T J Morris Employee Reviews about "area manager"

Updated 15 Jul 2020

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T J Morris Managing Director Tom Morris
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127 Ratings
Pros
  • "You get a 10% discount on products in store(in 33 reviews)

  • "Working in a big team, rota handed out early, flexible hours, exposed to customers constantly so good retail practice(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Area manager only interested in store managers views and no one else's(in 18 reviews)

  • "Can be draining if working fill shift alot(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Best discount retailer to work for"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at T J Morris full-time

    Pros

    Paid weekly Above min wage Area manager is very hands on Lots of progression oppurtunies 10% discount Staff Xmas party is free

    Cons

    Its retail, same as any other shop

  2. "Not good company"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at T J Morris part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    10% discount and decent enough pay

    Cons

    Dont allow you to leave fill shift until management say and not shift end time. Staff are cliques and always gossiping. Management speak down to you. Area manager only interested in store managers views and no one else's.


  3. "Go in with your eyes open"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Liverpool, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at T J Morris full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you work hard you can progress

    Cons

    Huge disparity between how different regions are run and by whom and the support you are given. You are effectively on call 24/7, with the stock response from anyone else in the business being 'ask your area manager' if they are faced with a problem that they cannot deal with. The pay does not match the responsibilty.

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  4. "Management at different stores can thoroughly influence your experience"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at T J Morris part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Having worked at three different Home Bargains stores across the country, the management at the first store I worked were very responsible with the knowledge that the way they treated those working junior to them could massively impact their wellbeing. They understood that, as much as was within their power, it was their job not only to ensure the well running of the shop, but to ensure that coming to work was as pleasant as possible for their employees (problem customers, busy shifts, etc. are all part of the job, of course, but management should be able to ensure that the actual work environment, including the dynamic between management and employees, is a healthy one). - You get a 10% discount on products in store - Kronos system theoretically means you can put yourself forward for more hours, swap shifts, put in for holiday, etc. without having to fill in long forms. - I've witnessed first-hand that career progression is readily available to those willing to work for it. - Management at all stores I've worked have been good student employers in terms of being willing to work around exams, classes, lectures, etc. - Pay is above minimum wage (I'm 23 and earn 45p per hour higher than minimum wage) - Management at all stores I've worked have understood that some people work better in different areas of the store (eg. it's been my experience that older women are more confident working on the tills than on the shop floor), and wherever possible accommodate them working in these areas.

    Cons

    - In all stores I've worked, there seems to be a level of nepotism, and while this doesn't have to incur a negative impact (the first store I worked, a sales assistant openly spoke about the fact that her area manager cousin got her the job, and when a sales assistant position opened, the store manager's daughter in law very quietly joined the team, but both were hard workers regardless), it did in the second store I worked at. Here, the store manager hired her younger sister (who seemingly had no sales experience) as part of the management team. Younger sister would frequently talk down to more junior employees, presumably knowing that she was 'untouchable' because of being related to the manager. - One of the stores I worked at, management was quite sexually suggestive to some female workers. I myself knew it was meant in a jokey way but could easily see others getting upset by it. - Second store I worked at were hugely oblivious to mental illness. On one occasion I started going through a depressive episode midway through shift (I have depression, which at its worse can lead to me feeling suicidal), and spoke to management to see if there was any way I could leave earlier (not even right away) than the all-day shift I'd been scheduled in for. Management told me I could leave early but to 'work through my depression' until they told me I could leave. They didn't tell me I could leave, I ended up working the whole shift, and having a major panic attack once it was over. If I had shown symptoms of physical illness, I know for a fact that I'd have been allowed to leave, or offered alternative help (eg. when another worker came in throwing up from a hangover, he was allowed a longer than standard break). Additionally, after deliberately making it known at my interview for this store that I, because of my high levels of anxiety, find that I work better when given specific feedback on what I've done well and how I can improve, only one member of management ever tried to do this. Invisible disabilities are just as important as visible, and given that the store operates a nationwide 'quiet hour' on a weekly basis to help people with sensory issues, you'd think that understanding of this would be drilled into management training to ensure unilateral understanding across stores. - Lack of standard procedure, or adherence to a standard procedure, across stores has made it difficult for me personally to fit into the various new stores I've joined each time I've moved home. For example: it's generally taught that aside from on the first aisle when all product is brought forward, product should be pushed back on all shelves apart from top and bottom, where it's brought forward. This changes by store, seemingly on management's whim, and can make it very difficult to know how to tidy the store (Eg. whether to go with the manager's rules or the company's rules) - Management in general at the second and third store I worked at were nearly all unpleasant (with some very pleasant exceptions). It was recognised amongst the staff at the second store that the store manager would not speak (other than to scold) to sales assistants, apart from one select favourite worker. When I told management that I could no longer work the last few hours on a tuesday (Eg. not even that I couldn't work tuesdays, just that I couldn't work the latest shift on a tuesday), I was told that my contract (which was twenty hours each week, though they usually scheduled me in for around thirty five each week with no consultation with myself) might be slashed in response.

