Loblaw Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
223 Reviews
3.4
223 Reviews
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Loblaw Executive Chairman Galen G. Weston
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Review Highlights

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

  • Nice place to earn a little extra wages part time (in 12 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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Respect to Quality of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brampton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw full-time (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    a neat place to work for a student

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

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (more than an 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    huge discrep between job posting and actual work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw full-time (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work as astudent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working as a department clerk

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    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent wage for students seeking a part time job. The presence of a workers' union will surely protect you from employer abuse(if it exist). Very friendly work environment and management recognition for hard work done by individuals.

    Cons

    Union dues is a problem if you are only thinking of working for a short period of time. I really hate how most of the employees left around 4pm everyday, and I cant even get hold of anyone from another department. Stealing can be a big issue in some department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier Loblaws in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier Loblaws in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good management, can work in other departments, train you good, benefits and union, always there for there employees

    Cons

    can get really borring to be only on the till, and low chances of advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on caring for your employees good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Potential to be one of the best employers in Canada

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brampton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Loblaw full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great head office cafeteria - lots of selection and unbeatable price
    Focus on health with Goodlife gym on premises, and a number of sports teams
    Clean new facilities, comfortable desks/chairs, and overall office environment
    Good offering of online and instructor-led training courses through HR portal.

    Cons

    Below industry average salaries and benefits. Lack of motivation for internal promotion, since you don't see a corresponding increase in salary, only increase in workload.
    Culture varies from department to department - some environments are highly collaborative and friendly, while other are the opposite.
    Lack of communication between departments. At times it seems that teams work in silos, unaware of what goes on elsewhere in the company.
    Limited meeting room space
    Micromanagement is quite common

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Measure compensation against industry benchmarks to make sure you attract and retain top talent.
    More focus on employee engagement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    SAP Developer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ABAP Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - ABAP Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Loblaw as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance, rooms for growths, lots of project but not enough ppl

    Cons

    In the basement, highly paced

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Head office could learn a little from the guys at the bottom

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very fair wage, if you're at your end rate.

    Cons

    Too many forms, charts, check lists and other "mandatory" daily bits of "accountability reporting" that take away valuable time from the customer and dept maintenance.
    Low morale
    Not an employee. Just a number.
    Opinions and advice from those are store level fall on deaf ears.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yo, head office! You don't work in the stores. You have no idea how things actually run at that level. Be wise and take some advice from those who do and you'll run a smoother show. The moves that you make from above send a clear message to those at store level that you don't trust our knowledge, experience or judgment.
    for example: Insider's products. LIST THEM and let us order as we need them to avoid all manner of shrink, hassle and head ache.

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

    Poorly Managed by Head Office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    career advancement opportunities, possible salary increase after a successful performance review

    Cons

    no work life balance, department managers are non-unionized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose your store manager very wisely! Low morale from store manager affects the whole store in every department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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