Personal shopper, Online Shopping (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 26 May 2017
Our store management team is good with scheduling and accommodating all possible RTO or hours change requests. People I work with are mostly great, fun and friendly. Pay is low, I don't think anybody can survive on it, only good as a supplement or second income.
Clerk/Cashier (Current Employee) – Langley, BC – 16 May 2017
My current management team has been very helpful and encouraging during my time working at Save On Foods. Because of this I have had the opportunity the assistant Deli Manager for the past year. During this time i have improved my work ethic, learned valuable management and customer service skills, and discovered my enthusiasm for challenging work. On a typical day I spend my hours working freight, setting up display cases, directing product assembly for the day, and making order adjustments, all while serving customers intermittently. The hardest part of the job, which is also the most satisfying, would be having to constantly balance many different responsibilities at one time.
Good Benefits, Opportunity for promotion, Excellent management
Cashier (Former Employee) – Abbotsford, BC – 14 May 2017
it was a really friendly environment i got good hours it was usually very busy.The hardest part of the job was remembering the codes.Them most enjoyable part of the job was talking to new people everyday and hearing their stories and just helping them out. good customer service
Okay for part time/temporary, not that you'll get full time anyways
Starbucks Barista (Former Employee) – Abbotsford, BC – 13 May 2017
Since it's a union, it takes forever to get even close to full time hours (sometimes up to a year) unless you work in an extremely small department. After a year, you get full medical and fairly good dental as well, plus paid vacation. However, the first couple of months they can fire you without reason, and you would be lucky to get 2 or 3 shifts a month.
Also because it's a union, there are far too many long term employees who are making 25 to 30 dollars an hour, and getting 6 weeks paid vacation, while doing the exact same work as you. It is now impossible to work your way up to that wage, as they have capped entry level positions at a maximum of 16 an hour.
Along the lines of long-term employees, management will let many things slide and look past certain rules broken by longer term employees. When you start, they will tell you that if you ever have a problem, you can just go to one of the union representatives, however the two times I did take advantage of that, my confidential problems were told to other people within management, which made me feel very awkward and unsafe in my work environment. I have heard many stories like this one from my old coworkers.
Paid holiday's, good benefits after a year, free lunches/food in staff room, job security after probational period
Unsympathetic management, constantly fluctuating schedule, hard to get time off, unable to book time off over Christmas holiday's
Cashier/ Deli clerk (Current Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 10 May 2017
In the deli department, I would assist customers and serve deli products. I learned to work as a team member and to multi-task when working on production. The hardest part of the job is to complete extra work tasks when a coworker calls in sick. The small group of employees would then have to delegate tasks efficiently. As for the enjoyable part of work, I'd say working with the Grid B employees because we share the same employee rights and payscale. The Grid B employees are fun to work with and create a positive atmosphere in the workplace. The Grid A employees voted out the Grid B employees in 1997 from having additional employments benefits and security.
flexible schedule, cross training
lack of benefits, unfair pay wages, segregation of employees
Stiff, unpleasent environment with tension in the air. On break there were no words shared only silence.
Grocery Clerk (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 9 May 2017
A typical day at work was fairly boring, facing and stocking shelves was my job, and it seems like a monkey could do it. Some of the employees said what they thought, no matter how it might make others feel. Trash talk about management.
Cashier/Bakery Department (Former Employee) – White Rock, BC – 5 May 2017
I have learned many skills such as using a cash register along with memorising the codes for fruits and vegetables. I also learned closing duties and got to work in a team with positive and hard working people. The most enjoyable part was always being busy with something that the time flew by quickly. The staff were also super sweet. A typical day at work meant that everything was finished at the end of each shift, such as cleaning, and serving customers to the fullest.
Bakery Clerk (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 3 May 2017
Job while in high school, was taken advantage of in more than one way. Never received a raise and was given minimal hours. Employees only stay because the union gave good wages for those who started 15 years ago. Very monotonous and boring.
General Clerk (Current Employee) – Maple Ridge, BC – 26 April 2017
You have the chance to learn different departments, the environment is fast-paced during the day and slow at nights. I have learned how to have really good customer service and patience while working at Save On Foods. The management is alright, and the most enjoyable part is working with friends my age.
Cashier (Current Employee) – Duncan, BC – 12 April 2017
It is always enjoyable greeting n helping customers as much I can. Helping them through the line ups quickly as I can is a must.. just know the feeling of standing in a line up. Love the experiences good or bad with the customers always a learning tool every day. I am getting close to so many of my customers to which they look for me specifically now to help them they tell me about their every day and I enjoy I am a part of their lives. :)
General Clerk meat dpt. (Former Employee) – Langley, BC – 11 April 2017
working at save on was a great experience i made long lasting friends and had regular costumer to would come sometimes just to talk especially elder costumers. i liked helping around so if i had everything done in my dpt i would go to other dpts and see if they needed help or just started to help if i seen it getting busy. i enjoyed the most the costumers and building that relationship with them. i wanted to move up in the company but i overworked myself and got tendinitis on my shoulder which prevented me from doing the jobs that i usually liked the best that were fast paced and usually lifting the heavy things that other employees didn't always want to do. but in all that i learned quite a bit there was still more that i would've liked to learn.