Tesco Reviews in London, UK

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
338 Reviews
3.3
338 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is encouraged, company values are decent (in 22 reviews)

  • Good pay, development opportunities available, and some great people (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, expectation that you will do more than is fair (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management has taken it's eye off the ball and the business lacks direction (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tesco gave me the opportunity to work within an environment which is diverse

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    Former Employee - Driver/Loader  in  Enfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Driver/Loader in Enfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The work life balance ethos enables members work various shifts confidently.

    Cons

    All policies are available on request.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tesco Head Office

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    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Manager  in  Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    All the benefits of a large PLC with a good range of people to work for / with and with a lot of role diversity so you should be able to find the job / role that you want, with excellent overall benefits

    Cons

    Has become a bit decision by committee over the last few years, so you won't necessarily feel empowered and can feel a bit like just a number in the company rather than a person

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to trusting your people to do the job they have been employed to do - not everything needs to be agreed by large groups or the directors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Tills are dull

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    Current Employee - Checkout Assistant  in  Sandhurst, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Checkout Assistant in Sandhurst, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tesco part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to talk to really nice, like-minded people on the checkouts, the pay is good and the 10% (sometimes doubles to 20% is great) especially for one-off purchases like technology.

    Cons

    Everything is about targets with the team leaders and sometimes that makes them overlook the morale of the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses would make me want to stay at Tesco compared to another similarly paid company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a fun place to work at, especially interactions with customers but can be very challenging due to overworked staff

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

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

    Pros

    Great customer experience and very affordable meals for staff.

    Cons

    Not enough importance to staff which can affect the way work is carried out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to learn from the ground upwards for views on the business, in order to see what is wrong and fixing it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    work experience

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cashier in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great environment-fast paced and excellent rewards

    Cons

    not challenging enough in terms of progression

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Really good experience. I learned a lot.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Cheshunt, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cheshunt, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tesco as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Really helpful coworkers. Nice culture. Development opportunities

    Cons

    Nothing in particular. Everything fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Slow decisions, plagued with NO CHANGE

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tesco part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay, benefits and initiatives, Pension scheme, Great discounts and offers specifically for employees.

    Cons

    Politics, Plagued with no changes, no consideration for any ideas from lower management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers, bring change in the management that are only focused on finishing the job or their shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    "Depends which store/department you work for"

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

    I worked at Tesco as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Salary is good as compared to other retail super markets.(when you are paid properly)
    - Benefits are good, 10% discount on anything you buy in tesco, after 6 months working there sounds pretty good to me.
    - Meet the right people, and you enjoy your work more.

    Cons

    - sometimes you don't get paid properly and you have to follow up
    - if you don't track your overtime you wont get paid
    - impossible deadlines at times, you need enough people to make sure you meet demand in big stores
    - too much "politics" in the organization.
    - lack of opportunity to move ahead and get more responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Setting impossible deadlines to satisfy stakeholders pockets is not great for your employees for the long run, management needs to understand that their employees are their greatest asset.
    - Don't over work your managers and store managers because it indirectly affects your staff working on the ground.
    - Trying to make profits by cutting down staff does not work forever, you will lose more employees because they are fed up and consequently end up spending more in HR recruitment than initial.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Something to get you through higher education

    Current Employee - Personal Shopper  in  Croydon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Personal Shopper in Croydon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    If you are a student, a job at tesco can be ideal. It has decent pay, it can be flexible if you are on good terms with your manager and you get 10% off everything at tesco :) it's a good job to get you through college/uni
    Having said that, I've heard it has great career prospects within management

    Cons

    The work can get really boring and repetitive
    Also can be physical at times

  11.  

    Good team, interesting projects, low paid and bad management

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The team are some of the brightest people I have worked with, there is a choice of projects to choose from and a great work life balance (if you so luck to have a good team lead).

    Cons

    Low paid, paid raise is a joke
    Tech people are not rated based on their tech skills but rather their soft skills. Business people will always trump tech people when it come to promotion.
    Work level based system, transition from one level to another require a lot of buttering up the upper management outside of your immediate work area
    No appreciation for the work you have put in
    Team lead changes frequently with no real support when looking to move up the ladder
    Company rather have contractors than retaining or hiring perm staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recongines the hard work of the tech people and pay a fair wages for their work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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