Jewson Reviews

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Jewson Managing Director Peter Stringer
Peter Stringer
7 Ratings
  • Good prospects for promotion.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jewson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Scope for promotion. Lots of different companies under one umbrella. Something different every day. Huge network of support staff. Good training.

    Cons

    Lack of rewards for hard working staff who do more than their fair share. Lack of a structured bonus scheme.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to keep good staff.


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    Trainee Branch Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
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    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Jewson (Milton Keynes, England (UK)) in September 2013.

    Interview

    Vacancy was advertised on the company's website. Filled the usual online questionnaire, attached CV and completed online questionnaire formatted assessment and then had to wait 3 days to be informed that initial stage was passed. Then had to do an interview over the phone with one of the company directors. It is a 45 minute insight into the qualifications, skills, experiences, ambitions and reasons for wanting to work at Jewson. After that stage an email was sent 2 days later to confirm that this stage was passed as well and now there will be a day long assessment along with other chosen candidates. The chosen centre was quite a distance away starting at 9.am and was to finish at 5 .pm . It was a very long, intrusive, tiring and basically a waste of human intelligence. Firstly I along with 5 other candidates were introduced to the interviewees who were Jewson area managers. First a 30 minute interview cross checking CVs, experiences and gained skills. Also numerous questions about how one will make a difference to Jewson etc. Then it follows a long wait till all other candidates have been interviewed as well. Then individually you have to prepare a minimum 15 minute long presentation about a topic. Usually about garden centres trying to increase their customers . How original ! Then that follows a group exercise where a presentation about a scenario has to be prepared within 40 minutes and to be presented to all interviewees at the end of the day. Totally pointless because they bluff you in preparing it for so long, only to make a joke that you will not have to present it afterall ! Utter waste of useful expensive time ! Then you are expected to just leave until you hear from them within 2 weeks. The whole day would have been even more excruciating had it not been in the coffee room of De Vere Venue hotel. Hot drink machine kept us going because no breaks were offered apart from wait in between other candidates being interviewed. Contact was made a week afterwards and told that sadly I had not passes the final stage and will not be offered a place. No explanation, detail or reasons were given what so ever despite them knowing my whole life history and ambitions. I asked if they can provide me any hint to how I did not meet any expectation despite other candidates to be employed in different areas and one vacancy per site ! I was promised a detailed review within a week. Waited 4 weeks and asked again. Then waited another 4 months and gave up !

    Interview Questions

    • None because the questions about what you have already submitted, so know what you have told them. Back it up by evidence. Presentations have to be prepared within time limit and cannot be anticipated.   1 Answer

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Website www.jewson.co.uk
Headquarters Coventry, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1836
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Business Services
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Jewson, a part of the Saint-Gobain Building Distribution division, operates more than 500 branches throughout the UK and is Britain's #2 building materials merchant behind Wolseley UK. Jewson stores supply timber and building materials (bathrooms, doors and windows, drains and foundations, dry lining and insulation, flooring, hardware, ironmongery, landscaping, masonry, painting and decorating, plumbing and heating, roofing, and tools) to mostly small contractors and do-it-yourselfers. About half the company's stores offer tool and equipment rentals, and ... More

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