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A shirt blouse and jacket of smart appearance, tights and smart shoes and a skirt

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Awful, minimum contracts of 20hrs, but if you are on a fill shift you're expected to stay until the work is done so you can do 40+ especially around Xmas. Don't expect any gratitude as it's your job

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Weekly , however, make sure you scann in and out , on the quarter hour, if you do not, they will not pay you for that shift. They will not amend later on as a punishment... and if you work over 39 hour per week which will be time and a half, they will remove the additional hours over 39 and pay then the following week but amend your rota to accommodate them . Please please make sure if you do a late shift you DO get your 11 hrs break between shifts as you may be finishing around 8.30 9pm ish.... and be back into work at 6an the next day ... illegal

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The only guaranteed day off you get is Christmas Day. Still open Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and you usually have to work at least one of those, unless you get taken for a mug and work either 3 or all of them. You'll also never finish on time because it is so busy you can never get any work done. They don't allow you to take any time off in November or December so don't make any plans because chances are you won't be get the time off to go to them.

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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.

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You get paid every week on a Friday. You can check your wage slips online which is brilliant. You can access this at anytime you like using you card number and password.

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16, over 18 would be better just because you wont be able to sell products to over 18's (will need to call a manager every time), also wage is better over 21 to be hoenst.

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10% discount

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I was admitted to hospital for a week in April and was told by one of my supervisors that if I gave them a sick note by my doctor that I would receive statutory sick pay. I did just so and had them returned to me by my area manager with the excuse of my contracted wages weren't high enough to receive the sick pay. So basically if you're under 21 I wouldn't expect to be able to get it even if you're working 20 hours a week.

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