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House of Fraser Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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Pros
  • 20% Staff Discount (with Staff Recognition Card) (in 20 reviews)

  • Really lovely environment, great people to work with (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Have to take out credit card to even get staff discount (in 32 reviews)

  • Can't take a water bottle on the shop floor even with tonsilitis (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Good times!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at House of Fraser part-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed the freedom of working on a shop floor with people I liked with products I believed in it.

    Cons

    It's just a very standard retail job. It can be boring and unfulfilling on a slow day, but go incredibly quickly on a very busy one.

    Advice to Management

    I would say that the most important piece of advice I could give to management would be to look after your best talent. There is too much turnover.


  2. "director"

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved working there was very rewarding.

    Cons

    The hours did not fit with my personal life at the time. Was very sad about this. Would def recommend this to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    none. Was very wonderful to work there was just not fitting into my home life at the time. Was sad to leave.

  3. "Grounds keeping"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at House of Fraser part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in the gardens / around people very inerjeted

    Cons

    There r no down sides

    Advice to Management

    Na


  4. "Great to get experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    like a family environment, so good

    Cons

    can be unorganised at times


  5. "Really good"

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    Former Employee - Christmas Customer Assistant in Rushden, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Christmas Customer Assistant in Rushden, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good customer service and also it is very good to shop and also it is a very well known shop

    Cons

    Making sure I do my job correctly and also making sure to give the best customer service to the the service user


  6. "Visual merchandiser"

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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at House of Fraser part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discount, good selection of stock to work with

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day


  7. "allocator"

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    Current Employee - Allocator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Allocator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at House of Fraser full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -20% discount
    -Good location-close to the shops
    -Good support network among other allocators

    Cons

    -Entry level people not treated with respect
    -Low pay
    -Over worked and under appreciated
    -Early Monday starts-7am each Monday-rarely get time back
    -Unrealistic deadlines
    -Blame culture
    -Lack of training-thrown into the deep end as soon as you start
    -Deadlines mean line managers don't have time to train and help entry level people progress

    Advice to Management

    -Respect entry level staff
    -Allow time for training and support to progress entry level people
    -Show appreciation for overtime given

  8. "Sales Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at House of Fraser part-time

    Pros

    Close-knit team, great experience for a first job

    Cons

    Long hours, pay could be better


  9. "Poor wage & no chance of progression"

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Assistant in Gateshead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Support Assistant in Gateshead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at House of Fraser full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant people, good atmosphere & a very close knit place to work. Decent discount & good perks

    Cons

    Wages are appalling, new staff are brought in at the same money or more than experienced staff. You’ve either got nothing to do or waaaaay too much, there’s no happy medium. Zero chance of progression.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff & pay them what they’re worth, a knowledgeable loyal member of staff is worth more than a new starter who hasn’t learnt the ropes yet.


  10. "HoF"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at House of Fraser full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere
    Positive and approachable management
    Easy access to targets
    Generally honest and clear communication

    Cons

    Absolutely abysmal computer systems
    Till systems seriously slow and outdated (to the point where it affects sales every day)
    Management do not want to hear feedback, any suggestions will be seen as being negative
    Mystery shop criteria is completely irrelevant and inapplicable to 99% of real customers
    Made to hassle customers who want to be left alone
    Made to charge for even paper bags
    Experienced staff paid the same as new starters, so there is zero incentive to learn or work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Investing in fit for purpose technology is the biggest thing you could do to boost sales.


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