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ASDA Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
316 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.  

    software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    Fast-paced, talented staff, well-equipped, forward thinking, good work-life balance, great benefits, beautiful campus…

    Cons

    Tremendous brand-name industry recognition. Even though it's a large Co with a lot of layers of management

  2.  

    amazing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    works life balance is great

    Cons

    none i have at this times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a hard job but not a rewarding job

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    Former Employee - Checkout Operator in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Checkout Operator in Middlesbrough, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    The job itself was easy. Although they claim training is provided and that you sign documents to say you have been trained you very rarely are, you may sit down and watch a video and do a test were you are given the answers thats the closet to training you get.Must of the time to meet the demands of the business you have to brake the rules and safety procedure. Another positive is that you get a discount card.

    Cons

    Holidays are hard to get and most of the time you have to find your own cover. When you do take a holiday it is hard financially because most of the time you do more hours that you are contracted for so your holiday pay is considerably less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff better. Tell them when they are doing well and do not favour other people just because they are your friend after work Do not expect people to be as flexible as you because they do nott near as much as you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for. Perfect if studying at college /university or part time but couldn't support a family's wage.

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    Former Employee - Shop Floor Assistant in Kingston upon Hull, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Shop Floor Assistant in Kingston upon Hull, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Great social aspect to the job. Opportunity to progress with a career if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Very school like playground management style. No authority figures just long serving colleague on a small pay managers salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop employing jumped up colleagues as managers when they don't have the credentials to manage a team. Look for outside influence rather then sticking with the tried and tested knowledge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to be a colleague, tough life if you want to progress

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    Former Employee - Section Leader in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Section Leader in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    Great benefits. A lot of folks have been with asda a long time so there's a strong sense of belonging. As a colleague you are well looked after with plenty of options available to you for shift swaps, 'me time' (unpaid days off). In my store there's always plenty of overtime available and I believe this is the same for most stores.

    I would recommend working here as a colleague.

    Cons

    Recent restructure of management has seen the opportunities to progress beyond Section Leader diminish. It is however far easier to become a Section Leader and due to the need to fill all positions in the last 6 months, there has been an influx of inexperienced people stepping up (think straight out of school and never had a job, let alone worked in retail) leading to increased pressure on those of us who are experienced, as we have to keep them above water as well as doing our own job.

    When area managers come to visit there is a mad rush to get the shop looking its best, quite often with managers/section leaders putting in extra hours to bring up the standards. In my opinion, senior management should see how our stores look on a typical day, with the budgets and resources we have.

    There has been a recruitment crisis in the Aberdeen area recently, mainly due to the fact that you can get an entry level position in an oil industry office and get paid more than in a supermarket. Again this has led to the employment of many who otherwise wouldn't get through group selection, simply because they are an extra pair of hands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time on the shop floor with the colleagues. Work alongside them. See what they are really doing everyday, not what the store manager wants you to see. Don't turn store visits into a farce. If the shop is anywhere near perfect at 5pm on a Friday, it because a certain group of people have been there since 5am and bust a gut trying to get everything done.

    And regarding visits.... Don't announce when your coming, just randomly turn up and go around the shop discreetly. You'll see far more truth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not Bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    Good management, pre-determined hours, plenty of available overtime and good staff discount.

    Cons

    Repetitive and at times boring work.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Section Leaders treat colleagues like they have no brain and Managers don't communicate with the colleagues.

    Current Employee - Personal Shopper in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Shopper in Brighton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and nice working atmosphere but always pressure from above.

    Cons

    Not being listened to is the worst thing and knowing that you are quicker and more efficient if left to get on with it. Hard work and commitment not rewarded and too many changes of systems that are not improving the output.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to concerns of team and not just Section Leaders who are under pressure from you as they take it out on colleagues who are already overworked and it creates a bad feeling. Colleagues know which practices work best and are never consulted. When things go wrong the colleagues bear the brunt despite them working flat out with little or no thanks.

  9.  

    Relaxed, enjoyable but ultimately mind numbing

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Peterborough, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, great people, often flexible working hours, interesting customers, develops people skills, managers generally leave you to get on with the job, great place to work as a young person.

    Cons

    Monotony of the work, often difficult to get holidays, feel as if you're just a pair of arms and legs, expected to do favours for the company that never does favours in return, very poor pay, very difficult to raise a family on the ASDA wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees as Asda need a pay rise as many are very apathetic towards the company who do not pay them enough to live on. If Aldi and Lidl can do it, so can you!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work with great benifits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Colleague in Sunderland, North East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Security Colleague in Sunderland, North East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    oppitunities for those that want them, flexibility for those that need it, excellent for working mums and dads

    Cons

    really need to be flexible in the hours you can work however this is the same in any retail roles,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please listen and react to experienced colleagues, 99% of people want to do a good job and love been told they are doing a good job, its not all about money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good staff room, flexiable

    Cons

    Lack of management, pay often wrong, timetables mixed up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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