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ASDA Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
308 Reviews
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ASDA President & CEO  Andy Clarke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 10% Discount benefit as well as all the flexibility and development opportunities (in 23 reviews)

  • Flexible hours (when it suits the management) (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Ordinary colleagues left to deal with mess made by mangers and section leaders (in 13 reviews)

  • As 1 manager said to me" this company, doesn't like full time staff" (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Management with no management skills, un-progressive money squandering company with terrible treatment of workforce.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at ASDA (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some great people here.
    Learn't how to work very hard
    The new re-structuring of the organizational structure.

    Cons

    - Interview process of 5 - 9 hours, demanding team building and presentations without giving potential employees water, food or any clear understanding of job scope.
    - Store Managers that have no people skills.
    - Terrible Hygiene in the bakery.
    - Fresh food that is supposed to be chilled for 20 minutes being left out for up to 1 day at a time.
    - No team building sessions for existing colleagues
    - 12 week wait for discount card, which is monitored like a prison camp
    - Disbelief at ill colleagues phoning in to say so, with no support when returning to work
    - Thanked twice in 4 years.
    - 15 minute Breakfast breaks while management and 'Section Leaders' take up to 1 hour.
    - Lots of posturing from Section Leaders who are working for 60p more than everyone else for 65+ hours per week yet managers tell them they are important
    - Clique groups of married managers who are not married at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people instead of the telephone that is given on your sign off. Try some man-management and listening to ideas of the often creative workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Shop floor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and friendly people to work with

    Cons

    Incompetent managers,
    Plenty of discrimination at work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    SHOCKING.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shop Floor Assistant in Bolton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Shop Floor Assistant in Bolton, England (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small perks like your discount card, promotional offers and benefits book. As well as corparate discounts for places like alton towers.

    Cons

    You're not treated as in individual; you're a number. Not enough staff to deal with the amount of work involved, managers expectations are too high. No support off senior members of staff. Constant hour cuts and job cuts. No praise for doing a good job or favours. Constant Q-BUSTER calls, meaning you can't get your own job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff more fairly; offer praise when a good job is done as well as rewards. Consider hiring more people to manage the amount of work involved. Deal with negligent people instead of praising them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Online Picker Rate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Picker in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Online Picker in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros to working with this company, diabolical hourly rate for online pickers, on your feet for 4 hours before getting a 20 mins break, and all for minimum wage? Picking rate is 110 items per hour, and woe betide anyone who falls below that !!! It's like working for Scrooge, and now more divisions added to Ambient section to collect? for the same money....absolutely disgusting

    Cons

    See Pros !! - Lull you into a false sense of security

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    working for asda by dan bailey

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative, Shop Floor in Brighton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative, Shop Floor in Brighton, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    making new friends n making money.

    Cons

    being treated like a name and number by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont treat ppl like name and numbers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Betrayed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trading Manager in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trading Manager in Bournemouth, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not many, Keeps you busy - if you like managing a high paced / high flow business on a skeleton crew of colleagues you will like it here.
    If you like doing all the work yourself instead of managing people (As you have no people)you will like it here.
    If you like following processes that don't work and are dreamed up by people who don't work in stores you will like it here.
    To sum up if you like an almost impossible challenge to deliver your role and your shop this is great for you.

    Cons

    Senior Management out of touch with the shopfloor..
    Career progression not about ability very political.
    Appraisals aren't worth the paper they are written on and that's if you are lucky enough to get one
    The company does not live its own values.
    No Team work your peers and seniors happy to stab you in the back.
    Not enough hours in the business to deliver the standards.
    No leadership, No Trust and No motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current board should resign I cant give any better advice than that I am afraid!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always happy to pretend

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shopfloor and Driving in Farnborough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Shopfloor and Driving in Farnborough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours (when it suits the management)
    Seasonal contracts for Uni students (always an issue with pay when you switch)

    Cons

    They expect you to revolve life around the store
    Told not to talk to colleagues
    Pay is not worth the hassle
    To progress, hours are long, long enough to kill any social life requiring you stay awake past 10pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider treating employees like humans and not machines with one setting of output

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    people clerk

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - People Clerk in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - People Clerk in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good work experience in role to allow me to further my career, hopefully outwith the trials and tribulations of retail.

    Cons

    Underpaid and under appreciated for the work done. We're expected to have expert advice and work under intense pressure and time limits. We get paid the same as the average punter behind a checkout. Nothing is glamorous about it. As soon as i've found another job i'm out! Worked in asda for almost 5 years and in the 'personnel' department for a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to not give the people clerks such a hard time, and to remember that they're not being paid as an 'expert', they're being paid as an asda 'colleague'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't do it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Home Shopper in Swanley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Home Shopper in Swanley, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff are friendly cos they're all in the same boat

    Cons

    The management are bullying overbearing people, if you get a good one thy're sacked or moved. promotion is by who you know not how well you can do the job. All are very quick to admonish, for the smallest things, and in 5 years with the company I was complimented only twice! This was at a time when i was running a Home Shopping Pod, introducing a faster kpi moniter, and training future managers. Management is by fear rather than respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you started. The only way to manage effectively is with the respect of your staff. You have to earn respect, and to do that you have to give it. Everyone below you deserves the respect of the management, try treating people like human beings. Ask don't tell, praise when its due, and say PLEASE and THANKYOU. You'll get better work, and a better working environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    need to start looking after staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Dispenser
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Dispenser

    I worked at ASDA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very few pros, half decent discount, fellow employees are the only thing that gets you through the day.. and they're good at transferring staff between stores

    Cons

    pharmacy side of the business is ran at an unsafe level of staffing by managers that don't have any understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, no progression prospects, wage of pharmacy workers has no reflection of the additional responsibilities and is far below the industry's average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest some money into you pharmacies. after working in your dispensary and moving to another pharmacy group I can tell you that the running of your pharmacies is a joke. they are ran at minimal staffing levels, unorganised, rotas being put up 3 days in advance is NOT good enough. customers have no respect for the job role of an asda dispenser and this is directly a consequence of current working conditions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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