Safeway Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good especially for those with families (in 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits to long term employees (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance does not exist at store level (in 38 reviews)

  • Some of upper management have a few things to learn about managing people (in 56 reviews)

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  1. N/A

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stocker in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Stocker in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    safeway comprehensive benefits are part of a total compensation package that helps you today and helps you plan actively for tomorrow. Generally, the benefits listed below are for non-retail store employees. Retail store employee benefit offerings vary by location. Our part-time employees are also eligible for benefit packages. Safeway is a good company to work for. It all depends on which store you work for on how many hours you get per week. The company has come a long way from when they where paying minimum wage. If you looking for a job that with give you experience and over work you. Than come to Safeway. Plz know that certain departments you will be busy from the time you clock in to the time you get off. Slightly above minimum wage - Opportunities for benefits after a period of time - Summer/Student job - *Some* of the customers are cool

    Cons

    Pay does not match with what you are asked to do. Not willing to promote the right people for the right job. Since the new management has arrived they are to busy patting themselves on the back for something we accomplished before they stepped in.AlsoSalaries start low and go up very slowly. Not much say on what shifts are giving to the employee.Difficult to get hours/schedule that is decent. Working part time? Get ready for 20 hours per week (or less) of 4 hour shifts per day. - "The customer is always right" mentality is a great policy for the store, but terrible for the human-cog having to deal with people face to face. You'll learn how bitter and spiteful some customers are when standing up for yourself will cost you your job. - There are 3 types of employees at Safeway. That hate their job, those that are on their way to hating their job, and those that have been there so long they've just accepted it. - The Safeway company culture cult. Its a pervasive force in working at Safeway, and they really hammer it home during training. The 3rd type of employees are usually fully bought in.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and get to know and understand your new staff. Trying to manage via the phone or email does not work. You have a lot of good people who have worked really hard and have the passion that you asked for please stop and look what you have in front of you instead of trying to fix what was not broken. I think Albertsons needed to fix their own house before they destroyed Safeway and


  2. Over all product availability and customer svc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bakery Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Bakery Clerk in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Safeway 2808 is one of the best grocery chains I've have pleasure of working for or shopping at

    Cons

    Some of the employees can at time appear unhappy with their job

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the hard work and dedication put forth by all employees


  3. my job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I love helping people. I am good with talking and conversation with people and leading them in the right direction people need to be in.

    Cons

    working with people with bad attitudes I try to stay away from those employees the best way I can.

    Advice to Management

    am here to help. I would be one of the best employees that the manager have on his or her team.


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  5. courtesy clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    be because it a good place to work at

    Cons

    nice people to work with


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Full of changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LP Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - LP Investigator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Safeway

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

    Pros

    Hands off and not milo to managed

    Cons

    Communication was lacking sometimes within department


  8. Safeway is the safe way to make an honest wage

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Food Clerk in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Although many of my peers could not believe that I would work for a grocery store, I found the experience to be liberating on many levels.

    Cons

    Some of my coworkers were unscrupulous thieves, but that's to be expected in this sort of economic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sometimes confusing and humiliating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    other employees are nice and sometimes helpful

    Cons

    management is confused and not communicating clearly. they don't know if they want speed or customer service. need more training.

    Advice to Management

    train the management. educate on customer service to other employees. stop being so anal about speed. can't have both speed and customer service. tell management to stop belitting employees in front of customers. fix the equipment in the store and get the rest of the employees to do their job so that customers don't have to wait and wait in line because of wrong pricing or equipment that keeps breaking down.


  10. Driver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Driver in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Full Time Driver in Washington, DC

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

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay with raise every quarter

    Cons

    Need to upgrade the material and too much red tapes. Been working with the same old truck that are sometimes unsafe and need maintenance.

    Advice to Management

    If you are a driver then you would driver for your all life there pretty much no promotion that's just not fair for anyone who wants a career.


  11. Safeway is great company that encourages their employees to grow in the career and in life.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    The customs are great. The work staff has a great sense of teamwork.

    Cons

    The amount of hours is not enough.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little compassion about their employees.



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