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Safeway Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
1,304 Reviews
2.9
1,304 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 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits, strong union, nearly impossible to get fired (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is really off considering your schedule changes drastically every week (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 56 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent College Job

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible-ish hours, small discount on safeway products

    Cons

    Union dues, murky management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move ahead with the progress of technology and workforce needs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Ok launching pad

    • 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

    You can set your own schedule

    Cons

    The politics are hard to deal with, while the workload shared by each department is not equal. Some resources are stretched thin while others have too many ppl.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave for better opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Store manager at Safeway

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

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Micro management down to the smallest detail

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Safeway is great to work for, the jury is still out once the merger happens...

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    There are many career opportunities at Safeway because of the size of the organization. I have been fortunate to work my way up. I like many of the people I work with and we have extensive data we can use to make decisions.

    Cons

    The number of "initiatives" we are trying to chase is endless, there are so many new programs that it causes a lot of needless work and makes selling groceries very complicated. The company does not invest in training and there is not a culture of "rewarding" employees with team building activities or time off to attend training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify our go to market plan, stop trying to do what all of our competitors are doing and just decide on a long term strategy and stick with it, making adjustments along the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Holiday

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lewiston, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lewiston, ID (US)

    I worked at Safeway part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There arnt any, im sure if i were full time it would of been, but nothing

    Cons

    Umm Was seasonal, and it was very slow also, and the bosses just sat in the office talking, and down talking anyone who asked a question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide proper training on how to deal with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Train their employees' and keep them up to date with progressive changes in industry; Promote work/life balance; Safety is huge for this company.

    Cons

    Salary is below average given the COLA in the area; work-load increases even though they are laying off their current workforce....

    Recycle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives such as bonuses, telecommuting, etc.; Practice work/life balance theory and enforce it among depts.

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

    Fun, fulfilling, but very demanding

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

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

    Pros

    Potential for growth, large Team environment, ever changing

    Cons

    Salary compared to hours. Salary is based off of 40 hour work week, yet you are scheduled 50. Very rarely do you work just 50.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better get competitive with your wages because water cooler talk is that everyone is jumping ship! Haggen and others are calling employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Apply yourself and you will be rewarded

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

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

    Pros

    I started in the deli department and after two months I went to the Starbucks kiosk. A few months later went to the bakery and then a few months after that, I became a pharmacy clerk. A few months later I moved up to Portland and was promoted to supervisor then Grocery Manager/Head Clerk. It only took one year to make it into management while being a full time college student. I really enjoy my job and any time the Store Mgr or Asst Store Manager go on vacation I get to fill in for them.

    Cons

    Corporate often has unrealistic expectations and operating ratios can never be met unless myself and the store manager spend half the day checking. Lines get long yet according to our 104.5% O/R goal, we cannot afford another checker. Hopefully the buy out will fix this issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone an equal opportunity to get promoted. This company is very political in terms of moving up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Safeway NorCal

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

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    wages
    retirement fund , the compnay compensates well and continues to do so and the bonus seemed to be above average

    Cons

    Work life balance was often hard to acheive due to contraints and store responisiblites other than that great employer

  11.  

    Happy camper

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, supported by management

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult getting days off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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