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OK pay + lazy workers + horrible management = Too Many Headaches

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Former Employee - Department Manager  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
Former Employee - Department Manager in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

Pros

The benefits are good. There's a union, but that only benefits people who receive a lot of disciplinary actions.

Cons

Managers consistently try to steal hours from departments (but maybe that's learned from corporate). As far as the bakery is concerned, you have to deal with lazy coworkers, a lot of call-outs, and work not completed. Not a team atmosphere. If you are good at your job, you are expected to pick up the slack for someone who isn't.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn how to interview candidates and try to actually hire people who will perform the tasks that you need performed. MANAGE your staff and SOLVE problems or at least try to help solve them.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Were very good, but situation has deteriorated in last several years

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    Former Employee - Staff Pharmacist
    Former Employee - Staff Pharmacist

    I worked at Safeway full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, with good sign-on bonus when I started. Support staff was friendly and helpful for the most part. I was disabled by a car accident and was given 6 months of short-term disability with no hassle at all, and kept on insurance and other benefits for a year. Would have been able to return to my position with no problem at that time if I had been physically able. I would have qualified for very generous long term disability with a few more months of employment but I had only been with the company for less than a year (my 28 years of experience was in other pharmacies).

    Cons

    I came to the pharmacy at a very stressful time, the pharmacist-in-charge was on medical leave and I took over those duties as well as trying to integrate the prescriptions generated by the purchase of another pharmacy's files. The corporate management had not properly prepared for the large increase in prescription volume, so the stress level was very high due to short-staffing. They also had a pharmacy technician who could only be described as a toxic employee but it took months to get corporate management to recognize that she was the source of many problems and to remove her. I have kept in touch with pharmacists within the company (different location) and the last few years have resulted in more stress in all pharmacies with decreased support staffing while prescription volume as well as pharmacist duties have increased. Safeway is now considered one of the worst chain pharmacies as a pharmacist employer, when they previously had a reputation for being one of the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is ridiculous to add to the pharmacists' burdens by advertising walk-in immunizations instead of letting the pharmacy set up appointments for that service. Also the advertisement of only a 30-minute wait for any prescription doesn't take into account the problems of getting those prescriptions through the insurance process which must occur before the prescription can be dispensed or the pharmacy will not be paid. The latest problem of scheduling support staff based on the prescription volume of the PREVIOUS week is ludicrous, because that does nothing to account for the normal fluctuations in prescription volume based on illnesses that can become prevalent in the community within just a day or two or the fluctuations that occur based on the time of the month or even people's vacation schedules when you have a large employer in town that shuts down during certain times. This company (in Oregon, anyway) is skating very close to a citation for violating the Oregon rules put in place to protect the public from pharmacists impaired by stress and fatigue due to workplace conditions.

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

    it has been pretty good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    it has medical benefits for those of us who have been dropped off our parents insurance

    Cons

    not a lot of regular shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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