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Safeway Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
78 Reviews
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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 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.  

    The company needs to focus less on sales and more on their employees and reward all they do.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Checker in Bonney Lake, WA
    Current Employee - Grocery Checker in Bonney Lake, WA

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Great co-workers, a few jobs pay well

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement. No set schedule. A lot of repetitive motion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they're worth
    let them know you care and appreciate them. That's how you get loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Field Merchandiser

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Merchandiser in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Field Merchandiser in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Downsizing upper management and replacing current management with new!

    Cons

    New Merger with Albertsons is uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance is absent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pharmacy tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Paid well compared to other companies

    Cons

    Extremely understaffed, old technology, store managers don't care about the pharmacy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the store manager and any part of corporate out of the pharmacy. Must provide more staff.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good if you are 16

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

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

    Pros

    Always close to food and groceries

    Cons

    Food isn't that great :( and their organic... doesn't seem to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Very great job, I love it!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Edmonds, WA
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Edmonds, WA

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

    Pros

    - Easy Workflow
    - Fun
    - Interact with People
    - Great Managers and Coworkers
    - Good Weekly Hours
    - Very Flexible Schedule
    - Good Pay
    - Many Employee Benefits
    - Lots of Employee Opportunity
    - Develops Management Skills
    - Very Clean

    Cons

    - Drunk Customers
    - Need to Come in to Check Your Work Schedule
    - No Cart Tow Ropes for Courtesy Clerks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love working here, but one thing I seriously think needs to be improved, is how employee's can check their schedule. From what I have seen and heard, most other jobs give their employee's access to an online database that allows them to check their work schedule without having to come in. Whether it be from their phones or at home on a computer. It would be really nice to have that aid, it would also ease off a little bit of stress and give less opportunity for mistakes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company if you play the game.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Direct Delivery Clerk in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Direct Delivery Clerk in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to learn new jobs.

    Cons

    Moved office jobs from WA state to Phoenix. "Let-Go" employees close to retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your long time employees rather than kicking them to the curb.

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

    Icc

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Clerk in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Clerk in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Your own office, almost a management sort of control

    Cons

    High stress, a lot of extra hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay raise for the importance of job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of hard labor for little pay. Courtesy clerks at my store were treated more like tools then employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Safeway part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits are affordable and you do get a good amount of sick and vacation days.

    Cons

    Courtesy clerk is bottom of the totem pole so you get paid less and have to do everything. Clean, bag, collect carts in icy conditions, put away items. So if you arent a fairly in shape person, try cashier

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people including the lowly courtesy clerk. Not all of us are teens

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard, but a great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Checker in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Grocery Checker in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Solid management tiers, providing great resources.
    Union backed, providing job security, a safety net, and a fantastic alternative source of communication and answers.
    Union also provides an alternative which can work with HR in order to resolve most issues quickly and efficiently.
    Solid pay scales, though they have been lengthened by recent contracts, it allows to climb up to better wages.
    An endless source of understanding to grow ones patience.

    Cons

    Customers have a habit of being rough, and can treat employees very harshly for little to no reason.
    Management can be over-stressed and over-worked, and create a hostile work place.
    The positive aspects of the store are almost entirely based upon the communication and attitude of the management.
    Shoplifting and theft at many stores is a constant, and can be... disheartening.
    Pay raises do exist, but they can take a long time to get through unless you get promoted to a P.I.C, where the upgrade to journeyman is immediate.
    Schedules are all over the place, it can be very difficult to have any idea what you will work from one week to the next.
    It is very often that when you call in sick, even if it is legitimate, due to other people who lie about it, that you may be interrogated regarding whether or not you are actually sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not push away employees who try to communicate, they are a great resource.
    Try not to micromanage too heavy-handedly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Safeway full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and good pay

    Cons

    good vacation, opportunities to move up, long hours, must be a team player

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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