Engineer (Current Employee) – Belfast – 15 March 2018
Within the engineering department the engineering managers can’t repair or maintain the machinery, can’t manage the department, and can’t plan the workload. Because they don’t know what they are doing they bring in contractors that cost twice as much to pay to get the routine maintenance completed, and think this is good value for money, because they don’t have to come in and supervise them at the weekends. It is shocking the amount of money that is being wasted because of poor managers.
Production operative (Current Employee) – Belfast – 4 September 2017
I have never worked somewhere so backward in my life, you have to watch your own back all the time, everyone looks after themselves, and treat new comers like they are disposable. The health and safety department are a joke, making up rules and policies as they go along, and all they do is hamper the pocess of working. I can't wait until I find another job.
Engineering (Current Employee) – Avonmouth, Bristol – 30 August 2017
Ive worked at Hovis for 2 years and love every day. Peoples comments on here are either unfounded or they expect to come to work and do nothing for good money !! The world has changed, you come to work to work. If you hate it that much............ leave !
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Glasgow – 17 July 2017
My typical day working with Hovis included following health and safety guidlines as a product picker. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to work within a large team and being responsible for being organised, good at time keeping and reliable.
Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) – Belfast – 29 June 2017
Working here was fine, well organised and planned, parts and machinery downtime were co-ordinated and structured. All you had to do was show up for your shift, do a couple of jobs and go home. This has now all changed, since they made key personal redundant, all the co-ordination and planning has gone, jobs get half done because of lack of planning, and then cause breakdowns later on, parts are not available for jobs, preventative maintenance tasks are being skipped. This all leads to more and more breakdowns, it's a downward spiral, we spend more time repairing breakdown than preventing them. You now show up for your shift and get run off your feet all day, going from breakdown to breakdown.
Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) – Belfast – 29 June 2017
Working in the engineering department is quite frustrating as it is disorganised and the engineering management can't manage the department. This is OK for us as we can't complete the jobs left out to us because of poor planning, lack of parts and no downtime on the machinery.During the day shifts you just keep out of the workshop, usually in the canteen and bluff the day in. But the night shifts are the best, I've never worked anywhere, where it's been OK to sleep during your shift, and management knows full well that it happens and turns a blind eye to it
Driver class 2 (Former Employee) – Avonmouth, Bristol – 3 February 2017
Very bad start times, very stressful work no job security at all, union is just waste of money, management treat very bad with the drivers, person who make the route don't know nothing about driving a lorry. I have a lot of experience but this was a worse place I had ever worked.
Radial Team Leader (Current Employee) – Bradford, West Yorkshire – 28 January 2017
My day starts at 3am with the drivers then office work till about 10am. After this time drivers come back to site and are all back by about 2pm and the last hour is closing the day and finish work at 3pm. But some days can be longer than others due to problems that driver have out on the road.I hva elear how to use Tachomaster and Microlise. The hardest part o fthe job is some time it can get very busy so you have to prioritise work.
Dealing with customers and finding out how the drives have go on out on the road.
a good staff reward scheme by Hovis choice rewards
Production Operative (Current Employee) – Avonmouth – 19 September 2016
I have worked for Hovis twice, first time 8 years present employment 10 years, I feel that the management are just flogging a dead horse, in all the years I have worked at Hovis it has gotten worse as time goes on waste and customer complaints are through the roof, machinary is falling to bits and so unreliable. Training and support is very poor, the only thing that keeps people from leaving is the fact that the money is not too bad and you do get a lot of time off, but have to work long shifts to get this. If it wasn't for this I don't think they would have many staff left and I am suprised most days that the place is still open.
Ex driver (Former Employee) – Avonmouth – 18 September 2016
The job started out fine and over a period of 3 years it went down hill. Since leaving for pastures new 4 months ago at least 4 other drivers have left and I know of 2 more leaving Somethings not right and it comes down to management not listening or asking before implementing rotas or anything else. If your looking for a year or 2 experience take the risk but there's better work out there.
Production Operative (Current Employee) – Belfast – 14 September 2016
As a factory floor operative you do as you are asked by your manager, you wrap the product on the line and put it baskets for despatch to the customer. But when you come in the next day and half of what was made yesterday is still on the floor and it ends up in the bin you do have to question if the managers can make up the orders correctly. It is very demorallising to see what you made yesterday being thrown out, not even given away to a charity. It is such a waste to see good product threw out. Hovis can't afford to be making waste, this company is strugging to stay operating but incapable managers are making mistakes that cost money and eventually jobs when Hovis closes.
Despatch Operative (Former Employee) – Wigan – 22 July 2016
Good company to work for and the pay was good. Worked at the bakery for 18 years. Worked in the despatch department for 18 years loading on the shop floor and loading trailers to send on to other bakeries within the Hovis network.
Warehouse Operative (Current Employee) – Dagenham – 14 July 2016
i was made redundant from the co-op when it closed down, and went to hovis where i am currently employed, as the journey is quite a way it makes my working day quite long and also expensive, so would love to be nearer home. i am not afraid of hard work and very loyal. i enjoy working where iam and really get on with my fellow employers and workmates. it is just the distance.