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Former Employee - Grocery Clerk  in  East Renton Highlands, WA (US)
Former Employee - Grocery Clerk in East Renton Highlands, WA (US)

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

Pros

friendly, good benefits, decent management, flexible scheduling

Cons

being a drone sometimes during donation months

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Worst Employer I've Had

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    Current Employee - Deli Clerk
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk

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

    Pros

    -After being employed for at least a year, all employees are given 2 weeks paid vacation each year.

    Cons

    -As one of the previous reviews pointed out, if you are a hard worker, you are expected to pick up slack for others.
    -Management refuses to communicate effectively.
    -I have dealt with black mail from store management, been mocked by managers for expressing my opinion of a situation involving co-workers-after I was specifically asked to share my opinion and views.
    -Weekly schedules are consistently posted only a day before the following week. Changes to schedules can be made at any time and communication is so bad, often employees do not show up for their "scheduled" shifts as they had no idea that their manager had changed the schedule.
    -Wages begin just above minimum wage, but in my store are totally arbitrary and have nothing to do with experience, length of employment, or education.
    -Employees in my store are routinely criticized for "not working fast enough" (even though most shifts involve literal running) and mandatory, by-law breaks are not given. Management says "yes, you can take your breaks" but if you take them, you don't have time to finish the extra work you are forced to take on and you are then yelled at for not completing tasks.
    -Several managers in my store delegate all of their work to their department employees so that they can hide in their offices all day-only returning to yell at their employees for being "behind".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -The pressure being placed on department managers is so intense that they can't win. Dept. Managers then take this out on regular employees.
    -I have been a hard-working employee for this company for 2.5 years and have nothing good to say about my experience. This is by far, the worst employer I have had. I would not recommend this company to my worst enemy. I have seen 90 percent of the people in my department cry over the stress being placed on them. Management, you need to get out of the offices and check out your stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A step back in time

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Safeway full-time

    Pros

    Easy to leave by 6pm. Little expectation to take work home with you. Everyone needs food so the business is less impacted by recessions than some companies.

    Cons

    Old school business philosophies (including a policy against working from home). Lots of politics. Lots of bueaucracy. Rewarded for putting in the time, not fo rmaking a contribution. Little interest in new ideas and especially not from positions below director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of great people. Learn to listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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