Working in Mark and Spencer is one of the best experience of life. I really Enjoy my time in mark and spencer very good work place very friendly environment. management and other staff are very coperative. The only thing of M&S is its a seasonal work after christniss its very quite works they did not get work after 25 december for almost 3 to 4 months that is difficult time for every one woring with agency otherwise M&S is best place to work.
Early start, twelve hour days. On your feet all day. Don't trust higher management. Not the company that I was expecting. No respect for the staff. Rubbish. Higher management don't seem to be able to relate to lower levels of staff. Very unsatisfying to work for. Avoid this if possible.
only work seven out of fourteen days.
Long Hours, repeatative, boring, physically strenuos, poor training period, ridiculous absence and sickness policy, poor chance for advancement
It was a great job and with more organised with most modren machines and the system was brillient that makes our work more easier and enjoible what i like it more. i had the chance to work with a team and the people was friendly and helpfuly.
temporary,give it a miss you wont get a job,bullshetters
Stores Person (Former Employee) – Sprucefield – 10 October 2018
do not apply for a temp job unless it is only for xtra dosh and you are not looking a career,they are only going to use you for xmas.they promise you the world and workers who have been there the dinosaurs stand and watch you working laughing behind your back.
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Islington, Greater London – 30 September 2018
Clicky culture within the management team, if your face fits your do ok and if management take a shine to you and you mess around an play up to them for attention then that behaviour gets over looked too until HQ get involved then heads roll.Thoroughly un professional behaviour demonstrated by some staff/management aong with with their bad attitude.Small wonder staff turnaround is so high with this nonsense going on!
Poor discipline amongst staff an management ignoring professional standards
Excellent company very well targeted driven environment and well organised compared to Ted Baker warehouse. Very competitive and work well with tight deadlines. Explain well in health and safety. But accident cases can happen and always be focused on the job role. Make sure that you don't run on a fork lift truck.
Be aware!!!! Of hazards and signs and make sure you have been trained to work on machines.
Good security and very clean environment. Highly skillful
Long hours and bad safety shoes, injuries and guidelines had to meet.
was a terrible place to work due to the attitude of the agency
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Sheffield, South Yorkshire – 6 September 2018
never recommend anyone to work there I was working through agency and they just treated me unfairly when work died down they used to send me home like halfway through shift and this used to happen on a regular basis
The people I work with are wonderful, it's more like a family than a workplace, the job itself can be stressful at times like any, but it can be quite repetitive as well. The company themselves are very robotic, staff are treated as numbers rather than humans and we are all made to feel like we can be easily replaced. My management team are very good as well, they always put the needs of their staff first which I feel lucky about.
Great colleagues, free coffee machine, good management team
The Management from top to bottom of this business have no clue how to run the business and they won't change hence why the business is going down hill, Managers happy to take the role of management but don like the responsibility, the business can't manage shift patterns properly so some departments are left with very little staff during busy times. There is very little enjoyment to work for this business and I can't stress enough that you stay away from this business as they promise you more contracted hours and chances to progress your career with them but it never happens.
20% discount all year round
0 chance of more hours if looking to get additional contracted hours.
Christmas temporary Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – London, Greater London – 12 June 2018
Longer hours than i signed up for, but staff were very kinda and welcoming, the job was draining but was never boring. Was a busy period because it was christmas and we could have done with a lunch longer than 30 mins.
A normal day is go to work pack the orders go home. I have learned a lot over the 4-5 years of being there & over that time the management has got worse in some areas. You hardly see them during the day so if you have a problem takes ages to get a solution or just to make enquires. The job isn't that hard just very tedious & being in one place for long periods of time on your feet can be very draining. Also gets very warm within the building even though they have air conditioning apparently which is very poor compared to other buildings. I do enjoy most of the people I work with & that's got to be the most enjoyable part of my job but most of the time I feel like a robot on a fixed programme to be honest.
I wouldn't recommend working there to anybody. If your a student or live at home then not a bad p[lace to work but if you have a family then its not family friendly on hours.
Hello M&S colleagues, we currently work 8 hour shifts, but next month, we’re moving to 12 hour shifts!
What’s that? You get the bus to work? Your days are going to be 14 hours long and you are going to be extremely tired? You fit your 8-hour day around your children’s educational needs? Find another job!
By the way, because of this change, we won’t be able to attract many agency staff, therefore over Christmas you’ll all have to work 48 hour weeks, all at single pay!
Work levels at Christmas low. Can we have a half day? No. We're going to send the agency staff we do have, who really need the money, home instead! What’s that? It’s 2 in the morning and they have no means to get home? That’s their problem!
By the way, tomorrow there is a change of shift, instead of working 6-6 we're all on 11-11. What's that? You've got family? Childcare? You're studying? Medical appointments? Going out? Social life? You're moaning we've given you less than 24 hours notice? Do the shift! Otherwise you'll trigger an absence and lose your right to a pay increase and bonus!
Oh yeah, by the way, because all of our knackered staff are now taking lots of time of work to recover, we’re really tightening up our absence policy! Who cares about you!
A typical shift at work was very busy and productive which I enjoyed as I like being busy. Whilst working for Marks and Spencer's I learned how to effectively manage my time as I had to work within a time limit. As this was my first job I learned numerous skills in which I can now use effectively in my career. I also learned to take on board instructions and learning to work alongside other colleagues.
The workplace culture was diverse as I worked with a range of people from different backgrounds which Marks and Spencers pride themselves on with great customer service being their key message.
The hardest part of the job was maintaining momentum during quieter periods of the working day. The most enjoyable part of this job learning new skills and meeting new people. Also, giving me aspirations for my career going forward.
good internal benefits e.g. canteen was subsidised
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – market street – 7 March 2018
I loved working at marks and spencer, I was left to my own devices once I was shown what to do and I really like the independence. if I could go back to or have stayed at marks and spencer I definitely would its unfortunate that there was no permanent jobs.
1 hour break that you could split and break it down when you wanted.
Manangement is poor and overall store morale is low
WAREHOUSE OPERATIVE (Current Employee) – West Midlands – 26 February 2018
I have been working at my current M&S store for 3 years now. There are constant changes to our job roles that are coinciding with cutbacks the company makes to save money. These changes are often complex, not needed and require more work to be done from the staff with no pay changes or even something as simple as a thank you. General store morale is poor. Management do little to motivate and encourage the staff to strive in their jobs. The managers themselves do not lead by example half the time and are lacking in their inter-personal and communication skills. Managers do little to engage with staff, often sitting on their own managers table at lunch, hence creating a work hierarchy. The workplace culture between lower level staff is generally good. It is lucky that you can work with some good people as it makes the typical working day more enjoyable. In the past I have done extra shifts, changed my hours last minute, attended call outs, done nigh shifts with no thank you. It is often assumed that I will always do these shifts and make these changes. The one time I said no I was made to feel that I had done something wrong and was told that I wouldn't be considered for any further extra hours if I had wanted any. Confidence in commercial managers is also poor as I have heard rumours about members of staff that concern confidential issues. It is general knowledge that some commercial managers are not professional in their manner.
Staff Discount and Free food available in staff canteen