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Safeway Washington Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Very good work/life balance for someone with family (in 101 reviews)

  • Good benefits, the schedule is the same is some stores (in 114 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance need improvement (in 94 reviews)

  • Unrealistic work loads from upper management (in 115 reviews)

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  1. "Long hours and poor senior management."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary. Decent benefits. Some locations are great.

    Cons

    Long hours. Low quality of employees. Some locations are bad.

    Advice to Management

    It's OK to be positive and praise your employees every once and awhile.


  2. "Stocker"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Part Time Package Handler in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Part Time Package Handler in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safeway (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not worth mentioning this job sucks.

    Cons

    Not worth working here unless you been there sense 2008 or earlier

    Advice to Management

    Treat the best workers them being the part timers the same as the as the slackers them being the full time employee

  3. "this was a place where you could make a living, now it's just a joke"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seafood Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Seafood Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I got paid well under older contract

    Cons

    Had to many bosses , to much paper work, worked with terrible people .

    Advice to Management

    Treat people how you want to be treated


  4. "Store director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Store Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director, Store Management in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay is it. I can't think of anything else. Nothing else is good. They manage by threats and do not give much positive feedback.

    Cons

    No consideration for family life. Upper management and supervision speaks down to employees. Nothing positive to report as far as working there.

    Advice to Management

    Employees work for you. You do not own them! Stop managing by threats


  5. "No longer a career opportunity... just another job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Clerk in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Food Clerk in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Safeway employees enjoy a really great benefits package, once deemed eligible (presently 18 months for some benefits, 36 months for others).

    Cons

    Employees are told they will be fired if they violate certain policies, but when customers complain, managers break the policy, making employees look like they don't know what they're doing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your front line employees, and a terminable offense for a clerk needs to be the same for management


  6. "Poor District Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Received a pay check every week.

    Cons

    District Manager had no personality, it's all about who you know. Poor training. Two faced environment. Impossible bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    Get a good training program, teach district managers to be equal with managers. Far too many audits


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sometimes confusing and humiliating"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    other employees are nice and sometimes helpful

    Cons

    management is confused and not communicating clearly. they don't know if they want speed or customer service. need more training.

    Advice to Management

    train the management. educate on customer service to other employees. stop being so anal about speed. can't have both speed and customer service. tell management to stop belitting employees in front of customers. fix the equipment in the store and get the rest of the employees to do their job so that customers don't have to wait and wait in line because of wrong pricing or equipment that keeps breaking down.

  8. "Store Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Safeway (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay well
    good benefits
    good vacation time

    Cons

    Too much work
    nasty DM's
    Too little help

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to work hard
     be disrespected
     experience racism
     work every day,


  9. "Safeway"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Floral Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Floral Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Seniority as time goes by.

    Cons

    Uneven pay scales due to unionization: merit doesn't matter, seniority does.

    Advice to Management

    Ummm, get rid of the union! Management is hand-picked from the ranks...hence why problems exist, in many cases. But, to be fair, there are a handful of managers who perform and care but are hindered by the system.


  10. "What does it take?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Food Clerk in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Full Time Food Clerk in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked foe Safeway for 30 years. The pay is decent and the benefits are quite good. My co-workers are great. I get plenty of vacation and getting certain days off is usually very easy.

    Cons

    Constantly barraged with soliciting charitable donations. This irritates many customers. Also, the company's new "customer service" policies are designed to force employees to drive sales rather than be courteous and helpful to the customers. Job recognition or positive feedback of any kind is non-existant. Rather, our jobs are threatened if we are not perfect on secret shopper reports.

    Advice to Management

    Provide ANY positive feedback!! Stop forcing us to hard-sell ad items to customers. Allow us to be courteous and friendly, and helpful to the people. We've got to stop losing good, friendly, popular employees because some secret shopper says we missed on some vaguely worded attribute.


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