Fantastic First Job - perfect for students
Shop Floor Assistant (Current Employee) – Dereham, Norfolk – 29 September 2018
Have worked at Homebase for 2 years part-time, but now moving on to pursue my career.
I worked mostly 8 hours a week, 2 evenings during the week which these hours fit in perfectly with college/uni, also got overtime where sometimes got to do full days during the week, plus some weekends whenever available which they were very understanding and respectful of my higher education studies alongside working.
The most enjoyable parts of working here were staff social events e.g. nights out and bowling, satisfaction when you know you've really helped a customer or your colleagues, and when you finish a pallet of stock with no overs ;)
My main duties were putting out stock on the shop floor, assisting customers, paint mixing, making/answering phone calls from customers and other local stores checking stock, merchandising by creating price sheets for displays, and shelf edges/hooks. When I first started, was trained very comprehensively on what I needed to know about health and safety, security, sales and service skills, which I would definitely recommend Homebase to anyone who is looking for a first job/experience of working in retail.
Throughout my time here I have met lots of friendly colleagues, who will always help you out with something you couldn't do such as advising a customer if you are not sure. Types of customers vary which is normal wherever you work :)
fair break times depending on length of your shift, kitchen and locker facilities, great pay for age, training provided for new staff
short staffed sometimes, old computers and tills, repetitive music playlist, customers complaining about prices