Safeway Canada Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
72 Reviews

3.0
72 Reviews
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Safeway Canada President and COO Chuck Mulvenna
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27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work is uncomplicated so it's good for those who are looking for a small part time job (in 4 reviews)

  • Very flexible hours, decent pay (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No full-time oppurtunies unless your management (in 5 reviews)

  • Blamed for unrealistic customer service expectations (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Currently working as a meat assitant manager at safeway

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    Current Employee - Meat Cutter  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Meat Cutter in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Safeway Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I like the system, quality, friendly staff, wages. And safeway care about employers.

    Cons

    No challenges for me, I work good in all situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is fine keep it up. Thank you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked for them as a order selector in the warehouse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway Canada

    Pros

    you are just talking to the talk man everyday throughout your shift,

    Cons

    management push workers to their limit
    management follow and spy on workers whether they are working or no
    talking is prohibited

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The flexible schedule is nice, especially if like me you are a student and need to be able to work the schedule around classes.

    Cons

    This place is okay to work for in the short term. i would not recommend making working here a permanent career choice as there is little to no room for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working as a young high school student? Maybe look into something else.

    Former Employee - Safeway General Clerk/Cashier  in  Langley, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Safeway General Clerk/Cashier in Langley, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Safeway Canada part-time

    Pros

    Union benefits are available to those who work enough hours.

    Safeway is known for having excellent training programs.

    Cons

    Not easy to work with others that make a lot more income than you in the same exact role.

    Seniority is very difficult to obtain.

    There isn't much room for growth. Simply a company for young people to make a little bit of cash to pay for school.

  6.  

    Great additional job for some extra spending money...

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Cochrane, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Cochrane, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's great to interact with people when you are outgoing. Shifts are pretty short when you are an "unrestricted" employee, which means you can work anytime. Time goes fast, but also very fast paced most of the time. It can serve it's purpose...

    Cons

    And you wonder why there is such a huge turn-over of staff when the start pay is only $11 per hour... In 2 years you start to make some good money (about $20/hr)...I would be more motivated if pay started at a half decent $15/hr.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your supervisors take new employees on the floor to understand the business better and what to expect during shifts. No-one ever told me anything after the computer training...you have to ask all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good job for a student

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was easy to get part time hours as a student. i would even have access to some health benefits after about 500 hours working there.

    Cons

    I would not be able to work overtime or maybe even get a full 40 hours a week if I wanted to work this job full time. A lot of the full time people were complaining about that because in any other job if you wanted more money, you would work longer hours but it wouldn't allow it. It could be a pro for the company though because it doesn't allow the managers to abuse their workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A half-decent, temporary job

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    Former Employee - Bakers Helper, Sales Staff
    Former Employee - Bakers Helper, Sales Staff

    I worked at Safeway Canada part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay (above minimum wage), decent benefits (if you can get them), Sunday and night shift premiums, good training program in place,

    Cons

    Virtually no room for advancement. They only hire on a part-time basis. Despite following the rules and staying in line, the union did more harm than good for me in the end. Clique-y and lots of tension between the "old-timers" and new hires/students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all angles of the story before taking a side. Automatically picking sides doesn't help with the problem and just makes issues of bullying worse.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ok place to work for first job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway Canada

    Pros

    A good place to work with ok wages for a first job. They offer great flexibility with your schedule while going to school.

    Cons

    With many full time staff that have been working their for 20+ years, you often get the longer night time shifts. Meaning you work til 10pm/midnight, these shifts tend to drag on. The wage difference can sometimes be frustrating when your working next to someone who's making 3 times as much as you, yet doing the same job.

  10.  

    Being a Cashier at Safeway

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Penticton, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Penticton, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice people to work with other Cashiers.
    Customers are great and friendly.
    Unionizied

    Cons

    No full-time oppurtunies unless your management.
    Not much in Scheduled hours for newest employees always waiting to be called in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us hand-held scanners to use on heavy items for Cashiers.
    Takes 3 weeks before a hired/terminated employee is puton/or taken off the schedule.
    Give more incentive for employees working for many years at your stores.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Poor Pay, Poor contract for newcomers

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    Former Employee - General Clerk  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Safeway Canada part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nothing much to say about this company.

    Cons

    -Poor Pay for people with new contracts
    -Difficult management
    -Blamed for unrealistic customer service expectations
    -Useless Union
    -Was squeezed off the roster , passive aggressive way to get me to quit. What they did was they gave me 0 hours for a few months and then tried to force me to work grave yard shifts despite me being a full time student

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maybe you should lower your prices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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