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Lidl Reviews

Updated December 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Pay - Easy progression (with the right attitude) (in 94 reviews)

  • Gute Bezahlung gute Kollegen es ist immer was los einem wird nie langweilig was bei Personen denen es schnell langweilig wird gut ist (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • Work- life balance is not great (in 78 reviews)

  • Long hours and fragmented head office (in 85 reviews)

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  1. "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl part-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, And They Train You Very Well.

    Cons

    Everyone Starts With About 20hrs/ week. You have to work your way up to get more hours


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Overall Pros & Cons"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lidl (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and Helpful work environment, depending on location and other employees. Pay rate is decent.

    Cons

    HR Can't seem to get "on the ball" with payroll in order to get employees either paid on time, direct deposit set up right, or paid PERIOD! Bad bad bad business....
    Went through 4 wks of rigorous training only to find that we were transferred to other stores after opening the store we were told would be permanent and then hours kept getting cut drastically for all involved with each subsequent week gone by.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not for everyone"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lidl part-time

    Pros

    Pay is good and not everyone is bad

    Cons

    Poor Management, pay issues, schedule issues, stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    Think more about your employees instead of just asking more for them. Especially when there are issues.


  4. "Store"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Associate
    Current Employee - Store Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lidl part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great health care and great pay

    Cons

    i don't know of any yet


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Great job for career advancement, very disorganized company in general."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl full-time

    Pros

    - Managers get a lot of responsibility and opportunities to learn from consultants
    - Great pay

    Cons

    - Head office is very disorganized and often provides half-baked direction with no clarity
    - No regard for consultants or sellers' time or money and employees are often directed to burn bridges

    Advice to Management

    - Decide if you want to build a Lidl on a site before directing employees to put it under contract


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work for!!"

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

    I worked at Lidl full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for retail
    Benefits

    Cons

    Everything!!
    No work life balance,
    International are rude to the us employees
    Managers are rude to their employees even though they don't work. Upper management must think their workers are robots. You should enjoy going to work every day not hate it and I can surely tell you, everybody hates it! If u walk up to any Lidl employee, I can surely tell u they are screaming to get out of the company! Never donate their stuff to local banks.

    Advice to Management

    Should've waited to open your stores in the US. Expect too much out of your workers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Purchasing Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Arlington, VA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, challenging, good benefits,

    Cons

    No Work-Personal Life Balance
    Salary is in the low range for DC area
    If you want to move up will need to be fluent in German

    Advice to Management

    Post in the elevator or Cafeteria the open jobs posting for internal transfers.
    Have a clear policy of working hours and publish it.

  8. "Just Don't"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lidl part-time

    Pros

    Hourly wage is higher than most retail establishments

    Cons

    Do not waste your time. They make you think this is the greatest company but do not be fooled by the bs they feed you at the interview. They tell you that if you are a PT 20 you will get 20 plus hours a week but once you actually get in the store it changes to a PT 20 meaning 0-20 hours a week based not on your performance but whether or not you feed the egos of the SRP's and the Manager. Although you can make good money during training (which is a complete joke...they threaten you with disciplinary action if you do not memorize around 100 PLU's and pass a final exam) and the opening of the store working here is not a good idea if you have bills or a family to take care of. And hope that if you do take a job here that they do not send you to the Winston store for more training because you will learn nothing there, they treat you like they are better than you and refuse to allow you to train in the areas that you are there to learn, instead be prepared to be berated and put on cleaning duty. Lidl should invest their money in teaching their Management team how to treat employees in a respectful and professional manner instead of making associates spend weeks away from their family to learn something that is not carried over into the store.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "LIDL US: It's ok if you can look past some big issues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -If you're a buyer or upper management, you really have nothing to worry about.
    -Your department and team are great to work with.
    -Giveaways every now and then are nice if you can get to them on time.
    -Different food truck outside every day and plenty of food options around if you don't bring lunch with you.
    -It can be a relaxed environment if you make it that way

    Cons

    -Benefits does a HORRIBLE job of keeping track of things and explaining things. You have to dig through pdf after pdf to find policies, and have to fight through email after email to get something corrected if they messed up your PTO or something like that. They never actually explain things to you and treat you like an idiot if something doesn't make sense to you.
    -Parking is a joke. Unless you have a fleet car (buyers and upper management) you need to park at one of two garages about a 1/2 mile from the office.
    -Try not to get hit by someone in a fleet car if you're in the building's parking garage. They'll treat it like a race track.
    -Literally everything from project management to time sheets are done using Excel 2013.
    -Things change way too often. Growing pains are one thing, but no department is ever on the same page when it comes to processes, methods, or organization.

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in project management software at the very least. Some of us work in as many as 5 different excel documents a day, and they always change.
    -Have all your departments get on the same page, I've gotten comfortable with a system or method only to have it change and disrupt our entire team because one person in a different department did not want to do the extra work involved with it.
    -Upper management are constantly in meetings, but nothing seems to come out of them except either more questions or another policy/method/process change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Full-time employee - Headoffice"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ownership of own projects, upward mobility, promotion from within, benefits are amazing, global network of business professionals and resources, divers workforce that's very bright and talented
    The company tries to change strategies as quickly as industry trends change, which gives employees the opportunity to change gears quiet often and makes the work place exciting.

    Cons

    -Changes are often not clearly communicated to the entire organization
    -Pay is not fairly distributed throughout the regions (location should be a determining factor of pay)
    -Promotion process is not fair/transparent
    -A number of employees in key roles are not qualified for their position

    Advice to Management

    Show that the success of Lidl's expansion DEPENDS ON the success of your US employees.


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