Work Experience Student (Former Employee) – Poole, Dorset – 18 August 2018
This is a great environment to work in with lovely employees and great benefits for anyone working there. On my work experience I got to learn about customer service as well as other skills for the workplace.
Full and Part-time (Former Employee) – Cheadle, Cheshire – 19 August 2018
Focused on: what you could be doing, what you are doing and what you've already done, Not enough support when the busiest times are, criticism when it wasn't needed and little focus upon the 'bigger picture'.
Merchandiser (Current Employee) – High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – 13 August 2018
Every day is busy in the life of a merchandiser but it is really useful work and you feel useful - even if sometimes you don't get recognised by managers. It is a great stepping stone for advancing in the company and it is well received on a CV. Also, there are a lot of 'nice' people that work for John Lewis so you're always guaranteed to get along with people. The hardest part of the job is working so hard for the pay. Pay does go up every year if you achieve but not by much!
Administrator (Former Employee) – Leicester – 12 August 2018
working since the store was opened. worked across various departments due to bad rota's . Learned various skills. Not known any company to work on a six week rota. which can be beneficial for long days off but it left gaps on departments. this was a continuous problem and led to those in a non-selling rolls having to cover the shop floor. It was difficult to say no . Non selling staff were deemed not important in the job roll they carried out. Management- its not what you know but who you know to be able to gain any recognition . Created management postilions that were not necessary. Some mangers good and fair but other were not. The hardest part of the job was motivation. Very good benefits. APR's long winded and complicated.
Supermarket Assistant (Former Employee) – Horsham, West Sussex – 10 August 2018
Working on the Waitrose side of the John Lewes Partnership (JLP) keeps you on your feet. The management team is lovely and the environment is always kept upbeat. The supervisors are easy to approach should you need them. However, I found when it came to leave, I have a big family which means things often forget to be mentioned until a couple of weeks before, although they were welcoming they weren't willing to be flexible when it came to moving or adjusting my hours.
You'll more often than not be expected to work with an agency porter and a hire vehicle chasing your rear end on an 11hr + shift. You'll be given a temperamental hand held terminal and an out of date sat nav and expected to do drops in breakneck time. 7 mins to deliver a washing machine, 35 mins to install a t.v ect. You'll be treated like a child and will be you can never win ie .. 1 taco infringement = a disciplinary and no pay rise for a year. You'll also be judged and tested continuously on performance etc and penalised for not being perfect. Whatever you do you must never talk against the so called partnership, face to face or online as you are monitored. If you're caught out you'll be in dire trouble.Your best bet is to just give this dictatorship a wide berth.
Long hours and treated like a number not a human being.
I worked at john Lewis for 14 months. The reason behind i left is racist behaviour from my co workers. I did complain about it but no constructive action has been taken. Manager treat agency worker as body or slave instead of co worker. No greetings or respect. Worst experience i had in my whole life. JL should not recruit anyone apart from british or eu . Management is more bad than the company. Overall if the company. cant take any action against racism and supporting them who is racist that means jl is a racist company.
supermarket 'partner' (Former Employee) – waitrose – 6 August 2018
I would not recommend this company it is two tier the attitude to non management workers is middle ages / serf like. The job title including the word partner is a joke. The main reason I left was it is impossible to get the time you want off and the work ethic is one of you are lucky to get a job there. Unless you are in with the management you will only be able to take time off when they let you and you will not get it even if you ask the 2 weeks ahead they say required. Usually I would ask 2 or three months ahead and they would take a month to think about it then say no. The only way to work here is to go sick when you need time off so the culture is very bad and means workers having to do more than they can possibly do as never enough staff as this happens a lot.
Catering Assistant (Former Employee) – York, North Yorkshire – 2 August 2018
A typical day at work involved managing the operation of the cafe, serving customers and abiding by strict food hygiene regulations. The staff were friendly and many members became close friends for life. The management team were mostly friendly during my time there. The role taught me the importance of customer satisfaction and always striving to meet the needs of the customer. My interpersonal skills greatly improved as a consequence of being a front-of-house staff member. The hardest part of the job was handling the cafe at busy times of the year, especially around Christmas. The best part of the job was working around friendly and hard working people.
Friendly Staff, Free Lunch, Diverse working environment
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Shirley, West Midlands – 2 August 2018
I was doing all kind of warehouse work, like packing picking stock, helping unload lorreis, loading lorreis and vans. It was very busy warehouse items going all around the country. It was fun and friendly staff to work with, but the work was always done on time for the day.
SALES ADVISOR (Current Employee) – London, Greater London – 2 August 2018
The company is currently going through a period of great reorganisation due to the difficult time on the High Street. This role would be great for a school/college/university graduate wanting to get into the field of retail. The company is very focussed on training all staff to a high standard. The role on the shop floor varies some days are quiet others you are rushed off your feet. Management are poor there seems to be no sense of direction many staff have left and not been replaced putting stress and extra work on remaining staff. Dealing with Customers and helping them the most nicest part of the job. The hours are very long and the salary is very low if you start off as a Selling Assistant. Employee Benefits are excellent although the annual bonus gets lower year on year as it depends on profit and may not be around for much longer.