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ASDA Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
319 Reviews
3.1
319 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 10% Discount benefit as well as all the flexibility and development opportunities (in 23 reviews)

  • Flexible hours (when it suits the management) (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Ordinary colleagues left to deal with mess made by mangers and section leaders (in 13 reviews)

  • As 1 manager said to me" this company, doesn't like full time staff" (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Petrol Pump Attendant in Corby, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, England
    Former Employee - Petrol Pump Attendant in Corby, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, England

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    It is handy getting staff discount.

    Cons

    Feedback not always taken on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more heed to feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    easy job to do

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in Harrogate, England
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in Harrogate, England

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    work on ur own ,no one to presure you,time goes quickly

    Cons

    strict on abscences,should have now staff discount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    colleagues cant win against managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Asda

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    Hrs suit family life
    Job security

    Cons

    Pay could be better but not worsed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Colleague in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Grocery Colleague in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at ASDA part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's easy work, colleagues and section leaders are really nice and more like friends than colleagues, good break times during long shifts, flexible hours, rewarding when you help a customer, pay is okay, double time or time and a half pay if you work bank holidays/weekends etc, safety shoes are provided if you ask for them, opportunity to learn other deparments, training provided

    Cons

    Job can be repetitive, on feet for 9+ hours some shifts especially if you work in grocery, lots of heavy lifting involved if you work on shop floor, have to deal with inconsiderate customers sometimes, managers can be distant, equipment like top stocking ladders and flat beds are rarely ever replaced, more comps needed for split etc, not enough warehouse staff so people from other departments have to do warehouse tasks,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe put rotas online or email rotas to colleagues as it is hard to find out your shifts if you're not in the day that the rota is out, give all colleagues work phones so they can contact section leaders etc when needed instead of running around shop looking for them, train colleagues properly on how to use price guns, provide some training days like to scrub up on things or refresh colleagues memory, offer full time contracts more often to colleagues instead of for example giving someone with a 10 hour contract a 40 hour contract one week then the next back to 10.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a hard job but not a rewarding job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Checkout Operator in Middlesbrough, England
    Former Employee - Checkout Operator in Middlesbrough, England

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    The job itself was easy. Although they claim training is provided and that you sign documents to say you have been trained you very rarely are, you may sit down and watch a video and do a test were you are given the answers thats the closet to training you get.Must of the time to meet the demands of the business you have to brake the rules and safety procedure. Another positive is that you get a discount card.

    Cons

    Holidays are hard to get and most of the time you have to find your own cover. When you do take a holiday it is hard financially because most of the time you do more hours that you are contracted for so your holiday pay is considerably less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff better. Tell them when they are doing well and do not favour other people just because they are your friend after work Do not expect people to be as flexible as you because they do nott near as much as you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for. Perfect if studying at college /university or part time but couldn't support a family's wage.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shop Floor Assistant in Kingston upon Hull, England
    Former Employee - Shop Floor Assistant in Kingston upon Hull, England

    I worked at ASDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Great social aspect to the job. Opportunity to progress with a career if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Very school like playground management style. No authority figures just long serving colleague on a small pay managers salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop employing jumped up colleagues as managers when they don't have the credentials to manage a team. Look for outside influence rather then sticking with the tried and tested knowledge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to be a colleague, tough life if you want to progress

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Section Leader in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Section Leader in Aberdeen, Scotland

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    Great benefits. A lot of folks have been with asda a long time so there's a strong sense of belonging. As a colleague you are well looked after with plenty of options available to you for shift swaps, 'me time' (unpaid days off). In my store there's always plenty of overtime available and I believe this is the same for most stores.

    I would recommend working here as a colleague.

    Cons

    Recent restructure of management has seen the opportunities to progress beyond Section Leader diminish. It is however far easier to become a Section Leader and due to the need to fill all positions in the last 6 months, there has been an influx of inexperienced people stepping up (think straight out of school and never had a job, let alone worked in retail) leading to increased pressure on those of us who are experienced, as we have to keep them above water as well as doing our own job.

    When area managers come to visit there is a mad rush to get the shop looking its best, quite often with managers/section leaders putting in extra hours to bring up the standards. In my opinion, senior management should see how our stores look on a typical day, with the budgets and resources we have.

    There has been a recruitment crisis in the Aberdeen area recently, mainly due to the fact that you can get an entry level position in an oil industry office and get paid more than in a supermarket. Again this has led to the employment of many who otherwise wouldn't get through group selection, simply because they are an extra pair of hands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time on the shop floor with the colleagues. Work alongside them. See what they are really doing everyday, not what the store manager wants you to see. Don't turn store visits into a farce. If the shop is anywhere near perfect at 5pm on a Friday, it because a certain group of people have been there since 5am and bust a gut trying to get everything done.

    And regarding visits.... Don't announce when your coming, just randomly turn up and go around the shop discreetly. You'll see far more truth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator in Paisley, Scotland
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator in Paisley, Scotland

    I have been working at ASDA part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Short shifts - goes in quickly
    Lots of overtime if you need extra cash
    Can get trained in different departments/sections
    Most of the ordinary staff are nice and friendly
    Good pay
    Discount card
    Get paid time and a half/double time on bank holidays

    Cons

    Not asked if you want more shifts/to change times etc. - just happens, means you can't plan ahead much
    Double/triple shifts instead of splitting them over 2/3 days - tiring, not what I expected from a part time job
    Very repetitive and scripted - asking people if they need bags all the time before getting to chat normally
    Management can be a bit unrealistic - who cares what shoes you have on if you're sitting with them under a desk all day?
    Unsociable working hours
    On probation for 6 months - job security issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to ask people to do overtime, after all that's what contracts are for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Produce colleague

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Colleague in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Produce Colleague in Leicester, England

    I have been working at ASDA part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very easy work, shift flexibility is good except in December. Pay is okay. Certain benefits are handy such as the 10% discount.

    Cons

    After 11am there is nothing to do, disorganised management. Holiday and rota system is poor. The work load is unfair between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the selection process of section leaders to ensure they are adequate to do there job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ASDA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, lots of scope to progress, lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is not as good as other similar employers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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