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Current Employee - Trading Manager in Wakefield, England (UK)
Current Employee - Trading Manager in Wakefield, England (UK)

I have been working at B&Q

Pros

flexible hours, great team spirit and variety in roles on offer.
no two days are alike, makes a refreshing change from similar employers.
very good at treating people as individuals, and do support promotion from within as well as change of location.

Cons

lack of staff, the industry is in a downturn and this is leading to cutbacks, understandable but frustrating.
customers expect every member of staff to be an expert in every section, some retail jobs are just shelf stacking and standards, but b&q employees are seen as expert decorators/plumbers/electricians/joiners etc, even if they are only employed to work on a till.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

the recent trend towards getting back to basics is the right decision, but has suffered from the overtime ban and lower levels of staff over recent times. would be much more successful with even a little flexibilty in terms of paying overtime.
the recent improvements in standards may be unsustainable if staff feel they are covering the shortfalls in staffing levels.ie non customer facing staff having the standards of a shop floor aisle being the basis of their appraisal.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    b&q is ok but not good

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at B&Q

    Pros

    the first reason is the company is Near my apartment. i want the short time on the work way. If there is long time on the way, i will fell tired. the sceond reason is salary is not too low. if i compare other people get lower salary i will be a little satisfied. and i have not interview in the other company. i have not found a company that is satisfied. interview is also very hard. of course there is no other company hire me.

    Cons

    there is low salary and no chance for promoting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help the employee have enough salary

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    You can do it if you really want to

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    Former Employee - Head Office in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head Office in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at B&Q full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great career opportunities for those who want it and are prepared to work. Benefits are good with generous discount and bonus incentives based on performance. The culture is professional yet relaxed and driven yet fun

    Cons

    It's retail so be prepared to work hours when required however compared with other retailers B&Q value home life well. Head Office is in Southampton and so there are limited 'out of store' progression opportunities.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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