Loblaw Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Loblaw Executive Chairman Galen G. Weston
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Pros
  • Work life balance amazing (although this is depending on your boss) (in 9 reviews)

  • Good for a part time job experience (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • If you are a part time employee, you are not guaranteed hours (in 12 reviews)

  • I am disgusted to see that a company like this discourages youth from work-life balance because it is so demanding and taxing on your time (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Worse company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hot Counter Customer Service
    Former Employee - Hot Counter Customer Service

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unfortunately non. Management has no respect. Screams and degrades you in front of customers. They also threaten you

    Cons

    Degraded by manager and supervisor. No respect. Manger is not profession doesn't know how to run his department. Heath safety concerns with food handling. Food left out all day that need to refrigerated. Dangerous environment to work in, floors always grease. Would not there to buy at the hot counter since I worked there. .

    Advice to Management

    You should train you man agent team better. Treat disabled employees with respect and dignity. Those preparing food should be food safe certified.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Avoid working for any Loblaw facility at all costs!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Office management colleagues can set their own hours within reason. Able to attend doctor's appointments and such when needed. Some colleagues are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Poor bonus structure that pays out very little each year. Poor communication of new procedures and policies. Poor performance management of colleagues by managers in that you don't know that you have done anything wrong until your yearly performance review. Poor benefits plan that covers very little dental and vision. Poor tuition reimbursement program that is very difficult to attain and only pays out a max of $1350 per year. This is a very stressful place to work and your efforts go unrecognized.

    Advice to Management

    You seem to be afraid of communicating with direct reports and you treat colleagues very poorly as if they are a number rather than a person. You also seem to ignore the provincial employment standards when it benefits you. You really need an overhall on your systems and management team.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    recognized name, good learning experience

    Cons

    stressful, too many meetings, work load is unbalanced between colleagues with the same position within department and unit, waste money on redecoration when it could be used to boost morale, glass ceiling

    Advice to Management

    We need women at the executive level beyond Sr. Director of a business unit. If it is such a great place to work, why is there a glass ceiling? The company wastes too much money on redecorating the office when that money can be used elsewhere in the dept.


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  5. Okay first job, bad for the long term.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

    I worked at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a good place to work for a young persons' first job. When you grocery shop, you don't have to wait in line.

    Cons

    Dirty workplace, inappropriate male workers, incompetent cashier supervisor, crazy customers, terrible hours for young people, it's frowned upon if you're sick and leave early, terrible work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and not like they are disposable. Employees have lives outside of their job, be it a family, school, or something else, and should thus be accommodated.


  6. Helpful (1)

    it.s a job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Supervisor
    Current Employee - Department Supervisor

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    its a job and it pays the bills. I have nothing good to say about a company that cuts hours and pushs staff to the breaking point.

    Cons

    poor leadership. unhappy staff! unrealistic expections no training no suport

    Advice to Management

    Rethink who you choose to run your stores. They lack people skills!! Give no direction or praise for a job well done. They don,t have a clue whats going on with their staff.


  7. Loblaws Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sudbury, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sudbury, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    As a part-time employee working for a Loblaws while going to school full-time, the biggest "pro" about working at a Loblaws store is that they have very flexible schedules.

    Cons

    At the particular store I am employed at, most Managers and Supervisors I come into contact with on a daily basis seem to be unhappy with their positions, which leads to a very uninspired workplace.

    Advice to Management

    More performance reviews of managerial positions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not What its Cracked up to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Discount Card - 10% off purchaces is a great incentive. The taste testing of the new Presidents Choice Products being promoted in the blue menu flyers. The free once a month cooking school classes that are available (although more hands on classes would be even better) Uniforms provided at no cost to the employee

    Cons

    Being affiliated with the Union (to much to be said about that) and the cost of the Union dues Part-time employees not being properly compensated for the roles and job functions that they perform. Department managers, assistant managers and senior management not consistent nor objective in their postiions. There should be training and or coaching on the term "management" what does it mean, the role that they play and what is expected. Time Management, Essential Communication Skills, Dealing with difficult people, Leadership and proper delegating skills training should be a mandatory component in a management position from department to senior management. Performance reviews should be done with all management with work objectives/goals but because of the Union apparently this is against their rights. Communication is poor, the atmosphere is certainly toxic, the policy to wear your Loblaws uniform supplied by the Company is not in force for all employees - leaves a poor reflection of the store/management to the customers and to fellow employees. Senior management not having higher expectations for lower management and lower management not wanting to take a leadership role and set examples on work policies, whats expected in the employees position, standards that are expected, and the ability to retain the management not the "best friend" approach. Poor training for new hires. Front end management not taking the leadership to coach and communicate and mentor employees to allow them to feel validated as an employee which ever level or position and focus on self-improvement - this is one area that should not be delegated to the average employee. Young, inexperienced employees hiring and interviewing / the new Hire a Friend/Family this is very tricky in any company - this leaves a poor reflection when you see that the company will hire an employee to whom is friends/family with poor work performers, consistent offenders - this makes you judge your own character as to why your working so hard, when there is certainly no rewards or benefits to doing so, so the more employees see the less effective the service become to the customers. Take a look at the employees - everyone looks miserable.

    Advice to Management

    The overall objective is profability and the bottom line - the bottom line is not always about $$, its also about the people that come in to work every day so that the Company can profit and grow. These employees would like to be able to come to a job that makes them feel rewarded and appreciated and to know that values and expecations are common with all. In the end, RESPECT is earned, and your not respected because you might be a good guy/women, or easy going, and buddy buddy, respect is attitude of admiration, appreciation for authority, the ability to be biased and show objectivety, and remember there are alot of followers and not leaders - so others will act as they see you act. What if this was your company, wouldn't you want employees that had effectivness, a how to approach for success, the drive and energy to provide excellent service, a postive attitude towards changes and makes efforts for betterments and the quality of the work place. No one likes to have to be the aggresor but there are situations that warrant discinaplary actions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    HORRIBLE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CATEGORY MANAGEMENT; MERCHANDISING in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - CATEGORY MANAGEMENT; MERCHANDISING in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good name to add to resume

    Cons

    Only people with internal connections get promotions; despotism (manager hires their girlfriend type of thing); HR department has no clue as of to how to do their jobs properly; discrimanatory approach to external candidates; most job postings for the public are fake (positions are filled internally based on who you know); bureaucracy at its highest level; people just don't care! Company makes money due to their size; they've no idea how to run a company.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and go home


  10. Helpful (2)

    One of the Worst Companies to Work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice HQ facilities Hires new grads

    Cons

    Management by intimidation Culture is one of no accountability Not a good company to do business with. Fosters and encourages unprofessional behavior Management style is the blame game so staff are not willing to accept responsibility

    Advice to Management

    IT Sr. Management should be fired as they are incompetent Change the Culture of the organization. Get rid of those people who cannot handle change


  11. Helpful (2)

    A very unprofessional environment, it is worse than an elementary playground.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Brampton, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are very nice people, who work for the company, but they come in and mislead about the job's they are hired for and they are not compensated accordingly.

    Cons

    The majority of the HR department are barely out of diapers themselves and they need to grow up. There is not strong leadership in place to take things to the next level, the reason they survive is because of their grocery chain empire. It amazes me that people can be treated so poorly and there is such a revolving door and no one at the executive level notices? They won’t be able to sustain their departments and it will be the demise of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, take some real leadership courses and learn what it means to see the big picture. Stop acting like you have all the answers when truly you are nothing but order takers.



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