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Updated March 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Pay - Easy progression (with the right attitude) (in 46 reviews)

  • Sehr gute Bezahlung (mit steigerung der Gehaltsstufe jeweils nach einem Jahr), sehr freundliche Kollegen, gute Entwicklungsm (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance isn't there right now, but its a given due to expansion (in 56 reviews)

  • Long hours and fragmented head office (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Don't walk . . . Run from Lidl"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lidl full-time

    Pros

    None. Run away fast.

    Cons

    Avoid this Company. Zero work life balance. Purchasing-Admin will prove this beyond a shadow of doubt. Management literally runs around departments asking question that a department holds zero authority over. No Upper Management Plan ever shared. Just get it done and figure out--then get blamed when work not done.

    Advice to Management

    Get a game plan and stop treating employees like second class citizens.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Worst place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lidl full-time

    Pros

    .......... ....... ....... .....,.. .....I guess I couldn't come up with any...........

    Cons

    No one knows what they are doing... It's hard to explain all the inconsistencies and incompetence that drives this organization. Do not allow false hope to make your decision to work here. There are no promotional opportunities unless you are a member of a particular group.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing...There are tons of received and nothing has changed...


  3. Helpful (4)

    "It's like "play" work with a bunch of middle school girls as managers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lidl full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collect as many pay checks as you can until you get something better. Compensate well if you are early in your career.

    You can say you worked for one of the worst companies in the US.

    Cons

    Most people have no idea what's going on.

    Little Leadership.

    Lidl Europe has just now started tightening the reins. Finally realizing all of the disorganization and waste going on. The are becoming "cost conscious" which is ironic.

    Might be one of the most interesting unfolding events in town. There is a joke that people are only sticking around to see what happens.

    Advice to Management

    Slow the expansion so you can control the growth.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "-"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lidl full-time

    Pros

    there are absolutely no pros

    Cons

    avoid company at all costs


  6. Helpful (15)

    "Be aware of what you are getting yourself into"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lidl full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No pros for employees with experience. If you are a recent college graduate you will be paid more than other places.

    Cons

    Too many to count. Read all the reviews on here and you will see a pattern. Employee turnover is extremely high, for a reason. My previous review was flagged (go figure). In this post I will post facts only.

    - They discriminate. I have witnessed discrimination of others and experienced my own share of it.
    - They retaliate. If you draw attention to their unfair practices or their authoritarian leadership style, your career suffers and your workload changes.
    - They try and influence your private life. They inappropriately inquire with other employees whether or not they plan to spend time with you outside of work. If management has issues with you, employees are told that there will be consequences for them if they ‘hang out’ with you.
    - If you ask work related questions they think you should know the answer to, you are told you are too dumb to do your job. You are yelled at. You are belittled and ridiculed in front of everyone. This is a daily occurrence for many employees.
    - They are highly unprofessional. Senior management parties with employees after hours and uses inappropriate language while at work. There are always rumors of who hooked up with who. Even married/senior employees. If you don't want any part in this, you are treated differently.
    - Promotions are random and very much based on personal preferences and not on qualification. Most of the time your talent has nothing to do with it.
    - They engage in immoral actions like threats of demotion or to be fired. Simply requesting to apply for another position within the company will cause them to interrogate and threaten you.
    - They come on here to write fake positive reviews - HR has personally told me that. They blame negative reviews on ‘trouble makers’ and ‘under performers’ – except that this is not true. The employees who complain are highly qualified and educated people who have had great success before they started with this company. They complain because they are appalled by the way they are treated, not because they are ‘underperformers’. The amount of negative reviews does not lie. Not everyone can be an underperformer or bad seed.
    - After seeking help from HR because of the unfair treatment I was receiving, I was advised to just look for another job. The reasoning: It was for my own best since HR knew about the issues and said their hands are tied to do anything about it. They blame it on the ‘cultural differences’ between the headquarters in Germany and the US. So HR is practically useless. Not to speak of the amount of times they have messed up paychecks and benefits.
    - Your performance reviews are not based on your actual performance in the job. Instead, managers make up things based on whether they like you or not.
    - Of course everything said to you that could be considered discriminatory or retaliation is off record. Trying to prove any of this is impossible because it happens behind closed doors. Other employees who might be witnesses are too scared to speak up because they don’t want to be in the same boat. You know it’s bad when employees start recording their conversations just to have a backup.

