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I've worked in Home Shopping for over a year now. It has to be one of the worst if not THE worst jobs i've ever had. I wont say who i am or which store because Asda don't appear to like it if you say things on-line about them, or so we are told in the numerous training sessions we have to put up with. I say training but often its just 'sign this and say you've done it' and that includes our driving checks.
You'd think it would be the ideal job, and on rare occasions it can be, out on the road, your own boss so to speak, once your finished you get back and go home. But they sure can pile the work on you. And the ludicrous times they give you to get from here to there, and how long 'on the doorstep' you have is frankly at times, a joke. We are expected to say and do certain things on the doorstep with the customers but frankly you just don't have the time. The 'break' that is built into your delivery plan is usually used to 'catch up'.
If anything goes wrong 'on the doorstep' then basically your screwed. Subs all wrong? Items missing? Fat customer wants it bringing into the kitchen (back problems, as always) then precedes to check it all off and put it away at the same time? Now your late. Driving fast wont help as the vans are all now restricted to 54mph down from just over 60mph. But you drive like hell anyway.
Id say 60-70% of all deliveries are to awkward 'cant get to' places, flats, streets you cant get parked down, or on major roads were its a job just to get out of the van let alone try and do the delivery. Its usually the awkward places that have the heaviest orders, not just 2 or 3 'totes' but 8,9,10 or more. Usually cat litter, beer, bottles of pop, that kind of thing. in large quantities. Its impossible to carry in one go, and as you only have 6-8 minutes to do this its easy to see how far behind you can get.
And they do NOT like it if you are late, as it effects managers bonuses. We do get a bonus, but as nobody is on a 'full time contract' its not really anything to get excited about. Although our store did do well recently and it was pretty good, now they are making people redundant. Why? No idea. We never get told. We never have 'huddles' or anything like that which apparently is what's supposed to happen. The numerous info boards in the staff area never get filled in.
The big lie your sold when you first start and at your interviews is that Asda care about the staff. Listen to them and value them. Its utter tosh. Bottom line is what its about, they could not give two hoots about us, although our department manager is actually a pretty decent chap.
I think there are better jobs out there but if you have delivery type experience this job will be a doddle, its just all the pressure that goes with it, for what's really minimum wage. Tesco drivers get more per hour, and do less work from the ones i've talked to. You certainly get fit, and meet some interesting people, and some cracking women!! But you meet some right a@*!holes also. But there's nothing to make you want to go to work, no incentive, they promise stuff but you never hear about it after that.
On a side note we've had several GSM's and i've never met any of them, not even seen 2 of them. Is that good?
I will not be shopping on line at asda as the customer services told me a Kieran would get back to me last night I have rang customer services about 8 times between 12.30 on friday14/03 2014 and 5.00pm on Saturday 15/03/2014 one of the customer service agents told me that they did not speak to Kieran until 3.30 on Saturday 15/03/2014 it is totally unacceptable for customers to be treat in this way the reviews I have read since having this problem are terrible .they have people on the phones that do not speak clear English in the end It was costing me 10 pence a minute that is totally unacceptable.i sincerely hope that someone will be held responsible for the way I have been treated because I think this is absolutely disgusting they should not be customer services agents if they are going to lie to customers my daughter also had problems with asda because they would not take her shopping upstairs as she lives in a top flat no customer services or care over there customers I will not be shopping at asda again
I have worked for asda for 2 1/2 years and have hated every second of it, 1st pf all i started just working on a sunday and I changed my contract to do more hours, but my manager diddnt put my contract through so when i took 2 weeks off on holiday i lost out on £150. I had to argue with them to get it and it took 3 months to get the money back. I have just moved to checkouts where I really start to see how much asda think of their employees. This customer came to my till and was really rude to me for no reason so insted of telling him what i thought of him I kept talking to a minimum with him, later that day my section leader wanted to speak to me as he has put a complaint in, i explained what happened and she did not have the time of day for me, she spoke down to me and gave me a rolloking for it, so I asked her what would happen if i complained about a customer, the answer was nothing, I just like the way that they quickly come to critisize you but when a customer called in to say have helpful you were you will hear a couple weeks later. If you ever work for asda dont take crap of section leaders, if you think that they are rude to you then contact your manager, nothing will happen but it will inconvenience the un-educated morons that want to make a career out of asda ecause they have nothing better to do, i am sorry if that offended ayone but that is my opinion. last thing, if a section leader tries to send you home or make you do something you dont want to do, dpnt do it, they have no power.
