "hun", "hon", or however the disrespectful colloquialism is spelled, when they should be referring to me as Dr. or at the very least, my name, but the uneducated, brainwashed, tunnel visioned idiots have been given authority to interfere with my domain, my license, patient safety, and my sanity on a daily basis. We used to have fun and have plenty of staff to give outstanding customer service and patient care. Now every day is absolute HELL and I can't wait to leave this nightmare of retail pharmacy behind me.

    Advice to Management

    I realize you have all the power and authority to do whatever you want to, however, you, non-pharmacy staff, have no business dictating staffing levels based on prescription counts. Our computer system is too outdated and hinders workflow for this type of business model. If you are going to micromanage, give us the tools to do our job. Give me a cashier. If I can't have a technician, then at least give me a clerk you cheap... You need to communicate what these shiny new waiting rooms are for. It is infuriating to most of us to see all the money you spent on waiting rooms (that are rarely used) being wasted on some unknown future super-secret concept, care-plan, medication therapy management, taking urine samples and stool samples, who knows what plans, with current staffing levels as inadequate as they have been for a few years and continuing to dwindle. Your lack of transparency and complete disregard for your health care professionals is a disgrace and you should be ashamed. You have no clue how terrible it is to be the only person working in the pharmacy on a Sunday afternoon with over 100 prescriptions to fill, no cashier, people needing pain medications and antibiotics, and Grandma and Grandpa want a flu shot and I have no time to do it. That makes me feel like a failure, personally, because I can't help them, and I want to, and it's your fault for not standing up to insurance companies and drug companies so we get better reimbursement on every prescription and are more profitable! Today it was over 115 prescriptions, alone. So of course they were not all filled and will get rolled into the never-ending pile of broken promises (aka pile of prescription labels, because no one knows how to change/extend the computer's automated time-guarantee to the patient calling in their prescriptions, and the computer has no clue what is really going on in the pharmacy.) It's just a crying shame that you can't admit failure and just throw in the towel now before we kill someone with a medication error. We can't take it anymore and if we didn't have bills to pay we would all walk out the door tomorrow. You are a terrible excuse for an employer of healthcare professionals. Keep patting yourself on the back and collecting those huge bonuses Mr. Byrd while your pharmacy divisions all go to you know where in a grocery bag. Don't forget that 10% off coupon!!!


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