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"Great Work Like Balance"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great work life balance and work content is quite interesting. The job is what you make it. You can coast or you can really work hard and make a difference in the organzation. People who do not have impressive educational backgrounds can really excel in this environment as many of the coprorate employees started in the stores and worked their way up through the ranks. Recently, Safeway has made a push to hire people outside the company who have diverse work experience (many new Directors and VPs are former consultants). Safeway also has a strong committment to the envronment and local communities.

Cons

Opportunities to advance are more limited compared to companies of similar size. Our medical and dental benefits are probably not at par with many other Bay Area companies or even companies outside the CA Bay Area. In addition, the vacation given to new corporate employees is only 2 weeks which is definitley less than the customary 3 weeks of vacation that corporate employees typically earn. However, people within the organization seem especially sensitive to personal or medical needs. Every company has downsides and Safeway's downsides are probably similar to many other companies, especially retail companies where the margins are relatively low.

Advice to Management

Continue to look for growth engines even it if takes us outside our core area of expertise.

Other Employee Reviews for Safeway

  1. "Boring"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Position offers "work life balance". A lot of people have great "work life balance" some might not even work 40 hours a weeks.

    Cons

    Grocery industry is not very exciting. My posisiont does not offer any excitment making it hard to be passionate about my work. Currently, as with most employers I would assume, the amosphere at Safeway is very foggy. Everyone is on their toes and a bit overwhelmed with work.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Old school meets 2008 and guess who loses?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VP, IT in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - VP, IT in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability is quite good within IT. Sure, there have been layoffs in the past, but overall, compared to many companies, Safeway does a good job in ensuring that they understand how much of a workforce they need to employ.

    Cons

    The culture is pretty old school. For some reason, Steve Burd thinks that wearing ties and suits equates to being professional and "feeling important". Unfortunately, he ignores the detailed studies that indicate the contrary.

    The culture also suffers from the "good ole boy" syndrome. If you've been here for thirty years and you're a VP, then you get anything you want. I also feel like I'm working at a Texas ranch with George Bush.

    Advice to Management

    Don't get silo'ed. Encourage other teams to interact with each other.
    Make your employees feel important.
    Don't cut costs without considering that the money you spend for employee morale is actually a good investment. For some reason, Sr. Management doesn't quite get that. That's why most people at Safeway act like little droids and couldn't care less about what they are doing. They just want that paycheck.

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