Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Merry Hill, West Midlands – 8 December 2018
nice place to work, always had a laugh with co-workers, customers could be disrespectful and ungrateful at times which made you wonder why you did what you did and when you did go that little extra you weren't thanked
RETAIL ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear – 1 November 2018
Primark is a great place to work if you are a student and you're looking for relatively easy work. Shifts are usually 4 hours per day and you are expected to stand for the full 4 hours. Some 8 hour shifts were available on weekends, which is what I did, however standing on your feet for 8 hours was painful and made me dread going in. It's easy to get in trouble and one thing done wrong means you cannot progress within the company. It is a good place to meet other students and I have made some lifelong friends from working there.
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Hammersmith – 31 October 2018
The typical day of work was fun and exciting, I learned communications and people management.The workplace culture is interesting and facilitating. Hardest part of the job is that sometimes it becomes repetitive. Most enjoyable part of the job is communicating with the customers.
I started there in 2015 left in September 2018 after working as a shop floor retail assistant for the entire period.
The hours are the same every week and there's pretty much always overtime available - especially in the school holidays which was great being a Sixth Form student myself at the time.
The pay is slightly above the minimum wage and is the same for all aged 16-21 which was one of the main reasons I didn't change jobs during this period.
Working on the shop floor is incredibly busy and stressful and customers can be exceptionally rude. Also management were never brilliant and sometimes knew less about issues than the shop floor staff did!
Breaks were long and you were guaranteed to get them.
Staff were friendly but there was a definite division between full-time and part-time staff.
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne – 21 October 2018
It's true that 'High School Never Ends', with the cliques, cattiness and misery amongst the rude customers and repetitive work.
Most staff are nice and approachable. Many supervisors and managers are part of cliques, even having separate tables in the canteen from the rest of us floor staff. Many managers and full time staff behave in ways which may get the average floor staff member put on probation or sacked.
5-9 shift is fine, working the close shift means you get a lot more work than the other shifts before that as we are expected to make everything perfect for the next day and we get kept behind sometimes if managers are in moods.
Floors are constantly understaffed, any position that opens is immediately filled with temps without any consideration for current staff who work extra hours and do their job and have knowledge of standards and expectations.
Managers are intimidating and stand-offish and only accommodate needs of floor staff who believe they are better than others because they work full time. They are often found walking or standing around in pairs, groups or with the full timers chatting and looking on their phones.
Majority of HR personnel are rude and don't care about your problems unless it is in the interests of the business and will quickly send you on your way without help or support and subsequently ignore you. Don't listen to them when they say they care about you, your individuality or your struggles, because they don't.
Customers are rude, careless and ignorant, and being treated like dirt is a regular experience. The only goodmore... thing about working here is that you can get on with certain people, mostly from your assigned floor, and some supervisors are nice and care about everyone and always check on you to see how you are getting on.
It's a good job for keeping busy and being productive. Overtime is frequent but most of the time you are restricted in how many shifts you are allowed to have. Hours are fine for part time. Ideal for anyone wanting experience of retail or just some regular income. Avoid at all costs if you have physical and/or mental health struggles.less
Retail Assistant (Former Employee) – Doncaster, South Yorkshire – 18 October 2018
I worked there as a volunteer in the summer of 2017 but unfortunately I wasn't successful in gaining employment. However I dd enjoy working there, it made me tired at the end of the day but i enjoyed being able to work.