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Safeway Overview

Pleasanton, CA
10000+ employees
1915
Company - Private
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Safeway is proud to serve neighborhoods across the country with the freshest groceries at a great value. We offer innovative products and programs that seek to improve consumers’ health and quality of life. The employees that make this possible are the heart of our ... Read more

Safeway – Why Work For Us?


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Safeway, the Start-Up 
In 1915, M.B. Skaggs, an ambitious young man in the small Idaho town of American Falls, purchased a tiny grocery store from his father. M.B.'s business strategy, to give his customers value and to expand by keeping a narrow profit margin, proved spectacularly successful. By 1926 he opened 428 Skaggs stores in 10 states. M.B. almost doubled the size of his business that year when he merged his company with 322 Safeway stores and incorporated as Safeway, Inc. Two years later M.B. listed Safeway on the New York Stock Exchange. M.B. did not let the difficulties of the Great Depression dilute his pioneering focus on value for customers. In the 1930s Safeway introduced produce pricing by the pound, adding “sell by” dates on perishables to assure freshness, nutritional labeling, even some of the first parking lots.
 
M.B.’s value vision still drives Safeway today, though on a dramatically larger scale. There are now over 1,400 Safeway stores across the US in Northern and Southern California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Alaska. 
 
Safeway Today

With more than 1,400 stores throughout the country, we’re proud to be your neighborhood grocery store. We offer you the freshest groceries at a great value. You can count on us for the finest meat and seafood, produce delivered fresh from our farmers, delicious ready-to-go meals from our deli and so much more. Plus we bring you more value with our Gas Rewards, just for U™ savings, weekly Club Card specials and thousands of everyday low prices down every aisle. Every day we evolve the future of grocery, and look for new ways to improve consumers’ quality of life.

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Our employees are our greatest asset and the benefits we provide support our commitment to making their health and wellness part of our everyday operations.

We offer a total compensation package that encourages our employees to take charge of their health for today and their future. We believe it’s all about managing “total health” to include the physical, emotional and financial components of our lives and emphasizes the power of individual behavior.

  • Participate in our comprehensive benefits programs to cover your everyday and long-term needs – from insurance now to 401(K) and retirement benefits for the future; working with us helps you live life now.

  • In addition to our insurance and 401(k) offerings, we also provide an Employee Assistance program which offers resources for everything from child care to elder care, self-improvement, navigating your career and financial checkups for the long term.

  • Meeting goals is easier when you have a plan - and everyone should have a plan for living well. Need help jumpstarting your nutrition plan or meeting fitness goals? With our comprehensive online benefits resources, your plan awaits.

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undefinedSafeway’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and thoughtful people practices is a core element of the company’s philosophy, ensuring our employees reflect the diverse communities we serve.  We recognize and appreciate the variety of backgrounds and characteristics that make individuals unique, while providing a work environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement.

We have been honored with numerous local, state and national awards for our hiring of persons with disabilities in the U.S. and Canada, and were honored with the Champion of Diversity Award for the second consecutive year from Supermarket News, a leading grocery trade publication.

Diversity and inclusion is a component of our programs for recruitment, development and training of employees and leaders.  We also provide opportunities for employees to contribute their ideas, talents and enthusiasm to the company’s success by engaging with other employees through participation in various employee resource and network groups, such as Women’s Network GroupHispanic Leadership Network GroupAsian Network GroupSafeway African American Leadership Network GroupGALA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance), and Veterans Employee Resource Group just to name a few.

Safeway supports equal employment opportunity in hiring, development and advancement for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify, marital status or any other status protected by law.  Safeway provides reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.  We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any aspect of employment, nor will we tolerate harassment of any individual or group on the basis of any protected characteristic.

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undefined At the heart of Safeway is a commitment to making a difference in the communities we serve. From the very beginning, Safeway has been a leader in corporate social responsibility because of the passion of our employees to create better lives for those around us.

Whether it’s committing to purchase all fresh and frozen seafood from sustainable, traceable sources by the end of 2015, or raising over $1 billion dollars for causes such as cancer research, people with disabilities, education and hunger relief, our employees are the individual leaders who drive growth environmentally, socially and ethically. They are the heart behind what we do.

We believe in creating a healthier planet, and actively search for ways to reduce our environmental impact and improve our use of natural resources. In 2012, we saved 89 million gallons of water in our stores and diverted over 474,000 tons of material from landfills. One-third of our distribution centers and manufacturing plants have zero waste status, and over 25% of our trucks improved their fuel efficiency.

We’re dedicated to making a real, positive impact in our communities. As a grocery retailer, our commitment to hunger relief runs deep. Since 1999, we’ve donated over $119 million in food products to hunger relief organizations around the country.

From the beginning, educating the youth in our communities stretches back to the very beginnings of our company. We support numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. Since 1999, we’ve raised and donated over $270 million to schools. And in 2012 alone, we donated over $20 million to local schools through our eScrip program, requesting that schools allocate 20 percent of our contributions to nutrition and fitness programs that help children stay active and healthy.

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Safeway Interviews

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Safeway in September 2017.

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    I went in and my interviewer seemed very uninterested in my presence and like I was wasting my time. I'm honestly very qualified for the position even though I have no true work experience because of my volunteer experience and professional training. I was treated like I was a bother.

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Safeway Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 50 Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
  • National Top 50 Green Companies, Green Power Partnership, 2012
  • National Top 50 Green Companies, Green Power Partnership, 2010
  • Top 100 Public, Private and Nonprofit Employers in Philadelphia, Philly.com, 2009
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