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Sobeys Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, average pay, room for advancement (in 35 reviews)

  • Great people and lovely corporate environment (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't expect any raises or appreciation whatsoever unless you're full time (in 34 reviews)

  • t require more than minimum wage as they (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Morale Murderers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Whitby, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Whitby, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The wages are decent. Time off is fairly easy to get.

    Cons

    This refers only to one of the company's Ontario warehouses, not retail locations.

    This is the poorest managed company I have ever worked for. That's out of 3 warehouses that do the exact same over the past 15 years. They complain about us being a cost to the company. They routinely break their own rules when it's convenient, willfully misinterpret the contract (yes, it's a union shop, and the local union leadership sits mum while the company plows ahead with whatever it wants. It recently brought in a new policy forbidding us to talk about the company in any negative light on social media, the reason being that they have a PR dept. I don't know why that matters, but apparently termination is a possible consequence for disobedience. They recently imposed a new sick note rule in July or August that, as of Jan.1, 2018, will be contrary to provincial labour laws. This refers to the statutory 10 emergency call-in days that large employers must provide their employees.They have also begun requiring 'documentation' for calling in sick because of the illness of a loved one. This is explicitly not allowed according to Ontario labour law, and again, our union repesentatives are not being proactive about protecting our rights. They also refused to tell us what must be contained in these notes, nor provide what an acceptable example note looks like.

    At a recent meeting management expressed surprise at just how poor morale is in the building right now. So after a summer that saw thousands of hours of overtime paid out, firing a bunch of people, leaving the building understaffed, and issuing frivolous writeups at every opportunity, they're having a hard time understanding why people hate it. Upper management especially seems completely unaware how serious a problem workplace toxicity is.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming all the decent workers who try hard, but fall a little short of expectations and start focusing on the troublemakers. You know who they are. Stop using the fact that this is a union shop as a reason not to even try. Blanket policies only serve to hurt morale. Implement a uniform set of rules that all three shifts must adhere to. 3 different sets of rules is just madness. Stop using the security guards as your personal snitches. Their only responsibility is to prevent theft. Catching people on their phones or hiding out avoiding work is the supervisors responsibility. Fix the standards situation. Measuring how fast people can humanly move, and then demanding 95% of what the numbers say is possible is in now way, shape, or form sustainable. Don't think so? Try driving your car at 95% top speed for 61/2-7 hours out of an 8hour period. The car wouldn't last nearly that long. This job is every bit the marathon, not a sprint.


  2. "Not much to say, but beware"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working indoors, and not having to battle mother nature and all her elements, friendly department members, and customers.

    Cons

    not enough workers, too many demands, cut backs in hours, poor management (upper, senior, and store). Unrealistic expectations and demands. I have seen 2 produce clerks and a produce manager hurt themselves from being pushed too hard by store managers. Grocery staff is sparse and again overworked. To be honest the whole store is understaffed, yet the employees are suppose to get all their work done, be happy about getting less hours (because "a least you have a job" words from one store manager), and try and keep a positive attitude. Sobeys really screwed things up by buying Safeway and trying to make them both the same. Big failure and disappointment, and now all the store employees are hurting because of the greed that has taken over, instead of wholesome values and human kindness.

    Advice to Management

    Try getting out from behind your desks, and help the people that are making you money. Stop piling up the demands and expectations and get in there and help. Cutting hours is not going to get the stock on the shelves or assist customers. Stop being greedy and lend a hand to the ones making your wallets fatter.

  3. "Selector"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Selector in Milton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Order Selector in Milton, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay
    Over time
    Unionized

    Cons

    Working temperatures
    Shift hours

    Advice to Management

    Needs more communication between office and work force.


  4. "Average work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sobeys part-time

    Pros

    Great manager and people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of standing up for hours at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Check in with new employees more frequently and tell them to ask lots of questions.


  5. "Life at the supermarket"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment and good people to share with. This is an employment for students and young people.

    Cons

    Low payment. Schedules are for people who are studying.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Clerk"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk in Regina, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Clerk in Regina, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wage is good . Increase of wage is good too.

    Cons

    No fix dayoff, no fix schedule like every day must work different time.


  7. "Part time picker utility"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Order Picker in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Order Picker in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and people you get to work with are half decent, and the benefits are okay. Not bad to work there.

    Cons

    No room for development and not a solid career choice more for people who plan on not doing anything career wise and like simple easy work.

    Advice to Management

    Be more attentive....

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Deli clerk"

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    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If it’s a unionized store then eventually the pay is quite good but you will have very few hours until you’re needed and that’s hard to predict usually

    Cons

    Too many to properly detail, but, management on all ends seem to enjoy a good brown noser and the company seems to be in a long term “self sabotage” mode in order to deunionize the stores. All this is being done in order to create a desire for their best most loyal workers to quit by ensuring that the workplace conditions are bad enough to drive their top staff out or even just take a badly needed break from the toxicity via some drama free unemployment. In the meantime the company seeks clueless high schoolers with no relevant job experience or expectations to fill the store and hopefully do some work but who generally doesn’t require more than minimum wage as they’re not independent of mom and dad just yet and just want some money for their next vanity purchase.

    Advice to Management

    Quality over quantity in terms of staffing. Hire those who genuinely care about customer service and come in ready to work- even better if they have their own stash of reliably safe amphetamines. And keep the place up to speed in terms of ergonomics and upgrades/repairs so those who work there don’t necessarily have to slowly but surely kill them selves for the rare and mythical “living wage”. Maybe a staff discount? Shows appreciation, builds morale....


  9. "Produce"

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Meet new people, love what I do!

    Cons

    Not enough hours. Need to communicate with staff more.


  10. "Good 5 years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sobeys part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    friendly staff and managers, flexible hours, small pay increases. made the experience good by finding friends in my co workers and talked to customers

    Cons

    a lot of pressure at times, low wages, too much responsibility with not enough benefits for what is asked. sometimes managers were not lenient

    Advice to Management

    more open and talkative to cashiers and supervisors in order to work better as a team. better wages for work being done


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