Manager (Current Employee) – Midlands – 8 August 2018
Never a dull day - lots of different roles to fulfill during the course of an 'average' day in a Booker store. Picker, delivery driver, till operative, replenishment to name a few, as well as being responsible for making sure the store runs in a health, safe and legal manner. A lot is expected - a long day is a 'standard' day, with weekends included.
People and customers are the best thing about the job, unfortunately the work/life balance is poor.
HGV Class 2 Driver (Former Employee) – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – 12 August 2018
No organisation and always expected to do more than your contracted hours as well as other people’s jobs . Needed to threaten them with legal action to get money owed from over worked hours other wise your actually working for a minimum wage as some drivers did . If you want a job as a class 2 driver /picker /transport manger and loader doing more than 45 hours a week with no overtime pay then this is the job for you.
Fellow workers a good laugh, cpc paid for !
Everything else plus what you wouldn’t expect from a hgv job !
HGV Class 2 Driver (Former Employee) – Ipswich suffolk – 11 August 2018
Class 2 hgv driving at Booker wholesale in Ipswich, highly physical demanding role but a good source of back up from staff work collegues if needed. Sessional hours with long hours in the summer 45 in the winter. Good rates of pay highly recommend.
it was a fun job and i gain lots of experience that is well deserve.
cashier, customer assistant, reception cover. (Former Employee) – London – 7 August 2018
this was my first job, i was there for 3 and half years. for me it was exciting and fun, this jlb keep me active lifting and moving quick. at the same time was keeping fit and learning how to deal with customers, also it thought me a lot about problem solving and how to work under pressure. i work well with individual from varied background, i learn to adapt and see my self in someone else shoe, learning not to jump to conclusion without making the wrong decision.
Branch (Current Employee) – Oban, Argyll and Bute – 31 July 2018
I have worked here a few seasons and haven't had any problems aslong as your not shy of hard work.I've also learned some new skills and found the induction and training very helpful.Management will challenge you if your not doing what's expected but overall i found them to be fair and approachable.
Worked in Birkenhead branch. Found it very tough at first. The systems are ancient. Got used to it...eventually . Other staff were friendly and managers were sound. The place was always busy and had good banter. I had to leave as DWP took benefits off me. So i was worse off no point coming to work.
Class 2 Driver (Former Employee) – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – 5 July 2018
Lasted just over 6 months runs weren't too bad before the new system came in. But now there worse then ever, suppose to of got better but the opposite. Planning was terrible. Waiting for your load most days due to short on pickers. Basic pay is great if you can keep within your 45 hours however if you were to go over them over a period of 4 weeks your suppose to get paid the extra or a day or so off... some occasions I didnt get either would take weeks to get the overtime sorted and alot of the time when you do get it they dont always pay overtime rate of time and half so always check your pay slip ! Most of the staff are friendly good team that are over worked due to not being able to keep staff. Always made false promises by a certain manager.
Good basic pay for a class 2 job. Friendly staff
Rubbish planning, Always waiting for your load to be ready, Never paid your overtime on time, when you get it they dont put it through as time and a half, False promises by the manager.
Driver class 2 (Former Employee) – Avonmouth – 2 July 2018
Multi drop driver. Management approachable but weak. Over weight and badly loaded cages and pallets. Complain all you want, nothing changes. 38 hour basic week rarely if ever happens, it's always more. Definitely a young mans job.
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – cardiff – 18 June 2018
i worked for bookers for 4 years it was ok at first then new manager took over he was a complete waste of time tried bullying and the receptionist was a childish tart also the warehouse was stinking avoid working there
Worked at Booker for many years. Met some great people who I can now call close friends. Worked 40 hours a week with every Saturday off and one other day. The work is easy enough but the only downside to the place is the management. They are constantly on your back and you cant even pass wind without fear of getting a counselling off them. I can only assume it'll be worse after the recent merger with Tesco. Still if you can cope with that then it is a good place to work, better than most warehouses. Both shifts are quite cliquey so be aware of this when applying.
Shop Floor Assistant (Former Employee) – Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – 2 June 2018
Whilst i was working at bookers they offered me endless opportunity's to better myself and also taught me a wide range of skills that i use almost in every day to day life. Best part of the job was the staff as they were highly friendly
branch assistant (Former Employee) – Scotland – 24 May 2018
There are no typical days at booker I learned that if you are willing to put the hours in you can gain extra skills The management in store are challenging ,demanding The job involves heavy lifting and physical fitness is essentiall Most enjoyable part for me was the variety every day and customer interactions
Branch Assistant and Relief Supervisor (Current Employee) – Huddersfield – 21 May 2018
Been at Booker now for almost 2 years. I would not recommend to anybody with half a brain. Management expect you to turn a blind eye or go along with their illegal activity, such as stealing stock and logging it as damages, and that's the only way to progress here. Management are extremely lax, meaning there's no reward for working hard, until Directors are visiting. Only at that point do they clamp down on standards, but some have been slacking for weeks at that point, giving those of us that actually work far more to do.
Recently got 2 new Supervisors at our branch; one of which has been caught stealing multiple times, and has assaulted other staff members, and the second wrote off a delivery van and was banned from driving for being over the limit.
Good Working Relationships
Poor Management, No incentives to work, Treated the same irrespective of how much you do
General Assistant (Former Employee) – Poole, Dorset – 16 May 2018
After 15years of service my contract was terminated after my child had secondary cancer!! No empathy what so ever..when i started employment there late 90,s a very child/family friendly company ect..as the years went by and so many management changes it just got worse..staff turnover was always high, shame as i enjoyed the varied jobs i did across the whole shop floor and many of the staff and customers became good friends over the years