Compare WHSmith vs Waterstone's BETA

See how Waterstone's vs. WHSmith compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.
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WHSmith

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Employee Ratings

Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
2.8
(based on 724 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.0
(based on 256 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
2.3
Career Opportunities
2.2
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
2.2
Compensation & Benefits
2.8
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
2.8
Work-life balance
2.6
Senior Management
Senior Management
2.4
Senior Management
2.3
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
2.4
Culture & Values
2.9
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
WHSmith Ceo Stephen Clarke
51%
51%Stephen Clarke
CEO Approval
Waterstone's Ceo James Daunt
34%
34%James Daunt
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
34%
% Recommend to a friend
38%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
22%
Positive Business Outlook
32%

Salaries

Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Supervisor1 Salaries
$49,575/yr
Cashier1 Salaries
$9/hr
There are no salaries matching this company.

What Employees Say

Pros
Pros
"Staff discount"(in 26 reviews)
"Airport"(in 22 reviews)
Pros
"Staff discount"(in 47 reviews)
"50 discount"(in 29 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Minimum wage"(in 53 reviews)
"Low pay"(in 37 reviews)
Cons
"Minimum wage"(in 26 reviews)
"Member of staff"(in 23 reviews)
Featured Review

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at WHSmith full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

It's now out of business. It's been gone for for years so 2015 does not apply.

Cons

It's out of business. Now overseas as far as I know.

Former Employee - Bookseller

I worked at Waterstone's full-time for less than a year

Pros

If you love books and reading, then this is a great job. Company values staff and is involved in its own personal development. You are expected to be knowledgeable about what you sell, and you get a... lovely staff discount too.

Cons

At my branch, it was well known that my boss could say inappropriate things to members of staff (she had an odd attitude in how to direct staff, including changing long established shift hours for no... reason, then complaining at staff when they had to be changed back and it was well known you had to be on her good side if you had any requests). Concerns were made to regional management, but whether anything was done I do not know.

Advice to Management

If you ever decide to open branches in the USA let me know! Also, please have accountability for bookstore managers.

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