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Sobeys Reviews

Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
169 Reviews
3.1
169 Reviews
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Sobeys President and CEO Marc Poulin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • friendly environment, flexible hours, clean (in 11 reviews)

  • A very well paying part time job if you're okay with the physical labour as it can get tough (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Our Manager left back in February and we still have no full time Manager and its May (in 8 reviews)

  • Since head office is in Atlantic Canada, that's where big decisions are made (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Coordinator, Loyalty Communications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    Excellent experience, people, environment and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Very high demand company to work for - if you are up for the challenge.

  2.  

    Family like atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A courteous, professional and organized workplace. My coworkers were nice and gave a lot of insightful tips. Very competent upper management.

    Cons

    The salaries are under the market's norm. You'd earn more by doing the same job for the competitor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    been with sobeys for 29 years full time.Never thought i would see selling food get so confusing

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    Current Employee - Meat Department in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Meat Department in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great pension, fair wages,great staff for the most part

    Cons

    so much b.s. not much faith in staff even long term staff .no trust or not much .Feel they have lost there family feel what keep me here for so long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have trust and faith in staff .Dont always listen to what dept mangers are saying .May not be all that true, Just so easy to blame there staff at times .not much follow up until there are real problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    13+ years at Sobeys

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    I was really impressed when they introduced the Club Sobeys Program and the marketing program aimed at ensuring that Sobeys had the best produce at good prices. Both of these programs had a positive impact on sales.

    Cons

    so much emphasis on surveys and audits that both dept mgrs and store mgrs are spending less time dealing with store staff and our most valuable asset the customer. It was a great company and it hurt to see it losing its customer first attitude. thank you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to the store management team as they are the ones in the trenches hearing what the customer wants, needs and expects. Some HO personnel have been away to long from the front lines and have lost the caring, customer first approach that work so well for the Company in the past.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    On the decline...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced team environment
    Store Management is typically great to deal with

    Cons

    Hours get worse and worse as you move up. Expect to work every weekend and some evenings, which is fine for students and PT employees, but not great when you are full time, with a family, and your days off are Tuesday and Thursday. As soon as you get any kind of supervisory position, expect to put extra hours for zero compensation.

    Middle management has lost sight of the companies values and place in the community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers and let them manage.

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great Part-time Job for High School Students

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    Former Employee - Cashier and Produce Clerk in Grand Bay, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier and Produce Clerk in Grand Bay, NB (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management was extremely accommodating for extra-curricular activities, and would even support them by letting student sports teams host car washes in the parking lot etc.
    Flexible work hours.
    Opportunity for growth within the organization; I worked as a cashier for over a year before I was transferred to produce.

    Cons

    When hours were cut, students were always the first ones to lose out. Sometimes the schedule was confusingly laid out. Slightly low pay for the amount of time that I worked there. In my experience, older employees would occasionally blame issues on students rather than take the fall themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing - your staff trust and appreciate you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Large retailer. Originally based on family traditions. Tough competition in Canada. Growing.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable, growing, basic good (everyone has to buy groceries). Lots of opportunity to crosstrain and explore different areads of the business.

    Cons

    Slower to adapt to changes due to the size of the company, and the risk aversion of strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    very strong experience human and professionnel

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Mont-Royal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Mont-Royal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    technologie and ERP software and stability

    Cons

    new center of distribution automated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my real advice to management they have to be more transparent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    chaos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sobeys

    Pros

    Great people, non-unionized stores, decent management

    Cons

    So many layers of management that it's hard to get anything done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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