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"I worked for Safeway for 20 years, 10 years retail and 10 years corporate. It's a great place to work."

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Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Arcadia, CA
Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Arcadia, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Safeway full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

You can easily move up in the company.

Cons

The benefits are getting very costly for the employees.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "I might just chew my arm off to escape"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Deli Clerk
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I just absolutely love my coworkers. We're all like roommates. I really appreciate that I mostly stick to a routine. I almost always get the days off that I request, which is wonderful. In my case, I do often get more hours because I perform. You can definitely advance to management if you want to, though I don't see why you would. The union helps to keep you from being treated TOTALLY like dirt....

    Cons

    THE PAY. Oh, dear lord, the pay is a nightmare. I would definitely say the majority of the employees in the store live with their parents, even if they're married or have kids.

     I can hardly get by on the pay. I only pay half my rent and still putting down rent money each week taps me out until next week. We only eat pasta and cereal. I try really hard not to gain or lose weight because I can't buy clothes.

     The union dues are pretty expensive and you don't have a choice. I don't use any of the benefits but I still have to pay.

     The managers drive me nuts. Do they ever stop? Somehow, they have plenty of time to hassle us at every turn. They hover over us daily. They revise our department manager's schedule, cut dozens of hours, and then complain that we aren't keeping up. I can't count the times I've been talked to about the dress code, mostly because I wore a white shirt with no scarf. Khaki shirt with no scarf is okay, but white shirt with no scarf gets you written up. Are you joking? Is this really worth spending time on, and grating on a good employee's last nerve?

     The work is really stressful because there's no help. Sometimes, the schedule is so bad that just one of us is alone on the counter for an hour to three hours, even at lunch time. Even though they told me when I was hired that I would always start at 7am, I've been starting at 4am 3-5 times a week for months and I'm dying.

     Managers encourage volunteer work but get all whiny if you request time off to do so.

     I can't even stand how many times a week random people in suits come from corporate to harrass us. Just how many of you are there!? Every other day, first thing, it's "Hey, so and so from wherever is coming so work harder than you ever have before!" Every other day!!

    Advice to Management

    You guys seriously never compliment anyone. We break a sweat just at the sight of you because if you're coming toward us, we know it's not good news. You're also pretty two-faced. You pretend that our pay is a great motivator. You pretend we have enough time and help to do our jobs. You pretend we're all a great big happy family and no one has any significant problems. You pretend infinite amounts of work can always be worth 9.29 an hour. Why don't you stop being fake and acknowledge something real for once?

     On another note, you always tell us to do more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more work within the same time frame, but with less help because you're choke-holding all the hours. If you tilt the angle a little and look at it from our point of view, uhm, hello! Same pay. Same incredibly degrading pay that forces us to live like kids who ran away from home. And we're supposed to do more, and more, and more, and more........


  2. "Commodity Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Living in the Bay Area is expensive, there are manager positions elsewhere offering higher compensation packages

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