The retail arm of Cornwall Hospice Care was, without question, the worst entity I’ve had the misfortune of working for, an experience so irredeemably bad, that I would have deep misgivings about taking a job with another charity for fear of them operating in a similar manner.
Alarm bells rang almost as soon as I started, with the picture painted by the job description and at interview diverging significantly from the reality. The risible wage on offer wasn’t a problem in isolation, but was quickly revealed as an insult when combined with the extent of the labour expected by the company's cabal of flailing superiors, each seemingly in possession of a different, elliptical 'vision', with the store undergoing frequent overhauls that seemed to leave a bad taste in the mouth of staff & customers alike.
There was also a cavalier approach to health and safety, quite unlike anything I’ve encountered before or since, which I’d like to think has since been addressed. Mercifully, my time working for Cornwall Hospice Care was short, but it remains a cautionary tale; never again will I take an employer's description of their position at face value.