ASDA Reviews

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ASDA President & CEO  Andy Clarke
 Andy Clarke
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Pros
  • 10% Discount benefit as well as all the flexibility and development opportunities (in 23 reviews)

  • Flexible hours (when it suits the management) (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Ordinary colleagues left to deal with mess made by mangers and section leaders (in 13 reviews)

  • As 1 manager said to me" this company, doesn't like full time staff" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Avoid this Depot ASDA TEESPORT IC

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ASDA Colleague in Teesport, England (UK)
    Current Employee - ASDA Colleague in Teesport, England (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    10% Discount card but by the way they go on about it and the risks involved with using it you would think it was 90%. I do believe the ASDA ethos is a brilliant thing but its not adhered to at all at Teesport.

    Cons

    Untrained, unprofessional, inexperienced and unapproachable Managers. No Leadership No direction. Managers spend far to long in meetings amounting to nothing other then revolving the same pathetic ideas over and over again. Managers are Teflon coated in that nothing ever sticks to them they constantly bully and discriminate against Colleagues but when investigated by another Manager they get away with it to do it again and again. As a Colleague you go through a process of hearings with these uneducated Managers who treat you in a unprofessional and unfair way normally ending in a final warning or termination of your contract. This is normally then told to everyone else as confidentiality does not exist Managers cant wait to tell colleagues what has happened in a investigation . For such a so called "GREAT" place to work the turn over of staff within Teesport in its 9+ years of been open is huge this in itself speaks volumes as to what sort of place it is. Health and Safety is a total joke it looks good on a paper but so much is covered up and hidden by dishonest Management and a Health and Safety Manager who is only interested in himself and his own career the colleagues mean nothing to him he has made colleagues afraid to report things because of his unprofessional and unfair handling of so many cases. Advice given or suggestions offered to him are just met with a negative and unprofessional response. I strongly believe that ASDA is a great company to work for and has invested a lot of time and money into making it so. Sadly they don't look into how depots are run they don't vet the calibre or quality of Managers who are suppose to practice and preach the ASDA "Values" i can only speak for ASDA Teesport IC i have worked here over 9 years since it opened and watched something that started so brilliantly become the awful place of work it is now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Head office needs to Investigate whats happening at Teesport and how badly its been Managed. Ask for volunteers to hold one to one meetings with across all 3 shifts and make sure they get to speak to the many people who do care about the success of the depot and will voice the truth not the colleagues who are normally picked for meetings like this who are afraid to voice their true feelings. PLEASE , PLEASE !! Help and make this depot the fabulous, productive and profitable place it could so easily become with the right Management, leadership and direction. I would like to add that our General Manager Mrs J.S. is the only person within Teesport who does believe and practice the so called ASDA Values but so much is hidden from her by the rest of her terrible Staff who stick together like glue to protect themselves. Its such a shame as with the right staff behind her strong beliefs and the trust the colleagues have in her this depot could be fabulous and everything else would just fall into place.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Treat you like rubbish!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    10%discount Apart from that absolutely nothing, asda will leave you feeling degraded and undervalued,used and bullied.

    Cons

    *managment treat you like rubbish
    *no flexibility
    *no praise
    *clicky managment
    *poor management
    *disorganised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating staff like rubbish, sort management. Sort out training. Understand asda is not a career for most who work there,so work life balance is important, not all people can work weekends but for Asda you have to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Asda chepstow distribution..modern day slave labour

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative in Chepstow, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative in Chepstow, Wales (UK)

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    Good wage,and home time good staff saving scheme

    Cons

    Excessive pick rate which is ok if u under 30 ,the union which u pay ya subs to then realise they dont do nothing for u

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Were only human u know practice what u preach and see how u get on picking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at ASDA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced and competitive environment with a previously great leadership model and beliefs.

    Cons

    Culture now changing into a Tell and Do environment rather than a Challenge and Involve team working ethic. I saw these changes taking place from 2010 to 2013. Where ASDA previously adopted a Servant Leadership Style within its Senior Team, getting things done with and through others WILLINGLY and WELL to now just GET IT DONE! Wages and productivity are continuously being squeezed and challenged to reduce prices, meaning more volume is being pumped into the shops with fewer hours to deliver a standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your GSMs and stop stripping hours out through the so called 'Productivity Challenges' and allow colleagues to deliver the standards that customers previously came to expect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Shocking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative in Stevenage, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Discount card annual leave and colleagues

    Cons

    Stupid managers who don't know how to run a department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your dead wood of managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Small cog in large corporate machine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing (C8) in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing (C8) in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Working at Head Office offers free parking (if you're willing to get up at the crack of dawn to get to the office by 8am otherwise you'll have to pay!) There's also a subsidised canteen (it's a running joke most Head Office colleagues put on 1stone in the 1st year). There are also some nice people to work with (note: these are generally NOT the senior managers. If senior managers *are* nice to you, it's probably because they're trying to show that they're "good manager material" to their own line manager, in order to get a promotion.

