The World According To Bob

Bob Allen is a philosopher and cyber libertarian. He advocates for the basic human rights of men. Bob has learned to cut through the political nonsense, the propaganda hate, the surface discourse, and talk about the underlying metamessage that the front is hiding. Bob tells it like it is and lets the chips fall where they may. If you like what you read be sure to bookmark this blog and share it with your friends.

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You can't make wrong into right by doing wrong more effectively. It's time for real MEN to stand up and take back our families, our society, and our self respect. It is not a crime to be born a man. It is not a crime to act manly.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Safeway Sucks!!

From time to time Bob reports on merchants who either provide excellent service, or who are only staying in business because their competition is worse. Lately Bob has been troubled by a local Safeway store that has blockaded its checkout lines with racks of magazines and piles of bottled water or other merchandise. Customers can no longer park the carts or buggies next to the conveyor belt to unload items for checkout. A customer must now walk 3 steps back and forth from where the cart can be parked to the checkout belt, 3 steps with each handful of items.

Its bad enough that we have to do all the cart unloading ourselves. Any of us over 30 can probably remember when the clerks unloaded the baskets and bagged the items. If they want us to do their work for them, at least you would think they would make it relatively easy for us to do so. Not Safeway. They have blockaded their checkouts in an apparent attempt to make it as difficult as possible for their customers to do the work that their employees used to do for us. When Bob complained to the store manager he was told that Safeway corporate management had forced local store managers to blockade checkouts so thoroughly that customers are greatly inconvenienced.

Safeway is not the first market chain to surround their checkout with racks of merchandise to tempt shoppers for "one more item." Wal-Mart, for example, generally has about 8 feet of racks on both sides of a narrow aisle leading to each checkout. But Safeway has created a new level of inconvenience. At least at Wal Mart there is still room between the racks for us customers to push our carts. Not so at Safeway. Carts have to be parked several feet away and the customer has to walk back and forth numerous times. I'm not sure whether just to shop elsewhere, or to park the cart out in the main aisle and tell the clerks that if they want to sell the stuff they can pick it out of the cart and check it out for me.

If there are any Safeway employees or managers reading The World According to Bob, you can take your blockaded checkouts and sit on them. Bob will shop somewhere that takes care of its customers. Do you remember customers? We're the people who keep you in business. Do you have a clue why Wal-Mart has become the biggest retailer ever? Hint…hint…hint…. HELLO?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say Good Morning Cunt to the cashier, and order her to put your groceries on the belt and do everything for you

December 11, 2006 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inconvenient, and possibly difficult, for the elderly and the disabled. What do customers with very young children or babies do? Turn their backs on the children to load the conveyor? Direct them to follow along with items in the back-and-forth? Possibly carry a baby with one hand, in order to place items on the conveyor with the other hand? What of those customers with twins or more? This is not a family-friendly or customer-friendly decision by mgmt.

December 11, 2006 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah !!! I agree with you SAFEWAY SUCKS !!! I unfortunatly work at a Colorado Safeway and this by far the worst job I have ever had. First off the pay is the lowest wage I have ever gotten, the job is probably the most physical job I have ever had. The management love to demean you and make you feel like crap everyday. The secret shopper thing is an outrage that some stupid shopper can come in and shop and then give you a bad score because God forgive me I pointed to an item rather than take the shopper by the hand and lead the way for this idiot to find his stupid toliet paper. Once you get a BAD SCORE :( from a shopper than your life at Safeway is Hell.......they post your name on the back wall and then all the other suck -up employees snear and talk about how BAD you are YOU made the whole store get a low score, now you have to listen to all the stupid managers that come and talk to you, all lazy 6 or 7 of the managers ask why you pointed, how could you point to an item ?? What the hell is wrong with you, you are so bad. OK now you get a stupid score that you have to wear on backside of your nametag--mine is 42 % ohhhh bad score. I am such a looser. Managers and big idiots at the store now can walk around and say let me see your tag "Whats your score?" They see your score is low and then start making you feel like crap all over again--BECAUSE YOU POINTED TO AN ITEM !!!! My God they treat like you just told the secret shopper to get fucked and find your own TP. Anyway again Safeway does Suck !!! They the Safeway managers all of them treat employees like shit...Don't work or shop Safeway.

April 30, 2008 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sick of safeway asking me for spare change like a panhandler.
I am a MAN, why should I pay for breast cancer research. Why does my wife have to pay for prostate cancer research. And I am REALLY sick of the checkers saying my name,, Thank you Mr Smith, Jones,,or they always butcher my Itialian name,,so I am re regestered as Mr Hernandez, ( I am a white guy BTW)
With the rising prices everywhere,,i am sick of this so Im going to shop at Luckys.
Also, they have bums out front asking dor spare change. We get hit up going in , and coming out and even while we are inside

June 21, 2008 11:32 AM  
Blogger Lynnette said...

Safeway does suck!
I worked at one here in Eugene, Oregon. I hated talking to customers that didn't want to be talked to and were very annoyed at their stupid secret shopper program. I know a PC (which is sort of an assistant manager, they just get paid nothing) that was demoted for stopping a teenager that walked out of the store with a 12 pack of beer that he didn't pay for. That's right you heard it. Safeway would rather your teenage children steal beer and who knows what would happen after they drank it, than have a store employee stop them. Only a manager has the authority to detain a shoplifter. There wasn't a store manager there so if you want to steal anything from Safeway just make sure there isn't a manager on site.
If you don't mind your teenagers having a few drinks, buy it for them yourself.

July 08, 2008 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at a Safeway in the Portland OR area. All the comments above are true. The "corporate top down attitude is incredibly oppressive, down to the music and adds blaring over the speakers.
The management is convinced that they're delivering "world class customer service" with less and less.
Btw, it gets worse daily.
It's as if they're preparing for fewer customers in the future.

July 26, 2008 11:59 AM  
Blogger mark151 said...

Yes! i agree safeway sucks ASS! i am ashamed of working at safeway. i started 2 weeks ago as a cc, thinking that it would be a great job for a high schooler. BIG MISTAKE! everyone treats me like shit! AND iv been getting 8 hour shits for 5 days in a row already! it is fucking hard labour and nobody appreatiates my work except the other ccs. this is the worst job you can ever have and who the hell would even want to shop at safeway. the prices are such a RIP OFF! anyways as a cc i do bag for the customer and fill up their buggies. i think the costumes are sometimes very arrogant and do not appreatiate my work. it makes me mad to ask a big guy who only has 2 bags if he would like carry out, because they always look at me like im crazy! but i still needa do it or else some fucken secret shopper will give me shit. i hate the costomer service, it is a bunch of bs. and the service desk ladys treat me like their slaves. in all i think safeway treats the ir customers with care, but the employers, especially the ccs are the ones treated like shit. every day i come home and i feel like im dying. i am emotionally and physically exhusted. i could keep on going but i wont. and btw DONT SHOP AT SAFEWAY! the prices are gay! only fat old pplz shop at safeway to enslave the ccs.

August 10, 2008 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Neagle said...

Safeway is not a safe place to work or shop. The corperate screw jobs would rather an employee watch an employee or a customer get killed then lend aid because if that employee does he or she is as good as terminated. Never shop at a Un-Safeway ever.

August 19, 2008 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys were all probably the lazy useless workers who think your job is to come to work and socialize with your co-workers.

