Safeway

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Safeway Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
1,249 Reviews
2.8
1,249 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)

  • Good benefits, strong union, nearly impossible to get fired (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is really off considering your schedule changes drastically every week (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management was unrealistic at times in their expectations given labor models (in 56 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hard work rewarded

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Director
    Current Employee - Category Director

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    If you are willing to put in the hours Manu advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, expensive health care

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I have enjoyed working for Safeway, I have had the opportunity to advance and learn new job skills.

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

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits, regular pay increases based on union pay scale. Opportunity to learn new job skills, able to develop interpersonal skills while working with a diverse group of employees and customers.

    Cons

    Lack of regular schedule, it took over 20 years to finally get a position that allowed two consecutive days off or early shifts. Not enough time to complete job in almost every department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more hours back into the stores, allow employees who excel at their jobs to move up the pay scale faster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad if you don't work at the Starbucks!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Farmington, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Farmington, NM (US)

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

    Pros

    Love my job, good people

    Cons

    Wages, hours, micro-managed, pressure when busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people better incentives, more promotions and better hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable until now

    • 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

    Safeway was always a stable company with many long seniority employees who grow their career with the company. Leadership is approachable. 10% discount for Safeway branded products. Great work-life balance depending on your manager.

    Cons

    Most corporate training is on-the-job training. Leadership overhaul will occur with the merger. Pay is average for the industry, but the trade-off is stability, especially if you work in the stores. Limited promotion opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    NAA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NAAA in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - NAAA in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    ok place to work, not great

    Cons

    employees don't get treated the best

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good summer job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Kensington, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Kensington, MD (US)

    I worked at Safeway

    Pros

    flexible hours. easy work, easy to learn

    Cons

    long time standing on feet. monotonous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management can be very unorganized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good people.

    • 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

    Support each other. Good camaraderie.

    Cons

    Far from public Transportion. Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some more benefits for people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Don't get trapped here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Starbucks Manager in Saratoga, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Starbucks Manager in Saratoga, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Safeway has good benefits and gives you good work experience.

    Cons

    If you are good at your job they keep you there rather than promote the people that deserve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep your good employees you have to pay a living wage, and reward hard workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway

    Pros

    good company to grow with

    Cons

    Finding people who care to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

  11.  

    Safeway is Awesome.

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

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

    Pros

    Scheduling was fairly flexible. Adding more employees couldn't hurt for scheduling.

    Cons

    Compensation is substandard. The company pays roughly minimum wage. But what can you expect for such a mediocre position?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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