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Safeway Reviews

Updated 24 January, 2015
Updated 24 January, 2015
1,300 Reviews
2.9
1,300 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Safeway is one of the very few companies that gives you work / life balance which is rare these days (in 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits, strong union, nearly impossible to get fired (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is really off considering your schedule changes drastically every week (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 56 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good intermediate position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Ethical company, nice co-workers, fair company

    Cons

    co-workers attitude's to change are general negative, pay is quite low (in comparison to other comparable companies), change occurs slowly, expectations don't align with time available to complete them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace change and support pharmacists

    Recommends
  2.  

    Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Clerk in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Service Clerk in Burnaby, BC

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Flexible hours for a highschool student.

    Cons

    Minimum wage
    After two years of part time work I received 2 promotions making my $8.00 wage increase to $8.20.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management needs a complete re-fous and training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    The friendliness of fellow employees who express caring and sincerity amongst thier peers.

    Cons

    Long hours, very poor quality of life, totally uncaring senior executives that are only interested in placating stockholders while coninually treating employees poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come and work a month in the trenches, you've completely lost touch with the reality of day to day issues within the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Analyst in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Category Analyst in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Pay rate, pay frequency, advancement opportunities, company culture

    Cons

    Strict dress code, follow-thru on new programs such as mentoring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience was like no other

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    The shift I worked always worked as a team. From the meat department to the front end, we all worked together.

    Cons

    Disbutes between co workers that were younger than me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for potential in employees more often than the bad and let your employees know what you see.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Clerk in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Clerk in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Upward Movement, rewards hard workers with better compensation

    Cons

    Starting pay is low, union is hard to work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth it with the new contract.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Santa Cruz, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Santa Cruz, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    This was my first job, so I've learned a lot from the company about sales and managing. If your lucky, co-workers will become friends, and it make the job easier.

    Cons

    I'm on the new contract, so the raises there are horrible. I've been there 3 and half years and only made a dollar extra since I started there (the raise happened in increments).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Great people and great collaboration!

    Cons

    Lack of training and conflicting objectives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on transparency and align company goals across all departments

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful, but worth it!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Desk in San Leandro, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Desk in San Leandro, CA (US)

    I worked at Safeway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits and company brand discount! Fun environment and lots of room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Often times you end up working off the clock to finish tasks, NO overtime allowed. This was my personal experience anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross train *everyone*! Everyone should have the knowledge of working in at least one other department. This will eliminate overtime/ people working off the clock, as well as help out tremendously in every department in the event of call-outs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    I like discounts on snacks.

    Cons

    Customer service sucks in any job where you have to deal with the public

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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