Sobeys Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
142 Reviews
3.2
142 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • friendly environment, flexible hours, clean (in 10 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
  • Sobeys does not offer enough full-time positions, they avoid hiring (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Always busy, interacting with costumers

    Cons

    Some costumers can be rude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of organization and communication

  2.  

    Great Starter Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours for students. Managers are usually down to earth. Pay you on time and wage increases.

    Cons

    Avoid front end department ex, Cashier/Courtesy and you'll have more freedom and a better shift overall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good for a first part-time job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I had pretty reasonable managers in general, and the manager of my department was great. The job was easy but kind of rewarding in a way; when the department looked good and you knew you contributed to that it was pretty cool. I had some good co-workers, made a new close friend. It is hard to get fired. Flexible scheduling, my boss always followed my availability.

    Cons

    I did get raises every 500 or 1000 hours or something like that, but when minimum wage went up I lost them...and still haven't gotten them back (even though I was clearly their best part-timer). I deserved to earn more than most of the lazy people I worked with, Sobeys will hire anyone for a part-time position; ANYONE. Which you might say makes sense since it is just part-time but in all other things they seem to hold themselves to standards, not with employees. Someone here said you get too few breaks; that is a lie, at least at my store, maybe they are all different. I had TOO MANY breaks, I didn't take half of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better people, reward your good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A well paying part-time job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Milton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Milton, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sobeys part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A very well paying part time job if you're okay with the physical labour as it can get tough. Ability to pick how much you work - 7 hour shifts, 2 (min) - 4 (max) shifts per week ,afternoons or nights, must work 2 days of Fri-Mon; you won't get bombarded with hours if you don't want them. Part-timers must work all stat holidays but trust me you will want to at 2.5x your regular wage.

    Cons

    Starting out for the first couple months is horrible as you start on the bottom of the seniority list, meaning you're in the freezer. You get payed $1 extra and some guys prefer to work in there but I personally hate it. If you can stick it out for a few months it gets better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very unprofessional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Sobeys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company had good values. Paid me $56,000 per year.

    Cons

    Higher ups in the company have poor communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Few beneficial features of this job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Young, fun coworkers
    - Understandable and reasonable rules and regulations
    - given feedback on how to improve in your position
    - able to put your own spin on how you provide customer service

    Cons

    - disrespect from management
    - little flexibility in hours and time-off
    - favouritism (bosses befriend some of their staff and then treat them better than others)
    - very little chance of pay being raised
    - no personal connections being made by management
    - rarely a clean place to work
    - management lacks the ability to understand their staff's needs
    - hardly any chance to move up in ranks within the store/department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate for your worker's needs, especially for students. Students are so often treated poorly in regards to respect to their hours and need for time off. Students, whether they are in high school or post-secondary, are in need of a balance between work and school, this is too often neglected within the Sobeys workplace. A better attempt at understanding your workers needs is necessary and needs to be taken care of ASAP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sobeys is a rewarding company to work for

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

    I have been working at Sobeys

    Pros

    Good family company with stable leadership

    Cons

    Risk Averse company so slow to take actions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very well organized company, but prices are expensive.

    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, regular hours, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    a lot of night and weekend hours. Good for students or part-time work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent student job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here are the flexibility that this company provides with respect to hours, time off, and so on

    Cons

    Some of the many cons to working here are the very low pay, hours being cut often completely without warning, mistreatment from customers, coworkers, and management alike, among other things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some advice that I would give to the management would be to stop treating young employees as disposable and to understand that many customers are being deceitful in their slandering of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Place holder while in school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seafood Clerk in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seafood Clerk in Halifax, NS (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were great, worked here while a student.

    Cons

    Workplace drama, seems to happen no matter what store. Sometimes even centered around dept. managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance based salary review would be amazing. What motivation do I get to actually clean the coolers, do temp checks, try and upsell product, when there's no consequence if I dont and no benefit if I do? I'm done college now though, and make double that wage, maybe the low pay was good motivation to get me outta there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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