Senior Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Erdington, West Midlands – 26 November 2017
Worked here for several months, lovely staff and some customers, you get to know the regulars. Light work and easy to pickup on. Would expect you to work through breaks sometimes or you had no choice as was in shop alone.
Friendly staff, some nice customers, light work
Not many hours, expect you to drop everything to go into work, some nasty customer I. E alcoholics and druggies can be violent, working alone majority of time
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Winsford, Cheshire – 7 December 2017
I enjoyed working for McColl's as I had learned thing I never thought I could. I was made supervisor after 6 months and I enjoyed the new challenges it involved. I also worked in the post office as it was apart of the shop
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Merseyside – 1 December 2017
Managers dont have a clue and couldnt care less about there employees. Regularly told that you have to do overtime. Been in understaffed shops and been told i had to work 7 days a week. Better off being unemployed than working for martin mccoll
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Brentwood – 28 November 2017
Just handed in my notice with this company after three year ... very poorly run will sack you at the drop of a hat.... lone trading . Poor pay... management bang on about training but seem poorly trained theirselves .... no balance for you with your home life of work life.... very demanding of your time one minute then no hours the next.... seems they will employ anyone as no one stays very long ... I really could go on and on and it’s all bad
The typical day for me would be serving people on the till throughout the whole day, if there aren't any people in the shop I would go isle by isle facing up and cleaning each isle. I would also take stock out and put it out on the shelves. I usually served until 6:30 on on a normal day and then I would start the newspaper recalls, I would clean up and face up for the last time until I finish at 7:30.
Some of the things I learned included serving people on tills, resolving heated situations and I also developed my communication skills.
I like the hours as most of the time they're set the week before so if anything comes up short notice my manager could change my hours, I also like that the work isn't stressful or really busy alot of the time, but sometimes it was too quiet. However, I find the pay really poor compared to the majority of other places.
The most difficult part of my job are the Saturday and Sunday mornings where there is a large amount of people to deal with as sometimes 5-6 join the line in a few seconds. The most enjoyable part of my job is when I'm not serving and doing something else like the newspaper recalls or bringing stock out.
Flexible hours, nice colleagues, and it's not stressful
The entire staff would always make you happy and feel good and always encourage you to help out as much as you can. McColls always opened early getting me used to the early lifestyle and got me pumped up and ready for the day with even just little conversation and laughter.
newspapers could come late and then i delivered late.
Supervisor/senior sales (Former Employee) – Greater Manchester – 22 September 2017
The management is a joke. The company DO NOT CARE about their staff or customers. They are stubborn, do not listen or take advise when its needed and are very tight with money. All they want to do is make money. In this company YOU ARE completely replaceable. I hated being a part of the awfully run business.
It's a job.
No work life balance, terrible wage, company make it clear you are not important.
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire – 14 September 2017
I worked for McColls for 2 years, I have to say it is a terrible company to work for. The day to day jobs were boring and pointless. There was never much to do, you could also a lot of favouritism amounst the staff with the store managers and area managers. They have silly work policies. It is one of those jobs where you dred going into work even for 4 hours because you know it is going to be the longest and most draining 4 hours of your life.They also play on the fact that they can pay you the national minimum wage paying anyone within the company that was younger the 21 £5.60 an hour.