Southern Co-operatives

www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk
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Updated May 22, 2015
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  1. Please don't do it

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

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly at store level, tries to care about it's employees, it offers a colleague discount scheme at 10%

    Cons

    Middle management are useless. Work/life balance unheard of. Colleague bonus is in question every year as is decided by the public. Practically minimum wage and no extra for late or unsociable hours. They can change where you work or when at a weeks notice. No holidays in December apart from if you are an area manager or above. Too few colleagues creating a stressed workplace and low morale. Sickness absence procedures penalise genuinely sick people. Management get no support.

    Advice to Management

    If considering management expect low pay and high working hours. If advise for existing people above store level management- please consider operations at a store level above profits, especially considering you are a non-profit organisation.


  2. A dead-end job with no respect for their employees!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bournemouth, England (UK)

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues at my store, opportunities to gain extra qualifications and training!

    Cons

    They continuously changed my contract without prior warning, lowered my pay without permission then asked for the pay difference back before I had shared my half of the "legally binding contract".
    HR is also useless.

    Advice to Management

    Sort your pay roll out!
    Stop treating your employees like trash,
    Take complaints seriously,
    Do not change your employees contracts without prior contact then ask them to financially reimburse your mistake.
    Do not call your employees every single day asking to cover someone else's shift.


  3. Pretty decent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Brighton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Southern Co-operatives part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff, nice and considerate manager, energetic environment

    Cons

    No growth, it's good for part time job but no room for improvement


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  5. Southern Co-Operatives Ltd

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The staff were friendly and shifts were at reasonable times of day. Plus the staff discount card was a nice bonus.

    Cons

    The benefits are not great and there is sometimes a misunderstanding between day and evening staff in terms of job commitment. Also delivery can be overwhelming when short staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the Staff appropriately and have in store managers notice good customer service as customers are unlikely to bother with submitting compliments or online.


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    Expanding, but no rewards for hard work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Southern Co-operatives

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

    Pros

    The company is expanding at a fast rate, probably leading to an increase in the number of roles available, both stores and head office. The company genuinely cares for the local communities it trades in and raises and donates considerable sums of money to local causes.

    Cons

    Information sharing is atrocious. This is both within as well as between departments. Some employees seem to take pride in being "in the know". There are virtually no benefits besides the bonus-share, which is low in comparison to others. All benefits are aimed at the very senior management with nothing for the rest. Pay is also below that of other retailers. Progression opportunities can be quite limited due to the size of the organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Improve information sharing both within and between departments. Provide better benefits to the rest of us.



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