A big thank you for sharing your experience. I work night shifts as well in one of the Asda stores in London. I can easily relate to your story and i have experienced everything that you have stated above. From induction process to the first three months and the horrible tales that continue to date.
I found your link while searching for Asda house number on google. But after going through your story, i guess there's no point in making a complaint. They say some people never change, i'd replace 'people' with 'companies' for Asda.
The sad part is that i am writing this review in 2014, 5 years after you posted your story and trust me nothing has changed here. This is my 14th month in Asda and not a single day passed when the option of resignation didn't cross my mind. The only reason i survived this long is the premium rate that you get in night shifts but now i regret my decision, i think i was being greedy, not worth it. I got offers from other places but they were paying somewhere around the minimum wage, hence i refused whereas night shifts in Asda fetch you £10/hr.
The only addition i can make to your story is the incident that happened with me last week, and turned out to be the final nail in the coffin.
I had an accident on the shop floor while taking the cages into the backup. I got my left foot injured when an electronic pum track ran over it and left me in terrible pain. My colleague helped me into the cafetaria where another colleague called and informed the manager. What followed was even more painful. Manager turns up 15 mins later, without first aid and first thing he blames me for the negligence and makes it clear that company won't pay for my injury. So my colleague rushed to the shopfloor and brought me Ibuprufen and ice(for my feet) from his own pocket. Half an hour later my manager comes back and rudely asks me to go home if i can't help him on the shopfloor. At that point of time the pain killer was kicking in and i told him that there are no night buses towards my home and its gonna be a long walk but he insisted that i should leave. However, i managed to stay there for another half an hour and later walked home making my pain worse.
And while i was leaving he came up and told me that he's not adding anything onto the incident book for my own good. The reason given that it was my mistake and i will face counselling.
However, i managed to get an emergency appointment the same day and luckily there was no fracture but the doctor advised bed rest for one week.
So it's been a week now and i am returning to work tonight and planning to hand in my resignation sometime this week.
I wish i had more time to write, what i stated above is only a tip of the iceberg. Thanks.
I was really happy when I received the call telling me I got a part-time job at ASDA. As a student on his way to university, a chance to make some extra money was always welcome. I thought that interview process - or the "ASDA Magic", as they call it, was quite strange; but I didn't let this discourage me. ASDA was one of the most well-renowned retail outlets in the country - surely working for them would be great, right?
The "training" is nothing short of a joke. You literally sit in a room for seven hours watching ridiculous videos that are only loosely related to the job itself. After watching each video, we were given a booklet with which we were instructed to sign on the dotted line indicating that we had gone through the training process and that we were ready to begin working. The booklet specifically stated that you were not to sign it if you didn't feel like you were ready to begin working immediately, so I raised my hand and pointed this out to the woman in charge of the training. She pretended to listen to me, after which she told me to sign the booklet. I didn't want to cause any trouble, so I signed it. This is where it starts.
I'll keep it short:
1. Managers are abusive and conniving. They regularly insult staff behind their backs.
2. Rank and file staff are overworked.
3. Your sub-standard training means you aren't very good at your job (you do get better eventually), and because of this, you will be yelled at constantly.
4. No healthy alternatives in the canteen.
5. Bathrooms are dirty as hell.
6. They will lie to your face. Believe me. It's their ass or yours. You can bet on them throwing you into the deep end.
I had enough and quit. Walking out of that building for the last time was the only time in the three months I worked at ASDA where I smiled. Please do yourself a favour and avoid working here.
