I was placed at Booker Wholesale as part of a 6 month workplace experience programme by the job centre, overall the workplace environment was pleasant and the managers did a good job of keeping productivity high and maintaining good morale.
Multi Drop Delivery Driver (Former Employee) – Burton-On-Trent – 7 February 2018
Terrible place to work your employed as a van driver for 38 hours but every week you go over your hours and don't get paid for it unrealistic targets bad managment honestly steer well clear of this job
Free tea and toast
Lobg hours. Low pay. Unrealistic targets. Bad managment.
Dogsbody (Former Employee) – Outside M25 – 6 February 2018
Never receive any support from any management, training is non existent and when you question anyone who is senior to you, you’re looked at like dirt and told just to get it dealt with. Poorest management I’ve ever worked under. Don’t apply unless you hate your family and friends, don’t want to do anything but work and you can crawl round management to make it look better for yourself. Absolutely awful place. The only thing that is good, you get to meet some great people. Some of the customers are really great but most of them are crooks. Most of the staff are great but anyone who works hard is treated like dirt but the lazy ones are thought highly of. Pathetic place.
Warehouse Assistant/driver (Current Employee) – Eastbourne – 3 February 2018
I applied for a shop floor job and have so far spent most of my time covering for delivery's because they cant keep drivers the job sucks you have no breaks no time for a tea just non stop loading and unloading very back breaking work as there is never anything to put the stock in so its lose in the van and orders get mixed very easy management is a complete joke they only care about money, if you apply for tills or shop floor dont tell them you have a driving licence you will be forced to cover drivers when they quit which happens a lot i would avoid unless your really desperate for a job and want to be treated like poo.
Stock Assistant (Current Employee) – Gateshead, Tyne and Wear – 14 January 2018
If you want to carry lazy members of staff and deal with a childish manager who can't add up and has the iq of a slug feel free to apply to this dive of a depot. Don't expect a regular wage that's accurate expect a manager who tells stories behind your back expect one who favours his pal and too scared to challenge the bone idle, expect to be given items to work with that don't work pallet trucks and cages don't expect safety equipment that's any good day shift may be run OK but nightshift is run like a complete joke.
Going home or having holidays in for the whole week
Stock Assistant (Former Employee) – Gateshead, Tyne and Wear – 13 January 2018
If you want to be regularly ripped off with your wages, as the manager does them just can't add up or read his own sheets then blame someone else and ran into the ground feel free to apply to work at Gateshead where you are worked into the ground where the lazy are rewarded, where the children will be children worst place I've worked. health and safety is a non starter took them nearly a year to provide a pair of boots!! Majority of staff are on the graft Filthy canteen the toilets are even worse was job centre warns about people applying to this depot so be warned
delivery driver..if you want a job where you are over worked,under paid and can't take breaks in order to meet demands then this is for you.treated like slaves. i was in the birkenhead branch..area manager was good,but the new manager was all for himself and expected us to work over our hours and not get paid! very hard work for very little money
Warehouse Operative (Team Leader) (Former Employee) – Greater Manchester – 11 January 2018
Under several different managers I have learned vast amounts in many different areas as I have worked in various parts of the business over the years. The hardest part of the job is to ensure that all members of staff are adhering to the guidelines set at all times. But overall, it's a good stable company to work for.
Would've been somewhat okay if I got paid a wage for it. Whilst here I endlessly stacked shelves. Endlessly. The folk working there were alright, and the management seemed to have their favorites on full-time and the rest on part-time. Hardest part of the job was the fact I was a slave under another title. Thankfully I was only there for two weeks before finding work. If the dole send you here on a work placement, don't expect a job (same with anywhere really; they're not gonna hire you if they can get another freebie from the dole).
If I had been hired, it'd be an "It's a job" kinda job. Extremely monotonous, and I'd be glad to see the back of the place.
Customer service assistant (Former Employee) – Northampton, Northamptonshire – 3 January 2018
I loved working here for the duration of my employment. However, I had to move and they couldn't be flexible with my hours (despite saying they would be). Would definitely work there again though. Would have stayed if I wouldn't have been late every day due to travel issues.
Staff discount. Understanding staff and management. Friendly environment.
Not much flexibility with hours (despite saying there would be).
Employee (Current Employee) – Yorkshire – 21 December 2017
Ok company to work for, branch managers tend to be idiots who get the job because of who they know not what they know. Area managers only care when there is a visit from their bosses, rest of time they sit in their office phoning other area managers. Chances of progression are slim unless your face fits and you don't question the norm.
HGV Driver (Former Employee) – Chester – 11 December 2017
I found the job ok as I started. Modern vehicles and such, as time went on and it got busier the job got much harder. It is a very physically and demanding job at the end of a 10+ hour day often without breaks due to rushing around trying to get unrealistic deadlines finished. Customers expect pallets and cages handballing into shops. And a lot of the time your looked at or spoken to like dirt. The management are clueless and couldn’t organise the usual you know what in the where. So much so it’s like a comedy show
Wholesale assistant (Former Employee) – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire – 30 October 2017
fast paced work environment happy to help and serve customers as soon as they arrive at check outs happy to help other departments as ive learnt how to pick customer orders, and replenish shop floor, became a co - ordinator in 6 months of being at booker, I became a part of the small management team and organised breaks and jobs trained on floor cleaning machine trained in reception shop floor tills paypoint cash office
Wasted 7 years of my life here. About six and a half of those were spent trying to find a way out. The money is awful. Of you do manage to get a break you'll have someone timing you to the second when to come back but when you leave Hal an hour later than planned dont expect to be paid for it. Management are usually externally sourced so have no idea about the products they're trying to sell or the systems in place for them to do so. By the time they find the time to peel themselves from eating in they're office to do so they get shipped on and the cycle continues. Development is possible if by that you mean extra work and responsibility for no extra money. Supervisors only vacate by retirement or death by which time they decide they don't need as many supervisors anyway. Long and short I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
long hours, tediousness, management, customers, high volume of cash, no life