Sobeys Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Sobeys President and CEO Marc Poulin
Marc Poulin
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Pros
  • I think flexible hours for me are a pro (in 11 reviews)

  • Sobeys has very good benefits for part time employees (in 10 reviews)

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

  • Lack of communications from head office (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Former Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Good people at store level. That's about the only pro

    Cons

    Head office has no stability, hiring district mangers that have no perishable experience, another with more human resource complaints then a store full of employees , another brought in from a company that had the exact opposite type of people management skills. Employees are just numbers. Regular staff lose their jobs but head office staff keep theirs?????

    Advice to Management

    The sobeys family needs to wake up and clean house of all their corporate dead wood .


  2. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys

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

    Pros

    Great company, treated well and appreciated

    Cons

    Retail shift work but that's just part of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a higher wage to employees if you are looking to retain people long term


  3. Awesome

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

    I have been working at Sobeys

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, they make all days enjoyable to come to work. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Low pay for the work that is done that requires a fair bit of knowledge. Long work days.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to summer students and have them all doing more inclusive tasks to feel more as part of the team.


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  5. Financial Analyst

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - flexible timing
    - career advancement

    Cons

    - poor communication
    - sub standard pay


  6. Little Advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Good Benefits package and technology resources

    Cons

    Little advancement opportunity with all the restructuring. Focus is on cost reduction.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great employees to work with directly. Became very close with full timers in my years of employment.

    Cons

    There is absolutely zero communication between managers within store level, and higher. Everyone is confused as to what they want and will tell you seventeen different things to do at once. In order to run a proper business communication needs to be evident and Sobeys managers do not provide this.

    Advice to Management

    Work within each department for minimum a month or two, see how intensive the work is, then give us time lines as to how long we have per day to complete the assigned tasks.


  8. Sobeys department manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Company is moving in the right direction , pushing employee and customer engagement. They are fair with wages and pay competitively.

    Cons

    As a salaried manager you are there until job is done and sometimes in retail you feel like it is never done.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be in the stores more when making policy


  9. Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Stellarton, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Stellarton, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys

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

    Pros

    Reasonable and good people, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Old boys club in some ways.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries to reduce employee turnover.


  10. Good Enviroment, Terrible Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lacombe, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lacombe, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys 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

    Co-Workers were generally nice and good to talk to.
    Good customer interactions
    Good bakery for break snacks.

    Cons

    Brutal management. As a student I was scheduled to work 34 hours over five days (May Long)
    Very strict rules. As a cashier I wasn't suppose to talk very much with co-workers. You were instructed to stay at the till at ALL times, even with no people in the store. Long hours for students and nifty tricks to reduce your break time. If you worked 6 hours you got 2 x 15 minute breaks, they would schedule you for 5 hr 45 min shifts and give you 1 x 15min breaks. No pay increase after almost a year. Low pay to begin with. Management was known to fire and even threaten employees over frivolous things if they didn't like the person. Also no benefits at all. No discounts (except for the 10% off one purchase once a month that the public also recieves)

    Advice to Management

    Pay a more competitive wage. Create a more exciting environment, it is not a professional office building, it's a grocery store. Less restrictions, more benefits.


  11. nice people, mediocre management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Saint John's (Antigua and Barbuda)
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Saint John's (Antigua and Barbuda)

    I have been working at Sobeys

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

    Pros

    nice co-worker, routine work, co workers are either students or mid-age people

    Cons

    mediocre management, keeping changing plans

    Advice to Management

    stop making stupid plans



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