Worked there for 6 months, and I have hated almost EVERY minute. I worked on produce the 6 months I was there, which is surprising because I spent most of my time on the god damn checkouts as a f***in queue buster.
The managers in the store (apart from the GSM) are completely useless. They sit in the canteen all shift, ignoring all service calls. Would it really hurt them to go on checkouts once in a while for the love of God! Thankfully the store is being restructured and are hoping to cut some of the managers.
My manager expected me to do 3 different jobs every shift, including the markdowns for the whole of the fresh department, a full 'gap scan' for the whole of produce and work all the stock ON MY OWN (there's only ever one person on produce in the afternoon, and I was always that person). My manager then has the nerve to lecture and patronise me when something isn't right even though she knows I AM ONE PERSON AND I CAN'T DO ALL THIS ON MY OWN. I've even injured myself working there, where I sprained my wrist putting out stock, but did they allow me a transfer to another department? did they hell! It was 4 months since I sprained my wrist and I was still on f***in produce! (By the way, it still hurts). I even asked for a transfer to another store, but that didn't happen, and they didn't even have the guts to tell me to my face that the transfer wasn't going to happen.
The cheapness of the company doesn't help at all. The amount of times they've cut people's hours just to save a few quid, and they are now getting rid of managers in order to save money.
I could write a lot more, but to be honest, I don't want to waste any more time writing about this absolute sh*thole.
ASDA - Saving ourselves money, every day.
HI ALL I AM CURRENTLY WORKING FOR ASDA HOME SHOPPING DEPARTMENT AND I CAN SAFELY SAY IT IS A JOKE IVE BEEN HERE 4 MONTHS AND THE DEPARTMENT IS NEW TO OUR STORE WE HAVE ABOUT 40 STAFF IN OUR SECTION HOWEVER THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TO DO THE WORK NEEDED MOST DAYS THEY HAVE 4 PICKERS DOING TEN PICKERS WORK AND ONE SERVICE CREW DOING 3 PEOPLES WORK. THE MONEY YOU GET DOES IN NO WAY REFLECT THE WORK YOU ACTUALLY PUT IN TO THE JOB. I HAVE TO WORK 6 HOURS BEFORE A BREAK AND WHEN I TAKE ME BREAK I DON'T GET TO TAKE IT ALL AS THERE IS ONLY ME ON DUTY. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS SAVING MONEY.. THEY DON'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO WHAT HOURS YOU TELL THEM YOU CAN WORK FOR INSTANCE I TOLD THEM I CANT START WORK UNTIL 5AM YET THEY STILL HAVE ME IN AT 3AM/4AM AND SOMETIMES WORKING UNTIL 3PM WITH ONLY ONE BREAK..... IM DOING MY SECURITY TRAINING AT THE MOMENT SO HOPEFULLY I CAN GET OUT OF THERE AS SOON AS I CAN BUT UNTIL THEN I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO STAY AS IT PAYS SOME OF MY BILLS
This is what it's like working at Asda ;
For three years now, I have been paid one persons minimum wage to perform the jobs of usually two or three people at a time.
I have been threatened, insulted and incurred both physical injuries and mental health problems due to or exacerbated by the ridiculous expectations and disregard for health, safety, wellbeing and happiness of staff at Asda.
I have been leered at through the see through disgrace of a shirt staff are made to wear,
I have been told off for trying to find a chair to sit on whilst on crutches and wearing a moon boot,
I have been lectured like a twelve year old when I had period/reproductive related issues.
I have been sworn at by a manager, accused of lying when I haven't and witnessed managers making fun of a disabled staff member.
I have broken down in tears many times as a result of the treatment of managers or, more often, customers (not that that's a rare occurance at Asda, as I've seen many other staff members in the same situations).
I've been told numerous times to ignore doctors orders in relation to my health.
