The chance to make a difference on a massive scale.
It feels like you never stop working... Some of the processes feel backwards, getting anything IT-related done is a right pain.
Head Office doesn't feel like a head office. It feels like a multi-storey car park (which at the back it is)
I've been working at Tesco for 7 years now (amazingly). I've met some great people along the way and made some brilliant friends. I'd say that's probably the best thing about the place!
It's very tiring. I started on checkout and i'm now and assistant store manager in Bromley and i can't tell you how exhausting it is! Maybe i'm getting old, but i'm not going to be doing this forever!
Quite a bit of food waste. Various programmes in place to prevent it, but still staggering amount of waste.
Boring, bad pay, unfriendly managers and other staff, poor working conditions
I have nothing positive to say about Tesco
The 2 year store management programme is one of the best things i've done. Well organised (hard work!), great opportunities to learn and see different areas of the business and wonderful people.
The pay is pretty poor for entry level employees. I started on £25k, which isn't bad for a graduate job, but certainly isn't what the JP Morgan grads get paid!
The variety of the scheme. One day your stacking shelves, the next day you're pitching regional expansion strategies to senior management.
Friendly faces and people generally. A very eclectic mix of nationalities and ages which was always fun.
Very poor pay given how hard everyone works. Tesco should definitely be paying a "living wage" not just "minimum wage"!
The massive (unpublicised) job cuts once self checkout took off. That's when i got laid off.
A decent pension, reasonable (but not fantastic!) pay, solid life insurance policy, good other benefits, friendly culture and people and (some) opportunities to travel and work overseas. Probably one of the best if not the best supermarket in the UK to work for.
Tough to climb the ladder within Tesco. Limited promotion opportunities and a bit of an "us and them" culture between full time staff and dedicated consultants.
The vast number of consultants who don't seem to care about culture and brand.
For the record, i worked as a digital specialist at Tesco (i wasn't in store). Digital people at Tesco are paid very well and are given access to some of the best and most expensive tools in the business. The environment is intense and fast paced, and you'd likely learn more here in 2 years than you would at one of the other large retailers in 5 years.
A fairly Intense cultural workplace. Fiercely hierarchical and a "suit" culture. Silly things like people commenting on your shirt being untucked or 3 different people commenting on you being 5 minutes late will get to you overtime.
The vast amounts spent on digital marketing!
Some of the people were nice but basically everyone is 17 and a bit of a jobsworth.
Bad pay, long hours, poor management, very little opportunity to learn or grow in the job unless you start off as a manager
nothing to add
I think Tesco is a very good company to work for. Productive and fun workplace located in a city centre location.
Not enough money.
My job here was OK. I'm a smart, intellectual person though and the odd thing is that this job felt beneath me. Quite a few people in this situation i think (making ends meet and doing a job they are above)
Some of the people i worked with in the warehouse were alright. Cant think of more positive remarks.
Worst job i have had this summer. I don't think this company cares about any of it's employees. I didn't get one day off.
no time off. terrible pay.
Worldwide operation means that you get the chance to travel and there are some really interesting roles and project work available Salary is okay Great staff benefits package, including life insurance and pension Working atmosphere is generally friendly with some great colleagues
Hard to progress above a certain point. There just aren't many opportunities available. A lot of energy and attention is poured into newer staff and the long-standing staff members are not developed and supported in the same way. It can be hard to bring in a project to deadline when the company embraces change all the time.
It's unusual to see the deveopment of staff who have worked with the company for a long time.
In the supermarket sectors, this is one of the best paying companies. There are plenty of opportunities to work extra hours, especially if your store is meeting their targets. It was a good place to work whilst studying at university due to the flexible shift patterns available
Working here I felt a bit like a cog in the wheel, like I was treated as just another number. You can be unlucky with who your manager is and how flexible they will be with the work shifts they give you.
Whilst they seem to get it right with progressing junior managers to senior level, some of the upper management could really do with more people skills.
Pay & Hours
The pay is by far the best among supermarkets within the UK. Especially for customer service assistants.
Poor management in general. Finger pointing the blame. Bad planning. Poor social interactions. Managers threaten staff. Staff are untrustworthy and catty. Negative environment and not much praise nor encouragement. Everything is about profits.
The ability to make the smallest thing very complicated. The tills are the plague at the express store, most staff members would rather stack shelves that interact with human life. Lying to customers to avoid hassle.
ok so you get a discount which is a good idea, except you can easily just go to aldi/lidl and get the same items for half the price
Everything! the work itself is boring but thats to be expected. The worst thing about tesco is it 'managers' who mostly come straight out of uni and have no clue about how the world works. Some managers have worked thier way up the ranks but like those who are brought in they share a massive arrogance complex. Its only a supermarket so why do you feel you are so special?
The friendships made amongst colleagues
Bullish management telling staff off on shop floor embarrassing for customers and staff alike. Thinking they're customers can't see through their sales scams and cost cutting with staff
That with a failing company they are still not listening to the staff on the shop floor who are the customers ears and that their staff would genuinely like to see improvements and work in a store to be proud of and feel valued.
