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P&O Ferries Reviews

Updated 11 Jun 2019

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Janette Bell
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  1. "Deck Officer"

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    Current Employee - Deck Officer in Dover, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at P&O Ferries full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Long Work hours and intense schedules

    Cons

    Very Good leave and time off

    P&O Ferries2018-05-31
  2. "Archaic culture blocking serious change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dover, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at P&O Ferries full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some really good people throughout the company. Good salary and benefits Aspects of my role are really enjoyable A really good CEO in Janette Bell, she knows what needs to be done to get the company to the right place.

    Cons

    Impossible to get things done, a real "blocking" culture. Too much manipulation by Managers and lack of integrity in the way things are done. Micro management is rife - don't expect any kind of empowerment. Ridiculously Dover centric. Poor performers are never really managed, just moved around.

    Advice to Management

    Transformation can work (and I hope it does) but some of the Heads and Managers need to be replaced as they're too interested in protecting their positions and pretending to drive change whilst in reality ensuring the changes really needed don't happen.

    P&O Ferries2019-06-11
  3. "Good wages, good training and career path"

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    Former Employee - Third Engineer in Dover, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at P&O Ferries full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay for training from school leaver all the way to Chief Engineer/Captain. Most ships attract tax free salary. Can be a good laugh onboard. Salary amongst highest for Watchkeeping MN officers (deck and tech). 1 week on/1 week off with two 3 week off periods when you want holiday or 2 weeks on/2 weeks off with three 3 week periods off rostered.

    Cons

    Often short crewed requiring redeployment elsewhere. Storms can be a nightmare sleeping onboard. You have to deal with onboard services, who believe they run the ships with minimal training...

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in UK officers, people would love to work for P&O Ferries as it is currently.

    P&O Ferries2019-03-12
  4. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at P&O Ferries full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of really nice people Train pass is a nice benefit

    Cons

    Very difficult to increase wage Car park is managed stupidly

    Advice to Management

    Career progression for people that aren't already managers. PDP's are currently just a box ticking exercise.

    P&O Ferries2019-02-18
  5. "The only benefit is the train pass"

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    Former Employee - Contact Center Agent in Dover, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at P&O Ferries part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    After 6 months employment/passing probation you receive a train concession card which is really useful, along with several free crossings a year on the ferry. Decent hourly rate for a youngster.

    Cons

    Awful training which has gone downhill over the years. They teach people half the job before going live on the phone so new starters are forced to pass calls on to more experienced staff. No longer a fun happy place to work. A call centre is never going to be someone's dream job and it can be mind numbing at times, but it seems like managers want to make the job just that little bit worse by bringing in rules such as...

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    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to your staff

    P&O Ferries2019-02-09
  6. "Great part time role, but would not recommend full time."

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

    I worked at P&O Ferries part-time

    Pros

    - Good Money ... Especially if you work the hours - Lunch and Dinner Free - Training Good and Paid - Good for a student over summer

    Cons

    - Long Hours - Some management can be rude - Many people who are not your manager will play manager - Can be quite cliquey - Can get very monotonous

    Advice to Management

    Manage teams better some people get away with working harder than others, whether you've been there 3 months, 3 years or 30 years everyone should pull their weight, but this depends on the ships you work on. Therefore, there are some brilliant teams and management.

    P&O Ferries2018-11-01
  7. "Ha!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Steward 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at P&O Ferries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free meals that’s about it

    Cons

    Unsociable hours, unsociable and rude staff onboard, jobsworth managers and unorganised office staff that don’t know their head from their backside. If you want to be treated like a glorified servant to the core team than this is the job for you. There are some benefits like the other assistant stewards that are the same as you that you tend to make friends with. All I will say is that if you are an outgoing person...

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    Advice to Management

    Sort yourselves out and get off your pedistals that you placed yourself on.

    P&O Ferries2018-05-16
  8. "Good for a part time student job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at P&O Ferries full-time

    Pros

    Good for students during holidays

    Cons

    No long term career progression

    P&O Ferries2018-04-03
  9. "Pension is atrocious"

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    Current Employee - Channel House in Dover, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at P&O Ferries part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a big employer making lots of money not many pros at all! Very disappointed in sick pay, holiday and pension

    Cons

    Pension is one of the worst I've seen, you have to pay to be in it!!! and the contribution from P&O is awful. Especially as the company is making millions a year. Come on start to look after your employees else they will leave

    Advice to Management

    Address your pension and holiday day for new staff, I can see there are several comments saying the same

    P&O Ferries2017-06-17
  10. "Good company"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at P&O Ferries full-time

      Pros

      Good benefits, friendly work friends, good bunch of customers, always a good amount of hours available if willing to put in the work

      Cons

      rotas and hours can be a challenge to work around other commitments. Progression can be slow

      Advice to Management

      more reviews with each member of staff, listen to ideas on rotas. Improve progression prospects more regular reviews

      P&O Ferries2017-05-10
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