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Vey Old Fashioned, Siloed and Territorial, Bad Facilities

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

I worked at Home Retail as a contractor (more than a year)

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

Pros

Deep Retail Infrastructure and Systems

Cons

Very Old Fashioned
They Don't Hire the Best People As They Pay Low

Advice to Management

Hire Less But Better People
Force Established Players to Break Down Siloes
Systemise Work Instead of Having Deep Knowledge Only in People's Heads

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  1. An excellent employer - which is why I gave them over 20 years service.

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Home Retail Group are a fair and good employer. They expect a very high standard of work, professionalism and commitment from their staff but recognise and reward excellent performance very well. They support their staff providing good training and always try to promote from within. They offer good opportunities to move between departments and within the group. Senior management effectively communicate all changes in company objectives so all management grades on clear on what has changed and why. A first rate retailer and exceptional employer.

    Cons

    They are sometimes unrealistic in their expectations of what their teams can deliver in tight timescales given. This can frustration within teams.

    Advice to Management

    Give teams more realistic timescales to meet deadlines so the quality and quantity of output is maximised.

  2. Good salary and generous benefits if you are in management level, but expect poor systems support.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits at more senior levels
    - Big company stature
    - Generous salary at more senior levels
    - Colleagues are generally friendly

    Cons

    - Senior management can be a bit of a mix-bag
    - Some senior execs are very investment-averse and short-sighted
    - Antiquated back-end systems
    - Too many conflicting KPIs among different departments
    - Inconsistent cascading of corporate objectives thru the ranks
    - Some parts of the business can be very political
    - Can be a bit too conservative at functional levels

    Advice to Management

    - Determine which KPIs are the most important and ensure everybody else line up behind them
    - It's OK to invest!

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