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B&Q Reviews

Updated 18 September 2018
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Pros
  • "staff discount is very good 20 percent" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Really good pay ( depending on the location of the store you get paid extra for busier stores)" (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not enough people know about the great variety of rewards and benefits that B&Q offer" (in 52 reviews)

  • "could do more to improve work / life balance" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at B&Q part-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for as part time job. Some managers can be a pain but my department managers and supervisors were amazing. We had a good team so working there was fun. Avoid toxic managers and this will be a great place to work with a really good hourly rate.

    Cons

    Some managers from different departments try to order you about and get you to do work that their team should complete. New store manager set insane targets and threatened to sack you if you said those targets were unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic targets and make it easier to achieve a bonus. No point telling us a bonus is available but meeting the targets for it are insane. Train managers from some departments to communicate properly instead of ordering people about and expecting them to listen.


  2. "Good for students"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at B&Q part-time

    Pros

    Pay is not too bad depending on the location

    Cons

    Short of staffs sometimes
    Having to deal with rude customers

  3. "Customer Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at B&Q part-time

    Pros

    exercise, good benefits. can pay well up to a certain point

    Cons

    dull atmosphere, noisy. the team members can be rude at time


  4. "Good opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at B&Q full-time

    Pros

    Clear progression path for those who want it

    Cons

    High expectations on a shoe string staff budget


  5. "Great place to work in a challenging sector"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at B&Q full-time

    Pros

    The people are great, you can make a career for yourself, it's part of something bigger, it's a business that cares about sustainability and ethics and hard work is recognised.

    Cons

    The usual retail issues; you will always have inconsistency in stores and colleagues that feel disengaged or underpaid. It comes with the retail sector but is a genuine and legitimate issue for many B&Q employees.

    Advice to Management

    allow individualism and originality to triumph over tradition


  6. "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at B&Q (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, every day is different because I help all different types of customers get what they need, and give helpful advise and service. If you want a career this is the place to be!

    Cons

    Just need more staff to help

    Advice to Management

    Very good supporting managers, very willing to help staff progress, just need more staff


  7. "Trading Manager"

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    Current Employee - Trading Manager in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Trading Manager in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at B&Q full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic workplace and a company forever changing and improving. Very quick progression potential and very clear key performance indicators, heavily focused on people and behaviour coaching.

    Cons

    Staff shortage on occasion, difficult to recruit quality staff.

  8. "Retail Manager"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at B&Q full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are what make the business great.

    Cons

    The limited resource to be great at your role.

    Advice to Management

    It is tough, but with the right people, you can achieve so much.


  9. "Overall Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at B&Q full-time

    Pros

    Great experiences, good people, a real can do spirit.

    Cons

    Constant cycles of large scale redundancies. face fits culture.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people.


  10. "Good for student."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    i found it good for part time work.
    my hours worked around my uni time table.

    Cons

    Not much progression if a new manager is needed instead of promoting someone they hire someone new.

    Advice to Management

    Too focused on hierarchy management.Even if a manager to near you and wants you do do something differently they wont say it straight to you.


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