Great starting point.
Pros: Fun environment, face paced days, good healthcare.
Cons: Little to no advancement opportunities, Payscale
Safeway is a great starting point, and my store has a welcoming feel. Although, like any retail job environment, you run into Debbie downers and negative Nancys. I've flittered through different departments, trying to see what fits me, and right now as a cashier, it's the closest to the 'perfect' fit that I have found. Seafood and Fuel didn't have the customer interaction that I'd hope for and Courtesy clerk - there really was no stability.
My work day starts out strong, the hours fly by while cashing people out, and there are regulars who've I feel like I've resonated with. They tell me a little about their lives since I last saw them, I see their children grow up into young adults and grieve with them when members pass away.
As far as my co-workers, there are a few people who just want to get out of working, and than there are a few people who love working at Safeway. Management (right now) is a little rocky since the merger and it's understandable.
While working for Safeway I've seen 4 managers come and go, all with their good and bad sides, and this new set is no different. There are days when you know you can't really talk to them about anything because of stress or they just don't feel like giving into things - but on good days you know you can ask about anything and they will sit down and discuss options and meet you in the middle on most things.
During my time at Safeway, I've learned how to operated scales for meat and seafood items, some codes, I've learned how to receive orders and use a Telezon/ hand scanner to make orders. I've worked in floral on holiday weeks, and made arrangements. I've been trained on a Point of Sale touch screen for the fuel station, and I've been operating a register for full time since August of 2014.
All in all, I've appreciated my time at Safeway, but I'm ready for something different, something hopefully with a better pay scale.