Woolworths
3.1 of 5 24 reviews
Woolworths.co.za Cape Town, South Africa 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 16, 2014

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Woolworths CEO Ian Moir

Ian Moir


70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great store

    Store Development (Former Employee)
    Camp Hill, PA

    ProsFlexible hours and employee discount.

    ConsPoor direction, this may hurt them someday.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more like that walmart store.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    sales clerk

    SALES CLERK (Former Employee)
    Muncy, TX

    Prosemployee discounts are very good

    Consno full time work only part time

    Advice to Senior Managementsay hello to each employee

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    To much favouritesm

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, meeting lots of people. Good place to work at.

    ConsManagement positions is given to there favourite people only. Not to those whos working long at woolworths, has a good cv, works hard and do there training on there off days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop promising staff growth if there isn't. Growth is handed out to your favourite staff only.

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    Complete nightmare working in division 2. Other divisions are still good to work in

    Foods Manager (Current Employee)
    Johannesburg (South Africa)

    ProsWaste and staff discounts. The opportunity to work with some highly skilled and talented people who still try their hardest even though it is never acknowledged or appreciated - these people inspire and lead, learn and master a wide range of management skills

    ConsThe politics - division 2 is especially bad. Everyone I know is only waiting for their share payout in 2015 before walking. People are leaving faster than they can be replaced - people with skills that will not easily be replaced. Total accountability but no resources to do the job properly. Daily threats of suspension and losing your job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDitch the Values - no one lives up them - just words on a wall in every store. Please also discontinue the so-called variable pay incentive - it is insulting to reward your staff with a R100 before tax bonus for contributing millions in sales over budget - no wonder they steal

    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, Great Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Work, Great team members

    ConsCan get very competitive when sales are on

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Woolies advertised values not reflected toward its own employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Cape Town (South Africa)

    ProsExciting business with many rewarding challenges;
    Seeing a product you contributed to on the shelves;
    Convenient services available to staff in the building.
    12% Discount on product in stores.
    Waste shopping at stores is helpful for staff.

    ConsContinuous restructuring of staff and departments creates uncertainty;
    Managers "delegate" their work to staff which unfairly increases workload to 2x or 3x what you signed on for and then punish you in your review for not doing your own work;
    Unfair promotions, backstabbing, managers not taking responsibility for their mistakes, screaming and bullying too commonplace in the office.
    HR are puppets to management - going to them for assistance is useless as they report things said in confidence straight to management;
    There is no regard or concern for employee's personal needs and time, e.g you get called and e-mailed at all hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management is not aware of what middle management is up to. When staff who have been with you for many years start jumping ship when a new manager is employed / promoted - you should start being concerned. You're losing your most important asset - the people who have helped make the business a success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible job which helped me pay my way through university.

    Nightfill Assistant (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsLearn to work as a team, under pressure and how to talk to customers. Flexible hours, decent hourly rate and always paid on time.

    ConsMany customers can be difficult to deal with, often verbally and physically aggressive. Shop lifting is very common. Very repetitive tasks to complete each shift

    Advice to Senior ManagementMix up tasks for each shift between employers. Higher security guards for each day of the week.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A variety of roles available, never boring

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsFlexibility, good remuneration, career progression, professional support, variety, great team environment.

    ConsStress placed on staff to over achieve, lack of clear communication avenues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that positive information and reasoning flows down to all level of staff, its good to know that every effort is appreciated. Often the bad is expressed loudly and the good whispered.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGREAT COMPANY WITH FANTACTIC FUTURE PROSPECTS

    ConsAPART FROM RETAIL HOURS NO MAJOR CONS

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuicker decision making abilities , less procrastination , TAKE MORE OWNERSHIP LESS PASSING THE BUCK

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very good for part time sales experience while at school.

    SALES CLERK (Former Employee)
    Liverpool, England (UK)

    ProsSunday's and holidays were time and a half or double pay.

    ConsNo cons that I could see, job description was accurate and as expected, very little room to advance career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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