Temp to Perm Admin (Current Employee), Chippenham based, but could go anywhere – May 3, 2013
Pros: friendly, relaxed, professional
Cons: would have liked to be a permanent staff member
Ainsley and Kristy the two ladies who work for Meridian are pleasant, professional and helpful. They very quickly found me work at Good Energy.
Good Energy, a young, dynamic company providing green energy. My day varied on a day-to-day basis, I learned how to process, log and evaluate applications, to enter bank details and what a lovely team I was – more... part of.
There was no hard part to the role, except learning the different terminologies of the business. I enjoyed every part of the role and would happily go back to work there. – less
warehouse logistics (Former Employee), cheltenham – April 4, 2013
Pros: everyone helped each other to hit targets
Cons: none i could mention
my day started with unloading lorries enter into stock .pick confirm,pack move stock to areas for despatch .management were helpfull ,my co workers all pulled together as a team.hardest part of the job was being outside in a marquis in sub temperatures for hours decanting stock .enjoyable part was end of month hitting targets.plenty of overtime including – more... sat/sunday enhanced hourly rates – less
Extremely 'team orientated', with excellent support throughout.
On Site Consultant/Manager (Current Employee), Swansea – March 25, 2013
Pros: company support
Cons: shift pattern hours
primarily based at an internationally renowned retail site in Swansea. My position as on site Manager involves complete management of Site Representatives, as well as over one hundred Meridian Associates at the core of the business. I am responsible for managing departmental quality, productivity and training aspects, within a ‘lean’ environment, for – more... both Meridian Site Representatives and the associates employed by Meridian Recruitment. I liaise daily with Human Resource managers and departmental Area Managers, to discuss and update all aspects of the business processes and progression, via structured management meetings. Each day at work poses different challenges, with so many temporary associates to manage as well as the fast paced nature of the business involved, creating a somewhat ever changing 'real-time' environment. You learn very quickly to adapt and overcome obstacles on an hour-by-hour basis. As mentioned, this environment is fast paced and the ability to maintain smooth running of the business is essential. Maintaining data communications from Meridian to client on the hour. There are also payroll factors to create, manage and submit, as well as system analysis between agency and client for more prospective temp associates to be considered. This is imperative as the clients needs and expectations are high, so my excellent standard of overall knowledge of the business is essential in keeping abreast of the daily challenges. Communication throughout is essential via both my co-workers as well as senior management and HR teams within the clients network. The most difficult part of the job is issuing disciplinary proceedures to associates, as well as often releasing some individuals from their positions, for reasons beyond your control. However, the enjoyable side of the job is progressing individuals personally onto success and a permanent position with the client, offering security and opportunity as well as increased self confidence and a brighter outlook for the individual. – less
prouduction (Current Employee), merthyr tydfil – February 24, 2013
i was on a prouduttion line sometimes with people but most of the time i took responsibilty on my own it was a good experince in ops choclate factory they showed me how to work in a team and also hygiene how to keep workplace tidy. my co-workers were very good with me they always helped when i struggled. there were really no hard parts in this job soon – more... as i was trhere for a week or two i knew how to take care of my job. the most enjoyble part of my job was meeting other new people who also was working with me – less
hospital porter (Former Employee), sheffield – February 2, 2013
the day to day duties was transporting patients from wards to wards, collecting perscriptions and also important documents. i learned loads like, understanding hoe the take care of the patients and the hospital run. the management was very surportive they helped my out when i needed help. i worked along side some greast people i would say what hard – more... about ther job was when i was busy you could have so many jobs on and at times the staff could get a litte stressed because the patients had to be in a certain places at the time. i enjoyed all of the job i would love to carr on as a porter – less
Out of Hours adviser/Booking co-ordinator (Current Employee), Altrincham head office – November 23, 2012
Pros: good pay, great experience, fantastic team
Cons: no vending machines!
I love working at Meridian, the hours suit my family and home life and there is an excellent team behind us. Its a huge challenge working for out of hours as we have to manage over 90+ Branches up and down the UK, with thousands of clients and candidates in all sectors of work. I enjoy the daily challenges because i never have a boring day at work and – more... enjoy it to the max. I have gotten to know so many clients and candidates and have familiarized my self with the complex systems Meridian use on a daily basis. – less
Event Coordinator (what they need are carers!) (Former Employee), Stoke on Trent – August 12, 2012
Pros: feel good factor of working for a charity
Cons: everything else
I handed my notice in within 3 weeks with no other job secured it was that bad. During interview I was misled about the role, the hours and the salary. The 'management' are unaproachable, unprofessional and lie through their teeth!
regular admin, agency worker (Former Employee), uk – September 2, 2012
Pros: the agency job was good and the people were nice
Cons: constant pay problems, refusal to pay full holiday
Many agencies and employers pay holiday leave based on the amount of time you have worked, up until the date you need off. And that’s a reasonable system that most employers use. It is called the accrued system, to accrue holiday means you have to work for a bit to earn a bit of time off. This works in conjunction with the U.K statutory entitlement. – more... Or in other words it works with the amount of holiday the government says you are allowed each year which is currently 28 days, so if you work 5 days a week for a month you would have accrued 2.33 days of holiday, that’s just less than two and a half days a month. It’s easy to work out. You simply share 28 days amongst 12 months.
And a nice time for most people to take their leave would be in the summer perhaps when the kids are off school. It’s when most people book, between June and august. So by June, the 6th month you would have accrued 24 weeks’ worth of annual leave that’s 14 days fully paid leave days or 13.98 to be exact. But who cares about the pence, that’s enough for you to take a modest two weeks off and still have a few days left over. And let’s be honest most people only take 2 weeks off.
But it’s not that straight forward with meridian, and they don’t like to make it known or even admit that there is a catch. Which means you will get back from your holiday to find that you have not been paid in full, and if you’re not expecting this and most people won’t be, it could end up costing you a lot more. What meridian doesn’t tell you is that they will only pay you for a week’s worth of holiday at a time.
Until you have complained several times about not receiving pay while on annual leave, it won’t be clear why they haven’t paid you, according to meridian they claim that they will work out your holiday leave using the accrued system but then base it on the last 12 weeks. According to meridian this means that they literally only allow you to receive 12 weeks’ worth of accrued pay. That’s 3 months, it works out at 7 days paid leave, but even this figure is questionable. From my personal experience of several years with this company as a 40 hour week agency worker I have never been able to receive more than 6 days holiday pay in any one booking, and every time I have followed this up with a complaint I have been fobbed off with the excuse “you have received all your accrued time” I have even highlighted the fact that I am legally entitled to 28 days fully paid leave, to receive the reply “yes I confirm you are entitled to 28 days leave, but you must accrue them” clearly I am unable to achieve any ware close to 28 days.
To conclude I wonder whether meridian are breaking the law because as of yet they have not answered my question “how would it be possible for me to receive my full 28 days holiday pay, could you explain to me how to go about this, do I have to take a week off every 12 weeks or perhaps take 2 days off every month” I suspect meridian are simply working the system for some reason, and the only reason I can think of is that they are able to keep the left over holiday pay for themselves and although being an insignificant amount it becomes obvious that if this is generally done to everyone then it is a substantial extra revenue generator. – less