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30+ days ago

German Speaking Buying Administration Assistant

Lidl Wimbledon, England

In order to ensure that everything comes together perfectly, the team work very hard to analyse trends, forecast sales, and plan the most exciting…

8 days ago

German Speaking Buying Administration Assistant - Food and Veg

Lidl Wimbledon, England

/ In brief - £20,000 pro rata (subject to experience) - The quality of our fruit and veg is second to none, much like the quality of our employees…

25 days ago

Assistant Recruitment Manager

Lidl Wimbledon, England

Youve got the line management experience. Now you want to grow and apply your skills in a dynamic and still growing environment. Joining the…

18 days ago

Store Manager

Lidl Walworth, London, England +2 locations

Then you could be exactly what we're looking for! With full training provided, we will help you refine your commercial awareness, human resources and…

30+ days ago

Acquisition Manager

Lidl London, England

/ In brief Join us as an Acquisition Manager and help turn our ambitious expansion plans into reality! Introduction At the heart of turning our…

3 days ago

Area Manager South West / Wales – new

Lidl West Wickham, London, England

The Area Manager will be responsible for a District within the South West / Wales area; Ensuring the company's operational standards are maintained… Adzuna

17 days ago

German Speaking PA

Lidl Wimbledon, England

s and executive summaries and consolidating documents Managing diaries and arranging meetings both internally and externally Coordinating… Glassdoor

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    Retail Management Degree Programme (trainee manager)

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    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)


    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.


    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.

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    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.

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