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Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Burns, OR (US)
Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Burns, OR (US)

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

Pros

great advancement opportunities, potential to make 6 figures with a bonus as a manager, excellent benefits if you work for a non union store, union stores do not offer as much and the whole benefit package is different

Cons

very stressful, high demands, very "corporate" and all about policy, no grey, all black or white, they say that they are family oriented but when you are salary as a manager or assistant it seems like you can't be sick and your always on call, you cant even shop in the store on your own time without being asked tons of questions so you pretty much have to shop else where

Advice to ManagementAdvice

watch everything you do and follow policy to the tee! Safeway is big on policy which is a good thing but sometimes things are grey, not always black or white but sometimes policy is set aside which can be a bad thing, not always as consistant when it comes to some policies like WIC violations

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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

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    Flexible hours, decent pay, well-established company

    Cons

    Terrible in store radio network

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    Were very good, but situation has deteriorated in last several years

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    Former Employee - Staff Pharmacist
    Former Employee - Staff Pharmacist

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

    Pros

    Good pay, with good sign-on bonus when I started. Support staff was friendly and helpful for the most part. I was disabled by a car accident and was given 6 months of short-term disability with no hassle at all, and kept on insurance and other benefits for a year. Would have been able to return to my position with no problem at that time if I had been physically able. I would have qualified for very generous long term disability with a few more months of employment but I had only been with the company for less than a year (my 28 years of experience was in other pharmacies).

    Cons

    I came to the pharmacy at a very stressful time, the pharmacist-in-charge was on medical leave and I took over those duties as well as trying to integrate the prescriptions generated by the purchase of another pharmacy's files. The corporate management had not properly prepared for the large increase in prescription volume, so the stress level was very high due to short-staffing. They also had a pharmacy technician who could only be described as a toxic employee but it took months to get corporate management to recognize that she was the source of many problems and to remove her. I have kept in touch with pharmacists within the company (different location) and the last few years have resulted in more stress in all pharmacies with decreased support staffing while prescription volume as well as pharmacist duties have increased. Safeway is now considered one of the worst chain pharmacies as a pharmacist employer, when they previously had a reputation for being one of the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is ridiculous to add to the pharmacists' burdens by advertising walk-in immunizations instead of letting the pharmacy set up appointments for that service. Also the advertisement of only a 30-minute wait for any prescription doesn't take into account the problems of getting those prescriptions through the insurance process which must occur before the prescription can be dispensed or the pharmacy will not be paid. The latest problem of scheduling support staff based on the prescription volume of the PREVIOUS week is ludicrous, because that does nothing to account for the normal fluctuations in prescription volume based on illnesses that can become prevalent in the community within just a day or two or the fluctuations that occur based on the time of the month or even people's vacation schedules when you have a large employer in town that shuts down during certain times. This company (in Oregon, anyway) is skating very close to a citation for violating the Oregon rules put in place to protect the public from pharmacists impaired by stress and fatigue due to workplace conditions.

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