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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #50 on: 04-01-16, 08:12PM »
I left back in May after 32 years in the Bakery. I was really unsure that id made the right decision. I applied for loads of jobs and eventually decided on training to be a bus driver. Totally different as to hours and working on your own but i enjoyed it. I did miss Tesco and after a few weeks began to question my decision. After 3 months id had enough and was working far more hours than at Tesco. Something i didn't leave for. So began looking again for another job. Then in October i found a craft bakers job. Absolutely love it. Hours Pay Staff. I tell them about tesco and they cannot understand how tesco treat staff. So the moral of this story is there is something out there for everyone. You just have to persevere and believe in yourself.

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #51 on: 05-01-16, 12:20AM »
My interview is with one of the discounters  :P
Better hope you get a store with an old school manager (most of which have left) as if you think tesco is hard on you wait till you get to aldi or lidl!

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #52 on: 05-01-16, 01:19AM »
At least it will pay more than Tesco, hard work is no problem but a fair wage is all people want.
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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #53 on: 10-02-16, 02:23PM »

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #54 on: 12-02-16, 02:06PM »
If you could swop Your contract from Tesco to another retailer with the same terms and conditions would you? and if so which would you choose?

It actually IS greener if you get lucky. Of course the big 4 supermarkets are most likely just as bad as each other but the rest of them are worth a shot. Im now with a large supermarket chain, that too does superstores and local stores, but does not answer to shareholders sitting in ivory towers. Its a pleasure to work for so far.


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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #55 on: 12-02-16, 04:41PM »
does your name give away as to what supermarket u now work for lol

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #56 on: 12-02-16, 05:09PM »
Don't recommend Lidl as a place to work! Worked there for 5 years before joining the big T many years ago. Working conditions awful, often the only person there. Going in early, working delivery, opening up, being on the checkout, cleaning after closing time. T may be going down the pan but more bearable than Lidl in my opinion.

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #57 on: 12-02-16, 06:36PM »
Tesco is without doubt the worst company i have ever worked for. Did not know how bad it was until i joined. Such a pity. :'(

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #58 on: 12-02-16, 08:52PM »
From my research and talking to people who work for them the discounters have a higher ratio of managers to staff than Tesco just they have to graft alongside the customer assistants. If u include the store manager (full time),usually 2 assistant store managers(full time) and then 2 or 3 duty managers who just get a premium for hours they look after the shop without store or ass store manager in the building(part time). Bearing in mind a store taking 100k would have under 20 staff including managers, ga's even the cleaner which makes it the structure 25% managers minimum.I don't think the number of managers is the issue in Tesco its what they do. The discounters managers used to work crazy hours but  Lidl managers are encouraged to do their contracted hours where possible and they have to take their time back if they work over. Scary when you think a big Tesco extras dot com operation would take 100k plus but what hours/staff do they use just to pick and deliver the goods which doesn't include filling stock and then add van expenses  :o :o. No wonder Tesco cant compete on price.

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #59 on: 28-02-19, 11:12PM »
Hi , could anyone help me , there’s a union rep at my department who is a bully and has breached confidentiality and made threats of violence, which has led to staff leaving . I’ve written to Usdaw in Glasgow and the senior there is not taking this as a matter of urgency. A lady who got bullied on my department by this individual has been that low threatened to take her life . Now in this day and age , policy and procedures at Tesco should be upheld , but in this case there allowing a union rep to bully , this individual was also investigated by confidential. Is it going to take a colleague to literally take there life for action to be taken .
This individual is using the position of repping to intimidate and bully and make threats , so why isn’t anyone taking this seriously.

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #60 on: 01-03-19, 06:18AM »
It's not really down to the union head office to intervene, it is your tesco managers who should be dealing with it,  and an USDAW area organiser will be required to rep the rep if a grievance is placed.....which leads me to the question as to why a grievance has not been placed against this individual if, as you say, their bullying is rife amongst your colleagues, then a group grievance is what should be done. The more who complain and are willing to back up the complaints in a group, then the more serious it will be. Just because this person is a rep, does not make them Teflon coated, they will be treated the same as any colleague, I have seen a few disciplined and one dismissed, all repped by their AO, but that didn't save them as the rules are the rules for everyone.
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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #61 on: 01-03-19, 03:42PM »
Even if we stay in the retail world focused on supermarkets, Tesco pays 3rd from the bottom and the least out of the big 4 in terms of base pay.  In convenience format stores, Tesco are the only ones who have a role which entails managerial responsibilities to be paid at an hourly rate under the title "Shift Leader" (the distinction between leader and manager is significant as when "manager" appears in a job title, a salary is commensurate with it.) Their competitors in similar roles have manager in the title (Sainsbury's at least has Customer Trading Managers, they're paid between 22-24k a year compared to a shift leaders £10.29 an hour).

Plus with Tesco making all these cuts and the wide spread speculation that Dave Lewis doesn't know what he's doing in the long term, the future of Tesco isn't great. 

As for myself I;ve moved on from the retail world into a position where I'm trusted with the national economy and infrastructure. Suffice to say the money is a lot better as well as the working conditions and treatment.

But yes,  in retail It seems apart from Iceland and the Co-op anywhere is better than Tesco with regards to pay and anywhere is better than Tesco with regards to  work environment. Tesco as a field is a barren land, so the grass is greener pretty much anywhere else.

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #62 on: 06-05-19, 04:35PM »
Everybody has their own issues, but I would encourage anyone that's truly not happy in their job to try something else. Especially if the pay and hours are going to be similar anyway.

The longer you work there, the harder it is to take that leap of faith and just settle for the devil you know.

That's how I felt. On one hand I had an income in an area where it's not that easy to get a full time job. But on the other, I hated it. I worked there for 6 years but finally left to start a new job in January for a carton packaging manufacturer. Completely different and took a while to adjust but now enjoying it more than I ever did at Tesco.

We just started new 12 hour shifts on the manufacturing floor. Week on, week off. Shift rate has bumped my money up a bit too. The stark difference is the treatment. The owner/MD takes an interest in who everyone is, managers are managers because they are good at their job and motivate, guide and problem solve instead of passing the buck, berating, bullying or simply blanking those paid a little less.

I definitely felt that bullying, arrogant culture that snowballed from levels of management. Retail often doesn't attract the brightest of folks (myself included) but when you get dumb people that are egotistical and crave rank and authority, it goes straight to their tiny heads and only serves to create a toxic environment.

Now I feel like I'm part of one team. Everyone talks to each other whether you're on the factory floor like me, admin, sales or board of directors. The place employs about 25 people and everyone at one point or another came to shake my hand and welcome me aboard. For the first time I feel a sense of belonging, equality and at the same time, responsibility with opportunity to grow.

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #63 on: 06-05-19, 09:47PM »
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Well done Jimmy. I also agree with every word you've said. I work for a slightly larger company who employs 300 people but still the ceo down to the cleaners all say hello and ask how is your day. Definitely different culture to the disgusting way Tesco was run and that is down to the management they employed there.

To anyone given the opportunity to jump, then do so at any given opportunity as I stayed in Tesco too long but luckily I was young when I started so it wasn't hard for me to go into a totally different career.

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Re: Is the grass greener?
« Reply #64 on: 07-05-19, 07:21AM »
Great post Jimmy. Such a refreshing read. Well done in your job too  :thumbup:
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