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hi, I'm new here. [07 Feb 2008|04:50pm]

Wow, I didn't know there was a comunity for Safeway employees like me.

Hi there - I'm new here and I work at a Vons. I've been a bit of everything at my store for almost 3 years now. I've been a courtsey clerk to price changes to bakery etc. I was promoted to bakery last summer.. but it didn't last (2 months) because they needed me back up front to be the mentor to the new courtsey clerks. What sucks is I don't get a raise due to it. :( I find that pretty strange. Do any of you have one as well or not?
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payday [27 Sep 2007|06:18am]

Do Safeway employees get paid every week?  
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k [10 Sep 2007|08:52pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Is there a reason why courtesy clerks don't get regular pay raises like say for example, cashiers?

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OK... [20 Aug 2007|12:18am]

Hey everybody. So I was hired for the cashiering position, I've taken all the CBT tests/quizzes BUT I'm afraid for the big test coming up. Apparently we HAVE to memorize all 50 produce codes... is that true? and if so, what happens if we fail the codes test? I'm wanting to know cause it's really hard for me to memorize stuff like this, I tried flashcards and it's not really cutting it for me. I would do the keyboard thing but the keyboard I have is on a laptop :\

Any suggestions that would help me memorize this crap?
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OK [06 Aug 2007|10:21pm]

[ mood | curious ]

So I got the job as cashier and possibly a stocker for graveyard on weekends. Does anybody know what the fees are for  union? My husband says that it's alot but I'm not sure...

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[07 Aug 2007|12:51pm]

[ mood | nervous ]

I am new here, having just got a job at Safeway (Only in Australia it's called "Woolworths" but it is the same company)

I beat 150 other people for the position of Deli Assistant and have no idea what to expect. Are there any deli-assistants here who can help me out? I have been a cashier for 3 years and know nothing about deli at all so I'm kind of fretting about my induction :( My induction is tonight arrgh!

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new [01 Aug 2007|04:36pm]

[ mood | creative ]

I'm not sure if this community is still active but if there's anyone willing to answer these question, please do!

I have a few questions to ask, first off:

1) I was just called for an interview for the Safeway in Lakewood. What should I expect in the interview? For example what kind of questions or will I be taking a test on a computer?

2) For those of you who are working or have worked at Safeway, how was your experience? Good, bad, horrible? I want to know how it is compared to say, department store retail because that's what most of my experience has been in. I've had bad customers and really downright stupid ones too.

Any help is appreciated... thanks!

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SS# [08 Sep 2006|03:29pm]

[ mood | irate ]

I suppose this isn't really Safeway's fault, but rather a result of my employment with them.

Pardon me I forgot to introduce myself, my name is Nick, my friends call me LS. I've been working at a safeway in the north west (about 30 minutes out from seattle) as a courtesy clerk for three long years as of this month.

A little over a week ago, it never occurred to me to post this until now, I got a call from the union that I'm forced to belong to, on pain of losing my job. They informed me that the head of our district had been out visiting stores that afternoon. While inside on of those stores, her car was broken into and her briefcase stolen. Inside that breifcase was the personal information of what I understand to be thousands of retail workers in the area--including Social Security Numbers. Everything someone would need to completely steal my identity lost by an organization that has done nothing but dip into my paycheck since I was forced into membership. Wanna know what I got in recompense for this gross error on their part?

Some advice on how to take care of myself now that I am an easy target, and twenty bucks out of the meager restitution I receive from Safeway. In other words, I got nothing.

Honestly I'm quite irate about this whole situation. I've worked, over the years, to gain knowledge about personal security, specializing in computer networks. I was always safe, I took care of myself. And now because of the error of someone who shouldn't have even had access to that data as far as I'm concerned, I've got to watch my back.

Anybody have any similar experiences? Anybody here from the area who was also hit by this?

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Safeway [21 May 2006|06:25pm]


Domestic Terrorism

You need never spend another night friendless and alone, not while your corporate buddies are there for you.

A funny picture.
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i quit. [15 May 2006|02:49pm]

i have never had a worse job. how do you guys put up with this shit?
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[05 May 2006|10:25pm]

Hi. I run the night crew at a Safeway in the Denver district. I'm on my way to work, so I don't have a lot of time to post right now, but I'm sure I will later. Briefly I'd like to rant about how Management keeps taking Grocery's hours to spend on facers who don't show up for work and do crappy work when they do show up and on "day stockers" who don't do anything but walk around, chatting with everyone. Then they wonder why we can't get everything done.

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ugh [30 Apr 2006|06:16pm]

Today at work I was making all of the cashiers stuff flyers in their bags in order to clean up the checkstands a little bit. When I was bagging for one of the cashiers I put a flyer into a bag that I had packed, when the woman picked up her bag she reached in for the flyer and threw it back in my face and totally ignored me. Most customers atleast hand back the flyer and politely say that they don't want it, but instead this lady throws the flyer at me.\

Lucky Breaks, receipts and ignorance.
Is it just me or do many customers see a plastic bag and automatically connect it to a garbage can? I have people throwing receipts and lucky break cards into the bags at the end of the checkstands constantly, and even the bags in the bottle bins. Today some man threw his lucky break into the grocery bag of the customer behind him that I was packing, I picked it up and I replied "I don't think they want your garbage," and he was like "oh..".. like ya think? I just found that so rude.
Also, I am sooooooo sick of finding opened lucky breaks in everything when there are garbage cans everywhere, I hate to think what these people are doing to the environment if this is what they are doing to a grocery store.
Sometimes people just hand me their garbage as if I am obligated to take it because I am wearing a uniform.

