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Lidl Overview

London, England
10000+ employees
1973
Company - Private
Grocery Shops & Supermarket
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Since opening our first UK store in 1994, we’ve worked together to make Lidl UK a success.

We now have over 650 stores nationwide, selling high quality food and non-food products at the lowest possible prices. These are supported by 12 regional ... Read more

Mission: Lidl has a simple philosophy. We are focused on offering customers the highest quality products at the best prices.

Company Updates

  • A DAY IN THE LIFE: Abi manages all content for the Lidl website, app and newsletter. Find out what a typical day is like for Abi and her team. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ71j

    A DAY IN THE LIFE - ABI

    Depending what day (or time of year) it is, my day can vary wildly. On a typical morning, I'll do a check of everything going live on the website for the following Thursday, including the food and non-food offers, homepage, app content, our Be Inspired page, the online leaflets and also approve the newsletter.

  • Another milestone hit today as we open our 700th UK store!

    As a result of new openings over January and February we’ve also created approximately 700 new jobs, with more to follow as we continue to open stores up and down the country.

    Another massive thank you to our teams across the business who have made this all possible.

    WE ARE LIDL. TOGETHER, WE MAKE IT HAPPEN.

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Lidl – Why Work For Us?


As a relative newcomer to the UK, we are proud of the progress we’ve made – not only as an organisation, but as an employer.

We owe our past and future successes to our people - without their drive, ambition and hard work we could never have become one of the fastest growing retailers in Europe.

Our goals and values resonate throughout the business, through every employee, reflected in one message. WE ARE LIDL.

This is the foundation of our Employer Brand and supports the pillars that represent our people. We are proud of our successes and performance driven, we are one team with limitless potential, we are dynamic - able to overcome obstacles and make things happen.

We have big ambitions and are still growing, with new opportunities available every day. Join Lidl UK and play your part in the next chapter of our success story.

You'll be joining a proud bunch here at Lidl. Proud of our success, proud of our growth, and proud of our commitment to achieving our goals - and you will be too. You’ll be serious about your work, but you'll be able to enjoy yourself as well.


Lidl UK is a diverse network of teams who rely on each other to get the job done. That’s why we’re not surprised to hear of the strong bonds that are made - some colleagues can even say they’ve made life-long friends at Lidl.

We’ve also had a fantastic response to our recent partnership with the NSPCC, with colleagues teaming up across the nation with fresh fund-raising ideas for the ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme. A chance to have fun while raising money for a good cause! Events so far include tournaments, bake sales and fancy dress days.

Other official events include the Great North Run, Cardiff Marathon and London Marathon - and we sponsor both the annual Bananaman Triathlon and Kingston Breakfast Run.

Joining Lidl UK you'll see your career grow alongside our success, in a culture you can thrive in. If you’re ready to face an exciting new challenge, we look forward to hearing from you.

We are Lidl. Together, we make it happen.

BRING YOUR BEST, WE'LL DO THE REST.

We’re brave and bright as a business and that’s exactly what we’re looking for in our Graduates. We’re not looking for one type of person. Or one set of skills. We’re certainly not looking for polished abilities and tonnes of experience. What we are looking for is personality and potential. Potential to go far, do big things. And then do even bigger things.

So whether you’re a born leader, everyday adventurer, creative trailblazer or a true academic there’s a place for you here – as one of the future leaders of our business. Commitment, ambition and the raw talent are what it’s all about – and it doesn’t have to come from the classroom either. Perhaps you get stuck in on the rugby pitch, sort out the socialsat the SU, or stretch the budget to feed a houseful on a fiver.

Whatever your talent is and however you can show it off, we’re looking for that one-of-a-kind potential. Visit our Graduate Page for more Information and to apply.


Lidl Reviews

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    "Fast Paced with Autonomy and Lots of Responsibility Quick"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Area Manager in London, England
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic team of people who are high performers and highly motivated. You are held accountable at every level which creates a strong performance driven culture.

    Excellent work life balance for retail. I work far, far better hours than I did at a high end supermarket and have a supportive team of colleagues and line managers. You can largely dictate your own day and working hours. You are 100% judged on results, as opposed to working long hours to prove you're the best.

    Lots of opportunity to take on additional responsibilities to your role and to contribute to the wider business (although this is one of the advantages of being an AM in London near HO).

    Really rewarding job. If you like responsibility and want to set your own culture you 100% have the freedom to do this. Very operations driven, and a really good simple focus on the basics approach most of the time.

    Cons

    In London we are all experienced hires—so those hoping to come in on the graduate scheme would come in at store manager level likely for several years. I get lots of people asking about this when enquiring for vacancies. If you are a grad, specify outside of London!

    If you don't have much retail experience the amount of responsibility could be daunting, also the pace that you would need to get up to speed is very fast.

    Really outdated HR management system makes it hard to keep track of 200+ employees and manage them appropriately.

    Very, very, challenging targets which ultimately jeopardise other areas of the business; the strategy from Germany really doesn't consider the operational conditions and culture of the UK which can create other issues for customers and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Update HR and IT systems to remove antiquated HR practices. They are time consuming and do not provide senior managers with resources to tackle problems appropriately and efficiently.

    More attention to the UK retail market, in particular expectations of customers here (more demanding than Europe) and the particular conditions of a place like London. Try to examine how operational changes would impact in more detail.

    Inexperienced CEO - change in leadership has meant that priorities from the top have become a little muddled, out of touch and not well thought out. CEO has only ever worked for Lidl, which means we as a wider company seldom focus on the good things other retailers in a very competitive market are doing. This means that we then end up chasing our tails with initiatives that are not right for us. Should of picked a more rounded leader with wider industry experience, and UK experience directly as the retail market here is very different from the rest of Europe.

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Lidl Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Lidl.

    Interview

    Online numerical questions during job application and then a 1 stage in person interview in which an employee asks a few questions regarding customers, the Lidl way and what history you know about the company and also a behavioral question 'what would you do in this situation?'

    Interview Questions

    • What experience in customer service do you have?
      Why should the customer always be put first?   Answer Question
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