Loblaw Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
219 Reviews
3.4
219 Reviews
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Loblaw Executive Chairman Galen G. Weston
Galen G. Weston
52 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance amazing (although this is depending on your boss) (in 9 reviews)

  • Great way to gain customer service experience and good benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Not all of us are trying to work as part time employees for the rest of our lives, FYI (in 12 reviews)

  • Pay was crappy, benefits were basic and work life balance was non existent (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    excellent, very diligent when it comes to detailing the store

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great service and delicious food, decent pay check and an energetic and enthusiastic staff

    Cons

    not a lot of time off could end up working late hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not very eventful

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Dartmouth, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Dartmouth, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've worked at Superstore for over 2 years. Depending on the store you're working at you'll get good hours, you make life long friends and you learn valuable customer service skills.

    Cons

    Never getting trained on anything (uscans or customer service etc) unless you're a "favorite" don't expect to move up in the company. Hard work and dedication is not something they care about or reward you for. Sometimes you'll get the worst customers, but you get used to it eventually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Longer breaks would be nice; 15 minutes sometimes doesn't really cut it considering how long we stand on our feet for without walking. Check with supervisors at stores and promote people who aren't favorites would be nice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    OK for a summer job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Loblaw part-time

    Pros

    flexible hours, great employees, dynamic

    Cons

    too much rules sometimes but other than that, there aren't really any major cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It depends.....

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, good pay for store level full time employees compared to other supermarket chains, dental, prescription drug coverage for full time employees, UFCW pension plan, employee discount card.

    Cons

    In order to move from part time to a full time position you need to take a night shift position, once your working full time nights you can eventually move to dayshift but this can take many years. Applicants to job postings are chosen based on seniority so you may have to spend years in a position you don't really like until you can get the position you really want. Department managers are salary employees so received pay for a 39 hour work week, but some managers work much more than that, in some stores there is pressure on salary employees to work over their 39 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get too greedy and cut labour hours to the point there's not enough time to do the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for Students and part-time workers

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    Current Employee - Cashier
    Current Employee - Cashier

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many unionized positions, flexible scheduling, employee discount program, weekly pay, corporate gym membership

    Cons

    For part-time workers hours vary each week. Hard to rely on variable weekly income. Opportunities for advancement seem few and far between.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    kkkkHAppL/lblaw

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Loblaw

    Pros

    Great job opportunities to move up from within

    Cons

    Constantly changing due to system changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Respect to Quality of work

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brampton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Largest Supermarket Chain in Canada. More than enough qualified people to do any small jobs. Excellent office in a central location.

    Cons

    Taking pretty long time to introduce SAP. Not happy about recognition process. So much of time spent on reconciling different systems and was told that the vendor accounts are not handled properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Financial Planning must be improved.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    a neat place to work for a student

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    Former Employee - Meat Clefk  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Meat Clefk in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work with other students.
    Damaged items are yours at a lower price
    access to limited stock i

    Cons

    pay is not great at the start but high turnoever gives you the chance for more hours. You also get first dibs on sale items before the store opens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although are new to the workforce, no need to be condescending

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    huge discrep between job posting and actual work

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Entry level; fast/easy promotions. Merit/Performance based raises.

    Cons

    Demanding workload/hours, retail, poor respect at Store Level from upper management and corporate HQ. Questionable contract stating consistent expectations of work hours longer than 40hrs and will not provide with overtime however justified. Practice of short workdays in lieu of instead.

    Unprofessional practice of expecting managers to not schedule themselves on Statutory holidays but must work them. Those that commit to a full 40hr stat week have their pay 'deducted' after the fact; very poor conduct.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved my job. It was demanding but rewarding and i feel that I've come out a better person. Something has to be done about the statutory holiday practice as it's illegal. Being told by our manager and west VP to not schedule ourselves a full work week on stat weeks but expected to work in full. Either respect the decision to work a 32hr stat week or pay accordingly if expected to work a full week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work as astudent.

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling makes it easy to work part time while you are in school. Easy job; provides very little distractions while concentrating on studies.

    Cons

    Doesn't give great experience for graduates. Difficult to keep mentally stimulated when working repetitive and menial tasks. Few opportunities for advancement for part-time workers. Customers are occasionally a pain to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be useful for managers with Loblaw to occasionally work as front end clerks to gain some perspective on what front-line employees are asked to do. Feedback from employees on policy changes are also recommended.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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