Literally noting positive to say
How it is still open
Days go fast!
Terrible pay! Over worked, not enough time in the day to take you'r breaks.
Nothing, used to be a reasonable employer, not anymore. They expect blood out of a stone and do not take H&S seriously. No praise only negativity.
Feeling like a Robot
I found that the people I worked with (excluding the managers) did look out for each other
Having less than a weeks notice for the end of my contract Unsympathetic managers You're treated like a number (unless you been worked for company for over a decade! ) Managers do not appreciate any extra and unwanted work you did for them Lack of training
If you can't find any other job, join tesco but think twice.
No stuff, no overtime, fed up managers, terrible operation managers and demanding area manager( one who wears posh suits trying to look like their own the place) blame on culture, long hours, low pay, joke....
Expectation to work for free (team leaders, deputy and store manager), so weird.
Absolutely nothing!It has to be the worst job I have ever had
Managers with attitude complexes, staff who treat each other like crap and so much favouritism so basically if you want a dead end job with terrible pay and no overtime Tesco is the place
The fact tesco havenr been shut down yet
Free squash, tea, coffee, bread and batter in the staff room.
staff stacking shelves with their heads down, no one EVER looks happy, my local express its just house of horror, only one member of staff serving on the till. So glad I left, nothing EVER CHANGE.
Promises for better tomorrow (overtime) which is never gonna arrives.
pay is ok at £7.39 an hour
Its a job not a career, and half the management dont want to work there
Realising how easy and the ways customers steal products
Reduce to clear stock
No morals, it's all about targets not a customers.
Tesco values and work life balance.....hmm....
Anyone can get a job at Tesco, they don't ask for any reference. Haven for jobsworths.
Bitchy staff and managers. No quality of work, blame on culture, nothing positive to say.
Very stressed management team with massive work load.
When the end of your shift is nearing closer, the people general population of stores have met wonderful people through this way, managers need to look at them selves and their own people maybe they will learn more
Managers,false promises,liers,scheming childish games, feels worse than school, suit culture is a joke you sell beans on a shelf get a life pal.
Expected to work for free what is this???......a company that earns a lot... and losses 5billion can't stop Laughing!!! can't even pay their staff correctly
Induction is very good and tesco benefits
Team leaders are just kids, No manners, bad language, street kids, no sense what a real world is about. Why tesco allowing this kind of people to be incharge of the business!!!
Imployment choices???????? Pay is actually ok, they have a choice, why imploy the worst where tesco is the best pay food retailer?
You get money, depending on staff you could make a few friends (or want to punch everyone in the face)
The staff are catty, everyone gossips, don't bother saying anything to a staff member unless you want everyone to know. The managers are usually horrible and will pick on the "weakest link". Managers can be a abusive, offensive and unreasonable, they'll either tell you why you want to hear or treat you like a piece of shit. Communications skills are lacking and staff and managers can be very rude to customers.
You're told it's a great working environment which offers good customer service, it's a joke. Food "waste" and bakery gets thrown in the bin at end of the night.
The worthless scum they have running the joint.
I'm surprised they only lost £6 billion. With their chronic inefficiency, arrogance and moronic leadership their losses would have been a lot higher (if they hadn't been mugging their staff off and getting them to work for free). Hope Tesco goes bust. Let Lidl, Aldi and Waitrose bury them, where they belong. R.I.P. Tesco, you brought it all on yourselves.
Sooooo eazy to get a job at tesco.
Confused managment, don't bother to work overtime as you won't get paid for it!!! Team leaders are working overtime for FREE - that's just normal. Guys go and get a better job.
Working for nothing to save payroll budget. Joke.
Nothing good to say.
Everything. Being told off for being late when you've made arrangements to get to work safely from other employment. Managers are all mostly egotistical halfwits. Manager in charge is like a child with a stick poking a beehive. No communication and poor implementing of how and when to do "essential" training.
Thinking an established company would have better working practices.
Not much good apart from on unsociable hours and events the money is good
Everything apart from that.
The way they get away with murder.
It's not a minimum wage job.
Lots; snobby management, rules of being off sick, pushing you to the limit, long hours, dirty kitchens, dirty sugar pots in staff canteen, dirty lockers, bitterness amongst workers, no variety, if you're a flexi, you MUST do the hours they require, late nights, work overload, rude customers. Do not work here if you have dignity.
It's not a good organization. It's absolutely a wreck.
Not paid for breaks
The customers. I love the public and can build up good relationships with my customers easily.
