Safeway - FULL MEDICAL & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FOR PART-TIME WORK with FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES! | Glassdoor
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"FULL MEDICAL & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FOR PART-TIME WORK with FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES!"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Special Type of Clerk in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Special Type of Clerk in Seattle, WA

Pros

Flexibility! Ability to do many different jobs. Ability to work as little or as much as you want. FULL BENEFITS, (not pro-rated) for part-time work of 20 hours a week! Including dental, all kinds of Safeway Employee discounts from $5 Zoo tickets to Dell Computer discounts and all types of travel deals from near and far. New car buying discounts, Hotel & getaway discounts. Health & Wellness discounts at YMCA, various fitness memberships, Broadway tickets, you name it. 40% discount on carpets, 50% off furniture, deals on Mortgages!! Even deals on apartment rentals through Preferred Employee Program includes 1,100 apartment locations. Even RV rentals! BUT THE BEST BENEFIT TO ME IS AS A MOM TO A YOUNG KID IS I AM GIVEN ALL THE FLEXIBILITY I HAVE ASKED FOR, PERIOD. AND I ONLY WANT TO WORK 20ish HOURS A WEEK AND I GET THAT, WITH FULL MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR $5 A WEEK!! WOW. In almost 6 months I have asked for and been allowed to try out 4 different positions. They know that the money is not great in the beginning and they really try to be accomodating. They want to keep you. If you can hold on, it does get pretty decent for retail. The people I work with, especially the managers are really decent cool humans. I don't always get what I want but I feel happy with what I have asked for and when I haven't "got my way" I was totally able to understand and even agree with the decision. Can't blame a person for trying?! I really like that they hire and support handicapped individuals. Everyone on the floor will generally help direct anyone who needs a little guidance. Honestly, I have always found that people I work with are really nice and quite helpful and patient. I work with some pretty neat people.

Cons

THE MONEY. In the beginning you make $8.35 an hour. It doesn't matter if you worked as a Human Resources secretary for 20 years, if you start out in cashier, Starbucks, Video/Customer Service; that is the starting wage. BUT I did notice that a person hired with me started at $9.50 so maybe you can do better for yourself and I was a sap? I don't know. Where ever you start from $8.35/hr. to $9.50 an hour, you will still be following along on the contract hours for your future raises and on the road to "Journeyman" level. It takes 1040 hours for each step. As a part timer I am looking at 6 to 8 years to get to the top of the wage scale. If you work more hours, you will do it faster. It took my co-worker about 4.5 years to get to $13.70/hr. ALSO, some consistency with schedules. I go from early to the closing shift. I like the variation but it would be so nice to know somewhat how I will be scheduled. Like keep it the same (as much as possible) each week. It can be a challenge with childcare when it constantly changes. I have to be really creative with childcare already due to the low wages, so I really would benefit from having the knowledge of my shifts in the future.

Advice to Management

Give some type of INCENTIVE to be at work. I am so tired of everyone calling in sick. I work extra shifts from the people who don't show up, so offer a reason for us/me to continue to be available on short notice to cover this constant issue. And to encourage the others to at least try to not call in sick when they may not need to. How about a perfect attendance bonus each month? Even $25. Or a day off of my chosing with pay. Even my manager calls in sick a lot. It is so bad for morale. Or cut the time for moving up a step IN HALF if there was NO missed/called in sick days. You have to get some control over this calling in sick. Last week 5 people on my crew called in sick or were not at work for all kinds of reasons (ilegit ones) including both of my managers. I was the only person left!!! I had to both open and close. OK I loved the overtime, but really, don't I deserve a little bit of something extra?? I get called at home to come in when I am not scheduled and I always do....Throw me a bone. Show me you recognize my dedication!!! You want good employees, market yourself to moms. But help me out with the scheduling a little more. Can I please get some consistency. We moms need it. Even if I knew that 2 days a week I would be working at a specific time and two were floats, that would even be an improvement. My scheduling requests have pretty much been accomodated I have to say, but I would like to be on a schedule that I can count on somewhat weekly.

Other Employee Reviews for Safeway

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Maybe I just hate Pharmacy in general"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've heard that Safeway's benefits are pretty good compared to others; the retirement pension plan is a good thing. Technician support is better than other companies. No drive-through pharmacies. Not open 24 hours (yet). Rx Technical Support in Phoenix is pretty good, usually competent and efficient.

    Cons

    Must deal with non-pharmacy/retail issues and departments. Secret shopper/service scores, inventory and now IMMUNIZATIONS are part of yearly bonus and, therefore, expected. Now open holidays and it doesn't matter whether or not you worked that day, you get paid the same. Nearly impossible to get time off since head office never has anyone to cover. Yeah, you get two personal days but you need to find coverage on your own! Work uniform of white shirt and black pants. No employer match to 401(k). No employee discounts. PDX computer system in each store is not linked. With any grievance management will ALWAYS side with the customer and give a gift card so don't expect management to have your back. Never trust management; always get it in writing!

    Advice to Management

    If you treat existing employees better perhaps you would not need to work so hard to recruit new employees. Throwing money at us doesn't improve the situation either. I'd gladly take a pay cut for extra staff to answer the phone! Don't tell us something and then deny it. Don't make promises you can't keep.


  2. "Great place to work if you want to get ahead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager/Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Manager/Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name recognition in the industry- opens a lot of doors if you do a good job. High performers are rewarded and low performers do not make it.

    Cons

    No work life balance at all.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your high performers more flexibility.

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