Lidl Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Sven Seidel
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Pros
  • organized structure, strict rules, good salary (in 5 reviews)

  • good pay, good local management (if you are lucky) (in 3 reviews)

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  • Hard, long hours, no social life (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Long hours. Diverse work

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Ireland, IN
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Ireland, IN

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Always challenged and put under pressure to deliver

    Cons

    Long hours. Not good for work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Shorter hours. Find it hard to concentrate for 10 hours every day on challenging material


  2. Helpful (1)

    Avoid like the plague

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    Former Employee - Store Assistant
    Former Employee - Store Assistant

    I worked at Lidl

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

    Pros

    Absolutelty none what so ever

    Cons

    Constantly under staffed. Will sign you up on a part time contract (negating the benefits that come with a full time contract), but have you work full time hours. Awful team moral. The training consisted of a 20 minute talk, and you are left unsure of what to do throughout most of the day. Incredibly unorganized.


  3. good money for blood sweat and tears

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    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager

    I worked at Lidl full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good money and company car. Learnt a lot as first grad job.

    Cons

    lack of care about employees


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  5. Learned a lot. Extremely hard work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amount of managing skills you learn. Nice company car.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, always worked on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Better work conditions would make people want to stay.


  6. I would like a

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suceava (Romania)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suceava (Romania)

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    i like to work at lidl because it an important company in retail, it gives you the chance to advance in your career, it is a modern and serious company

    Cons

    a lot of work and stress but i think this is not a problem..because every job implicates that


  7. Improve your HR strategy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at Lidl

    Pros

    nice experience for a student job, from the point of view of getting used on the labor market. helps to improve your competences about how to work in a team, and how to manage your own stress.

    Cons

    hard work and long hours spend at the check-out without breaks. not enough stuff for the most of the time, which increase the pressure on the employees.

    Advice to Management

    need to value your people more, and develop their competences.investing in young people and developing programs about tracking the high potentials might improve the perception about your company. also it s important to look more carefully at all that matters the conflict between private life and career.


  8. Depends on the store

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    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Lidl part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I have worked at 4 different stores, Cornwall (3 months), SW London (6 months) and Surrey (3 months). 20 hour contract uni. Pay is good inside London -if you are lucky enough to get it as advertised (£7.30 starting instead of £6.90). The London allowance gives an extra 10% of your contract pay. 30 days holiday- 3 staff allowed a holiday at once.

    Cons

    Always short staffed in London & Surrey (20 staff in total for 280k/week turnover store), on a close expect to finish between 2-3 hours late . every time. No-one has the time the clean properly. The last time everyone got out in time with everything done was in the equally busy store in Cornwall (30 staff in total 280k/week turnover). Good variety of tasks in Cornwall ~50% of time on tills ~50% time on other tasks such as delivery. Poor variety of tasks in Surrey/London- 90% of time on tills and be expected to work 10 hour shifts on tills 3-4 days/week and be very lucky to have a break (30 mins) within 7 hours. I was sick for 4 days (16 hours) and 16 hours of pay was deducted from contract and replaced with statutory sick pay to half the value of the deduction. You owe the company money when you are sick! Last month I worked 100 hours and received £675 gross. Despite living in London SW19 I was permanently transferred to a store 10 miles outside the M25 in March-(with a day's notice) where I would no longer receive the London allowance and have to spend 30% of my wage and 2hrs+ on commuting/day. I accepted for fear of loosing my job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that do something about employee concerns. Increase pay for existing employees to match the rate given to new employees. Get rid of area managers who get paid a combined wage of 3-4 full time assistants. Managers are capable of running their own stores without someone who doesn't know what they are talking about tell them how to run their stores. Employ more store assistants on low 10 and 20 hour contracts. Introduce night shifts again.


  9. Wouldn't work for them again

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    Former Employee - Store Assistant in Tondu, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Store Assistant in Tondu, Wales (UK)

    I worked at Lidl part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay for what you're doing compared to other supermarkets. Doing a mixture of things rather than the same thing everyday ( could be a con depending on what you like)

    Cons

    A lot to learn and a lot of pressure to do it. Very early starts sometimes Late finishes sometimes Busy, fast paced work Can be quite physical No staff discount

    Advice to Management

    Most of the management were ok but one ruined it for the rest and seemed to think she was higher than everyone else. Training programme was good but don't expect people to learn everything after an hour of being spoken to, reading and ticking boxes. It takes time and patience give people a chance! Must be a more modern way to hand out shifts than a piece of paper at the back of the managers office surely... No staff discount?


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good pay. No work life balance

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

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pay. Fast paced and challenging. Company is trying very hard to improve it's image by investing in staff training.

    Cons

    Huge amounts of pressure being heaped on from above. Senior management doesn't live the company values it constantly preaches.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your staff have families and lives outside of work


  11. Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Lidl

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary and opportunities to develop. Exciting times ahead!

    Cons

    None that come to mind.



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