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They will typically reach out to you over phone or email to start the interview process and schedule an in-person interview with a district recruiter or store management. From there its a fairly standard retail interview, talk about the positions open, your availability, etc. They'll preform an oral drug test during the in-person interview. If that comes back clean they'll have you fill out paperwork on the computer and wait for background to clear. Once that happens they'll contact you to put you on the schedule. If you're a new hire, you'll have to complete computer training and attend a safety orientation class before you can start your first day.

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Corporate employees get medical dental vision etc starting the first day of the month following 30 days of employment.

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U get paid weekly

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Since a lot of the tasks and duties required from Store Management at Safeway include store operations such as inventory management and cash handling, corporate would most likely promote from within or select a candidate with retail experience (of some kind).

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You're very lucky to get more than 30-40 hours now days. Typically they will schedule you 9 hours a day for a couple days a week. Shifts and hours depend on the store, but for front end they typically schedule 2p-11p, 3p-midnight, or 4p-1a for swing shifts, and 6a-3p, 9a-6p, or 11a-8p for morning shifts.

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My brother who has worked at the company for 30+ years said they were short handed. I went to introduce myself and ended up with my first interview.

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The 100% accurate answer is that both companies are currently owned by a group of venture capital firms led by Cerberus. Cerberus merged Safeway and Albertsons into a single entity with one CEO (Robert Miller, who was previously the CEO of Albertsons) and a single board of directors. The combined company is currently two years (as of January 2018) into the merger. Some legacy Albertsons stores have still not been migrated over to Safeway systems but eventually they all will be. In most cases the store names do not change but there are some instances where an Albertsons becomes a Safeway or vice-versa, depending on which banner is more familiar in a given market. The same is true for other banners such as Vons, Jewel Osco, Tom Thumb, Pavilions, etc.

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Every 720 hours worked you will progress to the next step and receive a 10 cent raise. There is also an annual raise of maybe 50 cents. Once you progress to the journey man step which is step 13 you can no longer progress which means you have maxed out at the highest possible pay rate allowed for your posisition. The only way you would be able to get a raise is at the store directors discretion or if you are promoted.

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I think there needs to be some change in upper management, but I don't want to see this company die.

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