October 01, 2008 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, safeway really is run by a bunch of fuckfaces. The secret shopper thing is a joke. lets send pissy people into our store, let them criticize you, nitpick everything you do, and than let them grade you harshly on what you do. i was hit on chewing gum while i was doing an order. CHEWING GUM. my score was also lowered because i moved around too much. im sorry....ill just stand still during the next order. oh yea that whole donation thing is a joke too. yea its good to get donations for diseases and shit. but we are forced to get a donation every shit. a dollar used to be good enough...but now its not. we get yelled at if we get any less than 5 dollars in donations. safeway is horrible. dont shop there, dont work there. run away. but the customers are pissy too so stop taking your anger out on the cashiers.

October 19, 2008 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol, Do you really think they want to be friendly to you? They could give a rat's ass where your overweight gluttonous ass shops.

October 30, 2008 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all i work there second of all i probobly hate safeway more then you the store manager puts on a show for us and pretends to kiss the customers ass he only does it because he wants money.

promotions are given to who ever he likes.

if he does something wrong on the scedual ex it shows that you have the day off but doesnt give it to you then he holds you accountable to fix it otherwise you can just quit

they go behind customer service mess it up and yell at me saying you need to clean it W.T.F

if the manager makes you go into work when your sick then you call the union on him but wait if you do that he harases you about it and screws you over on the scedual.

as far as customers go if you are well over weight and want help carrying your groceries out do it yourself help us help you by doing it yourself and lose some weight

also the most common problem that i deal with is customers not being able to read our machines they guide you throug the process of paying with a credit card or debit card

also in the fuel station if the pump isnt working read the sign where it says press yes for phone number or incert credit card the sign will say would you like to use your fuell pump awards yes or no its simple press yes to use it or no not to use it dont yell at us about it

heres a few more things if the pump gives you problems like please see attendent for fixing the problem. the attendent will say press credit then enter your billing zipcode if you didnt do it then fucking do it dont lie to him then get pissed off that he fixed it raight in front of you

the communication skills with management are extreamly poor also

brian our district manager really doesnt give a crap about the customer he only pretends to do so i had several customers write complaint letters to safeway and not a single one herd back from the district manager regurading those problems and they still wernt fixed

my friends also workded at safeway but his dad went to prision when he was born and randomly came back when he was 18 and my friend needed to drive his dad and 21 year old sister to probation on there sceduals because they only had one car and his mom worked during the day and night so he would halfto do it because there to lazy to walk so my friend called our boss and told him what was going on and his reply was well you need to fix it on your own time not mine work is your priority.

as far as that secrit shopper goes if you get a bad shop heres what happens
1. your put on probation at work
2. you dont get promoted
3. you cant transfer to different stores
4. the harase you over and over
5. they take you into a room close the door and cuss at you telling you yourworthless, lower than shit, your vomit, your a disgrase and so on

that about it for the secrit shoppers

i could go on forever about this dam i hate safeway

November 05, 2008 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well 2 weeks agao my manager told me that she promises to fix my pay rate but as we know safeway sucks so guess what they didnt they pay a person to sit on ther fat fucking ass and make sure employees are getting paid but for some reason they didnt do it they shorted me almost 100.00 dollars in 4 weeks because it wasnt fixed the day i started my new position so now what do i do go to the union hmm good idea

well the union charged me 10.00 because they thought i quite safeway then got hired at a new store so i emailed them a week agao but no reply i went onto google found out how to contact corprate about this and guess what no reply
i talked to my store manager but he didnt want to talk to me

so then i asked myself why the fuck should i work for a company who fucking sucks hell i wish i could just ban safeway from the united states

also side note if you have a safeway near you with self checkout go up to it and type in the upc number 22011 as much as you like and you get .05 cents back every time but make sure you bring bags in with you like if you want to buy a pop bring in about 5 bags and youll get .50 cents off however it is illegal to do it if you have no bags also im not responsible if you go through with this you do this at your own risk and by doing this you take all responsibility for this.

December 13, 2008 3:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get asked on a daily basis if I make a commision working at Safeway. UP-sell UP-sell UP-sell the customer. We have to keep a piece of paper on us at all times with our successful selling sugestions - how many items sold and how much they cost. I have to approach anyone in my dept. and ask if they need help. The secret shopper program is stressful. If I fail on an approach or not sugesting an upsale the whole store suffers. I was in sales 15 years before this job and I see how irritated the customers are by being approached every isle by staff. Who are the customers taking it out on? Us.

My store is also sexist. I asked to be transfered to a different dept. six months ago. They constantly hire men for this position. Give me my chance to show them I can do the job - equal opportunity... what ever. Two weeks till I reach my vesting date... buh bye.

Safeway also throws out everything. Nothing is donated, nothing is recyled, nothing is discounted.

Safeway Sucks
Please support your local grower

August 11, 2009 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funniest thing about Safeway is the managers. They are usually 20 somethings that live at home with no life or work experience and they walk around facing chips and pop all night, yet carry this oh so important look on their face. Shop anywhere but that overpriced hell hole. No one at the bakery, no one in the aisles and when you find them they can't help you anyway. Boooooo!

September 25, 2009 12:53 AM  
Blogger Cathleen said...

Yes, Safeway sucks. They've taken hiring power away from local store managers. All hires must be approved by some HR drone in Corporate. So, if a local manager wants to give a kid who had a bit of trouble in his youth, someone they know,someone who hasn't been in an ounce of trouble since, an opportunity to work in their community, some faceless paper-pusher denies their ability to choose their own employees. Policy has been in place for just over a year. I hope Safeway's shrinkage goes through the roof, with their "quality" employees they hire now.

December 15, 2009 8:39 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Bunch of whiney little spoiled kids who had to get their worthless butts off the couch from playing video games and work - or at least tried to act like it. Emphasis on ACT.
No, I don't work for Safeway. No, I don't have any family members who work for Safeway. It's just amusing all the people who hide behind Anonymous with their tough, worthless talk.

January 25, 2010 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Tony said...

Actually, I'm a hiring manager AND a cashier, and no matter what I happen to be doing, I work extremely hard at it. The only people who've ever gotten talked to harshly that I've seen, have been either mentally inhibited, or lazy apathetics. If you don't like Safeway, quit, but don't take their money and then do the laziest job you can, and then also whine about it.

February 22, 2010 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My safeway sucks but isnt that bad i work at one in scottsdale, AZ. Management does blow and the amount of drama i hear on a day to day basis is worse than when i was in high school. srsly. do your job and shut the fuck up. So one department manager stole another department managers boyfriend who works at another safeway. I dont care. Secret shoppers are a pain we have to continuosly ask"are you finding everything ok?" "Would you like to try a sample?" "We have clorox on sale for 3.99 today that would go great with the boston cream pie in your basket" ever worse is when they do manager shops which is some stupid game management puts on to make sure we go through the damn attributes then they come back and say you did this this and this wrong. Its like ok whatever unless you want to pay me overtime stop talking to me about bullshit and let me finish my work.FML

April 19, 2010 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I work at my local safeway too and I have to say I agree with alot of the comment's above.
Funny thing is my store manager is very nice and never yells, screams, berate's anybody even if an employee get's in trouble. yeah i know what ya gonna say [ WTF, since when does safeway hire manager's that DON'T do that ].

That's the store manager, ok the ASSISTANT manager is a complete and total asshole. *EVERYBODY* and I mean *EVERYBODY* who work's at the store dislike's and hate's him totally. Yup he's the type that does things a assistant manager ISN'T suppose to do...[ he does Out-of-stock *scans price tag with that price gun* does *grocery* work *big damn NONO*, works the customer service desk! the list goes on ] he is going to court next month and if found guilty of breaking all those rule's, the store get's a $50,000 fine and a visit from the district manager. Course he'll have a shitty day and take out on everybody else, yay more bullshit.

Oh and lastly I'll talk about the nightshift work. Bloody suck's ass as hell, no the physical work isn't the problem it's WHO I work with.

