I have been working at Jewson full-time (More than 10 years)
Staff are friendly & helpful
Sadly losing customers as no flexibility with pricing compared to other competitors
Advice to Management
Treat each branch as an idenpendent, some branches are in tougher areas.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Jewson (Milton Keynes, England (UK)) in September 2013.
Vacancy was advertised on the company's website. Filled the usual online questionnaire, attached CV and completed online questionnaire formatted assessment and then had to wait 3 days to be informed that initial stage was passed. Then had to do an interview over the phone with one of the company directors. It is a 45 minute insight into the qualifications, skills, experiences, ambitions and reasons for wanting to work at Jewson. After that stage an email was sent 2 days later to confirm that this stage was passed as well and now there will be a day long assessment along with other chosen candidates. The chosen centre was quite a distance away starting at 9.am and was to finish at 5 .pm . It was a very long, intrusive, tiring and basically a waste of human intelligence. Firstly I along with 5 other candidates were introduced to the interviewees who were Jewson area managers. First a 30 minute interview cross checking CVs, experiences and gained skills. Also numerous questions about how one will make a difference to Jewson etc. Then it follows a long wait till all other candidates have been interviewed as well. Then individually you have to prepare a minimum 15 minute long presentation about a topic. Usually about garden centres trying to increase their customers . How original ! Then that follows a group exercise where a presentation about a scenario has to be prepared within 40 minutes and to be presented to all interviewees at the end of the day. Totally pointless because they bluff you in preparing it for so long, only to make a joke that you will not have to present it afterall ! Utter waste of useful expensive time ! Then you are expected to just leave until you hear from them within 2 weeks. The whole day would have been even more excruciating had it not been in the coffee room of De Vere Venue hotel. Hot drink machine kept us going because no breaks were offered apart from wait in between other candidates being interviewed. Contact was made a week afterwards and told that sadly I had not passes the final stage and will not be offered a place. No explanation, detail or reasons were given what so ever despite them knowing my whole life history and ambitions. I asked if they can provide me any hint to how I did not meet any expectation despite other candidates to be employed in different areas and one vacancy per site ! I was promised a detailed review within a week. Waited 4 weeks and asked again. Then waited another 4 months and gave up !
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