Very cost conscious, and rather rule-bound, sometimes quite counterproductively so — having a 'Wow the customer' motto they then lose the plot and thump staff over really petty rules, which is really demotivating if the reasoning behind the rules is not explained (a common failing).
In practice, the culture reflects the quality of management on a store-by-store basis. One dud supervisor can cause store-wide misery, and the firm does not seem to be very good at addressing this problem when it happens.
This is a very 'no-nonsense' firm — no wasting time, no frills pay (so no paid breaks and minimum pay during holidays) and no excuses for poor attendance, shoddy work and sloppy appearance. On the other hand, my experience is that they appreciate effort and reliability, and can be very accommodating for those who establish a good track record. This comes back to the quality of local management again, so it can be hit-and-miss for a new recruit.
Another plus is that they encourage people to try to progress, and do not seem to hold age against anyone — both older and young workers have an equal chance to go for and get promotion. They value enthusiasm, energy and flexibility, which can come across as being cavalier to anyone expecting a more 'ordered' and 'respectful' approach (although this makes lapses into rigid enforcement of some of their pettier rules difficult to take).
On the whole a very positive company culture, but may disappoint at local level, depending on the competence and leadership of each store manager.
Very poor was my findings, Being able to manage people needs more than just a job title. The lead sales, managers are really just Kids who get the jobs not by hard work and being clever but by sucking up to the right people. Really I would recommend a job with another retailer rather than this bunch of fools. I should have read the reviews before going there, boy was that a mistake
Young people - first job lot of them .lead sale the same first job as lead sale. Lot of different culture in our shop irish,English,Scotland,Iceland and Wales people
Culture is strict & belligerent. Most managers are very young, often first jobs, so actual experience in dealing with human beings is often poor. Leads to frequent in house disciplinary investigations, and a tough atmosphere to work in. Standards are pushed much higher than the resources given for the store run and meet those standards.
It was very good
Answered - Manager (Former Employee) - Folkestone, Kent
Cheap products and good quality
Answered - Shop Floor Assistant (Former Employee) - Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil
The company is not too bad if a store is run properly by the rules an regulations an discipline for the staff to meet their targets if on a morning shift but other than that it has a good vibe to work with other staff ive learned alot an become to know the ins an oust of how a store is run
Answered - Lead Sales (Former Employee) - Liverpool, UK
I found that there was little to poor organisation at Home Bargains. The rota for the coming week would be released only a few days before the week started.
Answered - Customer Assistant (Former Employee) - Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
There is none.
Answered - Customer Assistant (Former Employee) - Straiton Loanhead