I do good job, I get in shit.
I do a bad job, well duh get in shit.

When I work with the head lady of the night crew, she's a fuckin asswipe, yup all the above post's that say about mis-treatment , harrasment etc. I work with a god damn anti-social, when she want's her fuckin lackies to do something, she'll yell and shout and scream [ WILL YOU FUCKIN DO THIS NOW PLEASE ] or if you ask where a particular item is, she'll go [ WHERE THE HELL YOU THINK IT IS DUMBASS? ] yes she say's those thing's.

Yes I know what you folk's gonna say " dude save your soul and get the hell out of that shithole "

Good advice, the pay isn't worth that bullshit, indeed what "pay"...the wage is craptastic too but then again I keep hearing Wallmart is ever worse...

June 21, 2010 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret shopper problem biggiest pile of horse excrement EVER.

WTF this is a grocery store not a god damn kindergarden.

LOL my safeway got a score of "4" last week, yup I was totally happy. Like HOOORAAA!!! that's ok cause the staff at our safeway don't give a shit about superior shitty service.

Well only the manager's and the Head cashier care, the other 98% just do their job.

Hmmm maybe I shouldn't have said " our condom's are on special, buy 1 get one free ma'me, those will go good with that bottle of lube you got there!." DANG!!!! guess I just suck at superior service!!.

Oh and my safeway is a favorite place for shoplifter's. Dang never seen so many pharmacy stuff show up at the local dollar store, even still has the safeway price tag on them too!!.

June 21, 2010 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Safeway sucks! I have worked there for 4 weeks and have seen my department manger once. I failed a shop. I heard about this from some suck-up asshole kid who could not wait to point it out to me. It was posted where the whole department could see it with a little note, "this is not how it's done!" I got taken off the schedule for a week. I don't even know what I did wrong/right (either would be helpful info). The people that I work with have either had their souls sucked dry or are stupid wanna-be backstabbers. This is the worst job that I have ever had.

July 03, 2010 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safeway management treats their employees like the enemy. There are countless programs instituted by Safeway corporate that are pointless, and seem to be put in place simply out of spite towards the employees. We all know damn well if the CEO had his way he would pay every single worker in the store minimum wage and with no benefits, while he rakes in millions while traveling in a private jet.

November 06, 2010 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anna said...
I worked for Safeway Corp Office for a whole year. All the comments are true. This was the very first job I had where I had a nervous break down every other week because of management treating me like crap. Did you know if you have a returned check and if you are an employee, Safeway will not make an exception and wave your fee not even one. But if you don't work for them then they do wave return check fee's hundreds of dollars worth. Safeway is the worst company ever. I was falsely accused and humiliated by management of stealing a customer's information. When customer called in to apologize for the mistake he made management never bothered to apologise to me. They just never said another word. I walked out on Safeway and I have never been happier in my entire life!

December 19, 2010 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work as a cc at my local safeway and it is the buggest bull shit job ever created. First off i have to deal with the problem with the secret shopers. i am constantly have to ask people about their days as if i really give a shit and if i dont i might get a bad shop which means geting yelled at by my fat ass manager. I also cant stand the other employees at safe way. Being a cc all of the cashiers talk down to me like im a dumb ass and are all ways trying to correct on the most stupid shit like making sure i make better eye contact when greeting an employee. I think that those "higher" up people like cashiers should go fuck them selves because their talking down to an AP student who is probley much smater then dumb asses to begin with. All in all dont shop at safeway because it is over priced bull shit, and dont work there unless you wanted to be treated like a worthless slave.

December 24, 2010 2:35 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

as a past safeway employee(checker,courtesy clerk,stocker) for 3 and a half years at safeway (I no longer work there, as i quit after not liking how safeway treats it's employees)

Bob, please do not blame it on employees as pretty much employees have to do what the store manager says, or employees risk getting unfair scheduling tactics (and the union, UFCW really is a complete joke, they can't do anything for employees, and i wonder why we payed expensive fees to the union to protect us.

Not only does Safeway management and administration treat employees unfairly, but as long as your not in school they can schedule you anyway they want as long as there's a 10 hour split between shifts.

after over a year and a half of being treated unfairly and being scheduled from days to graveyard every other day, and ended up in the ER, because of it I resigned. Even 7 years later I'm still pissed at safeway Administration and the union.

Even after getting a safeway customer service award (for perfect grading on mystery shopper test) on GATS, (greet, anticipate,take to item) etc they still treated me with disrespect.

I even learned that Safeway reduced employees salaries by more then 50% and you have to work there like 3 years to get health insurance, instead of 90 around 2006.

For the job, it's just not worth it to work there anymore. After I left Safeway, about 50% of the workers in my store, also quit or transferred to another safeway because of the unfair treatment.

December 25, 2010 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me being a Safeway employee I can tell you first hand how much the company does indeed suck ass. What makes it suck so bad? is it the checker calling you by your last name? the many times you get asked if your finding everything alright? Nope! it starts with corporate....everything you monkeys bitch about starts from the top so when you assholes come in and say good morning cunt or just being a big dick because we're doing something that we are told is our job!!! you want to be assholes write a letter to Steve Burd or call 1 877 safeway but leave the employees alone we work very hard for you people to come in and treat us like shit! so eat shit unload your groceries and get the hell out without making yourselves look as stupid as you are when you complain about little things!

January 26, 2011 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safeway's BS sales games like mix and match, two day only, giant packages of meat and marking stuff like seafood up before discounting it are some of the worst in the industry. The @%##$$% club card should be declared unconstitutional and flat illegal, I can't count the number of tourists who are ripped off to the tune of 50% by this crap let alone all the people who have them who get ripped off because the damn machine didn't read it correctly or because people just forget.

Stacking crap in front of the check out belt is just plain $&^%^%^% rotten!!!!!

On top of that Safeway employees are some of the rudest in the industry. You saved $1,908,998 Mr. Dumbass is not the proper way to end a purchase, "THANK YOU for spending $243 dollars at Safeway is".

February 21, 2011 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed it does suck. The managers say you have a bad attitude if you stand up to them. I am in trouble for my 91% score on secret shoppers. Store manager hates me and is writing me and anyone that talks to me up. If you go to the union there is always lashback. And now they have started an Elite shopper program. The manager has a phone and, if you spend enough money there every week, when you go through the checkout the phone pages him, tells him your name and what checkstand you are on. Then he comes and bags your groceries and tells you youre our best customer. Its creepy and kind of like stalking.

March 10, 2011 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safeway sucks! I work there and all they do is make you feel like crap for doing nothing wrong. They also post secret shops up on the wall so everyone can see exactly how bad you did for not saying "I see you have hamburger in your cart. Can I interest you in some hamburger buns?" Today, I got a warning by the manager. There are only two stockers in the whole store and we can't get all the load put away. She told me that the load isn't getting done because I am "not working hard enough." It's bad enough that I got yelled at, but it was humiliating that there was a coworker watching me get ridiculed so there was a "witness." There is a feeling of helplessness throughout the whole store. No wonder Safeway goes through employees like most people go through dirty socks.

March 18, 2011 2:33 PM  
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March 23, 2011 8:33 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I have been at Safeway for three years off and on now as a cashier. I just put in my 2 weeks notice on Sunday because I got a better job and two of the managers come up to me and start treating me like complete shit by saying that "I SHIT ALL OVER A SHOP" and forgot EVERYTHING (PAUL, help out, how are you, have a good day) NOT ONCE IN THE THREE YEARS I HAVE BEEN THERE HAVE I MISSED A SHOP. I have been an extremely good employee with no mistakes. I know for a fact they are trying to tarnish my record and screw me over to be sure I never (not that I would now) come back. This makes me so fucking angry. I even left them a heartfelt note putting in my two weeks. I can't believe this place. All they care about is not letting anyone go so they don't have to get off their lazy asses and do something and hire someone else.

