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Current Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Safeway

Pros

A well known and appreciated company. You will certainly get job security, but it may come at the cost of enhancing your skills or ability to market yourself to other employers. As far a grocers go. Safeway IS an innovator, so that is good.

Cons

Little to no opportunity to enhance or expand your skills. You feel pigeonholed without much opportunity to lean new skills or do anything truly interesting. Granted Safeway is a large company and there are certainly groups within it where this will not be the case. There is a lot of politics the further up you go because upper management (and there is a lot of it) makes huge $$.

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Think younger.

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  1. Thank you for working at Safeway!

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    Current Employee - IT - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - IT - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Offers a good work / life balance in general. Still offers a (cash balance) pension for corporate employees. Currently offers discounts on corporate brand items in the stores. Access to the excellent corporate fitness center. Free samples on Wednesdays!

    Cons

    Large organization and some "red tape" can make it difficult at times to get work done. IT Department does not seem to have clearly defined career development paths. While Safeway's compensation and benefits for IT employees may be competitive with other large retail companies, it may not compare so favorably with many of the large technology companies in near by Silicon Valley.

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    Review IT salaries on a more regional scale and invest more in employee development.

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  2. Great Work Like Balance

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Great work life balance and work content is quite interesting. The job is what you make it. You can coast or you can really work hard and make a difference in the organzation. People who do not have impressive educational backgrounds can really excel in this environment as many of the coprorate employees started in the stores and worked their way up through the ranks. Recently, Safeway has made a push to hire people outside the company who have diverse work experience (many new Directors and VPs are former consultants). Safeway also has a strong committment to the envronment and local communities.

    Cons

    Opportunities to advance are more limited compared to companies of similar size. Our medical and dental benefits are probably not at par with many other Bay Area companies or even companies outside the CA Bay Area. In addition, the vacation given to new corporate employees is only 2 weeks which is definitley less than the customary 3 weeks of vacation that corporate employees typically earn. However, people within the organization seem especially sensitive to personal or medical needs. Every company has downsides and Safeway's downsides are probably similar to many other companies, especially retail companies where the margins are relatively low.

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    Continue to look for growth engines even it if takes us outside our core area of expertise.

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