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    Current Employee - Retail Manager  in  Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Retail Manager in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barnardo's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Job for an extremely hard-working, hands-on, people-orientated person with lots of patience. If you enjoy multi-tasking and can cope well with wearing many different "hats" every day, its great. Enjoy cramming as much as possible into your working day? There's always lots to do. Never boring - constantly changing and very challenging.

    Cons

    Expected to work a 9 hour day but only paid for 7 hours. If you cant keep up with the workload, expected to volunteer more unpaid overtime. Pressure to meet targets, which include sales, net profits, volunteer numbers, volunteer hours, donations, gift aid donors, etc. Shops are micro-managed by senior management. Multi-tasking includes recruiting volunteers, training others, health & safety, lots of office-work, knowledgeable pricing, marketing, merchandising, generating stock, sorting, customer service, providing cover for other shops, attending meetings, etc. A lot to ask for "breadline" wages.

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    Micro-management is a huge problem in this retail chain. Employees are discouraged from showing initiative because they are not allowed to deviate from the one-size-fits-all directives from HQ. The rule book (list of do's and don'ts) grows longer every day. The focus has switched from making money to complying with useless non-profitable paperwork excercises.

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