Safeway Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
1,163 Reviews
2.7
1,163 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 53 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place if you're looking to settle for longer term, have family/kids/other priorities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Great work/life balance - most people are gone by 4-5pm, and even earlier sometimes on Fridays.
    Jeans day on Friday, Jersey days...more relaxed than other corporate environments

    Cons

    As with any big companies, there is bureaucracy. Work can get boring, esp at the lower levels. Cubicles, artificial lighting are depressing at times in the main building but the other buildings are more 'cheerful'

  2.  

    fun coworkers, tiring job. I loved working with the people i met at work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Safeway part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the people i worked with was fun. The manager was cool too. not bad

    Cons

    Salary. Well it's a safeway, what do you expect. I help customers find stuff... clean....get yelled at....

  3.  

    Great company but is changing

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

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

    Pros

    Great company nice place to work

    Cons

    Being sold
    Unsure of future opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut costs too top heavy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not possible to make a living but good for what it is.

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and customers, employee discount, lots of flexibility given in dealing with customers.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours and shifts, abysmal pay scale, not very rewarding, not letting people out for needed breaks, shifts are either super short or way too long, registers are out-dated and frustrating for workers and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication between managers in different departments, and at least try and make some effort to keep a stable schedule for individual employees. Back to back late night followed by early morning shifts are killer. Always ALWAYS have someone on the floor with a manager override card for when the registers inevitably mess up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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

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    Wasteful, inefficient, faceless

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay scale is average. Benefits are average. Advancement opportunities for those willing to deal with corporate life. Good parking. High paced.

    Cons

    Directionless. Too high a reliance on temporary labor. Poor training. Poor internal communication. Inefficient spending. Erratic work schedules. High turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote stability. Retain full time employees. Learn how to successfully train new associates. Cut back on short sighted ventures as related to wasteful spending. Encourage communications between back stage facilities within business group. Become stewards of our company, not short term fire fighters.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (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.

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