Safeway Reviews

Updated 22 October, 2014
Updated 22 October, 2014
1,167 Reviews
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1,167 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 46 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work-life balance is really off considering your schedule changes drastically every week (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 54 reviews)

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  1. 3 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Category Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    I very much enjoy my team. The work is challenging and i work long hours but the experience is well worth it.

    Cons

    Some of upper management have a few things to learn about managing people. Pay could also be a little better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider your people more of an asset then just people that work in the same building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    they were decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    The managers are nice and cool, they joke around with you and help you with stuff

    Cons

    they try to extend your hours a lot. they call you in on your days off and the schedules arent set and they are unorganized

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  5.  

    Old Boy's Club in the Bay Area

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is reasonable. Somewhat health focused for a corporate company, so it's OK to take some time our for exercise etc. Good location in relation to freeways.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance due to subjective definition of 'leadership qualities' that still holds true for old corporate America. Good if one fits the mold, not so good if you don't. No 401K matching.

  6.  

    Worked here for six years

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

    I worked at Safeway part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Protected by a union. Promotion opportunities

    Cons

    As with any job there is some favoritism

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great for a college student

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

    I have been working at Safeway part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with your school schedule
    Very good health benefits
    Paid vacations
    Guaranteed hours
    Most customers are nice

    Cons

    Mean customers sometimes
    You can get thrown around in different departments a lot
    Hours can vary widely as well as days off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn.

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

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of tools and trainings, your future is in your hands.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre for the level of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give lower level employees more power in decision-making. Simplify shoppers life's with more straightforward promotions. Stick to one strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Safeway overall is a good company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    They work with your unavailability. They are open to giving promotions.

    Cons

    Dealing with customers. Managers expect a lot from you. Pay raises don't come often enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to be friendly to your employees and not just the shoppers that come in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The ladder is there to climb if you're motivated, hard working, and hungry for a challenge.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seafood Manager in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Seafood Manager in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at Safeway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's consistent, honest work. I really enjoy the independence. If you do you're job well, go above and beyond, show increases, create a good work environment for your employees and the store overall, no one bothers you. When they can tell you're passionate and sincere about what you're doing and you're good at it to boot, they trust you. That's been the best part. There's also a great work environment, which I'm sure varies from store to store, but in my experience the store is a big family that makes going to work really enjoyable.

    Cons

    At the end of the day you're working for a giant grocery store chain, besides the moral issues with that (a story for another day) it also means lots of bogus meetings, programs, initiatives, and business jargon that clearly doesn't do much good. They're thinking of the company as a whole instead of treating each store individually. What works in one store may not work in another, I think they'd do well to realize that. You also aren't going to get any sympathy for having no private life and feeling like you're never really off the clock, you have to love this kind of work to be here, it will consume you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I loved working for safeway because of my boss

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Floral Manager in Littleton, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Floral Manager in Littleton, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    everyone was more than willing to help

    Cons

    moved up every 1030 hours for checker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have to work hard and can move up quickly

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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