Depressing place with an alarming high staff turnover.
Technical Operator (Former Employee) – Manchester – 19 July 2015
BEWARE!!! Job description does not match the work they actually want you to do. A very large number of people handed their notice in during my time there. People who had been there for many years as well as new starters. I'm talking at least ten people over a two month period. Alarm bells!
I worked at Heineken in Manchester for five months and I can honestly say it was the worst five months of my working life!
Upon applying for the role, it was made out to be an amazing job and an amazing place to work with excellent career prospects. Employed as a Technical Operator, I did nothing technical what so ever! They basically wanted me to feed cardboard boxes into a machine for twelve hours straight. Occassionally I would change the odd part of equipment in the machine, that is about as technical as things got.
They also have a system in place called 'stand up, stand down'. Being 'stood up' basically means they give you one weeks notice and they can call you in to cover someone elses shift, when you should be on your days off. You don't get many weekends off shift as it is, so beware that if this happens to you. You could be lucky to have one or two weekends off every eight weeks. They fail to mention this during the interview process, so if you do go for an interview with them, ASK about this system. On the flip side, being 'stood down' is the opposite. They can offer you a day or two off should they need to close down a production line for various reasons i.e. maintenance.
Lots of false promises at this company.
Free case of beer every month.
Working most weekends.