Decent pay and room for progression, but no social life
Senior Cashier (Former Employee) – Bristol, Bristol – 9 August 2018
When you first start it seems great, you have an above minimum wage, you feel responsible for a lot which is good. Then you finish training...And it suddenly sinks in that you have no longer got a life beyond work.
You will end up working long hours, sometimes 10-12hr days, possibly alone with no toilet, running water, internet access and you can't even read a book if it's quiet. Oh and you get 2 breaks of 20mins each.
Additionally, you may end up working 8+ days in a row, which is ridiculous and you can't plan your life because the Rota is always changing each week, regardless of being told that they are set.
I once got told off for visiting my girlfriend at her university when I had 3 days off in a row which was set in the Rota 4 weeks in advance. Why? Because the manager didn't want to work the Sunday and tried to make me work.
Oh and I also had to stay working a full day on my own when being physically sick, throwing up but not toilet in the store and coming in the following day.
While the job itself isn't a bad one, in terms of what you do, it's the hours, days, treatment of staff that gets you down.
If you're desperate for a job, go for it, but if you value your health, mentally and physically, as well as your life, don't bother. I feel much happier now in my new job, and I haven't even completed 2 weeks.
Long hours, Too many days in a row, Short breaks, Forced to work when ill, not allowed time off