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Co-operative Group Interim Group Chief Executive Richard Pennycook
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    Former Employee - Customer Team Member in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Team Member in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Co-operative Group part-time (Less than a year)

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    Pros

    Relaxed and friendly environment. Amount of training needed is minimal and since the branch I worked in was small, the tea was fairy friendly and close-knit.

    Cons

    Management was a bit up and down - we went through something like 6 different managers in 6 months. That meant that my hours changed and shifts became less organised

    Advice to Management

    Get better systems in place for shift-swapping and holiday coverage. Would also be beneficial to have employee-manager catch up sessions.


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    Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Northampton, England (UK)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Co-operative Group (Northampton, England (UK)) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Took months poor communication given wrong dates for assessment then given wrong time on email confirmation expected to travel at own cost then took 3 months to get a final reply I was already aware the position had been given already to internal candidate by the store staff i applied for before the assessment day. I knew it was pointless but went anyway. Dishonest about vacancies do yourself a favor and check for store your applying for doesn't already have a new manager in it just as an extra every single person at assessment day was male including all the ops managers and assessors i think they need to review this!

    Interview Questions

    • a serious of tasks about financial information cost sales staff turnover and engagement and little role plays in room with an ops manager all answers point towards customer service and being an agony aunt to the staff i got scores after 2 weeks and passed but really.   1 Answer

Co-operative Group Awards & Accolades

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Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers , The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
UK's 50 Best Places to Work , Great Place to Work, 2009

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Website www.co-operative.coop
Headquarters Manchester, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1844
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors J Sainsbury, ASDA, Tesco

The Co-operative Group cares for its customers from the cradle to grave. The hodgepodge of businesses run by the world's largest cooperative society includes farming, food and drug stores, travel agencies, banking, insurance, financial and legal services, and funerals. It is the UK's largest commercial farming operation and its fifth-largest grocery retailer with more than 2,880 food stores. Overall, it operates some 5,000 outlets on high streets throughout the UK. Financial services include insurance, investment and retirement planning, as well as traditional ... More

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