Safeway Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
1,117 Reviews
2.7
1,117 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 42 reviews)

  • Nice people, they promote from within, offer good benefits for mgmt (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is below most retail mgmt, requires ALL of your time no work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 46 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safeway part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive environment, good for scheduling.

    Cons

    Hard to move up unless you are older.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Just ok

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    Former Employee - Head Clerk  in  Washougal, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Head Clerk in Washougal, WA (US)

    I worked at Safeway full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great co workers, nice benifits. That's it the rest sucked.

    Cons

    Management accomplish goals through threats. As a head clerk I was was informed to actively write employes schedules so they would not get heath benifits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn people skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very stable, modest salary. Bad morale.

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    Current Employee - Food Clerk  in  Tacoma, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Food Clerk in Tacoma, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, incredible job security.

    Cons

    Bad morale, few incentives for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create real incentives for advancement. Having a large number of assistant store managers making less money on an hourly basis than food clerks is a bad idea. One should also be able to reach journeyman level in less time.

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

    So so

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    relax and good environment if you have good manager

    Cons

    rush timeline
    lack of resources
    so so
    old

  6.  

    Cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Oakland, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Oakland, CA (US)

    I worked at Safeway part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to work and good work environment.

    Cons

    there really not much cons to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work life balance and great way to grow.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not... that bad?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people, have never had issues with customers. Pretty stable environment, even though we're perpetually understaffed. The management takes safety very seriously.

    Cons

    People don't use safety equipment properly, are lazy and have the mentality that "someone will do it later". Everyone talks poorly about everyone else. Always understaffed. Twice people have told me "never ask for days off".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should probably work on not belittling your employees and understand that mistakes happen but pointing fingers isn't the way to get any sort of loyalty. Yelling at someone for something they didn't do when they weren't even on the clock is probably a waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Less than a fulfilling place to establish a career.

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    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Safeway for more than 5 years

    Pros

    it's got great work life balance.

    Cons

    dysfunctional and culture that breeds mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out of the 80's management mentality or else you will loose all innovation and talent and only retain people that are looking for work environment that allows them to have work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too big of a workload, not enough time or compensation.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Ok pay. Decent benefits. Fair amount of pto.

    Cons

    Huge workload. Slow promotion process. Upper-management is big on favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Safeway has taken a turn for the worse, in the last few years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Safeway full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The hours are flexible. All employees working 20 or more hours on average are eligible for benefits. The staff is very diverse. The regular customers can quickly become friends as they build relationships with employees during every trip to the store.

    Cons

    The company used to have a strong focus on it's people but has recently taken an approach that is focused solely on the profits. Morale throughout the company is pretty low. The company no longer values employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from the people in the store when implementing any process or system. They may sound good from the comfy chair at the corner office but they don't always make the employee's job easier or more effective. Value and find more management with compassion and who are personable. A lot of the managers who place an emphasis on their staff, being fair, and developing their people (who then become more valuable to the company), have left or are leaving out of frustration with unreal standards and a numbers driven environment. These people have been replaced with managers who don't even acknowledge their employees as they walk past them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Low pay not enough people.

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    Current Employee - Deli Clerk  in  Honolulu, HI (US)
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I have been working at Safeway full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not many.
    Coworkers are for the most part alright.
    There's always work
    Most regulars are kind
    Benefits are good
    Good medical
    Good eye and dental plans
    Learn new skills
    Good deal with 24 hour fitness gym membership
    The Safeway products that workers get discounts on are actually better than a lot of name brands.
    Can get some good deals on Just For U
    Good job opportunities for disabled workers
    Good as a first job experience

    Cons

    Pay is barely over minimum wage
    Never enough people hired
    Never enough people stay
    The union initiation fee is more than most are willing to pay about 300-600
    Many rude customers
    They spread out their workers very thin
    Even with a skeleton crew they tell us that there's too many hours being used by workers
    Not enough people for the amount of work done. Almost always under staffed
    Union dues once a month is in the double digits, almost looks like one third of pay check.
    Opportunities to move up vary, depends what department you're in.
    Too many can't transfer to other stores or departments.
    Deli department in particular is under paid. Also customer service.
    New Just For U system makes workers have to go online and add their 10% discount instead of it being automatic.
    10% discount only covers Safeway brand products not entire store
    Have to fill out safety observations on a weekly basis, gets old very fast
    TV in breakroom only shows a circulated Safeway advertisement and Safeway employee extremely basic How to Do Your Job videos. That workers don't watch most of the time.
    With the stricter health department requirements being enforced, pressure on departments that handle food has doubled.
    Many stores have not been renovated and have a lot of outdated or problematic equipment.
    They don't really listen to employees. Employee opinion doesn't mean anything.
    A lot of guilt tripping if you call in sick even once.
    Could be truly sick and they'll still want you to work.
    Union protects even bad workers. If a worker passes probation they could be a horrible worker for a long time before getting fired, talking years.
    New contract benefits have been reduced, and you pay more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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