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Howdens Joinery Reviews

Updated 15 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Good bonus scheme, training available," (in 12 reviews)

  • "Good bonus scheme, company car (base model Astra)" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours could be 40 Monday to Friday :)" (in 5 reviews)

  • "A bit of pressure to sell and hit your personal targets" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "I love this company!!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Ipswich, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Ipswich, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture bonus opportunity incentives autonomy

    Cons

    Honestly I don't think there are any cons working for Howdens!!

    Advice to Management

    Don't change anything!!!


  2. "Kitchen Sales Designer (KSD)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time

    Pros

    When the depot is doing well the bonus structure is good.
    Slightly higher than average basic wages.

    Cons

    Whatever you do it won't be good enough.
    When the depot is behind on figures it's seen as the KSD fault - high pressure to sell.
    You will work your guts out for all of October (sale time).
    No loyalty to it's workforce, seen as dispensable.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth the stress"

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    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Occasional incentives (however some are revoked if the company doesn't hit target)
    Works outings however most are compulsary and after a long shift.
    Getting to work closely with customers and make be part of their kitchen experience.
    Split bonus between all staff, some people believe the staff doing the turn over should get more bonus but I don't fancy picking the kitchen I have just sold myself and I don't have time to drum up the business myself so the equally divided bonus is fair.

    Cons

    Saturday's off are down to the depot manager some give them religiously others uses them against you.
    Managers spend to much time out of the depot, assistant managers not given proper training to deal with the managers constant absence.
    Training is poor, now an internal learn on your own program that you are never allowed time to actually do.
    Dragged out of the depot to attend pointless area meetings that wastes time and productivity.
    Targets are high and less than half the staff actually pull their weight. If everyone worked equally as hard targets could be met easily.
    In most depots staff are not respected and a lot of managers are bullies. However I have worked for one manager who would stick up for his staff and you were treated very well.
    Managers block their best staff from progressing by bad mouthing them to the staff members potential new manager, if you are lucky enough to even find out about job opportunities, these are usually deleted from the internal email before you get to read them.
    Pressure to sell to the customer before the customer is actually ready, this is damaging to the relationship between the designer and the customer and this pressure usually results in mistakes happening or losing the sale altogether.
    Managers often don't know how to do every role in the depot. But preach about how you should be doing it better.

    Advice to Management

    To the bullies - treating your staff well will keep them loyal.
    To the lazy ones, sitting behind your desk all day twiddling your thumbs and only actually moving when the area manager turns up but screaming at your exhausted staff for not meeting your ridiculously demands - get off your butts and help out you are another voice on the phone another pair of hands in busy times. Lead by example.


  4. "Great company to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Depot Manager in Maidenhead, England
    Current Employee - Depot Manager in Maidenhead, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rewarded for effort, opportunities for development and promotions, great incentives, varied and enjoyable day, great products, autonomy within my role, great team mentality, great support from internal departments, the company listens to its employees, security within a market leader and much more.

    Cons

    Not for the work shy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to staff and continue to develop in all areas.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Howdens Joinery part-time

    Pros

    There aren’t any, horrid place.

    Cons

    Horrid place to work, bullying, harassment, corrupt HR department, the worst place I have ever worked, steer clear, nothing more to say.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid At All Costs!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bourne, England
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bourne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You leave at 5 pm!

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    Expected to work through your lunch hour (un-paid) every day!
    An IT system that's stuck in the 1980's!
    Unwritten rule of every other Saturday off NEVER happened!
    Only allowed to have 3 and half days off in 6 months!
    Relentless chasing of new accounts, despite local area being at saturation point!
    Goal posts constantly being moved, on completely unrealistic targets!
    Fuel allowance doesn't cover your actually fuels costs, so you end up subsidising the Company out of your own pocket.
    A "Bullying" culture from top to bottom in the Company.
    No matter, what you did, it was never good enough and an absolute lack of praise in the Company!
    The fact that they've had 6 Sales Representatives in three years, tells you everything you need to know about the Company!

    Advice to Management

    Try treating your employees as a resource, rather than being disposable!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bonus scheme rewards team work

    Cons

    No cons in my opinion

    Advice to Management

    Don’t change for the sake of change.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "warehouse"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse in Doncaster, England
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Doncaster, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    time off at Christmas. Nothing else

    Cons

    Children behave better in the school play ground than the management and hr department of this company

    Advice to Management

    Dont trust your managers they all lie to get ahead. Why is it so many managers can be so bad and get away with it. Sort out your hr department they are as corrupt as the managers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere and benefits, great working hours

    Cons

    nothing to comment for cons


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery part-time

    Pros

    Warm and friendly culture, great people and lots of excellent benefits and perks such as trips abroad and days out with your colleagues
    Ambitious and entrepreneurial environment where opportunities to try out new ideas and make improvements to working practices are shared and considered

    Cons

    I enjoy going to work every day so there isn't anything I can think of

    Advice to Management

    We need to share more of our great working practices and people stores on social media.