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Evans Cycles Reviews

Updated 12 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Staff discount scheme is huge (as good as a pay rise for any cyclist" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Good staff discount but that's it" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Communication between stores and head office is a bit hit and miss but getting better" (in 12 reviews)

  • "You are being paid minimum wage for specialist knowledge and then you are a cleaner when the shop is quiet" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Good as far as retail jobs go"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales/Mechanic in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Sales/Mechanic in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Evans Cycles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great if you like talking about/riding/working on bikes.
    If you're willing to move around there is good progression.

    Cons

    Managers seemed to be promoted because it's their turn, rather than on merit. This leads to pretty poor management styles from some managers.

    No consistency between stores in terms of process or values, maybe down to the choice of manager.


  2. "Evans"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dispatch Supervisor in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Dispatch Supervisor in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Evans Cycles full-time

    Pros

    Great staff and great staff discount

    Cons

    Bad management and not very friendly from managers

    Advice to Management

    One to one man management must improve

  3. "Chaotic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Evans Cycles part-time

    Pros

    Working with bikes and they will take anyone on.

    Cons

    Management, pay, working conditions, no standards.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of support, no progression, useless HR department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in London, England
    Current Employee - Supervisor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good staff discount but that's it

    Cons

    No progression, useless HR department, no support, poor management, poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Listen to colleagues with actual issues instead of brushing it under the carpet, no one in the company trusts HR, and the only way you can progress is if your a brown nose, shout a lot or cant manage people.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worst mger ever total joke in whole company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Former Employee - IT Support in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evans Cycles full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free tea.... that’s about it if you like bikes get discount

    Cons

    Everything ... terrible pay, zero benefits, minimum holiday that the law allows, IT dept in total disarray that everyone leaving for one reason only (see subject heading)

    Advice to Management

    If everyone is leaving a department maybe there is a reason for it...it being the word in question


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Appalling leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evans Cycles full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    To be fair the hours weren't too bad

    Cons

    Several, see summary below for my thoughts:

    Advice to Management

    I worked at Evans Cycles Head Office for a number of years. In my time I had no formal pay reviews or increase, no real development, performance reviews were intermittent at best. Management poorly trained and no one seems to care about the fact the company is severely hemorraging staff, most of who are experienced and have a decent length of service. After handing in my notice my manager basically gave up on me (he wasn't a particularly strong manager anyway. Very secretive, disorganised and insular)... there was no meeting to discuss handover nor was there an exit interview which strongly suggests the company are reluctant to understand why their staff decide to move on. I was part of a line of people leaving for the same reason, but I assume my former colleagues didn't have an exit interview either. Now the perks, well if you're not a keen cyclist then there's not much. No holiday increase on length of service, SSP only (well there's this management discretion rule... ) there is a very weak bonus scheme. Listed perks include pension (government scheme!!!), buying holiday - that's not a perk, especially when the short days are deducted from your salary over 6 months, and a large amount of staff are on minimum wage so not eligible, ride to work (most companies offer this scheme), yellow jersey award (a silly recognition which is not a benefit it's an incentive), and so on. I wouldn't go back. The management complete colleague satisfaction surveys, but to be honest it's a waste of everyone's time as nothing is mentioned following and nothing changes. The company has slid downhill pretty quickly. Be cautious considering a career at this organisation. As for casual weekend/student work, I'm sure it's fine and good luck!


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Evans Cycles part-time

    Pros

    Friendly Staff
    Diverse role
    Good staff discounts

    Cons

    Pay is quite low
    Not much scope for progression

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The worst place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evans Cycles full-time

    Pros

    The friends I made there I still talk to them to this day.

    Cons

    Everything from the pay to progression.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more money and treat them better.


  9. "Sales Advisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evans Cycles part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discount scheme, although tracked and with a limit.

    Cons

    Poor wage, poor management structure, zero hour contract.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad, definitely not good either"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contact Centre Agent in Gatwick, England
    Former Employee - Contact Centre Agent in Gatwick, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Evans Cycles full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    lot of great people, company perk (bike gear at trade cost) is great.

    Cons

    really gone downhill, too little investment in staff and stores. company was sold off at too high a price, now owners are squeezing it dry. people are leaving very quickly now. little room for bonuses or staff perks beyond buying at cost.

    Advice to Management

    listen to staff, invest in stores a bit more etc.


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