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B&Q Southampton Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Southampton, England (UK)

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Pros
  • The staff discount of 20% is a generous amount which is also an added pro for working for B&Q (in 45 reviews)

  • Good pay easy to get too and from (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • B&Q consider almost any incident a matter for a disciplinary measure (in 42 reviews)

  • Poor work life balance at times (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, decent salary

    Cons

    HQ location is not easy to access


  2. "Head Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive working environment

    Cons

    Could have more flexible working options

  3. "B&Q Review 2012-2015"

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    Former Employee - STEP Consultant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - STEP Consultant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at B&Q (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting IT department. Leading ideas on future technology. Fast pace work environment. Lots of head office events. Relaxed clothing policy.

    Cons

    There weren't really any. i did see a restructure happen with a cycle of redundancies, but this seems to be the way these days.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a focus on targets and objectives, at all levels.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not what they used to be"

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    Former Employee - Head Office Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head Office Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at B&Q full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Staff are great. Work very hard for little praise.

    Cons

    Management trying to achieve irrelevant awards.Reduce unecessary meetings and minimise HR interference.let people do the job they were employed to do. Stop the mass exodus of staff able to do roles they applied for and minimise the replacements who cannot do the job.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to grass roots. Put customer first. Price and quality are important. Stop trying to copy Ikea. You will never match them.


  5. "Not too bad."

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    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Advisor in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work is great ! Well varied and offers great opportunities.

    Cons

    No form of official training what so ever. Leave in he deep end without a float.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasise more for the new employee bricking it.


  6. "Secure a main board"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, well developed employees, lots of history. Good HR team

    Cons

    hours of work are ridiculous and too much change

    Advice to Management

    secure a main board


  7. "Good opportunities but only if you network"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at B&Q full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work around the business
    Lots of useful training courses
    Friendly and approachable teams

    Cons

    Internal politics
    Constant restructures
    Slow systems

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the experts you have hired, stop making decisions on instinct

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed great benefits and casual dress code

    Cons

    Easy to be one of many So you need to work very hard to get noticed

    Advice to Management

    Need to ensure the people who do most of the work at the bottom are noticed and rewarded


  9. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at B&Q full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    colleagues are helpful and friendly

    Cons

    business always changes which isn't for everyone


  10. "review"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at B&Q full-time

    Pros

    good culture. at the workplace..............

    Cons

    long work hours at the workplace...................

    Advice to Management

    employee satisfaction...................


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