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Only good thing is the benefits!

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Current Employee - Front End Team Leader in Havant, England
Current Employee - Front End Team Leader in Havant, England

I have been working at Tesco full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

There is a good benefits system including free shares, although benefits are getting squeezed. Pay is good starting around £7 depending on what age you are. Most people are fun to work with.

Cons

When you get to team leader/management level there is a lot of pressure with not a lot of support. Not a lot of good encouragement or incentives to work hard. You are expected to work extra hours without pay so unless you are dedicated to the company, stay at general assistant level. Very 'clicky' environment when on outings, and in staff areas.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I have worked for the company for 10 years and have seen it go down hill. The morale in stores is awful. It's hard to keep staff motivated when other management are putting them down. Some targets that are given by out of touch managers/senior managers/head office are unrealistic. I think all managers should know how every aspect of the store works before becoming a manager, staff would have more respect for them because they know what their jobs entail.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Thankless

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hounslow, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hounslow, England

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

    Pros

    Good pay, development opportunities available, and some great people. There are some fantastic store managers.

    Cons

    Management positions continually changed, never know how long your position will last before you have to fear redundancy or reapplication for other positions. Store managers can be unsupportive (rumble, most store managers and senior team seem to be found on phones "daily) instead of getting stuck in). Very long hours and lack of work life bàlance for management. Store managers appear on night shift from time to time, seems like a good idea, a good opportunity for them to understand the opperation and offer support, however its just a good excuse to disappear into an office and sit on a computer, not really interested in understanding or offering support.
    The most important people to tesco seems to be the Directors, unlimited overtime is available whenever a director is about to visit a store (this ensures that they always leave thinking everything is hunky dory), if only the same level of staffing was available to ensure customers received the same experience !!!!
    Could be a great place to work if not for the inconsistent management styles, there are old school who think that fear is the best way and those who take people with them and build respectful relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live your values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Manager
    Current Employee - Line Manager

    I have been working at Tesco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. You are encouraged to and have the opportunity to progress with the company (although the process for this can sometimes be very long and result in doing the job you are aiming to be promoted to for many months wile still being the job level below).

    Cons

    Very long working days. Regularly not allowed to spend money on overtime for staff which results in management being used to do hours of sitting on a checkout or pushing a trolley around collecting shopping for DotCom customers. This impacts on the running of your own department and you get constant feedback or complaints from customers throughout the day saying that hey can never get what they want because the shelves are empty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow stores to spend money on paying staff to do the jobs they are employed to do. This will prevent situations where managers are being paid a managers salary to sit on a checkout all day while no one is running their department. Customers get very frustrated when they come in to buy basic items such as produce or meat and the shelves are empty due to all multiskilled staff and management being on a till or pushing DotCom trolleys around. There is not enough money in the current budgets to complete all tasks set by head office.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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