Safeway Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
1,116 Reviews
2.7
1,116 Reviews
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Safeway CEO Robert Edwards
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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 42 reviews)

  • Nice people, they promote from within, offer good benefits for mgmt (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is below most retail mgmt, requires ALL of your time no work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 46 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Alot of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    The people and the environment are great great great and the managers are fantastic! ha ha ha ha ha

    Cons

    You have to give two weeks notice to have a day off. Carts suck. running your toes over and everything and smashing your fingers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, most of the time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pic  in  Ketchikan, AK (US)
    Former Employee - Pic in Ketchikan, AK (US)

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

    Pros

    If your an employee that is willing to do your job, work hard and show your skills, they will start giving you more responsibilities. You can be promoted within!

    Cons

    As with any other business, if it is slow your hours get cut. This is something you should know if you have worked in retail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and care about your employees. We will work hard and make Safeway look good, if we know we are cared about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Fairfax, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Fairfax, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay, health care are good. Room to move up.

    Cons

    Some people work really hard, others do not for the same pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very corporate environment with hyper-specialization of roles.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and not overworked.

    Cons

    They are really cheap. If you work late they don't pay for dinner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    You will never be good enough or reach the carrot

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    I love the people that I work with and have made lifelong friends due to working here for nearly 3 decades. The benefits for a union employee are unmatched in any other job you will find. $48 a month is a fraction of what it seems you pay everywhere else. This has to be weighed heavily against a wage that is below average as if definitely help even up the scale somewhat.

    Cons

    There is no loyalty from the corporate level. They will promote someone from the safety of the union into a backstage management position when they already know that position will be eliminated in a month or two. They do endless time studies to determine it takes a minimum of 10 hours to due a task and then only give you 8 hours to complete it and hold you accountable for not completing something that they have determined is impossible to actually do. They give you targets that are unattainable, bonus matrixes that are unachievable and take all decision making out of your hands but hold you accountable for the results of someone's from corporate's decisions that have probably never worked in a store. They have also whittled training down to almost nothing, but expect employees to miraculously be able to perform at a high level right away. Corporate makes poor decisions on a regular basis and refuses to listen to the cries of experienced employees that try to proactively prevent bad things from happening. Corporate makes decisions that often make no sense to store employees and cause the company to lose money, but then hold the store accountable for the inventory losses that their bad decisions have caused. The moral throughout the company is at an all time low and approaching a pending merger, no one feels safe. I would not recommend ANYONE attempt to work for Safeway until the dust settles form the merger as your job will not be secure at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, the ones that actually work or regularly visit the stores. By allowing the gap between the minimum wage and a journeyman to get closer and not increase on an equal level, you have lost all incentive for anyone to strive to be a retail dept head. When there is so much responsibility and stress with no pay incentive as they make the same as someone who sands in the checkstand all day, why would they manage a dept.? We are losing all of our good employees because we ever allow them to feel like they are doing a good job or reward them for doing so. Case in point; planning retreat for all management and backstage 2 years in a row as a reward and team building, dropping $250k as a non refundable deposit on this retreat, and then canceling it 2 years in a row and telling your employees that they are not truly valued, only the stockholders are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Well managed company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Cerk  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Grocery Cerk in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great prices, friendly staff, Great promotions and very convenient. Good benefits to long term employees. Well knowledgeable personnel. Overall a good company to work for.

    Cons

    No communication from management to lower level. Some stores are not well maintained and are in dire need to be fixed. Some stores have rude clerks and do not care about customer satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire more competent people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked as a courtesy clerk, checker, and produce manager for safeway.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Produce Manager  in  Greeley, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Produce Manager in Greeley, CO (US)

    I worked at Safeway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic customer service, great management, flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Large amount of guidelines to follow, can be petty sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay closely connected with your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to get your first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk and Checker  in  Woodinville, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk and Checker in Woodinville, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Meeting new people and gaining experience needed for future jobs.

    Cons

    You have to join the union and sometimes you won't qualify for the benefits because you're either a students and already covered by your parents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More ways to show appreciation towards employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Courtesy Clerk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk  in  Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Discount, Union, 24 hour/week guaranteed, easy job

    Cons

    management, union, scheduling, lack of communication, customers suck, nepotism, favoritism, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to motivate and set goals, make an appropriate schedule, set a better example

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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