Fast paced,a good workout,hours only to suit company
Store Assistant (Current Employee) – Midlands – 18 February 2018
Just started and the interview process and training definitely lulls you into a false sense of thinking it's a great company. It's great for so,some wh olikes to be physically active and have a variety of things to do in the retail sector. A lot to learn, but plenty of time to do this. Managers can be quite intimidating and expect everything learnt very fast. Feels a bit like school at times. I feel 10 hour shifts are unexceptable as the job is very physically draining. The firm would get more out of their employees if they thought about the 'fatigue' and 'low mood/energy' these shifts could bring. Single parents or even with both parents would struggle as no fixed shifts. (Although fellow colleges employed under previous rules have set contracts.) weekend working seems to take up most of your 25hr contract. Very nice team and staff. Yet to find out more. Most managers seem very approachable. Watch this space hardest part is heavy lifting/speed expected. Most enjoyable is staff and customers.
Store Assistant (Former Employee) – Darlington – 4 January 2018
Work life balance is terrible. Rotas were usually put out a week or two (if you were lucky) before being due to work with completely random shift patterns, this meant you could never plan your life more than a week or so in advance.
Even though at the time I was contracted 25 hours per week these obligations were not met. ALDI stated that over the course of the year your hours would likely average out at 25 hours per week but this is no help when for 2 months in a row you are averaging 16 hours per week and have bills to pay. Can't exactly say to the electric company "I've only worked 16 hours a week this month, can you reduce my bill until a few months time when I've worked more hours?" On this note ALDI managers often called you on the days you have off, when you have actually managed to plan to do something, to say "we've understaffed the store, can you come in?" When you say no I have planned to do something, they just say well you can't complain about not getting hours when they are being offered. Offering a shift at the last minute when people have made plans is not an acceptable substitute to organising a rota properly and giving people their contracted amount of hours.
On a final note ALDI is full of Trainee Area Managers who are eager to puff out their chests, act the big dog and prove themselves at any costs (kids trying to act tough and show authority). Don't get me wrong there are some good ones, however the majority of my experience was negative.
-Early morning starts and difference hours daily depending on orders. -Learn to pick fast and efficiently. -fast pace environment -even though it s high pay a lot is expected of you -use of different machines including Llop and Bulk mover
Stock Assistant (Former Employee) – Manchester, Greater Manchester – 29 December 2017
Hectic days at work, as expected due to being the busiest store in England. I learened to work in a fast paced environment as calmly as possible i.e putting out stock and helping customers out at the same time and still managing to work in a time limit. Hardest part of the job would be working pallets during the day time and still having an expected time to finish each delivery. A lot of pressure.
Good pay, paid lunch, double pay on public holidays, socialising.
Long hours, finishing after the store assistants (even when we finish before them
I didn’t mind working here but it was hard trying to get all the orders in on the time line as most of the time I work as a team so when a college drops there order as it’s come off there palet I always stop and help pick it up with them.
Store Assistant (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – 27 December 2017
when i was there to cut a long story short the hours were good when you actually had hours to work there was one month where i only had 20 hours !!!!! totalling a pay check of around £250 but when i questioned management about my 15 hour contract they explained that as long as i average 15 hours a week over 12 weeks then it does not matter
Sale Assistant (Former Employee) – London, Greater London – 22 December 2017
Worked in few retail before (like lidl). But Aldi is the worst so far. Good pay but that's about it. Menager changing your clock in hours in system so on the end you are not paid for your overtime. Menager making you to stay and threats you that he will fire u or make you to write your leaving note. Breaks in 8 hours work are just 20 minutes long. Short notice about changes in rota. So unprofessional
CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Bedworth, Warwickshire – 12 December 2017
a typical day evolved around putting stock out in a certain time, working on the tills, date checking certain items. Management was ok. I learnt some new skills whilst i worked there. The hardest part of the job was tinned pallets getting it all out in a certain time
Productive place of work with excellent colleagues.
Store Assistant (Former Employee) – Hyde, Greater Manchester – 8 December 2017
On a typical day I would go in and check the log book of what I was expected to do. I was usually on the tills, handling cash and card based transactions. I loved working with customers because I enjoyed seeing them happy. I learned that you can't make everyone happy, and the hardest part of the job was not always reaching my target with the pallet times. Everyone was really nice and supportive, and I always had a laugh with them.