Safeway Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
1,175 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safeway was just ok

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    Former Employee - Bakery Assistant in Mount Airy, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Bakery Assistant in Mount Airy, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    I got a lot of hours, which was nice, but they did seem to want to work me to death. It wasn't the worst ever, but it definitely wasn't the best.

    Cons

    No discount on food, get schedules only a week ahead of time, poor management, not considerate of when you want days off, wanted to work people to death, UNDERSTAFFED, and over-worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the love of everything good in the world, give people a schedule a month ahead of time so they can schedule things and have a life outside of work. How do you expect anyone to go to family gatherings when you get a schedule a week in advance? Completely ridiculous.

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

    Overall not bad, but store management was non-existent

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    Former Employee - Cake Decorator in Spokane Valley, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Cake Decorator in Spokane Valley, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Loved my job and the hours for the position were perfect.

    Cons

    Minimum wage, mandatory union (dues are high for the wages you make), management was very uninvolved which left a lot of issues unresolved and employees feeling frustrated and undervalued. They were constantly pushing for more production, but didn't acknowledge the huge boost I had given the department compared to the last person in my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved with your store and your associates, notice the people that make a difference. Even a simple, "(Department) is looking good this morning" as you walk through would go a long way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good opportunity initially however company is now under a merger

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

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

    Pros

    Experience a variety of projects and always busy

    Cons

    Too political and management is not always interested in new ideas to better processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to listen to your employees they may have some relevant idea

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Dynamic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Given opportunities to grow. Learned many new things. Made good friends.

    Cons

    It would be great to enhance the benefits package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to new Albertson's management: Communication is key to maintaining employee trust. Especially during an acquisition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company with great people!

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I'm in my second stint with Safeway, leaving the first time due to immaturity. I've ALWAYS worked with great people. Everybody here is so professional and you don't deal with the drama I hear goes on at other companies. I've learned SOOO much here and the skills are definitely transferable. Clean and state of the art gym is a plus (for perm employees)!

    Cons

    office politics but that goes on at every company! Pay is good starting out, but may not be up to par when comparing to other companies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I'm sure there are worse places to work.

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    Former Employee - Starbucks Barista
    Former Employee - Starbucks Barista

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

    Pros

    The general work environment was well-structured. You knew what was expected and you did it.
    They give proper training. Not that it's a hard job, but you didnt have to figure it out on your own.
    Accessible management. There was always someone in management around to help in a pinch.

    Cons

    Ridiculous rules. My store had a rule where you had to say "hello, can I help you?" or something like that to every customer you make eye contact with. So, of course, every employee on the floor would purposefully walk quickly and ignore every customer. And that was just one of the rules they had that negatively impacted how you'd interact with customers.
    Working as a barista at Starbucks, they wouldnt let us accept tips. At least 3 times a day I got in a tiff with a customer just to get them to keep their money.
    Union dues were expensive. Working 15 hours a week, I had to pay 45 dollars per month for a bunch of benifits that hardly applied to my city.
    Little room to be promoted. Most people worked for years and years before seeing a pay raise, and even then only once they got promoted to something different.
    They posted the schedule only two days before it came into effect. It was hard to plan anything without having to ask for it off several weeks in advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to how your rules impact customer service. Just because something sounds good in theory doesnt make it a good idea.

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

    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'

  9.  

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

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    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....

  10.  

    Management is Terrible

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    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Pleasant Hill, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Pleasant Hill, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, Did the easiest thing in the store, Good Hours

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, Terrible Scheduling, Terrible Customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Analyst

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people meant great friends work environment is not so stressful people tend to help if you have questions love the gym love the benefits and the pay is a little low

    Cons

    The cons it's a man's world upper management needs to learn a couple things of leadership favoritism seems to be the key it's not what you know it's more who you know people that are hard workers seem not to get noticed as much

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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