I have been told to sell alchohol to people who I felt were already under the influence of alcohol or drugs to 'save causing a fuss'.
I have repeatedly stated that I'm unable to cope on self scan (even with another person, which there never is) yet have been asked time and again to cover it, sometimes told it would be for fifteen minutes then left for hours at a time.
I have been shouted at for trying to clean my till, even though I would be shouted at if I didn't.
I have been told to ignore my concience and human nature and allow people to abandon their children in the store, and that we were to leave these children and allow their mothers to continue to neglect them.
I have seen customers who have regularly stolen, threatened staff and actually tried to strike staff allowed to return to the store and was threatened with punishment when I said I did not feel secure around this individual and would take myself off the shop floor for my own safety if he was in the store.
I have had products thrown in my face.
The store is like a giant freezer, and at the end of even a four hour shift my hands are usually blue-ish and fumbly as a result (and we get in trouble for being off with a cold!) though the offices upstairs where the managers spend the majority of their time are, of course, so warm that I've heard a store manager complain he was a bit too warm.
The canteen provides little more than chocolate and even the meals at hot meal times are far from healthy.
Section leaders are forced to do the work of management with almost the same wages as regular staff. Runners do pretty much all the work, and the place would fall apart without them (most of the time they don't sign up to the job, but are slowly forced into it) yet are, again, paid the same wages.
At busy times, one or two managers help practically, but for the most part they stand and bark orders at already run down checkout staff.
I have never worked somewhere with such unhappy, mistreated staff - so many of whom are on medication just to get themselves through the door for their shift.
Most recently my GP decided (and I agreed) that my mental health was suffering as a result of my job with Asda and subsequently gave me a note declaring me not fit to work, Asda had me see their Occupational Health therapist (I say therapist, because I strongly question his medical credentials) who used the phrase 'You don't look depressed to me' - which any layman knows is a ridiculous thing to say to someone with a mental illness.
However, now that I am free from the clawed grasp of Walmart/Asda, I am sure my recouperation will speed up considerably.
Though there is much, much more to say, I have wasted enough energy and time on this soul-sucking Hell Hole and the cretinous customers and Vogonic practices that infest it, so I will not bother to type the rest.
I have now, thankfully, left Asda. To be quite fair, at this point I would happily quit and become a prostitute or be paid to clean sewers with my tongue - both professions, I'm sure, would pay better and leave me with much more of my dignity and sense of self intact.
He zoomed in. The image was quite clearly my face taken through the bars of the roll cage. I open the packet and put the tablets in my mouth. He zoomed in as I did it. He must have been watching me all morning.
Later the Manager asked me to remove a pallet from aisle 4. That was a home and leisure pallet, not my department. I had never been to aisle 4 before. She wanted me to leave my aisle so they could retrieve the empty packet with the two missing tablets. The manager had been around me all that morning. It was as if they knew I was going to do it. I don't know why, I had never done it before. I am not a thief. I was just exhausted. If they watch the video footage back they will see the point when I slump over my flatbed and almost curl up on it. I just wanted to sleep. I was finished.
In the previous two weeks I had worked every day with the exception of Christmas day and the day before I lost my job. Not having any time off work meant that I tried to cram everything into one day. I'd stayed up drinking until past 3am. I started my shift the next day at 6. On the Thursday - Boxing Day - I'd told my manager how exhausted I was. Despite the double time payments I asked to go at lunchtime. The next day I pleaded with another manager to be allowed to go at 4 rather than 8 and he let me do that.
How many people over 50 years old are doing such a hard physical job over so many long hours at that store? How many of them work every day without a day off? I took the day before off and was woken at 7am then again at 7.30 by phone calls from my manager telling me I should be at work. I ignored the calls. I did not appear on the rota. Even now I have no idea which days I was due to be working. You never saw the rota in advance. It was hard working your life out when you never knew if you would be working or not.
