I applied for a job at East Midlands Airport through Extra for a parcel sorter for DHL.
The initial process was straight forward, you pop in fill out all the paperwork & pay for you criminal check (which was promised you would get back after working with them for a few months).
The process after was a nightmare! They require tons of info from you, including a 5 year work history which you have to request from HMRC. A criminal background check. If you have any gaps in employment you will need 2 character references (in the format they request) and/or proof from the job centre if you have been on any benefits.
All of this takes time, you will then be sent on two training courses (which last pretty much all day) and then your induction. The communication is terrible, we had people in the training room getting notification at 5pm that they would need to attend training/induction the next day. I understand you have to be flexible but if you have children etc you need more notice.
I went through the application process for THREE MONTHS and only had one lot of training, I found another job during this time.
I wouldn't mind if the position was permanent but it isn't, they take on 250 people. You cant tell me they all get taken on!
Would avoid Extra in the future.
No guarantee of the shifts you want. Long recruitment process.