Safeway

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Safeway Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
1,210 Reviews
2.8
1,210 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)

  • 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 55 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good people, bad pay

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

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

    Pros

    The management at Safeway are wonderful, and will work around school schedules. You are not an at-will employee, as you are protected by the UFCW union. You get holiday pay, and after your first year, a week of paid vacation. Working at Safeway is really great in college for those reasons. The health insurance you can receive is fantastic.

    Cons

    The pay is ten cents above minimum wage until you have been working for Safeway for five years. The union requires you to pay an initiation fee of around $150. Then after that, you have to pay $50 a month to the union. This can be quite a hardship when you're living on barely more than minimum wage. The work is also very hard on your body.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Double check your checker alerts and other paperwork that gets passed down to lower level retail employees. The lack of proofreading is apparent in the misspellings, typos, and horrible misuse of ellipsis. This makes me wonder whether management just doesn't care, or is terribly incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    For my first job Safeway was a great job i learn how to do stuff i never thought i would be able to do.

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

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

    Pros

    I love customers, but My work-life was remarkable. I just keep on getting promoted

    Cons

    The only thing that was a con was in the beginning i was still struggling but i became the best at the position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Financial Analyst

    • 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

    great company to work for

    Cons

    nothing really to describe here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Its ok was terminated after more 9 years with the company without any considerations of my dedication.

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

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

    Pros

    Insurance is good but over the years got expensive
    Vision
    Medical
    Dental
    Respect senority

    Cons

    salary raise is bases on hours
    Union contract
    No promotion soon
    Shift

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

    Good First Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Davis, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Courtesy Clerk in Davis, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were really cool.

    Cons

    They essentially pay you minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees free water when they push carts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Worked there at a young age.

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

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

    Pros

    Working at Safeway is a very easy job, nothing particularly stressful or difficult and they will hire young people.

    Cons

    Boring work environment, management, lots of politics, lots of people who have been there for 20 years, not the brightest bulbs on the tree working there.

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

    Great people - to much red tape

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate about their work.

    Cons

    To much red tape to get anything accomplished. Management by consensus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in the position and their ability to deliver. Empower decision making and allow the team to be agile.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    informed

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

    I worked at Safeway full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If your looking for a job with good pay then this is it. But the pay is only good a the Store Manager level.

    Cons

    This company offers no work life balance. In addition they use reverse discrimination when promoting. they tell their managers to focus on people of color and women. If your a white male this is not where you want to be. They don't want you.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Uncertainty.

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee. Nice cafeterias for employees. Heath challenge activities.

    Cons

    Lots of uncertainty now due to the pending merger. No job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company but think before applying

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Lifework balance good people okay benefits okay pay love the gym

    Cons

    Everyone at corporate is going to have to reapply for their positions there will be layoffs since we are merging with Albertson's is going to be a very lean matrix pay scale will change less jobs and lots of positions are going away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're thinking about applying for a position I would wait until after the merger to see what positions will be available the new structure is going to be a very lean matrix which means less jobs might be lower payand I don't think the company is going to be as diverse as it is

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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