Tesco Reviews in Welwyn Garden City, England

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
368 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • The work life balance ethos enables members work various shifts confidently (in 27 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good pay, pay for overtime or give you time back (in 26 reviews)


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

  • Senior management are unsupportive of health issues and disabilities (in 13 reviews)

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    Tesco Head Office

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    • 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
  2.  

    A business in crisis

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    • 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

    Pros

    Large international business with diverse opportunities with a strong work ethic

    Cons

    Senior management have lost focus as a result of in-fighting, the organisational culture has changed to a "yes man" ethos. The business lacks direction and middle management are reluctant to take decisions or risks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mend the culture, stop the business decline, and stop letting down customers, shareholders and staff alike.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good fun people

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    • 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
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    Good team, interesting projects, low paid and bad management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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    Great Opportunity

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    • 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
  7.  

    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 an 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
  8.  

    Poor senior management and leadership, too much politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tesco full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, training (internal), benefits, pension, store discounts, good understanding of the retail business

    Cons

    Senior management is unintelligent, very political workplace (if you do not say the right things that people want to hear, even if its wrong, you do not belong here), whoever has the loudest voice is right, very aggressive culture,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice or solution to the management is to change the entire management and hire new blood - the management needs a complete re-organisation and change

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    (Head Office) Difficult to get promoted ahead of ignorant and inexperienced graduates.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, nice work culture. Always something different going on

    Cons

    The "Options" system is woeful. It's designed for the stores but they try and use it in the Head office. It just seems like if they've got a job for you they shove you on it and hope you pass. If they don't want to promote you, they shove you on Options to stop you moaning.

    Every year there's an intake of about 50-100 graduates fresh out of Uni and they end up getting all the promotions within 6-12 months of joining the company. Absolutely insulting to those who have been working there for 5-6 years and are constantly taken for granted and overlooked. We end up leaving and going to work for the competition. (which is what I did).

    IT is basically a joke, you can't get software, hardware is what you're given and nothing else. Systems are a mess and locked down far too much in some places, but wide open in others to the point where things always break. Trying to use 1980s Mainframes, 1990s store systems and early 2000's back end systems all at the same time, no coherent vision for IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people, don't make hard working people have to fight grads with seemingly unlimited energy for every WL2 and WL3 job, just give good people promotions. The grads all leave after they've got a year under their belts. Reward loyalty and results, not ability to brown-nose and climb the greasy pole.

    Gut the IT department and replace it with people who know what they're doing. Spend a billion or two re-platforming all of your out of date systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of politics and poor people skills by senior management at head office

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

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

    Pros

    Really interesting work from the perspective of everybody already knows the business as most people have shopped there and can think of ways to improve it!

    Really friendly peers there and Tesco is great for your CV!

    Cons

    Management try to restructure the organisation numerous times, you get moved around with no thought to what you want to do even though HR continually say they are always thinking about your career progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your people skills, be approachable and listen to what work level 2's say as they know a lot!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good opportunities, but a degree of inefficiency in practices like most global companies

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    - oppotunities
    - Working in a global context
    - large amount of interaction

    Cons

    - Inefficiencies, slow pace of change
    - Confusion and conflict of interest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Closer consultation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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