Tesco owe me hundreds in wages. They sneakily cut your pay to save their 'budget'. Lots of backstabbing and jealousy towards competent staff. Express stores don't train competent staff properly only their 'friends' who are lazy and incompetent. Racist culture. Races employing each other and sticking together. You will notice a whole store will have employees all from the same country speaking the same language, have the same religion and Tesco don't give a crap. Some take racism as far as stopping other races getting promotions. Staff disregard customers needs. Promotions are mostly junk food, healthy foods, fruits and ... Tesco owe me hundreds in wages. They sneakily cut your pay to save their 'budget'. Lots of backstabbing and jealousy towards competent staff. Express stores don't train competent staff properly only their 'friends' who are lazy and incompetent. Racist culture. Races employing each other and sticking together. You will notice a whole store will have employees all from the same country speaking the same language, have the same religion and Tesco don't give a crap. Some take racism as far as stopping other races getting promotions. Staff disregard customers needs. Promotions are mostly junk food, healthy foods, fruits and vegetables are too expensive in comparison to junk. more
Working in a predominantly black/white area but only Asian staff in all stores in that area. Rarely met a black manager.
They are making profit out of money they ow me.They holding a whole months pay, just because i missed my last 3 days. They don't care about you as a person. I am going to have trouble paying my bills but that does not matter to them.
They state there is a new position available, trained for it. Then magically there was no more position. They don't know how to communicate with their employees
They don't care about their people, only about profit even managers in stores are treated badly
They often with hold wages due to their own errors
Treated badly. All they care about is targets. And they think mental Heath is made up and depression don't exist
The pay is above average. But what your expected to do u need to be paid more,
Two many managers and look down on normal workers,
Putting the job on my cv
The staff I have met. Premium pay for Sunday's and bank holidays
The managers. The night creatures who come in for final reductions. Some customers
The managers seem to just appear for "rumble" then disappear upstairs for a cup of tea. One rule for them another for the rest. My manager is the most useless guy on the planet. Never sorts out holidays, shift covers, any problems or generally doesn't do any work. Only time I see him is at 12 "you okay for rumble". Favours the female staff. Never gives training or tackles any issues on his department. Im a hard worker but I am literally not motivated in the slightest to work here. Told I can't have a holiday because someone else is on one, yet he gives FIVE people the same day off and doesn't cover it. Cool. Ok ... The managers seem to just appear for "rumble" then disappear upstairs for a cup of tea. One rule for them another for the rest. My manager is the most useless guy on the planet. Never sorts out holidays, shift covers, any problems or generally doesn't do any work. Only time I see him is at 12 "you okay for rumble". Favours the female staff. Never gives training or tackles any issues on his department. Im a hard worker but I am literally not motivated in the slightest to work here. Told I can't have a holiday because someone else is on one, yet he gives FIVE people the same day off and doesn't cover it. Cool. Okay more
The staff are great ,hard working and friendly
Frequently change people's hours . Many full timers being made part time , losing hours and losing money
The best thing about working for Tesco is the people you work with at the level you are at, the customers.
Management, not all but most.if this was ww2 these guys would be the guards on the fence, they are the type that take great pleasure in spoiling you day and claiming that they are just doing their job and have very few morals,a company that tells you to smile but does everything it can to stop you smiling, that is Tesco. It's customer focus is blinkered and is based on managerial moods, in that I mean it depends on the mood of the manager if you get what is right or not when you question policy.
The strangest things I have seen is a guy who was caught stealing and is known to be a sexual sexualharraser is on management options, he was caught stealing a games control and admitted the theft and also amitted he was going to defraud the company as well by putting it in another box and making it cheaper,but they didn't sack him they moved him from the department and six months later he as been put on to management options, all because they like him because he really knows how to kiss up.there are girls who have had unwanted contact from this guy but are to scared to say anything because of his popularity and fear that they would not ... The strangest things I have seen is a guy who was caught stealing and is known to be a sexual sexualharraser is on management options, he was caught stealing a games control and admitted the theft and also amitted he was going to defraud the company as well by putting it in another box and making it cheaper,but they didn't sack him they moved him from the department and six months later he as been put on to management options, all because they like him because he really knows how to kiss up.there are girls who have had unwanted contact from this guy but are to scared to say anything because of his popularity and fear that they would not be believed. more
The car park facilities
Overall poor management who are not there to help just abuse workers and sit and bicker among themselves about each other and never take escalations or speak to customers resulting in advisors being abused on calls and complaints issued when the management has no escalations process in place.
Most of the systems are not working half of the time and workers are sometimes halfed meaning your sent home and not paid for the day even though it's not your fault and training is worst as you spend two weeks just having to listen to trainer talk then thrown onto systems without training as the company doesn't have right equipment set up during training for you to practice
The food that one can buys from inside employee shop, maybe you can cheaper from elsewhere
Too many. top the list is the group of team leaders and managers with no sense of how they got there.Most of them are sexist, bullies and enjoys picking on flexis. A very disappointing time and want to quit the job anyday. No self respect and dignity is spared. even living wage is not given and managers mess with your salaries.
Nothing, its a horrendous workplace if you dont find anyplace to work then only work there.
Everything. Priorities backwards, rubbish hours, poor management, boring as hell, nothing gets finished, always in a mess, depressing.
The customers (and that's being kind)
They expect you to work constantly, worst decision I ever made to work there, managers are horrible
They don't understand why you wouldn't want to be working every single day even though you only wanted a part time job
Fair pay shouldn't be a benefit!
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