The Partnership makes John Lewis a really interesting place to work because you get your say on many company decisions. The democracy is excellent.
However the company is changing currently and I don't know how this will effect management in the future. Current management needs some work as there is little communication between the different management levels, leading to micromanaging on the shop floor. The managers workload is increasing which can lead to stress in departments.
Ultimately the Partnership will be around for a very long time, and Partners get excellent benefits and everyone is treated like equals, so it's a nice place to work. Staff are all really friendly and it's easy to get drawn into the atmosphere and find your own place.
Progression into other roles is difficult but there is an apprentice scheme.
It is still a retail job. Yes it is market-leading in its pay rates and Pay for Performance is a good scheme, but the pay is still not good. You can barely live on the salary in London.
Co-ownership and Partnership