Sales Assistant/Keyholder/Warehouse Operative (Current Employee) – East Ham – 9 February 2018
I see Primark as a stepping stone more than a career, I have matured as a person at Primark. Unlike other employees due to the way I work and being a fast learner I was fortunate enough to be given a few different roles, including positions of responsibility. Most enjoyable part of the job is the people you meet. The hardest part of the job has to be the Pay and Benefits.
I worked at 2 different stores, the first store I worked in was lovely but Chelmsford really was a kick up the backside!
First off, management, what a joke! Treating you like you're at school, like to belittle you whenever the opportunity was given. No induction given, wasn't shown where the fire exits were or even the evacuation point, so god forbid a fire ever happened, I would have been in trouble.
Don't get me wrong, staff that you worked with were lovely, very supportive, but couldn't approach them much because if you were seen talking, you'd be in trouble. Too many jobs to do and no time to do them.
Honestly I would avoid Chelmsford at all costs.
Most enjoyable part of the job was helping customers, for once of my retail life I can actually say the customers were 9/10 lovely. Oh and the breaks were actually decent.
Cons of the job are management, no staff discount (except 10% at Christmas), and as usual in any shop, not enough staff. I wonder why.
Management, no staff discount (no benefits at all)
Retail Assistant (Former Employee) – Bradford, West Yorkshire – 8 February 2018
Made to work excessively within the 4 hours you work, cannot communicate with colleagues because it is shunned upon. Bosses are very scary and not very welcoming. Do not receive training required, lack of progression
Night Shift Worker (Former Employee) – London, Greater London – 8 February 2018
Is not an ideal work environment for anyone due to the fact that the number of duties that are delegated is dramatically increased due to the demand that is associated with their products. Higher tiers of management are affected by the high demand and thus cannot manage their team members as they wish.
SALES ASSISTANT (Current Employee) – Lisburn, County Down – 6 February 2018
One of the best things about Primark is the money, not just the PH rate but how the pay is up to time and a half on Sundays or bank holidays. With the right people morale can be excellent.
If you are expecting to get a bigger or better career then Primark isn't the place for you, when it comes to the needs of it's employees they choose to ignore and expect you to work certain hours on their terms,
Customer Assistant (Former Employee) – Truro – 6 February 2018
There are really strict rules at primark ie do not offer the customer a bag, do not ask if they want to keep coat hangers etc and everything is SO tightly regimed. There is no freedom and no trust in you as a member of staff.
Sales Assistant (Current Employee) – Glasgow – 3 February 2018
Currently work for Primark, and honestly I would not recommend working here, you get £4.80 if your under 18, and when you turn 18 it’s £6.25, you do constant long hours, for a rubbish pay, and your wages are terrible. Trying to find another job, in the winter it’s always freezing and the summer it’s far too warm. I constantly do the same thing (fitting rooms) every weekend, and it’s just boring, there’s no variation at all.
10% discount in November, great staff members
Long hours, bad rate of pay, repetitive shifts over and over, bad management, rude customers
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Wood Green, Greater London – 3 February 2018
Started work on Tills and I've done selling, returns, hanger bins, bringing new bags from downstairs, return baskets around the shop. I've made a lot of new friends from staff to supervisors and managers which still friends with me even after I left over 3 months. They want me back but not enough hours and the pay is not good for me, because it was only 4 hours a day. 20 hours a week.
Retail Assistant (Former Employee) – Essex – 31 January 2018
it was a nice place to work gain some useful skills had to perform a range of different task so are able to learn new things people are helpful if you stuck other staff members tend to help you so you are not alone in that sense