I'm curious if this is typical in other parts of the country ...
After working four months at Safeway, I decided to seek employment
elsewhere. I've now been working for another store for over 5 months
and am averaging over 30 hrs a week, and even a $1.00/hr summer bonus! I'm trained in two departments, and am a frequent 'closer'.
While at Safeway, I was trained in three departments, was an
acting manager in one when the manager was absent, and was starting
to learn ordering/inventory. When some questions arose, my hours
went down to six or less a week, and I decided to find greener
pastures. I won't go into any more specifics at this time, to
show respect for my friends there ...
Since I work nearby, I've discovered a few things that seem to
indicate a 'meltdown'. Several have left, and Safeway has more than
a few job openings, but no one can apply! I'm told, according to
a Manager, that NO ONE has applied!
They have been told to eliminate any in-person/paper applications
in favor of the company website, and Portland's HR center. The in-store kiosk computer hasn't worked in over two months, and that
leave either a public library computer, or a home computer. The
website says, after some screening, to press the "apply now"
button to schedule an interview! But, there isn't an "apply now"
button, and the website times out in 600 seconds. I checked
two different PCs and browsers, and it's true. People at
Safeway are waiting for new hires so they can get additional
training and "move up", and potential new hires are eager to
apply. Since the store doesn't have/accept paper applications
anymore, the kiosk doesn't work, and the website apparently
doesn't fully function, how does someone apply?
Ironically, the in-store wi-fi doesn't work, and hasn't for a
long time. "Meltdown"? Well perhaps it's just a slam of Summer
Tourism ... maybe ...