Lidl Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Learned a lot. Extremely hard work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl

    Pros

    Amount of managing skills you learn. Nice company car.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, always worked on weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work conditions would make people want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Though the company is growing and thriving, internally it is archaic and shambolic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A newly introduced staff discount card. Great salary and bonuses. If looking at a head office job then expect to work in a friendly and welcoming environment. Decent amount of annual leave starting at 28 days inc of bank holidays.

    Cons

    Expectations of workloads are unrealistic, no room for growth unless joining the graduate scheme. Micromanagement stifles opportunities to achieve or gain recognition for work. Long working hours at all levels and its frowned upon to be seen leaving on time. Many big decisions affecting workloads are made in and kept secret, creating a disengaged and unhappy workforce. You're expected to work bank holidays unless you pre-book them off in advance. They have one rule fits all policy, which doesn't cater for staff with children or other personal factors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. I have found that in the 6 years i have worked for the company i have mixed feelings about the company

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    Current Contractor - Duty Manager
    Current Contractor - Duty Manager

    I have been working at Lidl as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good job prospects and pay. Fast paced working environment. Friendly staff. Good pay for job role. Each day is different to the previous.

    Cons

    No constant working hours so rotas and hours differ each week. Rotas can change without prior warning or agreement from yourself. You are expected to be fully flexible but sometimes does not feel like you can approach management to request a day or some time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More appraisals through out the year to keep employees fully up to date on their progress

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Unreasonable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl

    Pros

    Every branch I have dealt with have employed staff that have great sense of humor. Its one of the key characteristics they look for when employing.
    Easy to grow within the company
    Hard work and hard workers are recognized.
    Better salary than most grocery stores

    Cons

    Too much is expected in the time given. Speed is priority and not quality. Rules are created that assistant managers and managers are themselves unable to live up to. Managers don't work full hours and hand over their tasks to assistant managers who then hand it over to the rest to finish over their regular tasks within the same amount of time.
    I have been given several tasks with out training. And when I asked for help they make excuses for not training. And when I am not able to perform those tasks to a standard of one who had been working their for years(I was working their for only a month), then I am the butt of everyone's jokes. A family member died and I was not allowed to in home because the 'big guys' were coming to visit. I had diarrhoea and was not allowed to go home. I landed in hospital because of a blood blog in the brain and stress and I was accused of pretending even though the hospital gave the papers of proof.
    Even though it is a grocery store they will not supply coffee for their staff. Manager had provided coffee when I started and the 'big guys' threw it into the trash because they don't want to pay for it.
    There are never enough staff.
    There are so much more to say but I think this gives a pretty good idea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try doing the same things that you ask of your employees and then adjust the requirements to a reasonable and realistic standard. Happy workers are better workers and will be more willing to do more for the team when it is needed.

  6. Great benefits, stressful job ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl

    Pros

    The company is going through a lot of changes to alter it's image and evolve. The actions they are taking put them in the right direction.

    Cons

    Everything is based on productivity. The employees are stretched until their breaking point. They are changing their image but still run on their hard discount practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few compliments never hurt anyone.

  7. Hard Work for Good Money.

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    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you are a Deputy Manager or Store Manager, 50 hour contracts do benefit from high salaries.
    Hardest Working Staff I've ever had the pleasure of working with.
    So many different areas to the job - very good experience in all aspects of retail management.
    Very hands on management approach which I loved doing.
    Company has shifted in the last few months and although its hard to change, I think these changes will better new employees.

    Cons

    Long, long hours.
    Not getting full breaks, or enough time between shifts,
    Very difficult to have any sort of social life when in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really do respect all the district managers I've ever worked with at lidl's - so they are doing a great job. But sometimes you do feel like a number rather than being treated as an individual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Romanin Lidl is a whole different ballgame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lidl full-time

    Pros

    The Facebook page is wonderfully maintained. The campaigns received from abroad are easy to adapt and quite nice.

    Cons

    Things are more organized abroad. Decisions take much longer and texts get rewritten much too often inside the Romanian system :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try a horizontal hierarchy ;)

  9. Good wage, but not rewarding

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Lidl full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good opportunity to improve my management skills and to be enrolled to a lot of free courses, eg first aider course or fire and safety course. Also the wage was above the average.

    Cons

    I was supposed to work 38 hours per week, instead of 50 not paid. There was no rewarding over the effort on the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I fell to suggest to be more meritocratic, and meet the needs of the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    District Manager

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - District Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Lidl full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary was excellent with Company Car

    Cons

    Minimum 60 hour weeks with no regard for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage staff rather than beat them with a stick. Staff retention is poor due to burn out of District managers working crazy hours and afraid to take time off etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Extremely High Pressure

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Trofa, Braga (Portugal)
    Former Employee - District Manager in Trofa, Braga (Portugal)

    I worked at Lidl full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Well Paid
    Company car - fully expensed
    Manage your own schedule

    Cons

    Everything in done with pen and paper - bare-bones I.T.
    Unrealistic targets which are constantly increased if they are met.
    Work is duplicated at various levels - internally no one trusts each other
    Constant change in assigned tasks without any communication of the end goal
    Constantly pushed to be a mean manager, you are not allowed to show respect for colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in I.T.
    Treat employees with respect
    Trust and internal collaboration will save you more money than the quasi-militaristic culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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