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Corporate culture of hard work, long hours, but very high integrity

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Corporate Management Level Employee in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Corporate Management Level Employee in Pleasanton, CA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The corporate culture is formal yet it is easy to assimilate. Facilities are very nice, and the equipment provided is up to date and high quality. The employees are friendly and will go out of their way to help.

Cons

It appears that some type of a matrix is used to determine promotion based on gender and race attributes. There are target percentages set as goals for the business units. Depending on where you fall on this matrix, it could be difficult to get a promotion.

Cost of living raises don't keep pace with inflation.

Advice to Management

There are so many good ideas bubbling up from the ground level people that seem to be lost on the way up.

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  1. Typical Retail Job

    Current Employee - Deli Department Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Deli Department Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    -decent hours
    -benefits
    -vacation pay after one year
    -flexible schedules in certain departments

    A nice place to work for a part-time job but going for a career takes time to move
    up within the company.

    Cons

    The environment in many stores involves high stress levels in every
    department and very little motivation to succeed. The goals and constant changes
    of policy make the overall success of the store unlikely. Politics plays a big role in both
    the corporate and store level and unless you buddy up with management, the chance of getting promoted is slim to none.

    Advice to Management

    Safeway is a good company to work for but employees need to be more motivated to work for the companies success and treated with more respect. Instead of politics deciding who gets what, there needs to be a merit based promotion scale and stop with the confusing matrixes for bonuses and promotions.

  2. Boring

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

    I worked at Safeway part-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is ok pay and benefits

    Cons

    The job is very boring

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