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Tesco Welwyn Garden City Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  • Unsociable hours interferes with work life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Long hours at the start of your career (in 72 reviews)

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  1. "Masterclass in buying"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buying Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Buying Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with the best in the industry. Leading processes. Good infrastructure. Exceptional people development - developing technical skills alongside leadership abilities.
    Lovely offices and flexi working.

    Cons

    Small fish in big pond, hard to establish yourself as unique or stand out.
    Salaries aren't market comparable so no room to progress in role and therefore talent regrettably leaves motivated by cash reward.

    Advice to Management

    Trust leaders to own their salary budget and reward staff accordingly. They have ownership of multi-million pound buying budgets, but don't have ownership of a salary budget and therefore staff feel unrewarded and unmotivated to strive to exceed.


  2. "Great place to Work, Progression is Limiited"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, fast paced, friendly and very supportive

    Cons

    Limited in progression and need to change the salary structure to retain people.


  3. "Not a bad place for a contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Front End Developer in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Front End Developer in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesco as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Money is good, workload isn't too high, flexible working so you can work from multiple offices and/or from home as and when needed.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload is so low, you might wonder why you are there.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the personnel, there is a lot of fat to trim to make the organisation a lot leaner.


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  5. "Pay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's good so you'll enjoy

    Cons

    Very corporate so is a bit of a vibe killer

    Advice to Management

    Chill a bit


  6. "Fair pay and friendly staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All staff, including managers and supervisors were all very helpful and friendly, which was especially comforting to me due to an underlying medical condition i have; they seemed more like mother and an extended family as a pose to colleagues. i worked here on weekends whilst completing my degree and met some wonderful people through doing so. Hours nor pay were unreasonable and if you were air with the managers they were always fair with your. Booking holidays could sometimes be annoying as for my department only one woman took care of booking the staffs holidays so if she wasnt in this could sometimes cause a minor issue but this was usually resolved quickly and time off was more often than not granted. i thoroughly enjoyed my time here!

    Cons

    For me this job was always something for money when in university, and it worked perfectly well for that, nothing bad i can say in relation.


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    "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great chance for a 2 week holiday to India before your job is off shored

    Cons

    None unless you enjoy workplace bullying and harrassment

    Advice to Management

    Relocate yourself to the Hindustan Service Center whilst swivelling


  8. "Overall great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesco as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The office is great: very colourful, almost relaxed. Everyone get a good company laptop and can work from home whenever (without needing permission). Colleagues are great people so office had a friendly/helpful atmosphere. Promotion seems systematic and transparent.

    Cons

    Intensity of work is low and often repetitive and no much room to self-improve. Maybe I was in the wrong department but there did not seem to be much urgency to things.


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    "Where finance careers go to die"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tesco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The culture has improved drastically since the Accounting scandal and leadership change
    - If you built a good brand and work hard there are still long term progression opportunities, but you will be expected to work long hours under intense pressure for many years to get there

    Cons

    - People are much more likely to be promoted for who they know rather than what they know
    - Systems are atrocious - Tesco is famed on building it's past success on the Clubcard and customer insight this provided. Finance teams have no access to this data at all, which seems like a massive missed opportunity. The data you do have access to is limited and extremely hard to access/manipulate
    - A large volume of work has been offshored to the Bangalore based service centre - this has added huge inefficiency to everyone's day jobs as communication between the offices is awful and you will likely spend more time receiving frustrating emails and in frustrating meetings with colleagues in Bangalore than you will sharing your ideas and insight with management
    - Extremely hierarchical culture - some managers are great, many will take your work, pass it off as their own and present it to directors. Many (not all) will be unlikely to offer you the opportunity to present to directors yourself
    - Benefits have been pared back massively over the past few years. Pay is uncompetitive. Forget about pay rises after you join.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in systems and processes, which will allow finance to provide insight rather than attempt to work with horrendous data
    Build a more inspiring culture as
    Remove hierarchical culture (good luck)


  10. "Nice Company! Good Progress"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Flat structure, easy to learn lots.
    - Cheap to commute to
    - Friendly staff.

    Cons

    - Poor after work culture. Little in terms of bars and after work drinks.
    - Human Resources are hard to get hold of and its hard to get help

    Advice to Management

    - Better Canteen and greater employee benefits to retain high performers.
    - Greater reward for working hard.
    - Other than that very good


  11. "Overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I worked at Tesco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work Culture and nice atmosphere

    Cons

    Management could be improved more and better

    Advice to Management

    some changes can be bought in management



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