Co-operative Group Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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Co-operative Group Interim Group Chief Executive Richard Pennycook
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Pros
  • Flexible working- frequently get to work from home (in 6 reviews)

  • Double discount is always a winner too (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • gt; Senior management are simply filling a position and contribute little (in 4 reviews)

  • hours a week with no extra pay no life at home and no Job satisfaction (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Leadership/Talent

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Co-operative Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company ethos and values. Many thousands of dedicated and hard-working people.

    Cons

    Significant ongoing transformational change is taking its toll.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Co-operative principles in mind

  2. Decent company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Team Member in Adlington, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Team Member in Adlington, England (UK)

    I have been working at Co-operative Group part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good amount of holidays
    Great area manager (Mike clegg)
    The shop I work in is great we all work as a team and get on well

    Cons

    The pay isn't great. Even with a pay rise coming up we will still only be a tiny fraction over the minimum wage as that goes up every year. We promote healthy eating yet never have fruit or veg on promo it's always chocolate and wine and pop and cakes, keep that but add healthy stuff to it as well.

    Advice to Management

    Can we get a free or half price gym membership ;)

  3. Area Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Co-operative Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Local, well paid, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Red tape, member owned, senior management too laid back, that is until something goes wrong then the blame culture kicks in.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that matter, those that are in the stores day in day out. Even more importantly - listen to what your customers are telling you.

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  5. A once great organisation working hard to find its way back

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Co-operative Group (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, varied work, top class leadership, clear strategy, using a crisis as an opportunity to renew

    Cons

    An awful lot to do leads to lack of focus. Lack of collaboration between business areas.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to colleagues concerns. Be clear on priorities. Give clarity on bonus opportunity. Be bold and brave.

  6. Customer Team Member- duties were diverse and varied although predominantly stock replenishment.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Co-operative Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful team envoinment, discount card given after competition of trial period. Lots of opportunity for overtime and staff nights out.

    Cons

    Lots of management upheaval during my time at the store which led to poor performance on regards to hitting weekly targets.

  7. Shop work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Co-operative Group

    Pros

    Good hard working collegues and understood my uni situation and adapted my shifts around it. This was really convenient for me.

    Cons

    Half hour break for 8 hour shift is not enough should be entitled to more, as monotonous work needs a coffee break or two to keep going

  8. Has been great, now the heart is broken

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Membership Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Membership Manager

    I have been working at Co-operative Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creativity and engagement
    Line management very supportive and understanding

    Cons

    Been waiting for a restructure for 15 months

    Advice to Management

    Learn about the co-operative difference, its values and principles and use this to guide your decision-making.

  9. Would never work for them again

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at Co-operative Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The friends you make are brilliant but that would go for any career,

    Cons

    Low pay for what you do, management, the way they manage sickness, no appreciation for staff and the work they do, hard to get time off for anything

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage people correctly and do not just over look people when they ask for help or do not agree with how they are being treated. Unless you are pally with managers or their managers you are not going to do well

  10. Where is our fair trade?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CTM
    Current Employee - CTM

    I have been working at Co-operative Group part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The other CTMs are a delight, the customers in our area respond to us amazingly well.

    Cons

    Totally unethical with staff, S3 is an awful system and staff are treated like dirt by management who play the game and pretend to share the values we came to the store for, when in reality expect all of your time through an awful availability system (we aren't working in a zero hours contract but are treated as such! If you need more of our time contract it!). I have experienced very personal criticisms and have been attacked for addressing a breach of law committed by my management which they refused to address with me. Totally target based and don't want to consider you as a human being.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind, be understanding, stand up for us (we are the backbone of your reputation and reflect how we are treated). Address our stresses, be critical of the system when we are telling you it doesn't work and don't try to cheat us to look good. You need us to trust you but you don't work to earn it.

  11. The Co-operative Food

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Team Member in Morden, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Team Member in Morden, London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Co-operative Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well, the branch I work at in Rosehill, Morden is an amazing store and and really enjoy the work environment and the store itself. I also particularly enjoy working along side my work colleagues as well.

    Cons

    The only negative, is that working at this store, does kind of become your life and it is difficult to find space and time to do things that are important in your personal life. Work and schedules kind of take over everything.

    Advice to Management

    I think to ease the problem, it would be a good idea to increase the number of staff employed at our store.

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