Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Liverpool – 6 July 2018
When I first started working in Home Bargains it was great, all the training was done during working hours, I learned a lot of new skills and made some good friends. Ultimately, however, the jobs began to take its toll as there was little variety in the day and customers were occasionally very rude. The management was effective overall but could be a little impersonal at times, particularly the higher-ups. The low pay for younger people (who are expected to do the same work) means this job is unsustainable for students.
Nice discount, Good friends, Good hours
Low pay, monotonous work, difficult to get time off
mainly worked on tills, serving customers, assisting, tidying store. Learned how to work on tills, and how to do stock take. Management was good, mainly helpful, can be a bit unorganised. Hardest part of the job is standing in the same place for hours, and it gets a bit boring. Most enjoyable part is working with fun interesting people, they make the day go faster.
Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) – Liverpool – 8 May 2018
As I was only there on work experience placement I do not know to a full extent what it is like working there full time, however while I was there the workplace was fun and the staff are friendly and supportive.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Liverpool, Merseyside – 20 February 2018
You should have a look at the Q&A section here to see about, 'hours worked' and 'company culture'.
There is no company sick pay, and you get 20 holiday days/year. You are entitled to a 30 minute break/day. You are also ‘encouraged’ to sign a waiver to the EU Working Time Directive.
Management are under constant pressure to have the store fully restocked daily. There is a central warehouse delivery daily. Each cage needs to be unloaded and merchandised. This task is carried out by the ‘fill shift’. Theoretically, fill shift should last 4 hours, but rarely does, and up to 8 hours isn’t extraordinary. You normally have to keep staff on till the job is finished often on same day notice. This is tough to manage, and tough on the staff too who have no idea when they are getting home, so can’t really plan a life.
Management are involved in sorting cages out in the store warehouse in departmental sections, and dragging them on to sales floor, so no need for expensive gym membership fees as you’ll get all the exercise you’ll ever need. The pressure is constant as obviously it needs to be finished every day, as there is a new delivery tomorrow.
There are no planograms, so it is up to the fill shift initially to merchandise stock, new & replenishment, in a neat coherent manner. If sections are full to overflowing, it takes time to spread stock out and create space. Area managers will very kindly critique such efforts as a matter of routine, and point out where you went wrong, then photograph it to shame you with the rest of their ‘area’, it’s a great team builder as everyonemore... is ridiculed, and you'll all have a good laugh at each other.
Staffing is absolutely paired to beyond the bone. You are always in a state of being ‘short staffed’ putting pressure on all members of the team, and will never have enough to achieve all the daily tasks demanded of you. (The exception are the Liverpool training boot camp stores, which are dripping in additional ‘red shirts’)
Store Manager in Home Bargains is equivalent to a supervisor in other retailers, you have little autonomy, 95% time is spent on the sales floor, and you can’t even order a new safety knife for opening deliveries without the area manager’s permission. The majority of Home Bargains store management are young, in their 20s, without the maturity & people skills that come with age and experience; hence ‘harassment’ type behaviour is common.
If you’re young, and this is one of your first jobs, you’ll probably think it’s OK with nothing to compare it to. But if you’ve had proper management jobs before, you will be very disappointed indeed.less
Distinctive red uniform, but wash separately – colour runs faster than Mo Farah LOL
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Liverpool – 21 January 2018
The members of staff are great, you get along with everyone and they make work more fun. The job itself isn't bad however one of the Home Bargain in Liverpool is awful, the way you get treated is an absolute joke, the managers are meant to lead by example but they don't even know their job. Would never work in the same store again and probably for the company.
Nice staff to talk too , along with good working hours
Cleaning (Former Employee) – Liverpool – 15 December 2017
Due to starting sixth form I struggled balancing work along with school hence why I started assisting in teaching as I am staying in the same environment , finish at normal school hours and enjoy the environment.
Productive working place allows you too express yourself.
Training Manager (Current Employee) – Liverpool, Merseyside – 19 October 2017
Home bargains is a family run business, they have a well intergrated working environment which allows your to be yourself and have fun, They're expectations can be quite demanding conserdering the pay, overall great company.
Family run business, owners take care and show affection for their workers i.e. Free Christmas party and family fun days.
Long hours, payment scheme, don't get paid for overtime if your salary.
The job is ok, but there's not much variety in the shifts that you do. You get stuck doing the same jobs day in, day out. It gets really boring. Staff are really friendly but management can be moody when they want.
Not a bad part time job, great company just poor store managers
Store Assistant (Former Employee) – Liverpool, Merseyside – 4 May 2017
The store can be a really stressful place to work, mangers are very forceful of working extra hours etc. They expect a lot of staff that aren't paid as well as them for the hours they put in and can be less than understanding that part time employees also have a life. I worked under 4 different managers during my time and all of them where of the same thinking. However every other store assistant or member of staff I worked with were some of the loveliest people and made the day bearable.
Store Assistant (Current Employee) – Liverpool, Merseyside – 2 May 2017
Working in Home Bargains is great. It is so easy to get along with everyone as they are all great and warm welcoming people. As for the working environment, this is great as even when maintaining professionalism during working hours, the staff and management never fail to show respect to other staff members and customers around them.
Lead Sales (Former Employee) – Liverpool, UK – 25 April 2017
have good an bad days but what job doesnt management are good with hours,holidays etc when required. just some weeks u get part time hours an others full time so cant really say on an actual wage each week but r flexible if u have children. management jobs best advice is to make sure u get ur proper training whereas i didnt an resulted to stepping back down which was a shame coz i enjoyed the work but not the stress has i didnt know the procedures due to lack of training.
good opportunity has a first job to get to know how things work etc
not many hours are offered depending on the size of the stores
Class 1 driver (Current Employee) – Liverpool, Merseyside – 10 March 2017
Some of the views on this website with regard to this company are completely wide of the mark. I have found working for home bargains an absolute pleasure , yes it's hard work but the salary reflects this and is amongst the best in the industry. Work life balance is as good as it gets for a class 1 driver with average working days lasting around 10 hours and sometimes less. I work a 5 on 3 off shifts pattern so get plenty of time at home with the family and for the first time in years working on class 1 I can pursue hobbies and interests that are out of the question for most drivers working 15 and 13 hour shifts. The kit provided is spot on and the training and development given to drivers is excellent, the company has high standards and in my opinion this is to be commended. I would certainly recommend them and would advise the reader to take a balanced view of the reviews on here much the same as I did before I applied and remember there will always be lazy whingeing people who simply don't want to work for their money.
Store assistant (Former Employee) – Liverpool – 19 November 2016
Most staff were friendly but some managers took their job too seriously and took it out on staff members unfortunately. co workers were brilliant an nice to get a long with, i did get my confidence up from this job.
HGV Class 1 Driver (former driver) (Former Employee) – Liverpool – 9 September 2016
This company is seriously one of the worst driving jobs out there in my opinion, the work is very hard and the new man in charge is constantly pushing for more. The money isn't that bad but that's simply because they can't keep drivers but you will be working 5 weekends out of 8, they also work your average hours out on a 5 on 2 off so your average hours always look way below what they really are. I've also just had a look at one of the new contracts from a guy I know and they are now going to bank hours and make them payable back to the company and also annualise hours. Be also prepared for constant delays as the wearhouse are behind most times, 16.5 hours sat in the office waiting for loads in 5 shifts just before I left was horrendous. This company is also run on victimisation and bullying from the very top to the very bottom so please be aware. I've also been shown evidence that the shunters have been put on 4 on 4 off and money put up to the same as the drivers through a deal set up by 2 of the union reps who you can guess.... Are shunters.