Sobeys Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Former Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Big city job in rural NS!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Sobeys is a great place to grow, learn and progress. The culture is super friendly and working here feels like you're among family, not colleagues.

    Cons

    Being a large company, as an employee you have to push for what you want. Do not expect management to set clear paths for you. But if you know what you want, and work hard, you will achieve!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is very busy, people work very hard but more emphasis has to be placed and time made to engage employees properly and more frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Fair if you know what to expect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    I have worked for both a Sobeys(Cake Decorator) and a Foodland(Cashier/Supervisor)
    Great staff, decent hours,

    Cons

    Management- poor to medium.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Coordinator, Loyalty Communications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    Excellent experience, people, environment and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Very high demand company to work for - if you are up for the challenge.

  6. Family like atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A courteous, professional and organized workplace. My coworkers were nice and gave a lot of insightful tips. Very competent upper management.

    Cons

    The salaries are under the market's norm. You'd earn more by doing the same job for the competitor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    been with sobeys for 29 years full time.Never thought i would see selling food get so confusing

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    Current Employee - Meat Department in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Meat Department in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great pension, fair wages,great staff for the most part

    Cons

    so much b.s. not much faith in staff even long term staff .no trust or not much .Feel they have lost there family feel what keep me here for so long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have trust and faith in staff .Dont always listen to what dept mangers are saying .May not be all that true, Just so easy to blame there staff at times .not much follow up until there are real problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Assistant Deli/ A La Carte Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    Room for advancement, Team work

    Cons

    Manager just sat in his office and no involvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    13+ years at Sobeys

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    I was really impressed when they introduced the Club Sobeys Program and the marketing program aimed at ensuring that Sobeys had the best produce at good prices. Both of these programs had a positive impact on sales.

    Cons

    so much emphasis on surveys and audits that both dept mgrs and store mgrs are spending less time dealing with store staff and our most valuable asset the customer. It was a great company and it hurt to see it losing its customer first attitude. thank you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to the store management team as they are the ones in the trenches hearing what the customer wants, needs and expects. Some HO personnel have been away to long from the front lines and have lost the caring, customer first approach that work so well for the Company in the past.

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

    On the decline...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced team environment
    Store Management is typically great to deal with

    Cons

    Hours get worse and worse as you move up. Expect to work every weekend and some evenings, which is fine for students and PT employees, but not great when you are full time, with a family, and your days off are Tuesday and Thursday. As soon as you get any kind of supervisory position, expect to put extra hours for zero compensation.

    Middle management has lost sight of the companies values and place in the community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers and let them manage.

    Neutral Outlook
  11. Great Part-time Job for High School Students

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    Former Employee - Cashier and Produce Clerk in Grand Bay, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier and Produce Clerk in Grand Bay, NB (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management was extremely accommodating for extra-curricular activities, and would even support them by letting student sports teams host car washes in the parking lot etc.
    Flexible work hours.
    Opportunity for growth within the organization; I worked as a cashier for over a year before I was transferred to produce.

    Cons

    When hours were cut, students were always the first ones to lose out. Sometimes the schedule was confusingly laid out. Slightly low pay for the amount of time that I worked there. In my experience, older employees would occasionally blame issues on students rather than take the fall themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing - your staff trust and appreciate you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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