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Sobeys Edmonton Reviews

Updated July 1, 2017
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Edmonton, AB, Canada Area (Canada)

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Pros
  • Flexible hours, friendly and helpful dept (in 30 reviews)

  • Generally a good work environment (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Many employees start in contract roles, but many are able to gain full-time employment (in 33 reviews)

  • They would schedule me full time but kept me labelled as a part-time worker (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good wages, benefits, vacation, get to talk to customers

    Cons

    Too many employees abuse the power of union

    Advice to Management

    Need more labor, more work than people in the store


  2. "Very few hours"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sobeys part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice customers and colleagues got along well

    Cons

    Very few hours - and managers get the time and a half days

    Advice to Management

    Shifts with extra pay on holidays should be doled out equally.

  3. "Postal Clerk"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Postal Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Postal Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well organized work space, lots of inventory, most coworkers are pleasant to work with

    Cons

    No consistency in hours or shifts, no benefits, sometimes work entire weekend shift (8 hours) alone which I feel is unacceptable for health and safety reasons, employer deducts 1/2 hour unpaid break when scheduled to be at work for 5 hours (therefore only get paid for 4.5), unbelievably long customer lineups during holiday season, outlet is overstaffed but limiting number of hours for each employee (outlet is open 7 days/week-total of 76 hours/week and staffing is limited to 160 hours/week but 80 hours being used by supervisor and one permanent position)

    Advice to Management

    When I was hired, I was told that a condition was that I would have to work evenings and weekends which I do. Others have been hired since and been allowed to set their own boundaries for hire, including not working on specific days ie: Saturday, and not working evenings, etc. which I feel everyone should be sharing the load equally to be fair


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be :-("

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people, especially in the administrative part of the business
    Food focused Company which is great if you are a foodie

    Cons

    Negative culture shift since merging with Safeway, terrible US based Safeway culture has ruined good-natured Sobeys West culture

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the Sobeys West ways and distance yourself from the Safeway culture in any way you can
    Get rid of senior management that is bad for culture and business!!! "Shoot the stragglers" as one senior leader once said to a regional office full of employees in relation to their employment during a restructure!!!


  5. "Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good and friendly employees .

    Cons

    Don't get much increase in your pay rate.


  6. "Key-Holder/Head Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Key Holder in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers and location to my residence. Job is relatively easy especially after working at the same location for 3 years.

    Cons

    Extremely underpaid and underappreciated. We 'Clerks' essentially run the store except we don't place orders although we really should because it'd be hugely beneficial to the store.
    Head office, mainly HR, isn't adhering to company policy in regards to my rate of pay. After being promised my issue would be resolved. One of my coworkers had the same issue and hers was resolved and given a huge retroactive pay check. She now makes $14.50/hr, the current maximum pay for our position. For me, after 3 years of working fulltime hours and going above and beyond to push myself and work as hard as possible, make minimum wage. HR told my manager they will not be fixing this.

    Advice to Management

    Properly administer raises. Policy says in writing after every 501 hours an increase is supposed to be given by you. My situation is ridiculous. Even some of the newer hire coworkers are beyond 501 hours and no raises have been mentioned.


  7. "Mind numbing"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Spruce Grove, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Spruce Grove, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sobeys part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were all nice, easy to get along with and helpful. Easy to get job at minimum wage part time.

    Cons

    Working the late shift, no one is there and you literally stand at your till bored out of your mind. Owner is rude and demanding.

    Advice to Management

    On slow days, add a responsibility to someone so they're more knowledgeable of the work environment.

  8. "Promotions Coorinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Promotions Coordinator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Promotions Coordinator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary packages and benefits are reasonable and competitive.

    Cons

    The company has a very negative company culture.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Liquor Store"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Customer and staff make it worth coming in every day

    Cons

    The company pays poorly and shows little appreciation for its staff and managers

    Advice to Management

    Competitive pay with realistic standards and goals


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall its good. I get the chance to do what I want to do."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Produce Supervisor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Produce Supervisor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with a great variety of individuals and getting the chance to meet a lot of different people.
    There is freedom to do what you want within the job description.

    Cons

    Preference in how things should be done changes too frequently.
    The lack of communication tends to increase stress on employees.

    Advice to Management

    Years of experience... and I get treated like I don't know what I'm doing. Communication is the most important thing... tell people what you want done.


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