I thought it was about something else. When the tannoy called me to the interview room, I thought it was about a colleague who had been suspended for treating young girls badly. I had spoken to one of the girls and told her to have nothing to do with him. It was a hard thing to say but I knew he was using her and I wanted to help her. She was a good kid and didn't deserve the pain he was causing her.
The interview took place in the training room not the interview room. I walked away from the interview room as it was in the wrong place. The training room should have been my room. I had applied for the job as the store's trainer some weeks before. I had an interview in the interview room. I performed the best in that interview than I had in any other interview I had had in my entire life, including all the interviews when I had been given jobs as leader of the number one department in secondary schools with hundreds of pupils. I honestly believed that after that interview I was bound to get the job. I would have revolutionised the store's approach to training. I would have made a real difference to what the store achieved and to the lives of its workforce. I had twenty six years of teaching experience to back up everything I said.
I did not get the job. I received no feedback from my interviewer who made another manager tell me I had not got it. I had earlier also applied for a job in the pharmacy. It took the pharmacy manager five weeks to tell me I had not got it.
There were two people in the training room. There was a woman who had been in my interview just over a year before. She looked like she sucked lemons. When I was appointed, another manager had interviewed me. I loved her. She was honest and real and caring. A brilliant manager. She had just lost her job before Christmas. The person conducting the interview reminded me of Curley in Of Mice and Men, a boxer who wore a glove and had small man's syndrome. He asked me if I wanted representation and I said no. I was just a witness, not a felon. I had proved myself to be a good person by looking out for colleagues.
Then I saw there was a packet on the table hidden underneath some papers. It was the Pro plus I had opened earlier and taken two tablets. I had decided at breakfast to pay for this by buying the box at lunchtime. When I got back downstairs it was not there.
'This investigation is into the theft and consumption of two tablets' Curley said. He emphasised the word theft. He made it louder than any other word. The lady that sucked lemons scribbled down everything he said. 'Did you steal two Pro plus tablets?' I said no. A colleague who was completely and utterly useless and should have been sacked years before had managed to keep his job by just denying everything. I thought I could do the same.
Dramatically Curley pulled out a CD and the Pro plus packets.
'We have footage that shows you taking the two tablets from this packet. THEFT by consumption.'
I tried to negotiate at this point. I said how much the job meant to me. I had been unemployed for a year, a really hard year before I applied for it. I loved the job. I loved the people that I worked with more. Real people with real lives, not teachers with their politics. I had met and made real friends at the store. I am not ashamed to admit I begged at this point. I was close to tears. It was two stupid Pro-plus tablets value 16p. I was exhausted and not myself. I was still drunk from the night before. I needed a break. My voice was quivering. I have had many bad days in my life and I knew this was another of them.
I tried denying everything again. I wished so much that I had representation. Andrew was the representative. Andrew my friend who was strong and thoughtful and kind and would have rescued me.
'Shall we view the footage?' Curley said. We went down to the security room and the security man had already got everything ready. The video was paused just before I took the packet off the shelf.
The thing I noticed the most that was my hair needed cutting or at least styling in some way. The security guard had zoomed in perfectly, you could see the fillings in my teeth as I took the tablets. Trying to wake myself up, to do a good job and to make the store a better place.
I knew then I was lost. I was thrown back into a world of unemployment, of hoping my wife would continue to provide for me. A world of loneliness, despair and walking along the riverside talking to myself.
He'd zoomed in and captured me perfectly.
The store where I work, it seems all the floor managers are going to be made redundant in the next few weeks, and by the looks of it, it just doesn't apply to my store, but others as well, maybe all the asda stores infactOnly a few managers will be kept on; GSM, Security Manager, Duty Manager, People Manager, Night Managerkey colleagues are now being told they're will have to do there managers job, which they have refused to doIf this is true, its disgusting what Asda head office are doing, and just to save moneyIF THIS IS HAPPENING IN YOUR STORE POST A REVIEW
worked at asda for six months and i am so glad to be leaving.
first week i was made to individually pressure wash every single dolly on produce (around 100) as well as replenish stock and go on check outs despite being alone most of the time, all at the same time. This was only the beginning, i was repeatedly made to break the law by leaving chilled stock out longer than the government recommended 30 min let alone asda's 20min policy. I was also made to ignore dates on food and flowers by covering date labels and removing them from loose stock items so they could be sold!
