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Southern Co-operatives Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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  1. "CSA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSA in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CSA in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Co-operatives full-time

    Pros

    In my shop I have great colleagues, and a very good general manager. It's a no stress job being CSA if I need something to do I just ask and the job is very simple to. Working tills is easy and stock management is simple just got to always remember to do stock rotation.

    Cons

    In my store we are always busy, and will always have a queue. We have a thieving incident every couple of hours which always keeps you alert.

    Advice to Management

    more communication between staff, when training being assigned to someone to learn things better and learning how to stock things differently like stocking small crisps is a hard thing to do right also giving a chance to get a understanding of store layout and where things are.


  2. "Brilliant"

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    Former Employee - Manager On Duty in Exeter, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager On Duty in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff great manager

    Cons

    Working easter Sunday is bad think we should be shut

  3. "Csa"

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    Current Employee - CSA in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CSA in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Co-operatives part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All staff and friendly and we all have a good bond

    Cons

    There is no down side for working for the co po7

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work x


  4. "Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Community focus and working with great store colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of area support from management, hours cut, work life balance poor, bonus poor and micro managed

    Advice to Management

    Support and celebrate success


  5. "Awful disrespectful lack of promises"

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

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives part-time

    Pros

    Holiday pay sick pay.

    Cons

    Lies hours pay expectation communication

    Advice to Management

    Quit your not good enough


  6. Helpful (1)

    "review your management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Duty Manager
    Current Employee - Duty Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Southern Co-operatives full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was promoted Within a month
    Friendly staff
    Yearly bonus
    Double discount weekend

    Cons

    Lack of staff, lack of training, poor wages for responsibility, expect more from some duty managers than others

    Advice to Management

    The new system does not work! We have 5 dm's and no assistant manager anymore meaning a duty manager now has to know everything for an extra 50p an hour! There's a definite need for a second in command


  7. "Good part time student job"

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

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives part-time

    Pros

    Good responsibility and skills learned. Well trained and a good bunch of people to work with. Manager was very good at his job.

    Cons

    Could do with better pay or trying to make the job more interesting and it was very long and teious hours especially if you are stuck behind the tills for hours.

    Advice to Management

    Job rotation, get your staff to move around the roles of the business. Facing up is also really tedious and should be equally divided to staff.

  8. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    10% discount for you and a family member, plus end-of-year vouchers
    Friendly regular customers
    Opportunity for overtime

    Cons

    Only 2-3 staff members on at any given time, which could be stressful when it was busy
    Often doing the same thing each week
    Little room for progression
    Early morning shifts

    Advice to Management

    Mix things up every now and then


  9. "Retail, with a more ethical approach"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Emsworth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Emsworth, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Southern Co-operative is part of the wider Co-operative network in the UK. My experience of working in a local Southern Co-operative store was that the organisation is generally more community-oriented. Co-op members, including staff, each have an equal stake in the company and a say in how it is run. Arguably more democratic than most other well-known chain supermarkets. Has a more ethical approach to its products than many other retailers. For example, all own-brand cosmetics and household products are certified cruelty-free.

    Cons

    Despite the democratic structure of the company, felt far removed from decisions higher up the chain. Frustrating when many customers request a specific item but no mechanism in place to order this in. (It appears this issue has been addressed recently however - at least in some stores.)

    Advice to Management

    Give customers what they want - provided of course that it is in alignment with the Co-op's ethical framework. Area Managers (and those above) need to be more visible.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Store manager"

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    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Co-operatives full-time

    Pros

    Managing your own store and the team u create around u

    Cons

    Area managers are all yes people, they are too scared to stick up for their managers. Continually cutting staff but expecting miracles. Head office are on another playing field with many of them not having a clue what happens in the real world. Salary is poor as are bonus's (lucky if u get one) poor pension scheme poor systems company stuck in the last century. No development opportunities even tho they bang on about self progression. It's laughable what they pay the staff no wonder we struggled to employ anyone.

    Advice to Management

    What's the point they don't listen or read stuff like this anyway


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