Save-On Foods Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Jim Pattison
15 Ratings

Pros
  • excellent benefits, good pay, friendly staff (in 4 reviews)

  • Decent pay, quick to get hours, job isn't too hard (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Hours were not given to part time workers, only 4 hour shifts at a time (in 6 reviews)

  • Working part time but want full time (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Good workplace

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Alberta in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Alberta in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Save-On Foods

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

    Pros

    Everyone is kind. They are all ready to help you. The managers are also very supportive and professional. I love this place.

    Cons

    I hope they provide chairs for the cashiers.

  2. It was a very joyful experience for me!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Clerk
    Former Employee - General Clerk

    I worked at Save-On Foods part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were nice, customers were mostly nice as well. Time goes by pretty fast.

    Cons

    Having to clean.. mop/sweep etc.
    The hours are pretty intense

  3. Pretty Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Save-On Foods

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

    Pros

    Easy to move up in ranks
    Flexible with scheduling, can be quite accomodating

    Cons

    Repetitive work, can be very tiring

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  5. Great company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save-On Foods

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

    Pros

    Understanding management, family oriented, great team

    Cons

    unclear direction, unionized, not always customer focused

  6. Worked as a sales associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Save-On Foods

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

    Pros

    the shifts are not too long
    it is not a very hard job (just scanning items)

    Cons

    They are really strict on uniforms
    The pay is minimum wage
    The staff lounge is mediocre

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more training implemented. It felt like they just gave you 6 hours of training and expect you to memorize all the codes

  7. Terrible pay, terrible union. Run!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Services Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Services Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Save-On Foods part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The coworkers are friendly, for the most part.
    Down to earth store level management
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    The whole company is unionized. You might think that this a good thing. Wrong, the union is in bed with the company and almost never looks out for the interests of the store-level employees. This unionization also leads to the retention of ancient, low-performing employees who, as a result of their grandfathered contracts, make a much higher hourly wage for lower performance than other employees working at their side.

  8. It's a great company you just have to work your way up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Deli Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Deli Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Save-On Foods

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people nice staff hard working

    Cons

    Crappy pay. Union based not boat enough

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff the way they are based on

  9. CUSTOMER SERVICE REP

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Services Specialist in Sherwood Park, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Services Specialist in Sherwood Park, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Save-On Foods

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

    Pros

    easy job, no tension, flexible hours, good stepping stone for customer service experience

    Cons

    very low pay, other unionized jobs like superstore pay more.

    Advice to Management

    salaries should match your competitors. advancement options should be given

  10. On a scale, it was a 5/10.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Save-On Foods 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

    Cool coworkers, easy job, occasional treats for workers

    Cons

    Horrible supervisors, annoying/pretentious customers, discounts only on specific days.

    Advice to Management

    Be respectful of those in school, and work with their schedules.

  11. Boring, some locations understaffed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Save-On Foods full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Organized, management is able. Good team culture overall -- a fun place to work and meet people.

    Cons

    Understaffed, management under pressure to reduce staff hours, leading to extreme stress in busy times.
    Pay increase schedule tied only to seniority/years worked -- no incentive to work harder or think of new ideas etc.

    Advice to Management

    Above.

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