Safeway Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Not employee friendly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits were favorable but changing since merger.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of communication, no direction,no stability,

  2. Helpful (1)

    AWFUL (starbucks)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Baritsa in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Baritsa in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Safeway

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

    Pros

    Good hours, pay OK, breaks good, security is good, fast-pacing environment.

    Cons

    disrespectful co-workers, training is not enough, left alone without training.

    Advice to Management

    Tell employees to treat other with kindness than treating new employees with disrespect.

  3. About what is expected from a mediocre grocery chain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - First Assistant Store Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They will pay you accordingly. Work life balance depends on store location. Bonus opportunities depend on store location as well.

    Cons

    You will have to earn every penny. Unrealistic expectations. Some days will leave you wanting to pull your hair out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to requests from associates. Too cut throat. Take the time to remember where you came from. Sales, sales, sales aren't all that matter.

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  5. A very subpar grocery store chain

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Safeway

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

    Pros

    Easy job. Put things on shelves and scan items at checkout

    Cons

    Low pay, detestable management, missing inventory, poor organization

    Advice to Management

    Get new management. No manager cared about their job. All ran off to a 'call' or 'break' when they were needed up front to deal with a customer or provide manager override pass.

  6. Pic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not really bad but not really good either

    Cons

    Neutral , union, bad management, and no advancements

  7. Not a great experience..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Hours can be good.
    Social environment.

    Cons

    Not enough time for training.
    POOR management.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more time to work and learn before they decide you "make the cut." Very terrible management. Show new employees errors if they made them, basic management which was lacked at this store. Would not recommend.

  8. Basic work, not great pay, no moving up?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Liquor Store Clerk in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Liquor Store Clerk in Anchorage, AK

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

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

    Pros

    Got to work with fun people, got to meet interesting folks, and learned more about alcohol than I ever wanted to. The experience helped me gain employment elsewhere.

    Cons

    The pay was just simply not enough, manager had no idea what he was doing, turnaround was hard to deal with sometimes, almost zero raises or opportunity to move up within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Priorities are out of wack, they expect way too much from their clerks and aren't very forgiving when it comes to simple mistakes and errors.

  9. Merger Changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway full-time

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

    Pros

    Great Employees, strong presence, and established.

    Cons

    Currently unsettled, losing focus, no definitive path.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people and don't forget your roots.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Work, life balance and opportunity to learn new things.

    Cons

    Few perks, Strict work attire rule

  11. Helpful (2)

    Be prepared to schmooze with leadership if you want to get ahead, don't worry about actually having skills for the job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Safeway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is an on campus cafeteria (food is decent there), there is a company sponsored retirement plan, great location in Pleasanton, on site fitness center, and on site health center.

    Cons

    Salary compensation is not very competitive unless you're an external hire, promotions are based on who you know within the company (forget about getting an interview for an internal posting unless you had personally reached out to senior leadership in that department, regardless of skills and qualifications), certain long time employees (think 20+ years at the company) look down upon other newer employees, and the good ol' boy culture.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond who you're "buddies" with for promotions and focus on the skills of the applicants. Focus on rewarding skilled internal employees with competitive compensation rather than just attracting external hires with the competitive pay. You wouldn't need to look for skilled externals in the first place if you didn't lose skilled internals from poor compensation!

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