    Advice to Management

    No advice unless you are willing to start over and replace your entire senior management team.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Stay Away from Purchasing Admin Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst - Projects in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst - Projects in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lidl full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The lies are pretty good. First three days you have to agree with them that Lidl is better than Google. And, if you do do that, you don't have to do anything for your next promotion.

    Cons

    - They will discriminate against you until you start getting physically/mentally sick. They will pick on various things about you and it will get to the point where you will start questioning yourself. At least this is how the Purchasing Admin Department is. Based on previous reviews, it does not look any better in other departments. But, I can't speak for those.

    - The assignments don't ever make any sense. They are either for elementary kids or something you can't do because you don't have the resources yet. It's more than just busy work. It's stupid busy work that doesn't go anywhere. One of my assignments was to convert pounds to kilograms in an Excel file (ridiculous). You will be rated on this.

    - Again, keep in mind the tasks assigned are below your level, but so is management as well. It will take some time to notice because they pretend to be busy out of breath professionals. It's their thing, to seem like they are running around. You will be set up in the worst possible way. Anything you know better than your supervisors, which will be 99% of the time, you will be humiliated for it somehow. They will take your ideas as their own and run with it at the end. You will start to watch your back constantly, because you outsmarted them, and in their eyes are a threat.

    - Lidl had employees send questions to the board with their concerns and all of them were about "the hostile work environment and supervisors being bullies."

    - In the Purchasing Admin department, most people are performing job functions they would have never applied for. The VP hires highly qualified people and then turns them into "Data Entry" clerks without even considering their strengths and the fact that she lied during the whole interview process. You will be bullied and your position will be TBD, while in reality you are just a data entry clerk. They will make sure you feel worthless so you stoop low to their level or below.

    Advice to Management

    Get a mirror and stop thinking everyone should look and think like you. Don't try to cover up your mistakes and inexperience by making your team look bad.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Asset manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary for managers.

    Cons

    Extra long hours, managers work like associates, not allowed to hire staff.

    Advice to Management

    Change your style of hiring management. You are hiring experienced retail professionals, not actors. Judging managers on how they perform during situational part of the interview is no way of knowing how they work. Horrible practice


  9. Helpful (12)

    "You Can Do Much Better Than Lidl"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lidl full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Growing International Corporation
    - Opportunity to quickly advance
    - Great for people looking for company politics and a corporate ladder to climb.

    Cons

    - No work life balance, expect to but in and maintain 60 plus hours to be in contention for advancement.
    - Corporate culture is very does not encourage flexibility even though they tell employees it does.
    - Incompetent lower and middle management. Nepotism, unrealistic expectations for employees, a lack of respect, and clickish.
    - High Turnover in most departments.
    - Pay is mediocre/low relative to work expectations.
    - In office dress code is essentially business professional, especially for men. Expect to wear a suit and tie.

    - Very strict office etiquette, must push in chair at desks or get written up.

    Advice to Management

    Improve you company culture by creating a more flexible and happy environment. Also choose your managers wisely, some of them are grinding their subordinates to a pulp with the amount of work and passive aggressive condescension.


  10. Helpful (22)

    "Worst Company in the USA worthy of a million lawsuits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting the opportunity to work at Europe for a few weeks to a few months. The fact that it is cheap to travel around Europe on the weekends is a pro. Flights were so cheap! So glad I got that opportunity. The Eurotrip will save you thousands in airfare. Imagine going to a new city every Friday evening for under 30 USD roundtrip. Good time to quit is after your training ends. You will have completed a Euro trip by then. You can also make full use of your rental car and drive around Europe because gas is one thing the company will pay for. Make full use of the free gas money. Fill your tank every other day if you need to (I know people who have gone on massive roadtrips with their car while there).