Customers already treat us like slaves by shoving numbers in our faces right when they get in line and just slamming down baskets expecting us to do everything or not responding when we are trying to be the nicest we can be. THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE I am so glad I only have one more week. Thank God.

March 24, 2011 2:00 PM  
Blogger E said...

Oh boo yoo yoo yoo :(
Kissing someones ass never gets you ahead. If you don't like the polices, tell it to the mgrs, stop taking it out on the customers!! And you wonder why customers are so rude. You're the punk asses working there. You comment on this forum- like that's going to save your dignity. Stand up for yourselves for once in your life. I have been working in retail for over 20 years now, and I have no problem at all speaking my mind when a snot-nose punk mgr disrespects me or my dept.

As long as you do the job you were hired to do, they cannot fire you or reduce your hours, if they do, hire a lawyer to write them a letter of inquiry, as well as: and this is the first thing you should do, have them put in writing, why they are firing you or reducing your hours,and give this to your lawyer and watch the mgr's knees start to shake. In most cases, the dept heads have know idea what sort of protection an employee has. Even if your state is an at-will state, they have to have a legit reason for firing you. The problem with people today is, they let themselves get walked on. Employers know and expect the only thing that is going to happen, is call their bluff, don't go postal though.

If you come to work on time, and have excused absences, you should be okay. It is never the customers fault that some company make you jump through's those who have low self-esteem that get upset, when doing the stupid little frills and greetings.

May 28, 2011 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow I never thought working for Safeway was that tough. All the people here make it sound it so bad. I recently started working for Safeway. No more than a week and I have been doing checker work. I think the most frustating things are the PLU codes. I have to memorize them especially for produce. If I don't, I have to look in the binder an search the merchandise up myself. And this contributes to my accuracy score. And also if you are a Cheney know your checkout procedures very well, use the attributes, BOB, and know the cash register by heart or you will suffer like I am. It would be helpful if I could go bck to the web-based trajning to refreshen my memory and skills. And also the store manager scares me or some reason.

July 08, 2011 2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly the people complaining about Safeway are not telling you bullshit or being lazy babies I've been working there for four years now and it's starting to effect my home life. Management really does treat you like total fucking garbage whenever they get a chance they try to make you feel absolutely useless or like your retarded. They give us such BS hours where at some points we will have 3 staff members on in the deli one in the back cooking and two in the front with literally hours of production work and cleaning not to mention the customer service on top if that.. And you know the best part is the new contract just settled and it fucking sucks more than the last one and the pay us still less than order grocery stores. You can't go to school and get a good job after because it's hard to find a job now and Safeway pays way to shitty to be able to afford it

July 26, 2011 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will tell you this I was in reserves for a while the Royal Saskatchewan Dragoons light armored recon BMQ number 0794 rifle section 3 and this was easier than safeway I've been at safeway for 4 years now and the military has never effected me physically or mentally but Safeway has cause me to be depressed, be miserable and have a lot of anxiety at work because you will get yelled at for absolutely no reason at all your always on edge there while working. I won't repeat what people have already about that he'll whole it is all 100% the truth. And if you don't believe someone that has served in the armed forces than you customers will never believe how bad it truly is to work there. I found mall security way better how sad is that?

July 26, 2011 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one is for the customers as a worker at Safeway I can't fucking stand working at that place. Please can you guys go complain to managers about all the bs that they are pulling there and head office because thats where the problem is. Not the workers the fucking management we don't have a choice with anything we are considered garbage and can only do what they tell us we ate ordered around like little bitches. And btw everyone else complaining about working at safeway their complaints are all 100% legit that place is the worst job and the worst payed job I've ever worked at they also lie to you about a lot of stuff too

July 26, 2011 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safeway is worst place to work hands down for every reason that has been stated and more. For one management has their favorites and their least favorites or hated employees. Anyway so Safeway has a strict dress code which I can understand as long as it applies to everyone. So there's this blonde bimbo in the deli I work at and she regularly wears flats without socks a jacket with a hood and symbols over it plus many piercings on visible body parts also she keeps her hair long which all of the above is against the dress code. One day my nazi fuck store manager comes into the deli to do his daily inspection walks over to her and says hi and has a shirt conversation with her. Than he comes directly over to me on the opposite side of the deli and the first thing he says is what's wrong this picture? I look at him like ???? So he says you didn't shave today. Go shave now or go home! WTF?! how did she get away with all those so called violations and I catch shit for some stub on my face?

July 26, 2011 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the biggest jokes at safeway is the lunch breaks. You get 30 min unpaid lunch. But the store manager gets unlimited because he gets payed on salary so the motha fucka goes for lunch for about 2 hours normally I know because I've timed him multiple times already and says that it was business meeting! Yay right a 2 hour business meeting at mc Donald's every day ya lazy fat fuck! So many people from Safeway go for lunch there and everyone knows what that moron does it's no secret. But the worst part is that if you go over your 30 mins and than punch your card back in that bastard personally inspects your time cards and than you get taken in the office and get pretty treated like you just committed a bad crime like seriously what a JOKE!!!!!!!!!

July 26, 2011 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I've been working at safeway for just over 10 years now and it's a horrible place to work and I'd like to talk about all these stupi programs they have. Like this new one for example is honestly thr stupidest shit ever. The elite customer program. If you spend a certain amount of money ever week the dumbass store manager comes over and hands you a package with a card and his personal number in it so you can call him abd burg directly to him if you got a a complaint. This package also includes the mot useless garbage ever! 5 cents per liter fuel discount. 10% off dozen long stem roses. Refunds without receipts. Cash back up to 300. 10% off deli signature sandwiches but only the regular size. And last a guaranteed in stock product. That's the fucking best they could do?! Wow as most people that work there generally shop there they get the same thing but it's like for the workers the mangers don't treat us as elite customers. For example the 300 program and black berry they bought the store managers to make this elite program work is linked with the tills and when your card gets swiped it comes up with stars and thy know you spend w/e it I every week. Anyway after the cards scanned the managers blank berry goes off saying let customer on till 5 or w/e till it is. But when I web through the till he ignored me a number of times so u could recieve these great benefits sarcasim. I had to come up to him 3 times and personally ask him if I could get that package!!!!!!!

July 26, 2011 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So for everyone that shops there do you expect us to Kiss your ass for 10-11 dollars and hour with no benefits for anything at all and shitty hours plus we get treated like total worthless garbage by management and then get it from you guys too?! Come on we bust our asses with the shit 37 cents raises and short staffed all the time so that they can save money and get bonuses the fucking lazy managers plus they pile mountains of work on us to and tell us it had better get done or were gonna have a problem. And a lot of the employees have developed health problems as some of mentioned already working here. And then you guys bitch about the stupidest shit and most pointless. I mean I've had people get so mad before at me because of various reasons were at one time someone threw a sandwich at me! Not to mention these kind if comments daily. "go get a real job" or "did you even finish school ya idiot I said i wanted that one!"or one of the best ones "are you fucking death or just a retard how many times do I have to tell you I want 230 grams not 250! When it's very loud where I work and I suffer from a hearing disorder. Also it seems it's very rare that anyone will ever say "hi" or "thank you" or "please" we get no respect from customers or our fat lazy asshole managers we are truly slaves struggling to to pay the fucking next months rent and food to survive how da fuck do ya expect us to fuckin worship you for spending a lousy 250 for groceries when I hardly make that in one check dammit?!

