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"Young employees look elsewhere."

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Current Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

A well known and appreciated company. You will certainly get job security, but it may come at the cost of enhancing your skills or ability to market yourself to other employers. As far a grocers go. Safeway IS an innovator, so that is good.

Cons

Little to no opportunity to enhance or expand your skills. You feel pigeonholed without much opportunity to lean new skills or do anything truly interesting. Granted Safeway is a large company and there are certainly groups within it where this will not be the case. There is a lot of politics the further up you go because upper management (and there is a lot of it) makes huge $$.

Advice to Management

Think younger.

Other Employee Reviews for Safeway

  1. Helpful (4)

    "It's like working at a retirement community."

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    Current Employee - IT in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - IT in Walnut Creek, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work/life balance, relaxed work hours

    Cons

    slow paced, stupid decisions, people are not challenged, extra ordinary efforts are not really rewarded, folks are generally lazy

    Advice to Management

    promote competence, help us break down the red tape, punish those who hide behind processes and bureaucracy.


  2. "Great Work Like Balance"

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    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.

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