    Cons

    Everything about working there is a disaster. 1) Management is a joke. In fact managers are either racist Europeans who never travelled or know anything about how companies in the USA operate or they are newly recruited college graduates from the USA who are in their early 20s and don't know crap about managing people. Based on their communication skills, their thought processes are clearly juvenile and no sensible adult would put up with that kind of crap. These newly graduates are paid at least twice as much as people with 10 years of retail experience in the industry. In fact they are the ones lording over the people with 10 years of experience. That’s right. These inexperienced managers are constantly asking people with experience how to do things, when they should be the ones with the knowledge as the manager. That's beyond insulting and downright unethical. Unless you're an old college professor that likes to be taught and/or learn from students do not step foot in LIDL.

    2) The HR is even worse. They were terrible recruiters and known to screw up every employee's paycheck on a regular basis. People get underpaid and overpaid and if you don't read your paycheck thoroughly every time you are paid I guarantee you there is a mistake. I know people who have been overpaid by thousands of dollars and Lidl still have not caught on, so if you are a victim of being overpaid just zip it and Lidl won’t be the wiser.

    3) Overseas training: They drag your rear to Europe last minute without advanced notice. When you are in Europe, they give you no company card and drag you to an unknown hotel in an unknown location where you have to pay to use the internet. The per diem is 30 dollars. For that amount you eat one and a half meals a day or buy cold sandwiches every day. There is no microwave, there is no fridge, and they will take away your measly per diem if you are booked in a hotel with either of these appliances. LIDL will refuse to pay for your breakfast in the hotel. Oh, and they won't even pay for your laundry which costs more than my entire utilities in DC right now. Working for any reputable USA company overseas guarantees you at least a minimum of $75 dollars per day for per diem, including additional costs for laundry, etc. I bet Wal-Mart employees have better per diems.

    Work environment: Have you seen Jersey Shore? You will notice a lot of flirting amongst managers (college graduates especially) and even relationships mixed in a professional environment. These people have the upper hand because they form groups and are manager level and above. They all go out drinking regularly and I've noticed promotions from within, nepotism, and all kinds of HR violations. If you're an experienced employee avoid at all costs working there. It will look bad on your portfolio and will negatively influence your lifestyle. Working at LIDL is like living in a frat house. Unless you want to be managed by an obnoxious and inexperienced frat kid or sorority girl avoid LIDL.

    Worst of all, they were still working on their policies when I left so they were inconsistent with their promises and would randomly tell you no for certain requests while they say yes to others. They even discriminate you based on your skin color, gender, etc by not promoting you. All that combined with 10-12 hour workdays and no overtime pay will make you feel like a blue-collar worker. You are better off working for McDonalds at this cost because they at least get overtime.

    Turnover: I still talk to some colleagues at Lidl and more than half the people that on-boarded with me have either been fired or left the company. Some have filed complaints with the EEOC. Does that not say something?

    Advice to Management

    Go back to Europe or learn how American businesses operate and put a muzzle on the frat and sorority managers that are lording over people who actually know what they're talking about.


  11. Helpful (18)

    "Misery Loves Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lidl full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company, specifically. A lot of time and money has been spent on Lidl US, but despite the claims of its "start-up" status and the polished exterior it presents, the company culture has morphed into a bizarre mash-up of the worst of European business practices and lengthy American work hours. Expect an emphasis on time-in-seat and superficial appearances over work quality. There were a few upsides, of course:

    -Great benefits, even for the DC area
    -Competitive compensation at the managerial level and above
    -A few great people to work with

    Cons

    Unfortunately, none of these things begin to counter the self-defeating informal policies of nepotism, sexism, and (occasional) racism. Prospective employees at Lidl US have been passed over for hiring due to the following reasons:

    -They were married
    -They were overweight
    -They had mentioned family obligations or an ill relative who they provided care for
    -They had children

    It would behoove prospective applicants to review the demographics of Lidl US' senior management and Board of Directors before making any serious commitments. The sheer number of smart, hard-working, and optimistic people who have wound up crying in a bathroom stall because of workplace toxicity at this company is entirely too high.

    Advice to Management

    Right the ship when it comes to employee welfare now, while the company is still growing. Ensure confidentiality within HR, remove individuals in management positions who are known to be abusive towards employees, and enforce consistent work hours requirements across all departments.



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