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Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
13 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • organized structure, strict rules, good salary (in 5 reviews)

  • good pay, good local management (if you are lucky) (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • very long hours at time with no thanks (in 6 reviews)

  • Hard, long hours, no social life (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Retail Management Degree Programme (trainee manager)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Trainee Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    The pros I personally feel outweigh the cons: Thus why I am still with the company. In this particular programme they pay for you to attend college for 3 month blocks and then work in store as a trainee manager for the next 3 months. It is a continuous cycle for 3 years. The experience is invaluable. If you can hack working in Lidl, you can work anywhere. You also learn very quickly how to work as efficiently and smartly as possible. The opportunities for promotion are immense if you are liked by you managers. A lot of these pros are store dependent but if you swim rather than sink the opportunity to learn analytical skills, time management, people management etc that you can take on with you to the next level of your career are second to none. There is a great sense of satisfaction in doing a good days work and they are implementing new tactics to improve employee relations all the time. I love my job and the people I work with. I have earned my place in the company and I am fortunate that Lidl have recognised my hard work and aspirations. But it is worth noting that I am in my early 20s, I am single and I do not have children or family commitments. This job suits me and my personality very well and I think that is worth noting when you are considering working for Lidl. It is a company for a certain type of person who is in a certain stage of their life. Particularly with operations I could not imagine having outside commitments. This is the best retailer in the Irish market to gain experience in. My cons section is very long but I wanted to give the most honest and fair appraisal of Lidl to anyone considering applying for this programme as when I applied myself a few years ago I found the information on other online forums very extreme or very vague. There was a lot of myths and legends about Lidl as well as Lidl's own company spin on things. Again, I love my job. I am staying with the company and working there gives me great satisfaction and rewards. Working for Lidl has made me very employable and a very strong candidate in a competitive labour market.

    Cons

    The work is physically and mentally difficult. The hours are long and often you feel obliged to work off the clock to hit your productivity targets. It would be unusual for a manager NOT to work a 60+ week. It would probably be viewed as laziness by our peers not to do so. There is an elephant in the room about this in regard to senior management. They know we do this but they are purposely oblivious to the fact once targets are met and there's no trouble. Although vastly improved from when I first started there, the culture can be toxic and intimidating if you are not on the right side of the right people on the right day. This is continuing to improve however. The training can be very hit and miss. I have been through months of zero training and no movement. I have also had the best 6 months of training in my career to date recently. This is store dependent. You can have an excellent manager in one store and a poor one in another. Unfortunately this is the luck of the draw. However you do tend to move stores every few months so this can be positive or negative depending on how you look at it. The college aspect can be a bit of a joke at times. If you treat people like primary school students they will act like it. To improve their harsh image they have hired some 'soft' people who do not suit working for Lidl. Most of these people have ended up getting the sack which makes the whole course very tense and sometimes makes me view it as a poorly thought out joke. This is in stark contrast to what is expected of you when you go to your work block. The college is a good reputable institution however. This course and Lidl in general is not suited to a 'soft' type of person. They would sooner hire someone who will work to the bone for 13 hours a day and hit all their targets but is an absolute psychopath than someone who is great with the staff and fair with working hours but may not have quite the same results. It suits very straight-edged, driven and ambitious people who have the graft to back it up. Confidence is also a must. There is no time to find your feet no matter how good you could potentially be at the job. You will be buried alive. At times, the staff in head office can treat you with extreme contempt and vice versa. The pay for this programme is poor due to the fact that they are paying for you to attend college. You get paid 16k in the first years and 2k up every year after that. You also receive basic health insurance. Lidl in general pay well however. When I finished the programme I moved up to a very respectable salary as a deputy store manager and I will be moving up to the store manager position soon. To truly be successful and liked you can forget about a social life. You must live and breathe Lidl.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store Managers and staff need to be treated with less contempt and considered as the front line of your business. The better you treat them the more you will get out of them. Keep pushing with Great Place to Work and other HR initiatives. Reconsider the RMD programme slightly. Do not treat them like idiots but stop hiring people who you know do not suit the company. You are doing no favours to us as an organisation or to the individual themselves. The RMDP students should not be trained with the objective of a half functioning deputy after 3 years. The objective should be to be a fully functioning and capable Store Manager. It is not that difficult to realise this. The expectation and goal needs to be reset and refocused slightly. Communication and consistency is poor within the company as a whole. What happens to one of your RMDP students should be the same for another. The Work Based Learning module in college is also a farce. It is a non subject. Figure out what the learning objectives should be and just do it. Dribs and drabs of repeated material is wasting everyone's time and the organisation's money. Continue and refine the OBOM however. I found it to be an excellent training session in parts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    First great working experience in big company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS Administrator in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - IS Administrator in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I have been working at Lidl part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    organized structure, strict rules, good salary

    Cons

    they teach you everything about the major you work in, give a lot of chances to prove yourself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Competitive salary, great leadership, strict rules.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lidl Storeclerk
    Current Employee - Lidl Storeclerk

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

    Pros

    The working environment is great. Co-workers and managers make working feel good and somewhat meaningful. If you are serious about progressing in the company, you will get opportunities

    Cons

    The work possibilities aren't too great, at least when you start with the company. The salary is competitive, but not great. Hard to work out vacations and occasional day-offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on communication between staff and managers. Allow some freedom for specific shops, not every Lidl should be completely the same in my opinion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    School of life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bucharest (Romania)

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

    Pros

    Salary above average, Company car with all expenses taken care of, mobile phone

    Cons

    Too many extra hours which aren't paid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard get rewarded

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Work hard get rewarded, promotion.

    Cons

    Hard, long hours, no social life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Recently the company has improved massively in terms of the operational domain and to better employees work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Has taken great steps to improve working environment by reducing management working hours and introducing pension scheme.

    Cons

    The salary cap is a major disappointment and even though the company is growing. promotional opportunities has diminished at store level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appraisal to be performed based on KPI targets and size and turnover of store which should match salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Tough,but fair

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl

    Pros

    Great salary and progression opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours and sometimes difficult work culture

  9.  

    Interesting, varied, friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Assistant in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Store Assistant in Bournemouth, England (UK)

    I worked at Lidl part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangement, friendly colleagues, fantastic boss that always accommodated requests for time off.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the career ladder as regional managers are often taken as university graduates with no prior experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Buyer indirects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer Indirects in Gent (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Buyer Indirects in Gent (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. The drive to move forward every day, standing still in the retailbusiness is not done. They give a lot of responsibility and freedom to young professionals. You are supposed to be very hands on and handle things without nursery.

    Cons

    Vision of the leadership. One day black, next day white. Internal politics at top level. Poorly outlined career paths and possibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time together and create one management vision and translate is to your departements. Communicate in time!

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

    Gives a picture about the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Trainee in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)
    Current Employee - International Trainee in Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)

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

    Pros

    personal development and leadership training in a german maner

    Cons

    No champagne, trips or business lunches

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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