July 26, 2011 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kno it's such bs! Everytime we come into work we have to sign the "customer service" checklist and all it ever has on it are reminders of things we supposedly aren't doing or aren't doing well enough. I finally asked my supervisor who writes these things up everyday bc I'm getting sick of never seeing a positive comment or kudos for improvements, esp. when I kno how hard I work, not so much for Safeway, but for their customers who they care only about making money off of. If it werent for Safeway employees, mngmt wouldn't make a dime. Some encouagement and gratitude would really make me feel like the extra mile I go to give 5star service is worthwhile. At the end of the day it's us who answer for shitty mngmt with dissatisfied customers. Also one time I made a suggestion on the Safeway website setup for employees; I suggested making the bags more sturdy bc everything rips through them (increasing waiting times for customers if you care about their groceries and bother to double/triple bag) and guess wat!? My manager called me into the office and said "I got ur suggestion about the bags..." - fuck Im only so glad I didn't totally bitch a rant as I thought my suggestions were kept confidential when now I realize leaving my "valed" input may have resulted in termination. I'm also annoyed that our managers make laminated notes everywhere at our tills telling us cashiers to scan club card first! Greet w eye contact, BOB (on total button), thank by lastname "everyone". They only post things where it benefits them directly. But nearly every interaction I have to go thru a whole time-consuming spiel regarding chip or swipe and that we now accept chip. Like just make a damn sign already that says it so I dont always have to ask or be asked "chip?" or have hyper swipers that swipe n then have to insert 4 times. but no, that would save us all too much time. We are treated just as another customer... It pays more to be an elite customer than it does to work there. Thing is, Safeway doesn't even pay a wage high enough to allow me to even afford to shop there let alone become an elite customer. It's sad, big corporation like that and too tight to even pay a decent wage or hire anyone part time. And remember! No grazing! And "what is B.O.B worth to u?". Are they suggesting my job?

August 02, 2011 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safeway is stinky-poo. Constantly find shelves left empty instead of restocked. Stupid self-check machines always malfunctioning (FIX THE GODDAM PROBLEM!!!), carts with busted wheels left that way so homeless don't steal them, dumb-card saver problem with its idiotic "You've saved a million dollars" line. I gave up shopping at this trash heap and take my business elsewhere.

August 28, 2011 2:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....Safeway Sucks!! two ways about it people...i make 9.27 per hour in the produce department and am so stacked with work that i have no time to take my 10 minute breaks....produce clerks are also called to check when the lazy checkers need help and i was just written up for not responding within the 30 second time limit...holy god what a hell hole....i have been there for 18 months and never called in sick or been late even ONCE, but all i here about is that our department is an "F" and that my secret shopper score is under expectations....i would rather shovel shit 4 minimum wage than feel like i am back in grade school again...what a bunch of morons who run this place......:-)

November 06, 2011 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safeway is so full of shit touting their hiring the disabled crap. Autistic Courtesy Clerk FIRED for bullshit missing a store sweep by ONE MINUTE. Now the turd assholes fighting his UIB? Don't shop at this massive pile of shit store. The Managers are a bunch of scum-sucking bottom dwellers!

November 09, 2011 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a good one for you. I work at Safeway on the night crew. I just got into trouble for listening to a customer tell me about his daughter that was just diagnosed with cancer. I was watching the checkstand, as the night crew has to watch it from 5a until 630 when a cashier comes in. Anyways I spent approximately 10-15 minutes letting this gentleman cry, thinking that I was providing "superior customer serivce". I was written up for not getting all of my assignments done because I spent to long on the register. When I asked what am I supposed to do when this customer is telling me about his sick daughter, the assistant manager told me, "well just walk away, don't be rude, just walk away." Is that not being rude? Also I have filed a greivance against the store manager for shorting my wages and hostile work environment, now I am in trouble for spending 5-10 seconds for "misuse of company time" when I document all that is going on. I am a former Marine and Firefighter, I have had some of the most stressful job situations you can imagine, never as bad as Safeway though. It is rediculous. I make $9/hr to get demeaned on a daily basis. I can't quit because then my greivance goes away and I don't get the money that I am owed. I have decided to retain an employment attorney and file a civil suit against the manager. This is the most ridiculous place I have ever worked, and I am a grown man. WOW!!!!

December 13, 2011 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for Safeway and Got written up today for a bob audit. It's where corporate attempts to steal an item under the cart and see if you catch it. Safeway would rather punish employees than getting the new lane equipment that helps cashiers detect a bottem of the cart item.

January 25, 2012 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanna say if your upset about your wages get them back. Steal as much as you can, and waste as much as you can. turn on the water and leave it run all day. throw away good product. these are just two good examples. Slack off as much as possible. good service starts with the employees and they treat us like shit so i really don't care if people go shop somewhere else. I tell people not to shop at Safeway all the time. until Safeway realizes treating the employees better will lead to more profits they will continue to lose money and shoppers. Do your part to bring Safeway down!

January 30, 2012 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say the worst part of working at safeway is the whiny customers. I have never seen so many lazy spoiled customers shopping. It's a effing grocery store. I shouldn't have to wait on you people like a slave. Safeway has groomed its customers to make my like a living hell. I work in the bakery as all of a sudden I'm cake boss. No I don't give a shit your kid is turning one. If you want a fancy cake do not come to Safeway an when I quite you a price I guarantee it's cheaper than any other bakery. It's people like you bob tht make my life hell. Not only is Safeway a shitty job but the customers make it so much worse.

March 27, 2012 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many disgruntled employee's here, read the union book and you will see that you don't have to stress ^^

March 29, 2012 1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

safeway does suck when they took over dominicks here in chicago they dont know what they are doing,they treat there employes bad,i will never shop there again i worked there for over 30 years dominicks was a good company many years ago and for the Union they suck to they are for the company when the use to be for us

April 04, 2012 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at Safeway as a courtesy clerk. Let me say WORST FREAKING JOB EVER!!!! I'm a straight A student in high school, and I get treated like crap daily at work, and yelled at by the managers for not taking a person to the item, I told them where it freaking was!!! They treat us like slaves and expect way to mush with sweeping the store every 30min doing carts every 30min, trashes, bathrooms, bagging groceries, etc. oh, and did I tell you we only have on 1 courtesy clerk at a freaking time!!! I can't wait to quit this job, and go on to college! Safeway can go kill themselves, they are greedy, and don't care at all for employees. I've worked there for over an year.. And I still make only minimum wage!!! Customers are always gay, and helpless!! Secret shoppers are a Joke!! Never shop or work at Safeway!,,, Ever!

April 27, 2012 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a cashier at safeway, and I'm sick and tired of corporate trying to find me doing something wrong. Absolutely no incentive to work here, and I'm being watched as if they want me to mess up so they can chew me out. It's not right, we don't get paid anywhere near the right amount for the work we do. So if the customer wants to complain about how the store is run, don't take it out on me. Worst grocery store you could possibly work for. Awful.

May 04, 2012 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've been working at Slaveway for a year and a couple month I've gotten 2 promotions already and it sukssssssss!!!!!!!!!!> customers dont neen me to friken ask them finding wvwerythink ok? if they look lost then i will obviously ask, if it looks like they're just looking i refuse to no do it. unless the stupid managers are around. I literally get in trouble every time the main manager is their, and asks me hows service? in my mind i wanna say it is actually suking im not saying hi to anybody, even though i do..! haha!!. safeway hella suks. CC are treated like crap i was one of them at first. and now that i got promoted,even though i got a really bad shop. i get asked hows my service and been threatened that if i dont greet every customer i make eye contact i willl be a CC again. hah idgaf anymore, im so done with Safeway, im just waiting for this damn manager to chew me up one more time and ill quit!!!!

