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Backstabbing

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Matteson, IL
Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Matteson, IL

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

Pros

Great company when owned and operated by Dimatteo family then Safeway bought it and have done a wonderful job of running it into the ground.

Cons

Safeway's "My way or the highway approach/one size fits all'" Does not to this day understand the Chicago market and its diverse clietele. Company functions in an atmosphere of fear,negative reinforcement, and micromanagement. George Orwell's "1984" is a perfect analogy to how this company works. The "Peter Principal" is alive and well here. Watch your back..."They smile in your face all the while they want you replaced...the BACKSTABBERS" Cameras,Cameras,Cameras

Advice to ManagementAdvice

DOMINICKS was sucessful because they catered to the unique,dynamic and diverse customer base they enjoyed. They have a condescending approach to both their customers and employees. Their "world class service"program is a sham. The store managers only care about shop scores because that is the "Holy Grail" for bonuses. The store can fall apart and do no business, but God forbid those scores are bad. The experienced employees DO NOT MOVE UP BECAUSE THEY GET MOVED OUT!!! Try going into your stores after 7pm and see no help,quit making a few select stores look nice for Steve Burd while the rest of the stores disintegrate.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    No matter how desperate you are for a job, do not, I repeat- DO NOT, seek a job here!

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    Current Employee - Barista in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Barista in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    The only thing I really like about working for Safeway is a handful of my coworkers, which has nothing to do with the company itself, so I guess there's really no pros at all.

    Cons

    -Management does nothing, and lets the lazy employees get away with doing nothing as well. However, if you are a hard working employee, you will constantly be criticized and told to work harder/faster/etc., and it will never be good enough. Work yourself to the bone, and you're still the only one getting punished, not little ms. sit in the corner and text for half of her shift.
    -They do not follow union policies that they by law are supposed to. As an employee who works in a food department, by union policy, I am not allowed to work in a non-food department while continuing to work as a food worker. This doesn't ever stop management from throwing me in other departments without my knowledge OR consent until days before.
    -Don't trust anyone. Gossip will spread faster than you can imagine. Suddenly you telling someone you were sick from food poisoning turns into you "going to a party and drinking so much you got alcohol poisoning and had to get your stomach pumped".
    -Scheduling is terrible. Employees at my store who have been there for 5+ years still get low hours (8-20 hours per week), and schedules are posted just one day before the new week. Also, the schedules get changed 2-5 times a week without anyone being told, and you're expected to figure it out on your own, but if you don't, you get in trouble.
    -Law-breakers. Safeway employees are supposed to go no longer than 3 hours without a break or lunch. I constantly work 8 hours shifts with no breaks or lunches.
    -Working overtime will not get you overtime pay, unless you make a big deal about it. I was owed 20 hours worth of overtime for a whole month and was not receiving it, even after telling my manager 4 times to fix the issue. I had to refuse to go downstairs from his office to work until he would let me sit there and watch him fix my paycheck.

    Overall, this company sucks. There's many more things I could list, but now its getting to be too long. I'm a very hard working person, and very much an over-achiever, yet this job constantly breaks me down and makes me feel worthless. I've been so stressed about work the past week that I had to get back on Prozac (which I got written up for having a prescription to this in the past, yes, by Slaveway), just so I wouldn't want to harm myself.

    However, if you want to get overworked, underpaid, and feel more stressed than you ever have in your entire life, please apply!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys seriously need to start enforcing union policies as well as health-department regulations. I am so disgusted with my workplace and the way that myself and other employees are treated. I cannot wait until the day that I find a new job, so that I can quit last minute on a day when I'm really truly needed.

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

    The most horrendous, toxic workplace I've ever been

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Safeway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great cafeteria foods, product samples from vendors, gym

    Cons

    horrible culture, militaristic regime, no growth opportunities (unless you're in category management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can you treat people like human-beings, not slaves you whip with your leather belts?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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