Safeway
2.8 of 5 1,007 reviews
www.safeway.com Pleasanton, CA 5000+ Employees

Safeway Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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2.8 1,007 reviews

                             

49% Approve of the CEO

Safeway CEO Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

(126 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Safeway is one of the very few companies that gives you work / life balance which is rare these days"
    in 39 reviews
  • "Good benefits, strong union, nearly impossible to get fired"
    in 38 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models"
    in 44 reviews
  • "On call, Shifting, Working on weekends periodically (but I was still able to maintain work-life balance)"
    in 20 reviews
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    Could have been better

    Front End Cashier (Former Employee)
    Silver Spring, MD

    ProsSome of the co-workers and managers are great, you're around food all day, you can always request days off, you get raises.

    ConsNever told about the benefits until it's too late, You can get bumped off the schedule if someome that has worked longer wants your hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more involved when it comes to the benefits of the job, and not only when you want us to raise more money for your company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe campus is easily accessible, with a free shuttle, from the ACE train.
    My group had a flexible schedule.

    ConsPromotions for employees were few and far between.
    Frequent problems negotiating time off - frequently well in advance.
    Understaffed / Overworked.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Never for the employees

    Pricing Analyst (Current Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    Proslocation is great , on site gym is awesome, clinic is great if you don't have Kaiser.

    ConsThe pay is low compared to other companies in the area. insurance is not great and cost a ton. The dress code was strict up until they were sold. Unknown future for this company with a new owner ever with Safeway making up over half of the business for new owners effective next year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employees, But its to late for that. They were sold to a private company. very litte security and unknown future as of this year. Once the merge is over hope the outlook will improve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Been great so far, call it the mergers fault but lots of opportunities to move up ocuring right now

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsIf you continue to work hard you'll be rewarded for it, just keep trying to move up and make it happen

    ConsI have no complaints thus far

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great company to work for.

    Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
    Waldorf, MD

    Prosyou get to meet new people every day and work with good people. Service is great a smile is free and they want you to smile .

    Consbudget cutting hours and not enough checkers so you have lines sometimes that make customers not happy

    Advice to Senior Managementput more hours on the front end to take care of customers and get out of the self check out registers they are taking jobs from people that need one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsGreat place to jump start your career. Everyone is helpful and passionate about their work. It's relatively easy to be promoted. Work-life balance is amazing.

    ConsThe salary is not as competitive as other retailers. Although it's relatively easy to be promoted, the pay increase isn't as great as it should be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease analysts' salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast-paced, challenging, innovative organization.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsCulture has improved tremendously with the new CEO. Employees are encouraged to bring forth new ideas to improve the business/workplace.

    ConsCompensation could be better by 10%.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay the course. The company is going in the right direction. Value your employees as they are your biggest asset.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Communications (Current Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsA great place to work if you need regular business hours. It is great if you have grocery experience without higher education. Advancement in sales driven departments.

    ConsVery traditional and hierarchy structure. Top down management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncorporate more human concern for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very professional

    Deli Clerk (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Prosbenefits, hours, and people .

    Conswages, weak union, and raises

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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    Great place to work when first starting out

    Journeyman Food Clerk (Former Employee)

    Proswhen reaching the top of the contract pay scale good job to have, lots of opportunity's if that's what you want to be working customer service. flexible hours while continuing educational goal, at lease my store manager was.

    Consnot enough hours during slow times of the year. the seniority aspect of the scheduling and hours distribution. working odd hours during the week no consistency of schedule, very unpredictable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an eye on the ones who have good work habits and not ignore their contributions to fellow employees, customers, and the store.

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