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Sobeys Reviews in Canada

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
162 Reviews
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162 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • friendly environment, flexible hours, clean (in 11 reviews)

  • A very well paying part time job if you're okay with the physical labour as it can get tough (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Our Manager left back in February and we still have no full time Manager and its May (in 8 reviews)

  • Since head office is in Atlantic Canada, that's where big decisions are made (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Large retailer. Originally based on family traditions. Tough competition in Canada. Growing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable, growing, basic good (everyone has to buy groceries). Lots of opportunity to crosstrain and explore different areads of the business.

    Cons

    Slower to adapt to changes due to the size of the company, and the risk aversion of strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Was a great experience

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

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Room for advancement if you really want to work hard and long hours.

    Cons

    There were no discounts available for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen really listen to your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work lots of workplace respect

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Busy environment. Your running all the time. No down time open 24/7

    Cons

    Keeping a happy environment. Cafeteria is not always open

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nine

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Post office clerk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great coworkers and management team.

    Cons

    Hours are not good. Does not hire full time employees because then they have to pay benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to give more hours to employees who actually want to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people to work with, but often not reasonable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Store manager is fantastic and the majority of the store all knows each other
    - Pay increases every 500 hours you work (often only increases $0.05 per hour however...)
    - Promote from within instead of hiring new people
    - Always on your side should a serious issue arise with another person/employee

    Cons

    - No employee discount. Give "employee coupons" often towards items people don't desire to buy, or make you buy several things before you get any discount.
    - Not always accommodating for time off (needed or wanted) i.e. if you're sick
    - Don't usually give proper discipline when employees are acting out or don't do their work
    - Not appreciative of hard work of employees
    - Consistently raising prices ridiculously and encourage "brand loyalty". You have to buy from them, but can't afford most of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May want to find some ways to better make employees feel valued or appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Team, boring job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Desk - Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Desk - Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Excellent co workers
    Excellent manager and direct team
    Laid back and comfortable environment
    Sensible Policies
    Decent pay
    Great opportunity for young and new workers

    Cons

    Upper management a boys club of very corporate people who promote their personal friends and don't do any work
    many customers downright nasty at times, often trying to weasle their way into getting free stuff using policies and ad laws that we knew better.
    problems with theft and quick change artists trying to find new or stressed cashiers to victimize
    mind numbingly boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay raises and promotions need to be less stingy. Have heard of people being shorted vacation pay or overtime. Upper management needs to actually work, a store manager only being there once a week but getting paid salary is not ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Employees are customers too!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    I love a lot of the people I work with. They're great and I've made some good friends in my years there.

    Cons

    No discounts for staff
    Nepotism (dependent on store)
    5+ years and still making minimum wage
    No recognition for positive work, but consistent punishment for negative feedback (no matter how rare)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about being a better employer to your workers, not just a better store for your customers. It's not right to make your employees feel like they're at the bottom of the barrel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Underpaid, No Advancement.

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

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on your store you can get great Managers, Co-workers and some upper management staff.

    - Fast Paced
    - Mostly Good Coworkers

    Cons

    There are several issues with Sobeys,

    - Payment too low, making minimum wage after one year while also being trained in over 50 - 60% of the overall positions in the store isn't acceptable. If you complain you will eventually get a raise, that raise will be all you get from that point forward.

    - Upper Management doesn't care that their prices are too high.

    - No advancement for part time employees, dozens of people within each store want Full Time, Sobeys won't give them contracts even after being with the company for 1 - 10 years as PT employees.

    - No employee benefits for Part Time staff that work upwards of 30 - 40 hours per week which shifts up to 60 - 70 hours per week during busy times of the year.

    - Inability to fire people that are incapable of doing their job, several people in our store do such a terrible job or don't show up to shifts or even do the basic requirements of their job and are allowed to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut some people loose, stop allowing people who are bad at their jobs to keep their jobs as it makes everyones job harder and lowers the quality of the products provided by each department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company culture.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Very fair company, with great processes, and good values. They also spend time to train their employees, and recognize long term employees.

    Cons

    Since head office is in Atlantic Canada, that's where big decisions are made. This however is changing, as they have made acquisitions in order to have a greater presence throughout the country.

  11.  

    sobeys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Brampton, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lovely to workers, easy to take time off and wonderful customers

    Cons

    hard to move up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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