May 25, 2012 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just a warning to all the safeway employees on here, make sure your facebook/myspace/twitter accounts are on private because the managers do creep on their employees pages looking for incriminating posts. my co-worker (we both work at safeway) posted on fb how safeway was a horrible company and some other negative comments, THEY FIRED HIM, and since I had "liked" the post that apparently makes me an acomplice and I WAS SUSPENDED PENDING TERMINATION even though I never said anything. safeway is a horrible evil ass company where all the managment are greedy arrogant fucks who think their shit dont stink, well guess what, if your 40yrs old and manage a fucking grocerey store, odds are your life didnt go the way you wanted it to. so any safeway management/corporate workers, you can go suck a dick, hope your gay ass retail chain goes under. ALSO SAFEWAY WANTS TO TAKE AWAY ALL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, SUNDAY PAY, HOLIDAY PAY, ABD RETIREE BENEFITS!! FUCK SAFEWAY VIVA LA REVILUTION!!

May 30, 2012 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so busy at till forgot to pay for water,going on break, offered to pay but was terminated instead

June 12, 2012 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at Safeway for two weeks.
It was the worst experience of my life. I am so glad to be gone, I walked away in the middle of my shift after I got yelled at for taking a break.

Insane....Avoid Safeway

August 21, 2012 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at Safeway for over a year. I had compliments all over the place stating I was one of the harder workers, the few that showed up on time, the one that volunteered the most on my days off, got perfect shops, and more. While other courtesies went outside, sat in their car and TEXTED just because, which for whatever reason they got a raise. I worked minimum wage for over a year, and was handpicked for big company. When I applied, I only wanted 15 to 20 hours for school and 25 to 30 for the summer so I had some extra cash. Instead, they overworked me giving me 39.5 hours instead of 40 on 6 days a week. I also ended up failing in school which was my fault for letting them take advantage of me. The one weekend I requested off, my boss threatened me to come into work "or else". I worked hard enough, and I wanted that one day off rarely requesting days off. I said I would come in the morning to afternoon but not late at night. He needed night shifts, and I said no I had family events that I couldn't miss. I quit because he kept threatening me and yelling at front of customers. As a teenager at the time, I even found that unprofessional and rude, and I pride myself on customer service.

Not only that, my boss at the time threatened a girl to come into work as well because she needed to leave on short notice because a family member died. He didn't believe her though. She ended up quitting after he yelled in her face too, which was unfair. She was one of the best workers I've ever seen as well. I hope he felt horrible when he read the obituaries in the paper the next day.

There so much more about that place to say, that it's hard to even think of it. It could have been just my boss. He was very rude, unprofessional, and threatening. He degraded some of the workers for their disabilities, and has disrespected other employees in front of customers. No matter the company, position, or profession, class and respect is still important.

August 27, 2012 10:51 PM  
Anonymous NaNaNa said...

Aside from the usual complaints, the way Safeway stocks their shelves is horrible. I've worked there, and done a little of everything. I can see how they want to order as much product as possible to save money, and put as much on the shelf, but when things are being stuffed on the shelves not even anywhere near the actual labeled tag (and seriously, some items are in other aisles just to get put on the cheezits in the baking aisle for example) it makes it difficult for the employees and much more difficult for customers. It could just be my store, but I've walked down Walmart a time or two and have looked down the shelves.

Not counting some of the lazy customers who like to randomly stick stuff on the shelves (instead of putting it back or handing it to a worker), their shelves are stocked neatly and doesn't cram and damage everything. Maybe that's just my Walmart in my city as well.

Don't blame the employees though. Most of them work hard, and scrape by with little earnings they get. Basically whatever is at the bottom of the barrel. There's hardly positive reinforcement throughout the store. No, "Good job!" or "Keep up the good work" or giving constructive criticism. Instead, it's mostly where you screwed up and how bad it was and never explaining how to fix it. They get sworn at, yelled at, degraded in front of customers, co-workers, private conversations. Where it's understandable that people have bad days, these so-called managers have bad days all the time. Not all managers, but most of them. And the way the cut corners is absolutely horrible as well.

Safeway needs to change their environment. They get good workers constantly, and I always cheer a little bit when they quit. They find better jobs that pay better and work much well with their schedule. It's sad on how much hardworkers Safeway loses.

August 27, 2012 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of the bitching employees (with incredibly bad grammar and typing skills, might I add):

If you don't like your job, QUIT

You knew the rules when you were hired. If you don't follow the rules, (secret shops and so on) YOU WILL BE FIRED OR PUNISHED

It's pretty simple. Do your job, you'll be fine. Fuck up, you'll be punished.

Your job is what you make it.

-A Safeway employee who makes 9.75 an hour and LOVES WHAT THEY DO

August 28, 2012 3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of the bitching employees (with incredibly bad grammar and typing skills, might I add):

If you don't like your job, QUIT

You knew the rules when you were hired. If you don't follow the rules, (secret shops and so on) YOU WILL BE FIRED OR PUNISHED

It's pretty simple. Do your job, you'll be fine. Fuck up, you'll be punished.

Your job is what you make it.

-A Safeway employee who makes 9.75 an hour and LOVES WHAT THEY DO

August 28, 2012 3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive worked for safeway for 10 years yes im a manager and yes safeway hires a bunch of idiots but its a grocery store you if u dont like ur job quit ive never had any problems with the company the benefits have gone down hill is my only complaint by the way safeway has the managers doing so much daily its not their fault its all upper corporate that mandates everything that happens at store level we has managers have to make sure they are followed yes like the shopper program and j4u And so on and if u dont like our prices or company shop somewhere else an quit ur whinin safeway is the best company if u put work in safeway will promote u

September 09, 2012 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am posting another comment. I've posted two on here already. I just want to say that i just found out that my ex-boss at Safeway (head store manager) keeps nude pictures of some of the girl co-workers on his phone. Because he is that perverted.

Granted, the girls are kind of...not the classiest...but still. I find it disturbing that the BOSS is keeping those photos on his phone. He's married and has kids. How do I know this? Well, my ex-boss has phone numbers of a lot of the employees (not mine). He has my boyfriend's phone number, and he kept texting my boyfriend asking for a nude picture of this a co-worker that my boyfriend used to have (he most definitely better not have it anymore lol).

Yeah, he's a grown man, and entitled to his own private life...but that's just disturbing to know and to think about. What kind of workers DOES Safeway have?

September 29, 2012 2:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha I make $18 an hour working for Safeway and I DON'T GIVE A FUCK. I am the laziest, most unfriendly asshole but I do my job just well enough they can't fire me.

March 28, 2013 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not work at Safeway. I have never had a problem with a checker. What I do have a problem with is the unacceptably long lines. It's obvious that as a corporation they are going to hire the minimum staff they need to do the job to maximize profit. Well when I get to the line and there's 2 out of 8 registers open and 9 people in front of me I walk out. I doubt it's the employees fault, but I don't really care. The 7-11 has two cashiers most of the time. I avoid Safeway as much as I can now. It's a joke.

April 16, 2013 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Safeway in Pacific Grove CA frequently has only one check stand open and will have more than six people in line. They don't pay attention to open another line. The other grocery stores like Trader Joe's and Nob Hill almost always have more than one checker open and short lines. More times than not if I go there at all, I will walk out when I see the long lines even if there is something on sale I really would like to buy. I've complained to the local manager and to the corporate office, but it has not helped.

June 20, 2013 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Dan M. said...

