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Blackwell UK Reviews

Updated November 1, 2016
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  1. "Blackwell's Southbridge"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly team
    Supportive work environment
    Great staff discount (30%)
    Proofs and arcs available

    Cons

    Zero-hour contract for temporary work

    Advice to Management

    Possibly hiring fewer people during temporary periods of work so individuals get more hours of work, especially during very short-term employment opprotunities


  2. "Close nit team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blackwell UK (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment with a close nit family team within the store, and even when calling other branches. Even temp employees were treated like permanent.

    Plenty of laughs throughout the day, good morale.

    Recognition and thanks when hard work was done.

    Managers get stuck in at the bottom level as well as doing there own work. They become more friends that bosses.

    Basic retail hours and you know your days in advance. Any changes you request won't be frowned upon and will be worked out as best as possible.

    Occasional over time out of hours, but you won't be forced to do it.

    Cons

    Wages are ok, but rarely increase unless the national minimum wage goes up. Although this was understandable due to the financial position of the company. (I am aware that there are plans to change the future of the company to be owned by its employees, so this may change in the near future)

    Career progression was hard. This mainly due to the size of the company and that positions would only come up if someone left which isn't that often.

    Work load can sometimes be stressful due to the sheer amount of work required or the deadlines it needs to be done in (Bulk returns for example)

    Some work can get very repetitive, like de-stickering books...

    Advice to Management

    de-stickering books.... pain in the a**


  3. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Blackwell UK part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, Nice environment, enjoyable job

    Cons

    Not much variation, and not opportunities to progress


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  5. "I was employed as a bookseller in the UK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bookseller in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bookseller in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blackwell UK part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - good store manager and colleagues
    - lively environment
    - Senior management is good and cares about you
    - Very good for a first retail job to get some experience and to put on your CV

    Cons

    - it can become hectic with the academic seasons
    - Can be become repetitive

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work David Prescott!


  6. "Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Bookseller in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Bookseller in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blackwell UK as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work, great colleagues and good customers.

    Cons

    No incentive schemes/rewards for hard work. Bonuses denied regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your staff are happy.