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Sobeys Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, friendly and helpful dept (in 27 reviews)

  • It's a friendly work environment (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Irregular scheduling even for full time employees (in 29 reviews)

  • Management does not care about part-time employees (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Freshco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Simple part time job for students, good experience in the retail environment

    Cons

    Bad Management, too much work for little pay

    Advice to Management

    Fix up Management


  2. "Key-Holder/Head Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Good co-workers evil management, flexible for days off."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers to work with except for the brainwashed or crazy few nuts.

    Cons

    Evil store managment that is more concentrated on micromanaging every employee in the store. Ripping them to shreads and making them cry at some points. Managment was good back to in day but since a change over employee moral has gotten worse and worse. Workers are too scared to do anything or too dumb to stand up. Store managment will watch cameras constantly and employees work versus overall product and customers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop mircomanging employees and focus more core product and customers that come into the stay. Go back to the olden simplier days of the grocery business.


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  5. "Current employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Milton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Milton, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I worked with some very good people and made some lasting friendships . The money was fair for the work we did .

    Cons

    Working a night shift was very challenging for all these years . I would definitely prefer a day shift in my next line of work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to suggestions from people on the floor who are doing the work everyday. This can make a better place to work for everyone.


  6. "Meat Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Meat Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Meat Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are generally good people, burdened by personal managements approaches and bearaucracy from "national"

    Cons

    Terrible corporate leadership, trickle down labour shortage effects dependant on store and store manager, too much micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for your dedicated employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sobeys"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Close to home, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management, no opportunity for growth.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Some Room For Improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sobeys full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent pay, and more than fair working conditions. Company sponsored many great activities in the corp environment\office. I really enjoyed my first few years at the company.

    Cons

    Very few training opportunities provided after hire. It is a business but unfortunately many of us dedicated Sobeys workers lost employment after the Safeway acquisition.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "(FreshCo, subset of Sobeys)Good job for a student or someone retired"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff, 5 hour shifts, decent hours. You get about 4 or 5 shifts a week. They are good about working around school schedules and appointments.

    Cons

    Few raises and not much room to grow or get promoted. Unionized, so you have to pay union dues each week and you don't get much in return form the union.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to promoting the dedicated and talented employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sobey;s"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work! Nice short shifts.

    Cons

    There are not any cons, Unless you do not like people.


  11. "Sobeys Workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - enjoyable people
    - understanding when you need time off
    - decent pay for a part time job
    - sundays are an extra dollar per hour

    Cons

    - very strict by the rules, 1 strike and you're in trouble
    - not the most friendly customers
    - not a lot of room to move between departments

    Advice to Management

    Try to be a little more lenient towards dress code, and give employees more of a say



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