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Updated Jul 28, 2014

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3.2 131 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Sobeys President and CEO Marc Poulin

Marc Poulin

(30 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • friendly environment, flexible hours, clean (in 9 reviews)

  • Great team, good work environment (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • no employee discounts, it would be nice to have a (in 8 reviews)

  • Sobeys does not offer enough full-time positions, they avoid hiring (in 6 reviews)

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    An excellent student job.

    Courtesy Clerk (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsAs a student, this job couldn't be much more idealistic. During the 10 month long school year, I'm able to squeeze in about 12-15 hours per week, and these hours are very flexible. At $10 per hour, and no bills to pay, it's a pretty sick deal. Because I am still a student, I was hired on a what they call a "courtesy clerk." While this position consists primarily of grocery bagging and cart-collecting, we do get opportunities for other things as well, like helping out in the other departments. I feel this is really great as it provides you the opportunity to have a little taste of everything that there is to do in the store. On top of this, Sobeys is very environmentally friendly, as well as values locally produced goods, as I'm sure we all appreciate. Just to re-cap:
    -Flexible hours
    -Average $550/month
    -Career opportunities
    -Environmentally friendly
    -Encourages buying locally produced goods

    ConsAt Sobeys, we are required to work 1000 hours before we receive a $1 raise. If you work 30 hours per week all year long, this can be accomplished within a year. However most students (myself included) won't exceed 15 hours in a school week. This, in combination with 30 hour weeks during the summer only equates to 840 hours. Personally, I understand it taking anywhere from 12-18 months to see my first raise. Others, however, might find it slightly discouraging to have to wait so long. The only other thing I could really think of is the constant hiring on of new employees. This is probably the only aspect of working here that really perturbs me. It's like a whole new set of faces every week I'm in. Now, I'm not against meeting some new people, but this is overkill. When they hire on as many employees as they do, and refuse to put people on for full-time, they are forced to cut people's hours. So instead of being able to reach my 30 hours per week, I normally end up seeing about 20-24 of these hours. Just to re-cap:
    -Lots of time required to see a raise
    -Hours cut frequently due to constant employment of new staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe only sincere complaint I have is my hours being cut so much due to the constant hiring on of new staff. Other than that, everything is going pretty well. Thanks for reading this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    First Job experience

    Deli Clerk (Former Employee)

    ProsStaff is nice, clients are nice... was a good first job and gave me skills to deal properly with the public

    ConsDifficult to move up and branch out from where you started

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSobeys has very good benefits for part time employees.

    ConsThere is not many education opportunities.

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat team, good work environment

    ConsHours and shifts not too flexible.

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    good canadian company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat working atmosphere, work life balance, progress opportunity

    Consnot the best in terms of financial benefits especially in lower positions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The best job I've ever had!

    Front End Cashier (Former Employee) Brantford, ON (Canada)

    ProsI loved working at Sobeys, and miss it to this day. I was in high school at the time, and the management was very understanding of that. I had a good balance of hours, not too many, not too little. It was ensured that each employee knew the policies as they were updated, so nobody was left in the dark.

    ConsIt could be monotonous at times, and since the store I worked at was a 24 hour store, there were a lot of slow nights.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just ok. Not great, but ok.

    A-la Carte (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsFairly good and friendly coworkers in general, not as rushed and stressful as some other similar places (considering that I work in the a-la-carte section; note the work can still be fairly demanding). Pleasant customers and atmosphere.

    ConsSurprisingly poor work-life balance, with rapidly changing schedules and often staying over 15 minutes after shifts end. Terrible pay, and to make things worse mandatory unpaid lunch break and break adding up to 45 minutes unpaid time, which is unpaid even if you've worked without the breaks. (word of advice to anyone intending to work at Sobeys: TAKE YOUR BREAKS)
    Since working at Sobeys, my schedule has been hectic and crowded, often having to work 6-7 days a week and being dead tired due to lack of sleep thanks to this... I'd made my availability clear; perhaps I should have made it absolutely clear and stated only a certain set number of days, and a strictly defined schedule. But in the end I end up working on average 6 (not less than 6) days a week, with not enough time for overtime pay, unpaid 45 minutes, and a random schedule that needs to be checked daily and offers no flexibility. Planning to find a new job and quit soon.
    Also, my work hours seem to have been calculated to make me just barely unable to qualify as working full-time, and it seems that this is the same with almost every other coworker I've met; people who have been working here for over 3 years and are not yet doing full-time due to lack of interest by management.
    I've actually had enough and have begun searching for another job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDespite what others have said, needs A LOT more work-life balance. As things are it's incredibly difficult to do studies or have a social life whatsoever, and the terrible pay (1 cent over minimum wage), 45 minute mandatory break, and hectic, cluttered work schedule makes this job not worth it in my opinion, for minimum wage.
    I won't specify which location I work at, but I WILL note that the work schedule regularly violates Alberta's laws by changing the schedule without any notice whatsoever, and with less than 24 hours' notice...

    Apart from that I'll admit Sobeys as a workplace would be enjoyable. WOULD be. Disregard of work-life balance or even work rights when it comes to scheduling is my biggest grievance, also considering that management knowingly does this and nonetheless expects this to be followed 100%, or else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Go to school

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible schedule, work with good people, Good if your in school to get something better

    ConsPoor pay, Hard to move up,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work as a part timer, or just looking for basic work.

    Produce Clerk (Current Employee)

    ProsSome coworkers are great, and fun to work with. Customers are usually quite happy.

    ConsVery minimal raises, basically working for scraps.
    Not very good manager to worker relationships.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually listen to what your employees are saying, don't just assume they're causing problems.
    Don't hold grudges.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    This is a not-so-great workplace environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-amazing and friendly workers
    -learning new skill and growth if you are dedicated yourself in the store

    Cons-they're moments that staff can be rude,disrespectful,and lazy
    -they are notorious for being unprofessional towards their workers and customers.
    -business can be boring sometimes
    -This is turn out to be absolutely incompetent and disorganized

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