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ASDA Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
331 Reviews
3.1
331 Reviews
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ASDA President & CEO  Andy Clarke
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126 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It was a good seasonal job during uni, but I was definitely just a number and not a valued member of the team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)

    I worked at ASDA part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The times flies very quickly during shifts. You are often working with the same people every week so can build up friendships.

    Cons

    Due to the large staff numbers, management did not know anybody's name even after working there for over 3 months. Very difficult to find someone to ask for time off etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Small cog in large corporate machine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Very poor management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Hull, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Hull, England (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    - employee benefits I.e Discounts
    - Work colleagues

    Cons

    - poor management
    - Bureaucracy leading to miscommunication
    - Poor hourly rate
    - Americanisation of the company and its policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some people skills, listen to colleagues, don't act like you're above everyone else..you're really not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    Great culture and place to work

    Cons

    It can be a bit of an old boys club

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I had a very good and pleasant experience working with the company

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

    I worked at ASDA

    Pros

    My boss was very helpful and accommodating. The company also have a good work-life balance where time is given for family activities if only it does not affect productivity. Special considerations are given for emergencies

    Cons

    there was limited personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis should be placed on personal growth

  7.  

    Asda Living

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Middlesbrough, England (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible for students and those with comitments

    Cons

    Can be busy during Christmas holidays and prior to schools returning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Absolutely awful,never worked anywhere worse than this store

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Live and breathe the beliefs and you'll do fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Section Leader in Lincoln, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Section Leader in Lincoln, England (UK)

    I have been working at ASDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good discount rate, great teams, work life balance good

    Cons

    demands on colleagues to achieve good results on minimal staffing level. Pay not great for section leaders considering the responsibilty we have

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your section leaders with better pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ASDA

    Pros

    company values, chance to step on a retail career

    Cons

    low pay rates and time management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hard and heavy work

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

    I have been working at ASDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good and 10% discount

    Cons

    Targets are sometimes unrealistic when it is quiet and repetitive everyday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your staff and treat them all the same and they will look after you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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