Also this is thestrokesln, and I want to know if anyone else can tell me how I can transfer this community from my old account to my new one? meow.
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I may as well introduce myself... [30 Apr 2006|03:03pm]

I'm Michael, I'm one of Miya's friends, and I've been a cashier at Safeway since 2003. I actually quit in 2004 but came crawling back the next year after being unable to even get an interview for any other retail job. One thing I like about this job is that I live only a block away from the store, so I don't need to waste any time on the bus getting to work and back. Having cool co-workers is definitely another plus, but the management drives me nuts sometimes.

Anyway, the store I work in seems to believe in having as little staff as possible. I have never seen any other Safeway leave the customer service desk empty during peak hours. Management likes to talk about how customer service is the #1 priority, but they obviously place a higher value on cutting corners wherever possible. Half the time when a customer wants car service I have to call for it three times before someone finally comes. I've even ended up doing it myself a few times, but that's only an option if there are no other customers in line.

On the bright side, about 95% of the customers I get are cool. We're located right next to a major university, and lots of the customers are students and professors there who have interesting things to talk about. One of my favorite musicians also shops there on occasion. The other 5% can make by blood boil, but somehow I manage to get through each shift with my sanity intact.
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[28 Apr 2006|09:27am]

The correct answer to 'Hello' is not SAFEWAYCARD604XXXXXXX!!!, followed with money being put on my belt and then HOWMUCH?!?!?
Next time, my answer will 'Learn manners and get the fuck out of my line.'

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[24 Apr 2006|11:39pm]

You have no idea how happy I am to have found this comm. ^_^

I have been a SS since March 2003. I have been front desk, floral, bakery, head cashier. I have been screamed at, drooled on, touched in several different places by several different people. I have seen employees bitch slapped, shoved, kicked, spit on. I have yelled at customers way to many times to count, and when they asked for the manager tell them that *I* am the manager, even though it is a bold-faced lie.

I have come up with a plan. An evil plan. I am currently getting as many of my friends to work at safeway as possible. Soon the store will not be able to function without them.

And then we will all quit at once.

Hello, my name is Miya. Thank you, and have a great day.
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safeway payroll - california? [10 Jan 2006|04:47am]

Anyone out there have the safeway payroll # for california?
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um, here is a really gross story from my day.. lol [09 Jun 2005|05:10pm]

[ mood | I don't get it.. ]

Today near the end of my shift this lady came through the checkstand that I was bagging on with her three children, probably ages 5, 6, and 8 if I had to guess. Occassionally we do get people who come in with these wild children that they can not control and I can't understand why these people just let their children run wild around the grocery store and then give the employees dirty looks when they inform them (the parents of these children) that their child has broken something or as apparently in some cases urinated on something.. I am not a parent but I have had much experience with babysitting many children along with my large catholic family which comes equipped with many young children, so I could be wrong but I wouldn't bet on it but maybe you should disipline your children, set up some rules, maybe these parents are just have fucking terrible parenting skills and don't get out much.. I don't know.. Anyway this ladies two youngest; a boy and a girl, decide that it might be fun to look through the drawers of checkstand number 1 and essentually find stickers and start plastering the checkstand in them as I stand there staring in disbelief and clenching my teeth because guess whos job it is going to be to clean that up? Sometimes I just feel like turning to customers and saying "excuse me could you please control your offspring.." but that feels pretty petty.. Suddenly the little girl decides that she must use a washroom, so she pees.. right there.. on the checkstand... EWWWW!!! And the mother sees this and what does she do? Grabs some paper towel that are under the checkstand, swishes it around and then turns around like nothing happened.... She didn't apologize or get mad at her child or anything, she just kind of ignores it.. So after this lady and her pack of wild animals leave I have to spray sanitizer and mop up this childs urine. All I really have to say about this is.. WHAT THE FUCK?! I really don't get some people.. It is really hard for me to grasp the fact that some child randomly urinated on a checkstand today..

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No longer Giving our best... [16 Apr 2005|08:54pm]

[ mood | amused ]

So, afrer a few random rounds of "You Rock!"s at work today it came out that appearntly The Slogan(tm) for Safeway has changed... Instead of "Giving our Best" it now seems to be "Ingredients for Life." I'm working in the Denver Division, has anyone else noticed this?

What sucks the most though is that now this icon is outdated... :-P

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just a little question [14 Apr 2005|08:48am]

Hi, I know you're supposed to work at Safeway (or have worked at Safeway) to join here but I used to work at The Real Canadian Superstore and I cant find a community for Superstore to join and from what I understand Safeway and Superstore are under the same union so I thought I'd join here just to ask a quick question, I hope nobody minds.

I've already sent an email to the union and I'm stopping by the store later today but I thought I'd ask as many places as I could in case I find an answer quicker.

I was an employee for 2 and a half years and just recently quit (March 17) Becasue I'll be going to Film School full time. Anyways, I was just wondering if anyone happened to know how or if we get the money we pay into our pension fund given back to us. A fellow worker told me I'd be getting a pension payout after quitting and I've yet to recieve anything so I was wondering if this was correct.

If anyone knows, please let me know too so I dont have to stress that something went wrong or I'm sitting waiting for money thats never gonna come.
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[04 Apr 2005|07:10pm]

hey out there in safeway land.

I'm trying to learn codes and stuff for cashiering and i was wondering if any of you out there had any tricks or anything that helped you out? Or did you just do the whole read it until it gets stuck in your brain routine?
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