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    "Backstabbing and hypocrisy among some management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at T J Morris part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff Some great managers who kept the store positive Easy to get promoted

    Cons

    Ignorance by area manager and some store management Slightly above minimum wage not enough Disregard for mental health issues unless you are a store manager/former store manager Favouritism shown towards managers who step down for personal reasons by area manager but lead sales (junior manager) comploetely ignored by area manager without even getting the chance to explain reasons for stepping down

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    "Over worked, staff being bullied"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Lead Sales Manager in Omagh, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at T J Morris part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, Hours, Holidays, Staff, Customers

    Cons

    You be made work over 5 days most weeks and still never get overtime pay, you actually get told off if you accidentally go into overtime. The new senior management team for the past 2 years have pushed other leads sales out of the job and sales assistants because they didn’t personally like them. The assistant manager makes fun of his staff and ridicules them every day he is in, even speaking to foreign nationals in a discriminatory fashion. No support whatsoever. And staff feel as though they can’t go to their area manager due to how close they are with senior management

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    "Supervisor"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at T J Morris full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    10% discount Yearly Christmas party which is 100% paid for Chance to become a ‘Wow badge’ holder and you can enter competitions to win festival and football tickets etc. Gives you valuable skills like experience in merchandising stock and cash handling Sizeable bonuses for senior management when targets are achieved Good progression opportunities into management or travelling the country as part of the merchandising team Liverpool training at head office to learn procedures with other people from across the UK After 5 years of employment you are rewarded with an additional weeks holiday per year In this company you don’t have to worry about being made redundant as they’re opening a new store every week across the UK and doing really well considering retail is supposedly failing Overall it is a good company to work for it just needs more money spent on staff and management, even if profits aren’t as enormous as they currently are

    Cons

    Not all procedures and policies are fairly followed throughout the company, a minor but good example, in your staff handbook employees are not allowed to wear black skinny jeans, but at their main stores in Liverpool the majority of the staff are wearing them, I really don’t see what the big deal is about black skinnies at work but I’ve had my boss having a moan because I’ve not sent staff home for wearing them No set rota, shifts usually completely different from one week to the next Working time directive is often broken as if you close on a night you have to open in the morning Depending on your area manager you can be extremely stressed due to the unnecessary pressure put on you High staff and management turnover in some areas, so constantly having to train new employees Efficiency is the main focus of targets but when you haven’t got enough staff or management they can become almost impossible while trying to maintain the standards of the shopfloor Managements contracts are 44hours per week and you are on a salary so when you do overtime(which is unavoidable 99% of the time) you will not get paid extra, so the more hours you work, the lower your wage works out to be per hour The maximum contracts that staff are given are 20 hours a week over 5 days but they often have to work between 25-35 hours per week, this makes them miss out money when taking holidays Management have to create rotas for staff, often getting left until a few days before new rota started

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  8. "supervisor"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at T J Morris full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great training great advice from mangers and area manager

    Cons

    not much OT for staff

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    "Withdraw your application and don’t bother!!!!"

    1.0
     

    I worked at T J Morris

    Pros

    Not many pros come to mind other than 10% of all products Friendly staff For your wellbeing, stay away from the company. Employees are treated like school children.

    Cons

    Area manager is useless Management are lazy Given a contract of 10 hours when I work 20+ 20 minutes break on a 10 hour shift Rude and obnoxious customers Lack of training Shocking wage Rota isn’t completed on time Banned from using the toilets when clocked on Lack of health and safety training (manual handling) Abusive shop lifters - regular occurrence Homophobic management Impossible to get holidays booked Cheap nasty uniform Area manager doesn’t give staff there customer service awards or bonuses Very little career progression for your average member of staff Chain of command is oriented around the managers favourite employees

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    "Bullied"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Exmouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at T J Morris part-time

    Pros

    You get paid for your work

    Cons

    Working in the Exmouth Store the people in there get promoted if you get in with the area manager. Not my way of working my way up the ladder standards for me are higher than that. You are sworn at all the time rules change all the time. I hate being here and plan to leave as soon as I get another job. You never get thanked for what you do. You find yourself working hard while the higher you are you can just talk out the back. Not a store that they believe in good customer service. This job will always be only a stop gap for people as its not a long term job as the bullying will drive you mad. There's no one to complain to as the area manager is too close if you get my meaning to the higher up ones. Facing another day tomorrow isn't nice only been there since November.

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