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good for first job not bad wouldnt reccomend for a full on career but is good for college and part time , structures are good with shifts and professional holiday pay
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Mixed Bag

The work itself wasn’t too taxing and it was quite easy to get in the swing of things. Also the pay was quite good compared to other jobs in the area. The real issues come from the use of overtime hours to essentially lure workers in with lower hour contracts and then essentially make the do full time with the contract hours + overtime hours.
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Good experience

I began working there when the store first opened. The 15 years i served for Tesco was good and i have many various memories mainly good of the years i spent there.
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Managers are awful but colleagues are nice. Managers will call and text you for i overtime and won’t leave you alone until you agree. Apparently they don’t do this anymore though
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Horrible job mediocre people

Says it all to be honest. Miserable hours for average pay. Colleagues of same job title were fine but line manager was insufferable and manager hardly any better if at all.
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I had the pleasure of working at Tesco for two years, and I can confidently say that it was a rewarding experience that left a positive impact on me. From the inclusive work culture to the diverse range of tasks, here's a comprehensive review of my time as an employee at Tesco.
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Decent enough part-time job

The work is fine. No complaints with the amount of workload. They can set the pick rate bar somewhat arbitrarily though.They'll ask you to use a red bag for raw meat and bleach but most people don't bother including managers.You'll cross paths with all the other pickers in store over and over which can feel a little awkward as being too overly social would hurt your pick rate but ignoring fellow colleagues and just getting on with the job makes you appear rude. Left because of the office politics. Mostly older women or teenagers in the job.
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Who you work with makes the work good

Decent pay, made friends for life from working at Tesco, the job can get abit boring over time. My managers were nice, if you want to you can move up to a manager position after completing training. The worst part of the job was probably the rude customers
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Easy, organized position

Great first job option, I started here when I was younger and this was my first role. The wage is decent, the company is organised and there are plenty of opportunities for overtime.
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It was fun overall friendly staff and management it wasn't a very difficult job as you only need to do basic tasks and the pay is really good for what it's for
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Good place for a first job

Great place for a first job as pay is good. You always get paid on time and the correct amount. Good employee discount schemes for in store products.Cons: Lack of organization in certain areas
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Wasn’t anything special. Unless you work there for a while you don’t feel as welcomed. Very stressful at festive times and not as much support for new people


Good pay


Long hours
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Good money for a very boring job, management are not the best and they employ just about anyone. Moral is rubbish and people jump shop often. Would recommend for a younger person just starting out
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It was okay experience in general but managing is poor I would say always in Tesco mostly depends on manager also I was one of the youngest at the time but other seem to be relaxing which is very annoying which can mean one is over worked which made me hate it at the this point I look at other retailers such Sainsbury's Asda Aldi Waitrose work flow management seems amazing impeccable why is it not same for this situation in Tesco. Since before my resignation I was offered better role higher example supervisor I refused few to many times as per Manger response already dealing with work load. I cannot cope with more may experience firing as anything is mistaken can end your career seeming not to care. Instead of support! Cheers please work for other retailers except this one.


Staff room staff discount


Higyine cleanliness over place
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Working at Tesco has been a fulfilling experience overall. The company's commitment to customer service and quality products is evident throughout. The work environment is fast-paced, which keeps things exciting and dynamic. The management team is supportive and encourages career growth, providing various training opportunities to enhance skills.Interacting with customers has its challenges, but it's also rewarding to assist them in finding what they need. The teamwork among colleagues is excellent, fostering a positive atmosphere. The company promotes diversity and inclusion, which is refreshing to see.One aspect that could be improved is the work-life balance, as shifts can be demanding and irregular. However, the competitive salary and employee benefits make up for it to some extent.Overall, working at Tesco is a great opportunity for those seeking a career in retail. It provides valuable experience, excellent customer exposure, and a chance to grow within the company.
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Retail assistant

I was interacting with the customers while working on the clothes department asking for help from the staff I was working with. I learnt how to put the clothes in the correct order for small age to adult.


Free coffee


10 minutes break
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Long breaks

You get a nice long break which is useful due to working night shifts.If you work an 8 hour shift you get a 90 minute break so you will work 9hrs 30 mins in total but this is only for night shifts i think
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Great place to work

Amazing job and great people. Understanding managers and friendly environment. They actively promote training and learning to boost emotional wellbeing.
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Great opportunity for training and ample opportunity to grow

What is the best part of working at the company?Family type environment great bossesWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Competitive pay with great growth potential What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Diversified even opportunities for growth What is a typical day like for you at the company?Hard work but very satisfying
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I did what it said on the tin for 36 years I can’t fault it

What is the best part of working at the company?They were very flexible and I worked for them for 36 years, .What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Obviously the busiest time is a Christmas and Easter that’s when everything goes crazyWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Can’t fault it, I was able to progress from a trainee Baker all the way up to deputy store manager.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Not one day is the same every day is different. However, you still have your day job to do!
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Not flexible

tesco preach “flexi-contracts” but basically expect you to turn up for a shift within 30mins of that said shift starting without being notified. Management do not know how to communicate with their staff or each other. The culture can be very clique-y so be careful. not suitable for under 18s still in education - not flexible at all and will push you to do the maximum amount of hours you can legally do.
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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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