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Tesco: VERY little helps.
Member Name: FireWolf
Date: 19/09/12, updated on 19/09/12 (1071 review reads)
Advantages: Money for old rope.
Disadvantages: Bad managment, poor training, bad working enviroment, staff not valued.
Bad management, lack of training, hostile environment - just a few things how i would describe working at Tesco.
Before i get into to the review, some readers may find this review mostly based around negativity. Why is that? Quite simply, there isn't anything positive i can really think of. This review is based on my experience from working in one store, other stores may vary. This review is based on my experience as a shelf stacker.
My job at Tesco was working three nights a week shelf stacking. (Fri 10pm - 7am) (Sat 10pm - 7am) (Sun 10pm - 7am) I was there for just over 6 months, and in those 6 months i have seen health and safety not taken seriously by both staff and management, a fight on the shop floor between two workers, a worker storm out during their shift and to not be seen again and managers using bully tatics against their staff. The list is endless but life is too short.
Management: Management is pretty much the main reason for me leaving. Majority of the managers ( i use that term loosely) should not be in the position they are in. They don't know how to handle their staff when issues arise, they have absolutely zero people skills, they lack any type of leadership, to the point where their staff see's them as a joke and do not respect them at all. They clearly have not been trained on how to be a decent manager. It seems to me that if you work past your shift hours for free, give up your life and do alot of sucking up to the right people you will be a manager, regardless if you are actually suitable for the role. One thing is for sure, these 'managers' have never seen a health and saftey DVD in their life. I won't get started on Team Leaders because these people are so out of touch they actually think they are close in owning the store and becoming CEO of Tesco.
Training: What training...? The only 'training' i have done in 6 months is copying an answer sheet in the training room that took 5 minutes. Alot of the training comes from experience. Make mistakes and make sure you never do them again. These mistakes could have been avoided if training actually existed. But hey, Tesco have targets to meet and training new personal will take too much time, deal with it.
Work: This is the best bit about the job, if you're actually able to to get on without your manager constantly pestering you. Shelf stacking simply consists of filling up an aisle with backstock until your delivery arrives. Towards the end of your shift, you will be required to 'face up' and present the aisle so it is ready for trade. If you're a hard worker, your workload will just increase and very little praise will be given by your manager.
Conclusion: It is clear Tesco do not care for it's staff. They seem to forget that their staff are the cogs that keep the place ticking so i have no idea why staff get treated so badly. Even though shelf stacking is money for old rope, it is not worth the hassle that comes with it. Maybe you will be the lucky one and be employed by a store that is organised and with decent managers. Good luck.
Summary: If you want to keep your sanity, don't work for Tesco.