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3.6
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64%
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92%
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Andrew Livingston
13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good bonus scheme, training available,(in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Long hours - always want more but that’s to be expected in sales(in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (3)

    "I love this company!!!"

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

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time for more than 19 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!!!

    Howdens Joinery2018-12-09
  2. "Kitchen Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time

    Pros

    Great small team, in stock items.

    Cons

    6 days a week working

    Advice to Management

    Liu time in week for working Saturday mornings.

    Howdens Joinery2019-04-05
  3. "Great Company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Greenock, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary Good includes monthly bonus. Very good team of people. Put you through Fork Lift Training.

    Cons

    Constantly get pulled up for minor things. Don’t get time to finish one job. Not enough outs in the day.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise listening to your workers, instead of thinking more about yourselfs!!

    Howdens Joinery2019-04-08
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not Great..."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Colleagues in the business have their hearts in the right place - The employees do a great job despite their leadership - The company is cash-rich and growing - High-margin and high volume organisation with plenty of opportunity to improve

    Cons

    - Tough conversations are avoided, little to no leadership - Managers and Sr. Leaders across Operations and Commercial are poor - It seems most managers got there by accident and have not been developed/mentored/led effectively - There's little big picture thinking, most decisions are driven by self-preservation - Highly political, lots of secret meetings, poor communication - Widespread reluctance to reflect...

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    Advice to Management

    - Focus on autonomy is attractive but is currently too high = chaotic - Stop protecting and retaining poor performers - Blaming people takes focus away from the core issue/problem

    Howdens Joinery2019-03-21
  5. "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for, Great benefits, great culture

    Cons

    Recent changes to earning potential

    Advice to Management

    Don’t forget what makes the company unique and successful

    Howdens Joinery2019-02-25
  6. "Amazing company full of amazing people!"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Gillingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bonus, incentives and not just a number. Able to progress well and have a future. Area manager very supportive and when you have visits you feel valued. Depot manager firm but more than fair. Good overall package and great incentive trips for staff. Karting a particular highlight with a trip to Barcelona if you win. Progress is available, started in warehouse moved to counter now a assistant manager. Customers...

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    Cons

    High pressure comes with most of the jobs but if you are the right person with good drive and sales skills your be good to go.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t forget the culture.

    Howdens Joinery2019-02-22
  7. "Superb Company to work for. A real company that believes in family. From the top to the bottom. Great sales incentives."

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dover, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time for more than 19 years

    Pros

    Team, incentives, upper management, the ability to share ideas with the upper management.

    Cons

    Not in the new area I’ve relocating too.

    Advice to Management

    Work hard and you’ll be rewarded.

    Howdens Joinery2019-02-22
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Corruption, bullying, favoritism, nepotism and an untrustworthy HR department that covers up and protects."

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Lytham St Annes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    incentives are ok and Sundays are always amazing

    Cons

    You are made to feel vulnerable and insecure about your future until you have your own depot. Depot managers will deliberately tell lies to area managers, HR and security to severely damage your credibility and reputation if they don't like you. Managers will recruit their children and friends to work in the same depots as themselves to protect themselves against an external backlash from the staff they choose to intimidate...

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    Advice to Management

    I have none, you might as well talk to a brick wall. All they care about is turnover and margin to financially protect their own person futures. They don't care about those that work hard in depots to give them that security.

    Howdens Joinery2019-02-25
  9. "Business developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Howdens Joinery full-time

    Pros

    Good team to work with, good incentives, monthly bonuses.

    Cons

    The company always want more and expect too much from their employees. Greedy, long working hours.

    Howdens Joinery2019-02-05
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place I’ve worked"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Northampton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    How not to do things

    Cons

    Management rude, no idea what there doing, arrogant and don’t want to change they clearly know best

    Advice to Management

    Get rid and start again

    Howdens Joinery2019-02-18
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