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London, England (UK)
5001 to 10000 employees
Unknown
Company - Public (HWDN)
Business Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Masco, IKEA, Magnet Ltd.
At Howden Joinery, kitchens and joinery hold the keys to the castle. The company in September 2010 renamed itself to reflect its fast-growing Howden Joinery subsidiary (founded in 1995). The firm operates some 450 outlets in the UK and France that cater to the local building ... Read more

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Howdens Joinery CEO and Director Matthew Ingle
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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
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    I have been working at Howdens Joinery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive base salary
    Fantastic bonus scheme
    Great pension and share scheme
    Amazing career progression

    Howdens is a fantastic place to work, in fact 7th best Big company to work for according to the Sunday times top 100 list.

    It's fast paced and reactive. There's sometimes a bit of pressure, but it's a sales driven business. The hours are longer than other companies perhaps, but you're well compensated for them.

    The best thing about Howdens is the career progression. I don't know of another company where you can walk into the warehouse with no qualifications and end up a depot/area/regional manager.

    Cons

    There are quite a lot of brand sceptics and brand saboteurs in the company. If positivity is infectious, then negativity is a damn epidemic.

    A lot of "been there, done that, heard it all before" people, who seem to want to spread their bitterness at never getting further than their attitude has got them.

    Advice to Management

    I don't pretend to know how to run a £1.2 (soon to be £2.4) billion company, but I would like to see more time and money spent on brand culture. We have a huge amount of fantastic brand advocates, let's try and get the sceptics and saboteurs singing off the same hymn sheet.

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