Sobeys Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
137 Reviews
3.3
137 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • friendly environment, flexible hours, clean (in 10 reviews)

  • Sobeys has very good benefits for part time employees (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Sobeys does not offer enough full-time positions, they avoid hiring (in 8 reviews)

  • no employee discounts, it would be nice to have a (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    Great team, good work environment

    Cons

    Hours and shifts not too flexible.

  2.  

    good canadian company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys full-time

    Pros

    great working atmosphere, work life balance, progress opportunity

    Cons

    not the best in terms of financial benefits especially in lower positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The best job I've ever had!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Brantford, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Brantford, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just ok. Not great, but ok.

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    Current Employee - A-la Carte  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - A-la Carte in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fairly good and friendly coworkers in general, not as rushed and stressful as some other similar places (considering that I work in the a-la-carte section; note the work can still be fairly demanding). Pleasant customers and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Surprisingly poor work-life balance, with rapidly changing schedules and often staying over 15 minutes after shifts end. Terrible pay, and to make things worse mandatory unpaid lunch break and break adding up to 45 minutes unpaid time, which is unpaid even if you've worked without the breaks. (word of advice to anyone intending to work at Sobeys: TAKE YOUR BREAKS)
    Since working at Sobeys, my schedule has been hectic and crowded, often having to work 6-7 days a week and being dead tired due to lack of sleep thanks to this... I'd made my availability clear; perhaps I should have made it absolutely clear and stated only a certain set number of days, and a strictly defined schedule. But in the end I end up working on average 6 (not less than 6) days a week, with not enough time for overtime pay, unpaid 45 minutes, and a random schedule that needs to be checked daily and offers no flexibility. Planning to find a new job and quit soon.
    Also, my work hours seem to have been calculated to make me just barely unable to qualify as working full-time, and it seems that this is the same with almost every other coworker I've met; people who have been working here for over 3 years and are not yet doing full-time due to lack of interest by management.
    I've actually had enough and have begun searching for another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite what others have said, needs A LOT more work-life balance. As things are it's incredibly difficult to do studies or have a social life whatsoever, and the terrible pay (1 cent over minimum wage), 45 minute mandatory break, and hectic, cluttered work schedule makes this job not worth it in my opinion, for minimum wage.
    I won't specify which location I work at, but I WILL note that the work schedule regularly violates Alberta's laws by changing the schedule without any notice whatsoever, and with less than 24 hours' notice...

    Apart from that I'll admit Sobeys as a workplace would be enjoyable. WOULD be. Disregard of work-life balance or even work rights when it comes to scheduling is my biggest grievance, also considering that management knowingly does this and nonetheless expects this to be followed 100%, or else.

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

    Go to school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor pay, Hard to move up,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This is a not-so-great workplace environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys for less than a year

    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

  9.  

    cut in hours

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

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

    Pros

    No transportation costs. Friending customers. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Non-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 ManagementAdvice

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

  10.  

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

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

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Like 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a pretty good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Huge company
    Good pay
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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