Safeway does suck. I worked there for 13 years in the CA Bay Area. You don't call the customer by their last name on a mystery shop and your written up. You help a customer on your break and your 2 minutes late as a result, they bitch at you. I worked express once on a busy weekend day and shared the till with one other person. the till was off 3 DOLLARS after pulling in over 7 grand. The piece of shit store manager, who is now a female district manager (if you worked around the South Bay you know who she is), wrote us both up because she could not prove who made the mistake. What a f'ing joke. You can work your ass off for that Nazi company and the management doesn't appreciate anything.

August 06, 2013 12:50 AM  
Anonymous Tofu Searcher said...

The secret shopper program is officially over November 21st. I know this because I was a secret shopper! Now all feedback will come from the customer surveys. So no more pretending I don't know where the tofu is!

November 23, 2013 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever the secret shopper was in Wyoming (maybe they had a bunch), but they/he/she pissed off the managers so much. Apparently some of the managers that help them/him/her did not do a great job, so they are glad the program is over. It was a farce anyway. I shit on as many of the people who come into this rank piece of shit store in Riverton (wyo) that I can. Especially the old bags that come in here. They are so unreasonable with wanting things packed this way or that. There have been times I have made sure buy putting a little rip in the handle (then putting the bags in their carts so they don't notice) so their bags will rip. A couple weeks ago some fat bitch wanted me to put an effing bag around her plant cause it was cold outside. I refused and told the bitch we can't waste bags. She called the next day saying her plant was dead (it was minus some degrees that day) , I got the call and told her that it was tuff that happened but that I had begged her to bag the plant, all the while laughing as she told me I was not telling the truth. So what. This place is a hole, the managers do nothing and then blame us if something goes wrong. We're yelled at (I felt like smacking one bitch that told me I needed to go clean a bathroom after someone had gotten sick in there while on the toilet (there was pike on the wall and floor) and then got crap on the floor. Hire a cleaning crew; I'm not touching someone else's shit and puke or clean it up yourself. She told me to do this after I had clocked out for lunch. When I got back, it still had not been cleaned up, so the cashier manager told me to get my effing ass in there and do it. Luckily they had to call up 2 cashiers and it was him and me. He was pissed and told me as soon as I got off the line to clean it up...since I had taken a lunch break an two hours before and I had only an hour left of work, by the time I got done with being an effing cashier, I was past my end of shift. LOL, the manager sent the tard that bags in to do it. I walked in on managers having sex with the tards they hire for bagging and carryout. One of the times I thought the tard sounds were coming from the tard and it was the manager, lol. Anyway, this store is a level in Dante's rings of hell...they repackage meat with new dates, they have had listeria and staph in the deli from unsanitary conditions, they abuse wonder we do things to the customers (who in this piece of shit town are pieces of shit). I often wonder if working conditions were better if we would trat each other and customers better. Oh, yah, last week one of the shits caught me eating a candy bar and told me to spit it out. I looked at him and started drooling it out and letting hunks fall out of my mouth. Pissed him off, but he needs us so he never fires us.

December 18, 2013 2:27 PM  
Blogger tbla said...

So, I'm a pharmacist at Safeway. The pharmacy is completely under-staffed. Been that way for years and corporate either comes up with silly excuses or really doesn't care. One Saturday I was scheduled and was told we were 300 prescriptions behind from the day before. So I came in at 6 am to work a 13 hour day. Try to get some of those prescriptions filled before people started coming in and yelling at me. With no other pharmacist to provide me any sort of break or lunch. (I snacked and used the restroom of course, but no official breaks).
I later that day submitted to payroll for the additional 4 hours worked, and was told that I would not be paid for those extra hours. Why you ask? Because it was on a day I was already scheduled, so any extra time worked on that day I am just supposed to donate to the store.
Yep, that's right! So, I'm sorry if your prescription that was called in two days ago isn't ready. They don't want to provide adequate staffing to fill your prescriptions, and when employees want to come in extra to get the work done they don't get paid. So, sorry, yes it will be 3 hours to fill your prescription. And yes, I would love to give you your shingles vaccination. Oh wait, you don't have your insurance card? No problem, I have an extra half an hour to spend calling your insurance to find out your ID number :)

March 06, 2014 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bob,
I was a mystery shopper for Swy for over 10 years. I got fired by a new young little MBA graduate because she kept stats on shops and my good shop needed to be a bad shop. I hope she doesn't plan on using my as a reference while she is looking for a new job now that they are being taken over by Albertsons (who doesn't have a mystery shopper program). When I refuse to make my honest report false, I got fired. You live long enough and you will see all these little know-it-all recent graduates run the world. The 35 y/o's run DC and that is why the federal gov is so messed up. Ed

March 12, 2014 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work at Safeway in CA and holy shit! So sucky as fuck! Flexible hours? ALL BULLCRAP! They put me in the closing shifts like I'm Batman....WTF?! I'm not a fucking night owl! Not to mention one of the Assistant Managers threatened to write me up for legitimately calling in sick, since I had the flu that day and YES I even had a doctor's note. Next there's the fucking OSAT bullshit which is just as stupid as the secret shopper garbage. Who cares as long as we ain't stealing or causing trouble....geez. So much BS in Slaveway and I'm glad I quit that shithole. Also the union: Nothing but lies. Pretty much working for free technically with the so called "Union", but really is milking money that doesn't do jack! Note: In a customers POV, if you get snubbed by an employee, they usually don't mean it since Slaveway is pressuring their employees with so much crap.

August 08, 2014 4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter, student, and first job, was publicly fired today from Safeway after only four weeks. She came home in tears. I, am livid, I mean livid. She turned down a job at Mcdonalds to work at Safeway. Not even one week, they threw her in deli with zero training, actually second day. Manager who hired her, transferred shortly after, there was no deli manager. She was never trained. One store manager constantly reprimanded her, insulted her, and made her life hell. The dumb ;))(;:($& called one day saying she was late for work, she wasn't. They scheduled her. Not even knowing she was in School. High school. It's not like she can just skip and be a Truant. Who hires these dumb ass managers? She was never given union forms, her manual says managers are supposed to initial these training, hell they not only didn't sign, they didn't even train her. She was just Magically supposed to know how to run the deli. No training on meat slicer, a worker safety issue. No training on any safety, age literally had to ask Customers how their sandwiches would be made, no one bothered to show her. And they fire her. No write ups, nada. Just hire, toss her in deli with another worker who they trashed constantly (he's Hispanic maybe why they trash talk but don't fire etc) the manAgers asked her to spy on him! she's there to work after full day of school. When she told managers she didn't know how to do a, b, or c as she wasn't trained, they just passed the buck. Too busy standing around talking, rather than doing their Job in training new hires. They didn't do any of the things they Supposed to do as listed in manual. Not a one. No forms, only a few videos and that was it. I have the forms here, not One manager signature, nada. So is this new policy now, hire newbies, throw them in, complain to them, don't train them then at four weeks fire them? Then they had the a Gall to tell her in front of Entire store, she's no fit for food industry. 18, high school student, and now they blacklist her job wise? Get me a Lawyer. I want Heads to roll over this.