The Section leaders and managers are bullies and hypocrites, i was told not to talk" im not getting paid to talk" only to find the section leader in question still talking to someone 30min later. It gets worse! Recently i asked if i could get cover for an interview, which in my defence at least i have integrity and honesty rather than pulling a sickie like most people would. This was meat with a 20 min argument on the shop floor with my new section leader of just one day, telling me the facts of life and how im letting asda down, despite this i stood up for myself and said you cant expect someone with a decent degree to work on £6.53 for the lest of there life as this doesn't even pay my bills, im 25 for god sake not a child. Funny given i had tried numerous times to better myself by applying for training only to get nowhere, they couldn't even give me a chance at section leader they got a retarded monkey who has no retail experience at all to do the job. So when they don't even give you a chance to better yourself what they hell do you expect me to do. My last few days have been so miserable that i have dad to call in sick to avoid any further bulling form managers and section leaders. i will be contacting trading standards in regard to the abuse of the law and i can laugh as i will now be the customer, so as they will have you believe we come first rite lol? or not in there case, along with integrity, loyalty, discipline and honesty! all of which are ignored by lazy dick head managers with a god complex.
I have worked at asda nightshift for 8 years now and I have to agree with other posts. There never enough staff, the staff the do have are expected to do way to much to make up for them being under staffed. Managers will never do anything apart from be on your back telling you to hurry up so you can fill more because they arent there to fill but are there to manage, despite the fact most of the started filling shelfs. The managers also bully the staff and if you make a complaint its made out to be your fault and the personel manager well she will turn it all around to make out its your fault! You really are just a number
Despite anything they will tell you, or push at you during interviews and meetings etc, they couldn't care less about their employees, and do just see you as a number.
The departments are very cliquey, and if your face doesn't fit, then you will cop for all the crap (hours and jobs), and you will never get the promotion chances that the 'in crowd' do!
Don't even think about putting a complaint in, as this will just single you out as a 'trouble-maker', and then your card has been well and truly marked. The 'line manager' will then make your working life a living hell, and there is a strong chance that you will receive a reprimand for any minor mistake, as you are not performing to company standards. These mythical 'company standards' are of course extremely arbitrary, depending on how much the manager actually despises you.
If you don't like it, tough! There are plenty more people out there wanting the job, as I have just been unceremoniously informed (verbatim)!
If you have any self respect, don't work at Asda!
I've worked at asda as a delivery driver for over 2 years, and am about to leave for a new job.
I genuinely enjoy my job, having some freedom in my van to be away from the in store madness, however, I have found myself looking closely at the job I do compared to other jobs.
Firstly, the pay is extremely poor for delivery drivers compared to the likes of Tesco, Sainsburys and Ocado who perform morrisons deliveries. I do find it strange that an employer pays all its colleagues the same amounts regardless of the responsibilities and type of work they do. For instance, somebody stacking a shelf gets the same as someone carrying half a dozen heavy totes of dog food/cat food etc etc up 4 flights of stairs at night in a dodgy area......... . Sainsburys have recognised this and pay 50p and hour more to their delivery drivers as a skills allowance.
Managers are generally uninterested in anything other than getting the work out.
I find my section very very clicky, even after 2 years I see others getting everything they ask for, whilst those that keep their mouths shut and turn up regularly on time, and do their jobs well ignored.
Communication is pathetic, never getting the so called team huddles and never being told anything useful even when you ask for it. The only time I am spoken too is when a sala audit is due..... wonder why that is.
My current contract is over 30 hours, so im one of the lucky ones. They tend not to give out anything over 20 hours nowadays, which is not a living wage for anyone, and we see a massive turn over of staff in our large store.
