SPAR (UK) Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. This place is pretty much my life now.

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

    I have been working at SPAR (UK) full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you're a fast worker... you are quickly brought into the tight knit family-like work force.
    If you happen to have any problems, see the management and it will be swiftly seen to that it is resolved, even if the problem seems minuscule ... make yourself heard!

    Cons

    Not really a con but, hard work is key to and easy life in this workplace.
    Dependant on your contract and flexibility the balance between work and social life "can" be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Remove the Deli counters in a store (if there is one) as I personally see it as not turning any kind of profit whatsoever.

  2. superviser

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

    I have been working at SPAR (UK) part-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    helping people love chatting with customers and meeting new people

    Cons

    not enough staff more hours needed

    Advice to Management

    get more staff in stores 2 members aint enough even harder delivery days

  3. Love it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at SPAR (UK)

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

    Pros

    Staff re like family. Customers are great

    Cons

    Rude customers sometimes but not always

    Advice to Management

    Don't change anything

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  5. Soul Destroying

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

    I have been working at SPAR (UK)

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

    Pros

    Easy Job
    No skill required
    Nothing Else

    Cons

    Boring as hell
    Treated like crap
    Unfriendly atmosphere
    Awful Pay
    Unfair treatment
    Horrible Work Environment

    Advice to Management

    Watch your supervisors- they do more wrong than the other employees
    Be nicer to your employees and stop treating them like crap
    Stop taking your anger out on us because you can

  6. It is a lovely friendly place to work

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

    I have been working at SPAR (UK)

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

    Pros

    Shifts that fit around your home life
    Easy to book your holidays off
    Friendly staff that are easy to make friends with
    A manager that tries to make everyone happy

    Cons

    Heath and safety
    No safe place to put belongings
    Personal items get damaged in staffrooms
    Hard to get contracts increased new staff get employed instead

    Advice to Management

    Defiantly needs safe places to put belongings as expensive personal belongings are getting damaged in staff rooms
    Easy holiday bookings and flexible shifts
    Hard to get contacts increased new staff get employed instead

  7. in my experience, while working for spar i have never had an unpleasant experience. my employers are friendly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at SPAR (UK) part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    staff are very friendly, employers are understanding for when you are sick of need to change your shift, everyone is very professional and does things according to policy and regulations.

    Cons

    there are no cons for me at the minute.

    Advice to Management

    for staff discount it would be better to have a swipe card rather than

  8. What it is like working for Spar

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

    I have been working at SPAR (UK) full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Happy Atmosphere, good working conditions

    Cons

    monthly pay, lack of work related bonus schemes

    Advice to Management

    Weekly pay to staff

  9. customer advisor

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

    I have been working at SPAR (UK) part-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, friendly work mates, manager in my store is extremely nice, patient and great at his job but is also a good laugh to work with. Also there is an option available to get basic qualification at a level 2 grade.

    Cons

    I'll start out by staying this, none of the area managers or anyone in head office has worked a day in retail in there life and it really shows. Some of the things that are asked of the staff on the shop floor and tills is just ridiculous. Apart for the actual manager the supervisors tend to be very immature and unprofessional and in one case very petty. Also one supervisor was taken on with no management experience being only a sales assistant in another supermarket , only getting the job because she was friends with someone at head office. In return they have a massive ego problem, tries to belittle everyone, is terrible at her jobs and will lie through he teeth to blame mistakes made by her onto someone else. this isn't a problem that was caused nor can be fixed with the store but only in the area managers or head office. in other areas the rate of pay employees receive is much below other supermarkets like Tesco. Health and safety is non existent along with basic training. the company over all is extremely greedy and hypocritical, for example Hendersons try and make a point how there a morally 'christian' company yet the only holiday/day they close is Christmas day (probably just because they wouldn't cover costs) and there is no change of opening hours (or pay rate) on a Sundays like every other supermarket chain. Another example is at the Balmoral show they are the ONLY stand in the entire show that sells tobacco, and under the counter at that. Even though some of my issues with spar is based on my store alone it does show how terribly ran the hole company is and i have been sent to many other stores when extra staff is needed on multiple occasions, and i have to say my store is still defiantly one of the better ones out there.The only reason i'm still working for spar is due to me being a full time student and need to be able to drive back and forth from classes.

    Advice to Management

    Only applying to head office management. Grow up. Stop recruiting people and placing them in management positions because their your friends. The company is not anywhere near being hard done by, especially with Martian and Jeoff Agnews take last years being 90 million, spend money treating the staff better with rewards for doing well especially under certain unpreventable circumstances and to stop treating workers like puppets.

  10. lack of training and they do not use their staff to full capabilities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Galashiels, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Galashiels, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at SPAR (UK) part-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    convenient hours which suit me

    Cons

    do not pay living wage, even supervisors are well below. poor training and respect lead to low morale

    Advice to Management

    you do better for the staff and we could do better for them

  11. so far since we recently changed to spar 6 months or more ago its been just okay, things seem to be improving now though

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Omagh, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Omagh, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    we get most of the stock we ordered, market stall till system works well if no updates are done and finally spar are beginning to become a better company in terms of customer service.

    Cons

    Market stall Honeywell handheld isn't very user friendly due to old fashioned resistive touch screen rather than a capacitive one. not getting what was ordered i.e. full boxes of products missing from orders even though we were still charged for them.

    Advice to Management

    Have a look into an order check system for shop owners so they can check if they have got what they ordered. consider training spar staff behind the customer help to be more friendly.

SPAR (UK) Photos

Spar on Brookend Street (Photo thanks to Geograph user David Lally, Some Rights Reserved)
SPAR supermarket, One Ash, Lancaster Road, Knott End-on-Sea, Lancs (Photo thanks to Geograph user L S Wilson, Some Rights Reserved)
SPAR supermarket, 147 Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston, Stourbridge (Photo thanks to Geograph user P L Chadwick, Some Rights Reserved)

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