Many retail and grocery stores provide various benefits and perks for their staff, such as holiday pay, employee discounts, medical benefits, and gym memberships.
If you’re considering applying to work at Safeway, perhaps you’re wondering if they offer a discount to their employees. If so, continue reading this article to learn what I learned!
Safeway Employee Discount
Safeway’s employee discount gives all staff 10% off on store brands and 5% off on other brands. To qualify for an employee discount, Safeway staff members must be past their probation period and must hold an AirMiles card to be swiped at the cash checkout.
If you’d like to learn more about how Safeway staff can use their discount, what they can purchase with it, and more, continue reading!
What Do Safeway Employees Need in Order to Use Their Discount?
Safeway employees have to acquire two key things before they are eligible for their employee discount.
First, all staff members must complete their probation before qualifying for a discount. For Safeway, their probation period is 3 months long.
After probation, Safeway staff must also acquire an Air Miles card.
This card will be used like a discount card and swiped at the checkout when staff members wish to use their discount.
Safeway staff cannot access their employee discount without an Air Miles card.
In order to use their Air Miles card, Safeway employees must register their card number into Employee Self Service (ESS) on the Albertsons/Sobeys employee portal.
Can Safeway Employees Share Their Discount?
Safeway employees can share their discount with any family member who lives in their household.
The employee and family member can redeem the discount as long as their Air Miles card is registered through the Sobeys portal.
Can Safeway Employees Use Their Discount in Every Department?
Safeway employees can use their discounts on most in-store items and in every department.
However, certain products are not eligible for a discount. These items are listed below:
- Lottery tickets
- Post office
- Gift cards
- Minimum price regulation items (ex. milk)
- In-store exceptions (specifics will vary per store)
- Varied third-party seller items (specifics will vary per store)
Additionally, certain non-discount items, such as third-party seller items, will vary per store.
Safeway staff and potential hires are urged to speak with their store manager about which products are considered minimum price regulation items, in-store exceptions, and third-party seller items.
Where Can Safeway Staff Use Their Discount?
Because Albertsons/Sobeys owns Safeway, employees are allowed to use their discount at select stores under the Albertsons Companies umbrella.
The stores that qualify for the Safeway employee discount are the following:
- Thrifty Foods
- Fresh Co
- Lawtons Drugs
- Rachelle Bery
- Les Marchés Tradition
- IGA Extra
- Sobeys Urban Fresh
- Atlantic Co-op
- Chalo! Fresh Co
- Price Chopper
- Marche Bonichoix
Safeway staff can use their Air Miles card at any of the above stores for their employee discount.
However, please note that employees cannot earn Air Miles points at FreshCo, and can use their card for their discount only.
Where Can Safeway Staff Not Use Their Discount?
While Safeway staff can use their discount at most Albertsons Companies stores, a few stores omit the use of the Safeway employee discount. They are as follows:
- IGA Express
- Cash & Carry
- Farm Boy
- Pete’s Frootique & Fine Foods
- Voila by Sobeys
- Fast Fuel Retail
- Marche Omni
- Sobeys/Safeway Liquor Stores
- Thrifty Foods Liquor
What Are The Other Employee Benefits at Safeway?
In addition to the employee discount, Safeway staff are given several other benefits when they’re hired. These benefits are as follows:
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- 401k Plan
- Retirement Plan
- Maternity and Paternity Leave (unpaid)
- Military Leave (unpaid)
- Family Medical leave
- Vacation and Paid Time Off (after one year of employment)
- Reduced and Flexible Hours
- Commuter Checks & Assistance
- Legal Assistance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Tuition Assistance
- Gym Membership
PTO is available for all employees after one year of employment. Additionally, regular staff receives two weeks of paid time, and store managers receive 5 weeks of paid time off.
Safeway’s employee discount is valued at 10% for store brand products, and 5% for other name brand products that are stocked in the store.
Employees must be past their three month probation period and must acquire an Air Miles card to use their discount.
Safeway staff are allowed to use their discount at select Albertsons/Sobeys stores, and can share their discount with immediate family members.