September 19, 2014 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter, student, and first job, was publicly fired today from Safeway after only four weeks. She came home in tears. I, am livid, I mean livid. She turned down a job at Mcdonalds to work at Safeway. Not even one week, they threw her in deli with zero training, actually second day. Manager who hired her, transferred shortly after, there was no deli manager. She was never trained. One store manager constantly reprimanded her, insulted her, and made her life hell. The dumb ;))(;:($& called one day saying she was late for work, she wasn't. They scheduled her. Not even knowing she was in School. High school. It's not like she can just skip and be a Truant. Who hires these dumb ass managers? She was never given union forms, her manual says managers are supposed to initial these training, hell they not only didn't sign, they didn't even train her. She was just Magically supposed to know how to run the deli. No training on meat slicer, a worker safety issue. No training on any safety, age literally had to ask Customers how their sandwiches would be made, no one bothered to show her. And they fire her. No write ups, nada. Just hire, toss her in deli with another worker who they trashed constantly (he's Hispanic maybe why they trash talk but don't fire etc) the manAgers asked her to spy on him! she's there to work after full day of school. When she told managers she didn't know how to do a, b, or c as she wasn't trained, they just passed the buck. Too busy standing around talking, rather than doing their Job in training new hires. They didn't do any of the things they Supposed to do as listed in manual. Not a one. No forms, only a few videos and that was it. I have the forms here, not One manager signature, nada. So is this new policy now, hire newbies, throw them in, complain to them, don't train them then at four weeks fire them? Then they had the a Gall to tell her in front of Entire store, she's no fit for food industry. 18, high school student, and now they blacklist her job wise? Get me a Lawyer. I want Heads to roll over this.

September 19, 2014 11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This company is gross. I mean gross. I took a job at Safeway because I was on unemployment and needed actual work because I was going crazy at home. Besides my 15 years of work that included being a retail warehouse manager, I was told I was going to be paid minimum wage. I was started as courtesy clerk and never felt more degraded in my entire life. The managers know this and other workers leave spills they see on the floor including random poop to call a courtesy clerk to clean it. You have to count cans for the most smelly and ungrateful people in this bottle room that smells like beaver piss. This company is cheap and stretch employee labor by sticking one with the work of 2 or 3 and demand it gets done fast or you get threats for write ups. There is no appreciation and no matter how hard you try, they try harder to find little things to make you feel like you still did not do good enough. On top of that they give you as little as 8 hours a week and the union forces you to pay full time union dues. You actually can go into debt by working for Safeway. Anyways, later on I took a job on night crew because it was more hours and what I thought would be more respectful. Man it was even worse. This is where the term SLAVEWAY comes from. Demanding HARD labor freight throwing with 1300 piece loads that are required to be thrown in 5 hours with two people and the store to be faced completely. Workers work so fast because of the pressure that they fail to work safe. I have worked in mills and this is beyond harder. I threw my back out and was given a instore drug test in extreme pain before even being let go to the hospital. Then yelled at for being unsafe. All for this minimum wage.

I became depressed and packed on a ton of weight from working there and I was taken off night crew for my back injury. Then they stuck my ass as a cashier and that was HELL. This company cant keep control of their price changes and constantly things ring up wrong and people yell at you for it. I have never been so tempted to punch someone in the face. You have to be this corporate robot and say the lingos to everyone and YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED WATER at all. People have to get doctors notes to be allowed water. There is a reason why this company shares the colors of the Nazi flag. This world class customer service FAILS because employees are constantly threatened, forced, and always told they need to do better that you have no self value. They stick people in charge of departments and even management shifts with no training or raises. They have you use power equipment with no training either and you get yelled at for doing it wrong. I seen a courtesy clerk performing electrical work on the baler because the store manager would rather him be in danger other than pay someone qualified to do it.

I wish there was someway to expose the ugly truth behind this company nationwide and watch them crumble from bad publicity. To you assshits that blame employees for your horrible shopping experience, think twice about this labor camp that gets people on depression medications and therapy.

When I finally found another job, I have never felt more liberated in my life and I instantly lost a ton of weight and got out of depression. Everyone in that store is miserable and dread being there. If sales are down, they cut your hours. You can't even talk to a fellow employee on the floor about work related stuff because they are afraid the customers of god will look at you as if you are goofing off.

Fuck this company.

November 01, 2014 4:26 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Scottsdale managers recently had an affair and more are currently doing it. They have even been caught in the refridgeration with no penalties. Fanilies are breaking up. Children are being hurt and destroyed and ethics and integrity my ass what about teaching the managers family values

December 06, 2014 8:09 AM  
Anonymous David Ryer said...

My phreaking luck my neighborhood store is a Safeway. I've been an at least 3x a week customer for 11 years That's close to a 100K customer. back home that gets you liquor at Xmas and a nice roast on your birthday. I've been going there longer than every single flipping employee has worked there, much longer. Think anyone knows my name-stupid question. The other day I was leaving with a cart that contained a bottle of advil I didn't pay for and forgot I had. I meant to have the register person price check it because I thought it was on sale. Some thug grabbed me before the door and asked me to follow him to the 'break room'. He had a firm grasp of my left forearm. I then looked and saw the advil. Shoot I said, this is a misunderstanding , here ill pay for it. I attempted to pay at the deli the thug waived the cashier away. I put the bottle on the encounter . he grabbed me again. I forcefully demanded he release me because I had none of their crap I didn't pay for. I twisted away from him , he then grabbed my back pack and began pulling as I attempted to leave and go home. now in the parking lot he began to pull harder, I walked out of the pack straps gave my name and address and left. Cops eventually cited me for shoplifting. REALLY ASSHOLES, IS THAT HOW YOU TREAT AN 11 YEAR customer. FUCK THEM. all of them .

April 20, 2015 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a CC at Safeway for a little over 8 months now, trying to stick it through for at LEAST One year. I can honestly say that I go above and beyond to do my part, complete my duties and even help my fellow co workers if I see that they are sttuggling with something or maybe even overlooked something that needed to be tended to. I have grown on all of the employees at my store, which makes it THAT much harder to finalize my two week notice. I have never been written up, only lectured by the manager because I didn't want to stay an extra four hours due to the fact that I was in the first stages of a fever and so dizzy that I kept dropping things throughout the day. Nonetheless, I was ridiculed for standing up for myself, as I believe. Then the manager begins throwing cheap shots at me about how I've supposedly missed a lot of days, that maybe I'm not physically capable of completing my duties and "maybe this isn't the job for you." Total b.s. It's kind of hard to believe someone's take on my work ethic that is NEVER even around to observe their own employees and also when considering that the cashiers and other employees from different departments always commend me and thank me for my hard work.. Really just blows my mind. At the end of the day, I honestly just feel sad that the only thing to come out of the manager's/supervisors' mouths is negativity -- they never give us credit for the things we do right, 99% of the time. And usually the things that we are judged on are ridiculous, pretty much little things that they want done THEIR WAY verus Ours, which has the same result in the end but call me crazy! I guess you if you're an overall optimistic person all of the time, then you can shake off being unacknowledged or down right disrespected.. but over time, even those people are broken down. I'm saddened by the thought of leaving because Safeway is like my second home, but it isnt worth how shitty I feel at the end of the day. I can only hope things will change in the future, but my hopes have run thin. Good luck to everyone out there. I enjoyed reading the above posts and it made me smile knowing I'm not the only one out there lol ✌ ××

June 17, 2015 4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the tune of "Jingle Bells"
Chorus: Safeway sucks, Safeway sucks, Safeway sucks, its true. The sooner you can quit that job, the better off for you. Safeway sucks, Safeway sucks, Safeway sucks you know. Work on getting out of there, hurry don't be slow.

Verse 1: Job security is nice, but you have just one life, Don't spend it in a store like Safeway anymore. The world is full of many better things to do, working in a grocery store just isn't good for you. Oh...


Verse 2: Weekends are the time for family friends and fun, working in a store this cannot be done, Life is much too short for you to live this way, work on getting out of there and work on it today. Oh...


Verse 3: Education is the key to unlock that prison cell, Find your field of interest, study hard and well. There's not much more to say, its really up to you, If I can do it, and I did it, you can do it too! Oh...


September 22, 2016 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting wonder if anyone here has heard of HR ?
No issues with the Safeways near us and love my job. See i guess one gets what they act like an ass hat ..... you get ass hat back ..... wow is all I have to say

January 22, 2018 8:26 AM  

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