So in all honesty, anyone who is thinking about going for a home shopping delivery drivers job at asda, I would strongly advise them to check out Ocado, Sainsburys and Tesco first because they pay more for exactly the same job. Asda are tight as hell with pay, and not a particularly nice place to work either.
On the plus side, most of the customers I go to are very pleasant nice people who I can honestly say its been a pleasure to meet.
I've been working for ASDA for around half a decade and I have found that whilst working for this company it is truly what you think of it and how you make it.
Its all down to luck what experience you have I had the half and half luck, My (Last) Line Manager was great and an awesome guy to work with with his feat on the ground and knew what the heck he was doing, My Team Leader was however .... a tool who couldn't manage his way out of a paper bag and the departments ran better whilst he was on holiday and there was my General Store manager which I got along with as you could actually talk to him and he would spend some time with you.
Now down to the reason I left, simply one reason, Development options, as I stated I worked there for around 5 years and I went on various courses (Grow/Step Up ect) , did my lvl 2 NVQ in Retail, served on the Colleague Circle and was a first aider now did any of that help? Short answer No, Long Answer Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Its down to who you know, If you can get chatty with the managers and do whatever they want then your fine and will go on to be a manager but if you act like a normal person and sometimes object to what the manager said oh dears you will stay where you are and rot.
The managers will use you to do their bidding and will keep saying "This will be good for your development" but the second you say anything about moving to help your development they don't want to know!!
So enough about the managers, If your lucky you will get a Line Manager who is an actual person not a robot programmed by ASDA, I was lucky to have 3 of those out of 5 (One who wanted you to get a 2hr job done in 2 mins and another who was there a month and ran away due to be useless).
What are the customers like, On the whole their alright, May annoy you by asking for stuff but most are polite and use their manners but i've noticed a dramatic drop in this over the years, 5 years ago it would be rare that someone wouldn't use some sort of manners now its the other way around!
The thing is that i've only had around 10 problematic customers (not including customers during christmas) in the 5 years I worked for them so not to bad but christmas is the worst there, you don't have something they want and all hell breaks loose!
The uniform is alright ... The shirts are crap they loose their colour after one wash and where the jacket rubs on the buttons the fabric above those go black and looks crap, Ordering them is a pain in the arse, it took me 2 years to get a jacket that was the correct size so for 2 years I looked like a tent.
Hours, Now I was lucky enough to have good hours, I left on an almost full time contract which was a big issue when trying to move department as no one wants a full time colleague anymore, ASDA will one day be full of LOADS of part timers with only section leaders having full time hours and its a shame as you can not stay there long on just part time hours as the pay is only £6.72 an hour (As of October 2013) so soon ASDA will have a massive issue with getting people to replace managers/section leaders in the future as after 3 years when Uni is over the person will leave.
Bonus, Just ignore this day to day, just do your job and you will be alright, Bonus is something that the managers will use ALL year to get people to work harder but for the extra £200 you may get if you hit 100% bonus isn't worth the effort.
Holidays, Managers will do there best to get you the holidays you want and I found getting holidays to be really easy and was never turned down for one in the 5 years I worked there, But be warned managers won't try and cover holidays if they think you can cope on your own.
So I worked mornings with another guy and when he was on holidays he was NEVER covered by someone else which made the job twice as hard and twice as stressful! Will the managers at-least try and help? Nope! Usually they will just moan at you about the fact that its taken you twice as long to finish which is simple maths, Its not my fault that you couldn't figure out that taking away half of the workforce means that tasks take twice as long!
Checkout Busters, Driver Busters and Picker Busters, Just say no to any training in this field as they don't care how long you are on the checkout or any other of these "Buster" Roles and of-course your manager still expects you to get your normal job done no matter how long you were "Busting" so avoid at all costs!
Anyway I do think I've covered all of it! Sorry for the Nine Hundred words in this but 5 years is a long long time!