Sobeys
3.2 of 5 126 reviews
www.sobeys.com Stellarton, Canada 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 4, 2014

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64% Approve of the CEO

Sobeys President and CEO Marc Poulin

Marc Poulin

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "friendly environment, flexible hours, clean"
    in 9 reviews
  • "very friendly working environment"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "no employee discounts, it would be nice to have a"
    in 8 reviews
  • "They pay minimum wage and do not let exceed a 32 hour work week"
    in 6 reviews
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    The best job I've ever had!

    Front End Cashier (Former Employee)
    Brantford, ON (Canada)

    ProsI loved working at Sobeys, and miss it to this day. I was in high school at the time, and the management was very understanding of that. I had a good balance of hours, not too many, not too little. It was ensured that each employee knew the policies as they were updated, so nobody was left in the dark.

    ConsIt could be monotonous at times, and since the store I worked at was a 24 hour store, there were a lot of slow nights.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good canadian company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat working atmosphere, work life balance, progress opportunity

    Consnot the best in terms of financial benefits especially in lower positions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Go to school

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible schedule, work with good people, Good if your in school to get something better

    ConsPoor pay, Hard to move up,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work as a part timer, or just looking for basic work.

    Produce Clerk (Current Employee)

    ProsSome coworkers are great, and fun to work with. Customers are usually quite happy.

    ConsVery minimal raises, basically working for scraps.
    Not very good manager to worker relationships.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually listen to what your employees are saying, don't just assume they're causing problems.
    Don't hold grudges.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is a not-so-great workplace environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-amazing and friendly workers
    -learning new skill and growth if you are dedicated yourself in the store

    Cons-they're moments that staff can be rude,disrespectful,and lazy
    -they are notorious for being unprofessional towards their workers and customers.
    -business can be boring sometimes
    -This is turn out to be absolutely incompetent and disorganized

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    Corporate Marketing is a great place to begin and /or grow your career!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe opportunities for career advancement and personal growth are literally endless.Whether you are aspiring to work in the retail store environment or in one of the corporate offices across Canada, Sobeys offers exciting roles and tons of personal/ career support along the way.

    ConsLike any similar large-sized company, red tape and politics sometimes get in the way if doing things better. Making any kind of worthwhile changes to existing organizational processes and management's thinking is difficult (although not impossible).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to formalize the HR retention and succession planning process to support and keep good quality and innovative people in it's retail stores as well as in its corporate offices. For lack of better words, Sobeys must turn into a more progressive Canadian company leading in the areas of its various people practices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall a pretty good company to work for

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsHuge company
    Good pay
    Flexible schedule

    Conssome of the management personals aren't ready to take innitiatives
    no employee discounts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood place to get initial training in retail.
    Management is dedicated to providing excellent customer service.
    You can meet some friendly people here.

    ConsNot much training at the start. Also, management needs to be more available and approachable.
    Very low morale in some locations.
    Low team spirit; very cliquish; staff need to work together and make more effort to get along.
    Rules and policies often go out the window, and employees who keep the rules are not respected here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more careful who you hire - will they be honest, hardworking, and good team players?
    Pay more attention to the well-being of your employees. It would make your company more successful.
    Try not to play favorites.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    cut in hours

    Front End Cashier (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsNo transportation costs. Friending customers. Friendly staff.

    ConsNon-uniform hourly wage rates for identical jobs. Management lacks insight to hire HR staff that can motivate employees and increase moral. Arbitrary decisions to give more hours to newly hired young employees and reduce experienced, mature, proven responsible employees to less than half-with NO notice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees as equals. Offer each the care and respect you would want given to yourself.

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