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Tesco Reviews in Welwyn Garden City, England

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
438 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • The work life balance ethos enables members work various shifts confidently (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay, pay for overtime or give you time back (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, expectation that you will do more than is fair (in 18 reviews)

  • The work is demanding and while they talk about work / life balance, it's certainly work that comes first (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was at Tesco.com when it was a start-up!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I worked at Tesco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Peaceful office campus
    HR instill a "values" culture - treat others as you'd like to be treated
    9 to 5 hours
    Many people have been there a long time

    Cons

    Car Park now overflowing from what I hear
    Out of London for those who are London based
    Possibly lower salaries as don't have to pay a London weighting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Tesco.com summer internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tesco.com Summer in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tesco.com Summer in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tesco full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    a good chance to find out more about the online retail business inside out.
    meeting a lot directors and other colleagues during the internship.
    we were given a lot of responsibility for our projects.
    if performed well, we were given a chance to be proceeded to the graduate scheme straight away.
    HR were always helpful if we had any issues or concerns.

    Cons

    it would be great if interns could more or less pick departments where they could work within tesco.com during the summer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A cog in a machine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee Merchandiser in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Merchandiser in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tesco full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a few talented staff in the company.
    Good middle management- they just don't decide as much as they could.
    Short hours. Everyone can leave early (not a great social life n WGC so no one sticks around).

    Cons

    Very low morale.
    Very much part of a cog in a machine.
    No scope for individual input
    Terrible location
    Poor pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more feedback from the ground up, less top down decisions.

    Make it fun again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Devious and manipulative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I worked at Tesco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a dynamic, energetic business that paid well, looked after its staff and put the customer first in everything it did.

    Cons

    Completely lost direction, managers are more concerned about themselves and treat staff and customers appallingly. As evidenced by the recent accounting issue the culture and management attitude is broken and superficial. These practices need to be stamped out and where necessary those responsible should be held accountable / terminated or in the worst case prosecuted !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the rot, clear out the parasites / incompetent managers, focus on the customer and look after the staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Still a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tesco as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Supportive culture
    Good communication from senior team
    Training excellent
    Staff discount
    Dave Lewis new CEO
    No macho hours culture

    Cons

    Welwyn car park full by 9am so dont be late
    IT systems extremely complicated
    Confused direction at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a clear and directive strategy there are loads of ad hoc projects in the business but its difficult to see that they are all aligned in the same direction and thay follow a big picture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Tesco Head Office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8.  

    Good team, interesting projects, low paid and bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9.  

    Good fun people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I worked at Tesco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are great people at Tesco. Strong management and good benefits package

    Cons

    The numbers overrule logical decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilise the ideas from the shop floor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    From day one you are given a huge responsibilities. People are an asset for the company and are treated with respect. Great place to work and gain experience. Many areas to succeed

    Cons

    Very little support from leadership team. Lack of clear directions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should focus more on people needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good career progression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resourcing Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Resourcing Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Working with bright and interesting people
    Career progression and development
    Big, exciting brand

    Cons

    Tough trading conditions at the moment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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