Tesco
3.2 of 5 254 reviews
www.tesco.com Cheshunt, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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Tesco CEO Philip Clarke

Philip Clarke

(112 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good work life balance, action orientated business that gets results"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Good pay, development opportunities available, and some great people"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "The long hours/shifts can get very boring especially late at night when the shop is not that busy"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Politics - Ineffective leadership (its dissappointing to see the groupism at middle and senior management level)"
    in 8 reviews
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Progressive Dynamic Company -

Assistant Merchandiser (Current Employee)
Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

I have been working at Tesco full-time for more than 8 years

ProsDriven, Challenging, Opportunities, Great teams

ConsCustomer does not always come first

Advice to Senior ManagementStop changing personnel every few months - causes havoc

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Monotonous, but not terribly paid

Personal Shopper (Former Employee)
Norwich, England (UK)

I worked at Tesco part-time for less than a year

Pros-Flexible
-Supportive management
-There are worse part-time jobs
-Not terribly paid
-Good opportunities for career progression

Cons-Monotonous and often boring work
-Early starts
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Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Drift from the Tesco of initial years

Lead (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Tesco full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNice green Campus at HSC, Good People policies, Friendly colleagues

ConsCut-down on facilities, High expectation for more productivity with less resources, no stable transport system

Advice to Senior ManagementBe transparent & exhibit the people friendly policies on the floor

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cheshunt, England (UK)

I have been working at Tesco full-time for more than a year

ProsGood work life balance, action orientated business that gets results. Business with lots of opportunities in the commercial world and good variety.

ConsHead office is ugly and not a good environment, lack of strategy can be frustrating, very hierarchical, chaotic, strong 'Tesco' type, not very forward thinking or innovative with staff, organisationally quite backwards and poor line management structure.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more innovative for staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for a part time job during school/university/college

Delivery Assistant (Current Employee)
Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

I have been working at Tesco part-time for more than 5 years

ProsOne of the best payers among the supermarkets. Good opportunities for overtime (if the store turnover meets target).

ConsYou're just a number. Managers can be very inflexible to shift patterns (luck of the draw though, some are excellent managers, some are terrible!)

Advice to Senior ManagementLook more at the soft skills of those employees you want to progress to management, in such a people heavy business they require at least basic people management skills and an ability not to rub up their employees the wrong way on a daily basis!! Fortunately, you seem to have it right when progressing those junior managers to a senior level; we had some excellent senior managers in our store.

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Some nice people in a horrendously corporate environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Tesco part-time for more than 5 years

ProsIf you work in a store with reasonably competent management, you will be trusted to get on with your job and suffer as little of the corporate propaganda as possible.

Cons"Big business" mentality. Rigid structures make it hard to expand skills. Everyone is kept in a very small box.

Advice to Senior ManagementLose the propaganda. Nobody needs to "live the values" or whatever.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Playground for Bullies

Operations Development Manager (Former Employee)
Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

I worked at Tesco full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent training courses and lots of talented people around

ConsVery hierarchical, bullying strife amongst managers, everyone is overworked and the stress is passed on as a result. Difficult to get anything done, all directors pay lip service to the "values"...most don't live it themselves...tough to get promoted, H.R pays no attention to bullying and supports "God Like" senior managers...Reminds me of African politics (ruthlessness, lack of meritocracy)

Advice to Senior ManagementReplace your ruthless directors with people who genuinely "live" the values you flaunt so much

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The WORST place I have ever worked.

Personnel Manager (Former Employee)
Cheshunt, England (UK)

I worked at Tesco full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- 10% discount
- Household name, recognised by all.

Cons- Lack of opportunity
- Extremely hierarchical structure. Lack of autonomy and freedom
- Backstabbing and unethical practices extremely evident amongst managers.
- Very, very bad payers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Work Life Balance

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Cheshunt, England (UK)

I worked at Tesco full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood Pension,
Reasonable Pay,
Life Insurance,
Good Benefits,
Good Culture,
Great People to work with,
Interesting business,
Chances to travel overseas

ConsLimited promotion opportunities at certain levels. Accepting of too much change makes landing projects difficult. Do not seem to treat long serving staff as well as new consultants.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and not just consultants.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Tesco India - Bangalore

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tesco full-time

ProsNice learning oppurtunity for someone with nit much salary expectation

ConsThe new org & salary re-structure is a bane as employees are losing more money

Advice to Senior ManagementNA

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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