Safeway Reviews

Updated May 5, 2015
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Pros
  • Safeway is one of the very few companies that gives you work / life balance which is rare these days (in 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits, strong union, nearly impossible to get fired (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is really off considering your schedule changes drastically every week (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Cashier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    great benefits, good opportunity for youngsters.

    Cons

    nothing really except changes in shifts

  2. HR Administrator

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Safeway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The company culture promoted self development and work life balance. Diverse leadership (pre-merger)

    Cons

    Safeway was bought by a group of investors and made private. It was merged with Albertsons, which the investment group owned as well, and the merger was handled poorly. It felt like the investors were trying to make a quick buck and now the rumor is that the company is slated for an IPO. Post-merger the diversity of company leadership became.. limited

  3. Barista/Checker

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    Current Employee - Barista/Checker in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Barista/Checker in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Safeway part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was fun, mostly nice co workers

    Cons

    Too much drama with so people, managers played favorites and didn't handle some things in the right fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new store manager.

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  5. Just trying to make it through school.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, OR

    I have been working at Safeway part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have some nice benefits

    Cons

    Very poor management and cooperation.

  6. Fun, friendly and helpful work environment

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    Current Employee - Food Clerk-Front End Service in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Food Clerk-Front End Service in Springfield, OR

    I have been working at Safeway

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid training, Health insurance, Union, Fun, Friendly, Helpful coworkers, Accommodating, Clean, Organized, Easy, Fast-paced, Nondiscriminatory, Employee discounts, Advancement opportunities,

    Cons

    Occasional rude customers, Hours can be long or slightly disorganized, Union

  7. Would not recommend

    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Safeway part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The only pros were friendly co-workers and customers.

    Cons

    Management. Unrealistic goals. No appreciation. Over-worked. Terrible work environment.

  8. Great company

    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I love working here because they took me in from getting out of the Marines and gave me a job and then made me a manager because I worked hard.

    Cons

    there really are none except for the managers work 11 hours a day. not much different for me since of my prior job.

    Advice to Management

    I do not really have any advice for my management because I love my job.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Inappropriate pay for extensive responsibilties.

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    Current Employee - Bookkeeper in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Bookkeeper in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, everyone understands the struggle. It's a secure job with options to move up. Great for high school kids and college students.

    Cons

    Their wages do not meet up with the massive responsibilities some employees have. The union is a joke. More employees are needed to run smoothly. Shaky and unreliable schedule with varying days and you only know your schedule a week in advance.

    Advice to Management

    High more people and give your employees a little more pay. Start communicating with the union to get them more involved and listen to your employees complaints.

  10. pharmacy technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Most employees that work for Safeway for a long time care about their customers and make sure they are happy!

    Cons

    no comment. new management in place

    Advice to Management

    Keep good employees who have worked for you in the past.

  11. I haven

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    Former Employee - GMC/Courtesy Clerk in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - GMC/Courtesy Clerk in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Safeway (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Union, Benefits, My Manager was Lisa Brom in 2004. I enjoyed working for Safeway and was looking forward for a career until my fall changed my future.

    Cons

    Need up dated ways to set up the cashier's side of the counter. Hopefully all stairs have been widen for large feet balance.

    Advice to Management

    There must be new tech-development on how a cashier can check out groceries, body alignment is so helpful to avoid future injures.

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