Safeway Reviews

Updated 29 September, 2014
Updated 29 September, 2014
1,134 Reviews
2.7
1,134 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 44 reviews)

  • Nice people, they promote from within, offer good benefits for mgmt (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is below most retail mgmt, requires ALL of your time no work life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 50 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Unsure at this time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Love working in the Bay Area
    Lots of Benefits. Gym on site. Healthy lifestyle encouraged and Life balance is a must.
    Vey Family friendly and great folks to work with.
    Collaborative.

    Cons

    Changes are coming.
    Not sure how things will shake out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer the good employee an opportunity to stay in the site they like. This venture will change the culture that was just starting to be very positive.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    BadIt was a good experience

    Cons

    It was a good experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  3.  

    A very challenging innovative experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Deli Manager  in  McKinleyville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Deli Manager in McKinleyville, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Convenient close to my home,I like all my fellow co-workers and a great company tho work for.

    Cons

    Helping all the customer's in a quick and timely manner very busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more checkers scheduled during your productivity peak times, lines get very long and it makes customer's very angry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working At Safeway

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safeway (Food Clerk)  in  Auburn, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Safeway (Food Clerk) in Auburn, WA (US)

    I worked at Safeway full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A great job when starting out. Pretty forgiving and you quickly learn about the business at a fast pace. Good for starters, as well as those looking for promotions, making for a great paying full time job during college and what not. Its a fairly stable job and has good consistency. If standing up all day is not a problem for you. Then Safeway is a good job for anyone really.

    Cons

    Management is ok when it comes to making sure the employees have a crystal clear understanding of there jobs and where things are located. Also not always good at showing and telling you exactly how they want things done. Its best to ask the questions rather than just going for it by what the manger has told you. Best to make sure you listen and ask questions about the job that may not of been answered. Then you are set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should give more in depth descriptions of the employees tasks when they are talking with employees new or not. They should also show new coming employees around the store and show exactly how things should be done, until the employees and/or workers understand it very well. Shouldn't take long. No more than a couple hours depending on the job's task. Other than that, Safeway runs fluid and is often a hard job to fail at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too Much Top Down Interference

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Safeway full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Safeway is a good company. Its benefits are okay (they don't match 401k), health insurance is average and work-life balance is terrible. Your required to be available nights, weekends and holidays.

    Cons

    Inadequte managers, needs better work life balance, need to spend more time listening to the employees and those with knowledge of the customers wants and needs. A lot of micro managing from managers who are being micro managed from their bosses. If a manager knows what they're doing then leave them alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job listening and responding to employees and customers. The culture of needing profit for shareholders above any other interests starts to wear on you fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Can't complain too much.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Journeyman Meat Cutter  in  Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Journeyman Meat Cutter in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay is pretty decent and the people that work here are generally pretty cool. If you have full time you can be set up nice.

    Cons

    Constant transfers really screw up the department. Never a steady schedule. They can make you work an hour away from home. Its more of a "who you know" rather than what you know company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of you are on your way out with the merger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's Retail

    Current Employee - Food Clerk  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Food Clerk in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The health insurance is nice and you can get full time quickly in many areas

    Cons

    Bad management that micro manages everything and makes everyday processes
    more challenging. Wages are locked into a over time step process that can leave part timers
    at minimum wage for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and let your employe's do their jobs without being managed every step of the way.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    able to work around school schedules

    Cons

    never able to meet time requirements, too much work not enough time

  10.  

    Loved working here

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

    I worked at Safeway full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great overall company to work for

    Cons

    Unfortunately, my department relocated to California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people I worked with

    Cons

    Not a lot to complain about

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