Safeway Canada Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
82 Reviews
2.7
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Safeway Canada President and COO Chuck Mulvenna
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They provide a decent salary and benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, many different departments to try new things (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Management employs many associates so that everyone is part time and does not get any benefits/insurance (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (less than an 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
  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.  

    Alright.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

    I worked at Safeway Canada part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice customers. Nice coworkers. Wage is alright.

    Cons

    Not enough shifts. Some bad custormers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cashier

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    Former Employee - Clerk Cashier in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Clerk Cashier in Richmond, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Minimum wage. Overall okay to work to bring money home.

    Cons

    No company discount for employees. Management employs many associates so that everyone is part time and does not get any benefits/insurance. Lack of hours per week. Management only cares about store stats and not its workers. Thank God for the union that protects the rights of the workers.

  6.  

    good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in West Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in West Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great part time work for people with young families

    Cons

    some late nights and lots of weekends

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    (I worked in the Starbucks at Safeway) I was always stressed and staff changed constantly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Prince Albert, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Prince Albert, SK (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Learning to make drinks is fun
    -Getting to know the regular customers is fun
    -Talking to customers is also fun
    - You can experiment making new drinks when you have free time
    -I worked fulltime so I got really good benefits (through safeway)
    -You got 10% off SAFEWAY BRAND items (if you can call that a pro lol)

    Cons

    -YOU DON'T GET FREE DRINKS OR SNACKS ON YOUR BREAKS (unlike the corporate stores)
    -Training was bad because the kiosks are so tiny
    -If it's busy you're never able to talk a break
    - You have to abide by Safeways dresscode (No funky hair or tattoos or anything to make you stand out as unique)
    - You don't really get enough time in the day to open and close the booth
    - You also may have a hard time getting it cleaned especially when it's really busy
    - Most people don't get trained properly
    - No one uses the timers to tell when stuff goes bad (ITS MANDATORY) ex. 20 minute Coffee timers, coffee can often be left in the containers for hours and it's supposed to be changed every 20 minutes.
    -When training you can feel very pressured to make things when it's busy.
    - They usually hire high schoolers and often times they don't show up, fool around or steal.
    -When customers mention the "Secret Menu" and get mad when we tell them it doesn't exist.
    -When customers get mad because we don't do birthday drinks
    - Safeway Starbucks' don't do the email deals Starbucks sends out so you have to pay full price all the time.
    -You get your Safeway training off old computers from the 80's/90's with outdated videos and questions.
    - I never got my raise for being a "Certified Barista" (I was already certified when I started) so for a year I was making about $10.20 (Certified Baristas start at $11.75)
    - When I became the Assistant Manager I never got a raise...
    - When you try stand your ground (and when its in the rules) but a manager says otherwise you get laughed at and you can't talk to HR because they are best friends with them.

    ****The deli is supposed to deal with their chairs/tables but they are "so busy" that starbucks is often left having to clean them off after the lunch rushes and at the end of the day****

    I worked at a Safeway Starbucks in another city and it was ran 100 times better than this one. Store Manager was always trying to blame others for his problems and it was often stressful because you'd be in his office and he'd be looking for everyone to feel sorry for him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up a corporate store in Cornerstone and I will definitely start working there again.
    Be more generous with the raises if you want to keep employees
    Give benefits faster
    Get updated computers and training videos

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good history, bumpy ride post-acquisition

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

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time

    Pros

    Customer-focused approach to business that has a strong brand recognition among Western Canadians. Historically low staff turnover due to solid compensation plans and opportunities to move within the company.

    Cons

    Very chaotic after acquisition by Sobeys. Reporting relationships are unclear, decisions are highly political, people are "reslotted" into jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review middle management performance frequently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good starting job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stock and Cash in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Stock and Cash in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great people, great company. Very friendly working environment.

    Cons

    pay ad hours could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Too many negatives

    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

    I worked at Safeway Canada part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some really great people, paid a smidge above min. wage, heard they recently changed management so it might be better now, good starting job, schedule in advance, pay check once a week.

    Cons

    Gave me more hours than I could handle without notice, bad training, outdated, high prices, made me work until midnight though I was a high school student.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Going down hill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coffee Bar Server in Delta, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coffee Bar Server in Delta, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours are a plus for any student. Benefits are good. Great place to meet new people and make lasting friends.

    Cons

    Pay isn't that great. Management is terrible - they are constantly cutting hours to the point that all workers are frustrated and discouraged. Very low morale in this workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting hours and show some respect/appreciation to your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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