    Cons

    If you're not a senior manager (B grade or above), be prepared to work long hours for lower than market rate pay. Be under no illusion, you are just a very small cog in a very large (green) machine, and as such, easily dispensed with. You will be expected to show the *right* "behaviours", which basically means that senior management want you to "behave" (ie; they don't want the 'worker bees' causing a nuisance and taking up time / energy / money to 'sort out'). If you're wiling to be a well behaved drone, then you will go far. Be prepared to work in a niche job with no prospect of promotion (unless you fully embrace the "happy clappy" world of back-slapping). If you're trained in any specialist area, don't expect to be acknowledged or rewarded for it - any contribution over and above your designated job function will be frowned upon. Generalists are appreciated - Specialists are to be quashed. Box ticking is the name of the game if you want to succeed. (And no, I wasn't 'let go' - I just saw through the cracks, and have moved on to a better / better paid job!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management (board members) need to open their eyes and realise that there are 2 types of people that work in Asda Head office: Those that go to work and do the best they can for the business, and those who go to work and do the best they can for themselves! There's also *far* too many people who are there justifying their own (meagre) jobs. If Asda really does want to cut costs, they can start in their own Head Office by getting rid off all the burecratic 'process merchants' who spend their working lives justifying their own existence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Absolutely awful,never worked anywhere worse than this store

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Checkouts in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Checkouts in London, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    10% Discount and easy to get to

    Cons

    Poor Management,Grievances ignored,Unrsolved issues,Mates Rates ie its not the work you do but who your mates with,Colleagues stealing,Working under the influence of drink or illegal substances ignored.Absolutely no support from anywhere if having issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Head office need to step in and sort it out colleagues are demoralised

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Didcot ADC

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Didcot, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Didcot, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    Subsidised canteen. Use of company gym.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the senior management are not selected on IQ.
    There's a culture of not working with the shop floor, and the training is scandalous.
    When you have shift managers that are clearly out of their depth, and spend more time playing games in the rec area you will always have problems.
    Moral is really low, only caused by weak management, shame as some good hard workers who care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less table tennis, and try to act like you're manager's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Greed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    Good colleagues, generally. That's all.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to the hours you are expected to work (unpaid) as a manager. Upper level managers are clueless bullies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop in to a store totally unannounced Andy Clarke, then you will see the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Was good, now not so good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    There isn't any. It's a job?

    Cons

    Pay isn't great.
    Leadership/management. Just not the right people in charge.
    They employ and promote family members foremost. Almost everyone in an asda store is related to someone. So there's people not getting jobs after a perfect interview and people getting jobs that have no work ethic.
    Rotas are done the day before the new week and you're expected to adhere to this.
    No career progression. They have restructured management letting go 50% of department managers across all stores and hiring a lot more team leaders to work crazy hours for hardly anything more than an average colleague. They promoted people to these roles through favouritism and the easier ones to mould or manipulate (with no chance of progression you wouldn't work 50+hours a week for 70p more, nobody would).
    They expect you to work to the point you are sweating and pay you buttons for it.
    They don't allow you study leave like they used to or career breaks.
    They monitor a lot on camera now. Don't know if they have been asked to do this.
    Management cover for one another.
    They monitor your breaks when they have no reason to then take excessive breaks and extra breaks.
    I've seen good colleagues who are hard working being squeezed out the door.
    The values of the company that were presented to me when I initially started are completely non-existent.
    As they have cut back you are forced to do jobs you weren't hired to do. If you don't comply you are presented with an ultimatum.
    They used to give you incentive to carry out your job to a high standard with gift vouchers etc. however they have stopped this.
    You get 10% discount which isn't great and a double discount day however on double discount day there is less discounted items than any other time of the year.

    The company have made changes to staff on a mass scale, in a short period of time - which should have never been done internally. The speed in which the changes have taken place has been the main issue. The main reason asda has done well is it's relationship with the customers. Colleagues who are unhappy will find it hard to maintain this. You've dug your own grave. This has been since late 2014.
    I used to enjoy working for Asda and now I loathe every day I go in to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know where to start

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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