Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Huddersfield, West Yorkshire – 16 January 2019
My main duties were stock taking, stock rotation, loading and unloading goods, general housekeeping, liaised with sales assistants to retrieve stock for customers. I found the work interesting, stimulating, challenging and I enjoyed meeting, working alongside colleagues and interacting with the public.
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway – 1 January 2019
Its funny reading through some of the reveiws as every single store seems to be the same. Managment doing nothing, fill shift never finishing on time due to getting no help and doing a ridiculous amount of work with little breaks...... Managment walk around on their phones talking to family members or are on facebook. Something needs to change in that store otherwise they are going to have a very short number of staff members.
I have had and am having the best time while working at Home Bargains. I am surrounded with people who love their job and the people they work with. There is always something to do and you will never get bored. (even though its work!) Time really does pass when you're busy and have your head down. Also, have the best manager!
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Cannock – 16 December 2018
This job was supposed to change my career. I was promise progression to management and I was ignored soon after my first couple of weeks. management act all high and mighty and barely do any work,just walk around on phones and staring at you. job drove me insane, wish I was still there just for the money but apart from that - awful place to work. hated nearly every day. Just wanna day not all staff are that bad,some were nice and only worked there as no choice and needed the funds. Manager even called me names and took the fun out of me.
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Oakwood, West Yorkshire – 14 December 2018
Management don't know there head from there bottoms. I had to deal with harassment (the worse kind) at this store (which management did nothing about!) they was constantly messing up the rota! People couldn't do jobs properly because management was so bad! If your thinking about this company my advice is DONT.
when i was there... the managers like to put down the staff, are usually moody with customers, take every chance possible to find a way of giving the staff a warning, there is no finishing times, so you could be there for 20 hours if you get a lazy team member.
Sales Assistant? (Current Employee) – Armagh City, County Armagh – 10 December 2018
20 hour contract but doing 39 which I don't mind but being threatened at 7am every morning that if 3 cages aren't done by break time you'll be put out, managers need retrained in everything they run about like it's a hospital ? Also don't care about they're staff, most stressful job I have had yet and they're is no need for it to be and when you ask to move shifts to something else like tills they seem to ignore your request and try to carry on with something else. Nothing is ever good enough for them.
No finishing time, bad managers and everything else
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – North West – 19 November 2018
I’ll start with the Pros. The staff make the work place bearable and some of the management are ok too. Staff get a Christmas party yearly which the company pay for. You also get 10% discount on your shopping.
However the cons out weigh these few pros of working for the company. You’ll be contracted a maximum amount of 20 hours per week, but be expected to work 40 ( which you do get paid for). If your shift is an 8-12 then you will be expected to stay until 4pm or even made to staying later. Management are under lots of pressure therefore often take it out on the staff, you’re not allowed to talk to other members of staff during the shift. If you do you can expect to be shouted at like a child at school. Even though the management stand round talking to whoever they feel like. You’ll be expected to train new staff for no extra wage, and often be the one who breaks the news to them that they have to stay 4 hours after their shift states on the Rota. You’ll go out your way for a company that will replace you in a day. They often rota you in things like moves to change over seasonal displays which can go on until late at night or early morning hour and you’re just expected to do it. Management are unprofessional and if they dislike you you’re time at the company will be awful. They’ll put you on awful shifts and make you do jobs that other members of staff don’t have to. They are power hungry and you often don’t get your break until 5-5 and a half hours through your shift, and if you ask for you break they deliberately give you a later one. They time you’re work andmore... breathe down your neck to work faster and faster. If you’re working the fill shift, they write times on your cages with impossible targets. Making you feel like you’re not good enough or not working hard enough. The job is very physically demanding, you’ll work your fingers to the bone and get no where. Area and regional managers come into the store and deliberately intimidate members of staff, Such as asking why you and another member of staff are working on the same aisle. Often shaking their head at you and telling your manager to pull you up over something instead of speaking to you themselves. You get one half an hour break for the whole shift, when you’re doing manual labour. You’re often pressured into staying over four hours past your shifts and resented and even told you will getting a notice of improvement if you don’t stay. Stay away if you can! The staff make it bearable but not for long you end up dreading the thought of going to work and you end up with permenant back damage.less
I enjoyed my time here there was a few cons but its a job at the end of the day and most definitely not a hard one. shifts were very short and quick, we have deadlines we had to meet and I enjoyed that side of it.
Sales assistant (Former Employee) – Southport – 9 November 2018
Staff and customers are very friendly. Management is disorganised and horrible to work for. The work rota is put up a week before a shift, they don't ring you if your shift has changed, you have to sort it out yourself then get into trouble for not making your shift or coming in at a different time. The managers ensure that they are never responsible, they just discipline the staff for their mistakes and disorganisation. Other companies have apps or their rota is displayed weeks in advance which would reduce this. Managers are generally very nice people, except the highest ranking managers, they use their role against the staff. I hurt my hand and was unable to go into work, so my dad rang in as i was in the hospital. I came into work after being at the hospital to show them my hand. Next week when i came into work they were more bothered about the fact that my dad rang in, they wouldn't listen to why i couldn't ring in. One of the managers (who i showed my hand to) accused me of lying and saying i never came into work to show my injury, when there were several people there would could corroborate this as she wasn't the only manager i showed my hand to on that day. This is the reason why i don't work at Home Bargains anymore. I also have trouble with my hip and the managers wouldn't allow me to do other things for 10 minutes or so, just to move it around. They stuck me on a till for 4 hours straight until i got my break, then another 4 hours. Breaks are only 30 minutes long and it's the only break you get for the whole shift, even if your there for 10 hours. You aren't allowedmore... to have a bottle of water with you on a till and if you need the toilet and there is no staff to take you off, then you have to keep your till open until you have a chance which could be an hour, 2 hours etc. Also, if your shift ends at 7 for example, you never get out at 7. You have to put the stock back from the tills and the back, which can take between 10 mins to an hour. You still get paid for the extra time, but this means you can't make arrangements as you never know what time you will actually finish work. If you are 16, you get the lowest hourly pay. It increases when you turn 18 and again when your 21. Whereas other places have under 18's and over 18's. Everyone does the same job, but just because your older you get more money, which isn't fair. Holidays aren't hard to get off, you have to submit your holiday form 4 weeks before your intended holiday. Most of the time, they are accepted, except for the months where most people go away like july and august. Holidays aren't allowed during December. Even though your booked down as being off for a holiday, they will still put you on the rota and potentially ring you up asking why your not there. The management is very disorganised with holidays and days off. You are also only allowed to be off sick for 2 days during the entire year and you are allowed 2 weeks of holidays a year. Overall, the staff are very nice to work with and the customers are very friendly, but the managers aren't nice to work for.less
Long hours, management, disorganised, staying longer than intended.
Sales assistant (Former Employee) – Northampton – 5 November 2018
its very pressure filled environment with management under so much pressure staff most defiantly feel it to. long hours if on fill shift so don't expect to finish on time, hours vary from week to week but never nothing less than 20 hrs. can be a happy fun place to work m ost days but be warned its not a playground your there to work! breaks well they come different times everyday.
the place was really nice and had a lot of people who really cared about the place which made it great to work there .The managers were very friendly and open up to the coworkers which made life better when working there.