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Marks & Spencer Reviews

Updated January 22, 2018
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  • I'm training at a M&S location right now where we all are doing the same work but I am being paid (in 75 reviews)

  • work life balance challenging at times (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marks & Spencer full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. Everyday you will face a new challenge.

    Cons

    Lot of manual work involved. Lack of support from seniors.


  2. "Part time job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marks & Spencer part-time

    Pros

    Friendly place to work and colleagues always helpful

    Cons

    During busy period you can be completely rushed off your feet

  3. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fast paced, multiple projects (Food, Clothes, Beauty), team oriented, constant learning & training

    Cons

    competitive, weak position towards young audience limits marketing projects


  4. "Fast paced, political but if you can play the game very rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Manager
    Former Employee - Commercial Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training - retail and management training. Staff discount card. Will work with a wide range of personalities and abilities.

    Cons

    Political, wide gap between HO and stores. HO staff more easier to get promotion. Company doesnt promote enough. HR has vicious policies on sick pay.

    Advice to Management

    Review HR system and practices. Doesnt care about work/life and encourages burnout when in mgmt.


  5. "Christmas temp"

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    Former Employee - Barista in Aberdeen, SD
    Former Employee - Barista in Aberdeen, SD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Marks & Spencer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - nice workforce
    - management recognise talent
    - good benefits 25% discount from the outset

    Cons

    - long hours
    - stressful queues at Christmas
    - some rude customers to deal with
    - only given 2 uniforms

    Advice to Management

    Think about the cafe system and ways to better distribute the staff to be able to get things done quicker. Other than that the management was excellent in
    My opinion


  6. "Product Merchandiser"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser/Associate Buyer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Merchandiser/Associate Buyer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Marks & Spencer (More than a year)

    Pros

    overall great company to work.

    Cons

    more holidays can be given


  7. "Customer Service Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, incentives and vacation time

    Cons

    Snobbery amongst older staff members

    Advice to Management

    Get a bit more real

  8. "Cafe Customer Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marks & Spencer part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Managers open to feedback, friendly working environment, opportunities for progression and support.

    Cons

    Some improvements in restructuring the company may be needed, average rude and entitled retail customer.


  9. "Ability to learn new skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marks & Spencer full-time

    Pros

    Ability to transfer between sectors within the organisation for a varied career developing new skills.

    Cons

    Restrictive career ladder. Senior managers brought in externally rather than supporting development internally.

    Advice to Management

    Take a chance on someone! The opportunities for promotion from one band to the next are few and far between and means a lot when it comes internally.


  10. "Part time service assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marks & Spencer part-time

    Pros

    Good staff discount, well paid hours for part time work

    Cons

    The shift hours can be late.


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