dont reccomend anyone work here .......managers come and go all the time training is horrible and they treat their employees like garbage its also a union company and the union doesnt do anything but collect your dues
While working at Safeway I got to know different cultures and people, I learned a lot from them and became friends instantly. We taught each other things and shared some of the same love and respect. I enjoyed working with Safeway and our family.
Floral Department Manager (Former Employee) - Bethesda, MD - March 30, 2020
For the most part it’s a decent place to work. However when management is under pressure they tend to stress out the staff. Once you finally say “No” that you can no longer work all day or take responsibility for multiple departments you are valued less and their temperament changes towards you changes
They have a computer lecture and test you must complete. It usually takes about 4-5 hours, but you get paid your normal wage for the hours spent on this assessment. You must keep calling them and be persistent with earning the job, they wont call you back to update you on the hiring process. The interview is fairly easy and simple, and afterwards you should keep calling to know your position. They will teach you anything you don’t already know from the computer assessment.
A typical day at Safeway was stressful and included passive-aggressive management from one of the clerk managers or from the store manager himself. Pushing carts in the summer and winter was painful and difficult and if the management doesn't like you, you will often be out there days in a row.
produce manager (Former Employee) - Sterling, VA - February 14, 2020
Always seeking a way to improve the relationship with them toys. Works with employees when they had to have time off to do what they had to do with her personal or just something they had you guys up to do. The real reason is a great place to work for.
This is a job for those straight out of high school who still live with their parents. Understand that management does not care if you’re sick, if you’ve had a death in
the family, if you’re on public transportation, if you have kids, you are expected to work, show up, and be disrespected by a manager that is probably 15-20 years younger than you. 20 or more years.
One particular holiday season, a lot of employers were complaining that they were not able to have Thanksgiving off and the store Director posted a note by the time clock that said “no one came to you door and asked you to work at safeway, everyone is required to work Holidays. The store was definitely based on playing favorites. If you didn’t have sonority or you weren’t a favorite on the director, unfortunately, you were just a number. The constantly call you on your day off to work and you are made to feel guilty if you don’t. For some reason they hate giving breaks, because e managers want to stand around and gossip. That’s another thing the gossip. You will go to work and all you here is gossip from the time you punch in until you punch out. Employees are constantly working off the clock, favorites are able to take hour long lunch breaks without punching out. They won’t let you go to the bathroom until the customers die down. You WILL NOT ADVANCE. The employees that have the good paying hours are the department managers and if you’re just entering as an employee you will be doing a repetitive job for a long time with no advancement. The Front end managers constantly lie to manipulate to - more...
It's pretty nice depending on what department you work in.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) - McLean, VA - January 26, 2020
If you are planning on applying you should avoid the Bakery at all cost, the work day starts absurdly early (3am) and ends around 1-2pm however the amount of work you do is quite a lot especially if you have little help. It's very enjoyable if you and your coworker get along but it pretty tedious alone.
Customer Service (Current Employee) - Arlington, VA - January 10, 2020
If you do not tell management what you are willing to do, hours you are willing to work, they will work you 6 days a week and 8 hours a day. If they could, I'm sure they would work you every day. They do not pay overtime unless you work over 8 hours per shift. Sundays are in a different "classification" and don't count as a regular work day. Still not sure what that means.
Always shifts available to work
Nothing is free, health benefits after 18 months of full time employment
Worked well with every customer and had no issues with anyone on staff in or outside of work, and met new people along the way. Learned new skills in my time being at this job. When difficult situations presented themselves I was able to confront them with a positive mindset.
I was pleased with the overall foreseeing of the managers on site. They were fair to everyone’s schedule and tried to accommodate . Personally my manager was very nice and understanding yet complied to everything f she needed
Cashier/Customer Service (Former Employee) - Sterling, VA - December 19, 2019
Every shift it was something new to learn and handle, I got the hang of it including manager duties in case they were absent when needed, including western union transactions, lotteries or counting down the register at the end of the day. Hardest part would be a customer causing problems, other than that it was a fun place.