Store Assistant (Current Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne – 21 February 2019
The teamwork environment in ALDI is great and the other store assistants are fantastic to get along with and tend to be very kind to other. However, in my experience, the management is poor at times. I have worked in the East Prescot Road store in Liverpool, and the Gateshead Sunderland Road store in Newcastle upon Tyne. I have found that there tends to be a lot of issues with rotas and on many instances I've gotten little pay as the store has not filled my contracted hours or paid me for holidays I have taken. You can be overworked and work long hours, and, as a store assistant, are sometimes given little respect from those higher up. This is very tiring considering the store wouldn't run without those lower down in the pecking order as we do all the shop floor work. You receive little to no praise from managers and they can lash out if you don't perform as well due to (for example) being ill or run down, or just having a bad day in general. The hardest part of the job is difficult customers. If a customer is particularly unkind it can ruin your day and get you down. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people you work with on a day to day basis. There is a sense of community with the other workers and everyone will work as a team to get the job done.
Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee) – Manchester – 21 November 2018
Aldi has now become so incredibly unrealistic with its payroll targets that all management are glorified stock assistants. We have no time for anything remotely management related let alone dealing with staff personnel issues. Turnover is the worst I've seen in years and we keep getting told we should have done more to retain those members of staff yet area managers/ops directors refuse to acknowledge the real reasons staff are leaving. They are sick of doing the job of 5 people for only slightly better pay than Tesco. They are tired of being rang every day asking if they can pull an extra shift because we are so understaffed. It's a business steadily in decline if they don't start investing in their people.
No work life balance, constantly being belittled by area managers.
Selector (Current Employee) – Goldthorpe – 18 January 2019
Working in the RDC in Goldthorpe is fast paced and very target driven. The management team could be improved upon and the hours would be better fixed and stable. There is not much room for improvement and progression in the work place, however there are opportunities to move departments if you wish for a change. The wages are excellent and the job is easy once you are trained up fully for it.
Free Fruit, Tea, Coffee, App with added Benefits and discounts
Selector (Current Employee) – Bathgate – 1 November 2018
The company in itself is a great company, the pay is good, as are the benefits, but from my own personal experience here, majority of the managers are horrible. I think they see everyone as replaceable and the way they talk to people is disgusting. Really hoping to find a new job quickly so i can get away from the place.
Store Assistant (Current Employee) – Leicester, Leicestershire – 18 September 2018
Poorly devised Rota's Constantly make you work late nights and weekends, even when you have explained the reason to the manager why you are unable to work late nights and every weekend, there is no compromise, they just say you are working in retail. Not had one weekend off since I started. Absolutely useless managers and very arrogant.
Store Assistant (Former Employee) – East Midlands – 25 November 2018
-Good wage for staff
-Some progression is available but it does seem difficult to access a higher level career from a store position
-High pressure but one does learn how to cope quickly and find a natural rhythm with the nature and ethos of the store.
-You can be asked to do any role within store, so you become multi-skilled.
-Management were close-knit group of friends who were difficult to approach and their concern for impressive results would often be at odds with corporate policy. It could be a battle to have an entitled break for example.
-On-call system meant you could be called in short notice to do a shift which, for this level of work might not suit everyone.
Looks good on paper- not so much when you're there
STORE ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Sutton-In-Ashfield – 3 January 2019
you're on a 25 hour contract- every 17 weeks- so they don't have to give you weekly hours if they don't want. I just wasn't paid once- they gave it me in cash that week- but this happened with management- no explanation- just not there payday! You're expected to work yourself to death- no thanks and they string people along with promotion. There were staff there that were told they'd move forward every time the opportunity arose and never did.
Keeping up with Pick rates can be tough and can be very hard work. Although the hours are based on an 8 hour shift, this is not usually the case. if work is don't you go home early (not paid) and if not finished you could be doing up to 3 hours extra each night, no negotiations. Management are good when you need help or advice and always available to ask any questions The most enjoyable part of my day is achieving the daily picks required.
SALES ASSISSTANT (Former Employee) – Herefordshire – 22 June 2018
Aldi is a great company to work for, great schemes, hierarchy in management, although it is hard to progress in the company now. Great salary and bonuses. Consideration towards employee's with children ( that is a recent one I've heard they introduced sadly while I was working in there this was not the case). Aldi is out there to make a difference and they are constantly improving.
Deputy Store Manager (Former Employee) – Oswestry, Shropshire – 6 February 2019
No 2 days are the same but the stress is always there. As a manager you will be working long days, weeks, months with little to no appreciation. As a deputy manager you will be expected to take the flak for any mistake but when a job is done well your upper management will take the glory.
Long hours, no appreciation, no progression, cut in christmas bonus and overtime
Store Assistant (Former Employee) – Northampton, Northamptonshire – 7 April 2018
I worked for Aldi for about 1 year. I have to say that I was really happy with the company. Colleagues are nice and hard workers. Even the management is nice what is really unusual in these days. The job is well paid and the working hours basically depends on you. If u want you can do progress really quick. My only cons are not really the company's fault so I won't write it to the "Cons" section but I must mention that you need a lot of patience when you dealing with costumers. Aldi is one of the cheapest so many of the costumers come from the "living on benefits level" or simply just stupid. People do "amazing" things, making the shop really messy every day. Of course there are many nice costumers as well. After all it is a good place to work full with opportunities.
Store Assistant (Former Employee) – Leeds, West Yorkshire – 18 October 2018
Management turned funny against me from the day I made them aware I was pregnant they made me feel very small and was not compassionate regarding the fact I was having a tough time with my son and been a single parent I had worked with them for 6 years and it had a bad effect on my mental health to which even my doctor advise I left the job , they even had my job title down as a stock assistant for 3 years and paid me stock assistant rate which was lower than store assistant yet they have never rectified the problem or paid what I was owed from the 3 years
Store Assistant (Current Employee) – North West – 9 September 2018
This is a good company to work for however you are expected to work unsociable hours and long shift, must be very hard working to work here. I have learnt a lot at this company but there isn't many opportunities to step up your career with them. management is ok but could be better. The hardest part of the job is when there isn't enough staff as you are expected to do double the amount of work and it is harder to hit the targets that they give you. I enjoyed parts of this job however can get very tedious if you are put on a till all day.