Your typical day at work will begin with reporting to your manager to find your tasks/allocation for the day. There is always something to do and many different tasks and expectations required of the average partner in Waitrose. For example over the years working at Waitrose I am now trained on Operations, Cafe, Welcome Desk, Checkouts, Meat and Fish, Stock Management and replenishment and my shifts and day to day tasks reflect this. You will learn fast if you apply yourself and you can always ask other partners or management for help if you feel stuck or lost!
The workplace culture is not the best, annually we have a great Christmas party but that was about it! There are however plenty of opportunities within the partnership to organise trips and activities at a discounted price for friends/family.
The hardest part of the job is having to deal directly with some very difficult customers but that is part and parcel of retail! It is lovely working at Waitrose at Christmas time as you get to see all the new lines and foods available and there is a generally jolly feel to your working environment. The partner discount card for Waitrose and John Lewis is also a fabulous reward for being a partner.
There is a great family feel to being a partner at Waitrose and this is a great pro of working for the partnership. You feel well connected and looked after in your working environment.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Waitrose however have decided to leave the partnership for personal reasons.
Discount, Christmas time is great
Unsociable retail hours, hard work necessary on shift