Working in a garage can be very busy one minute and dead quiet the next. Apart from staffing the tills, you have to keep on top of the food and shelf filling and watch out for shoplifters and drive outs. BP are hot on teaching the relevant legislation but the daily running of the garage is usually down to the shift manager. Get a good one and no problem but get a bad one and nobody wants to do any work for him/her.
Despite being told that shifts would vary and I would be working all areas of store I was left on the cafe on late shifts working most weekends. Staff were fab on the whole and made the job bearable but the management was poor (apart from the ones doing late shifts) and had very obvious favourites. Staff were sworn at and some treated badly while others had a blind eye turned when mistakes made. Customers on the whole were nice. Late shift on cafe was mostly cleaning and prep for am shift, became monotonous. Training was exciting and I wish I was working at some of the training branches.
Went for an interview, all went well. Went for second interview all went well. I told them I'm pregnant but am willing to work. The manager would not take me purely because of this.
No way is does this business give equal opportunities.
This was at cherry Orchard way Southend toomey group.
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) - Hampshire United Kingdom - February 5, 2017
A typical day would start off with delivery, in this i got to learn how to do stock counts and organisation of the products being sold. At this time i also got familiar with how the tills operated during busy periods of the day allowing me to be confident in situations that needed to be dealt with. The employees were of different ages, this allowed me to have different conversation with everyone and broadened my knowledge of everyone's lifestyle in comparison to my own. The hardest part of the job was probably the issues with customers if they have complaints because we as staff always had to keep the situation professional and deal with the issues in the best possible way. the most rewarding would be completing tasks on time and seeing the locals with a smile on their face from the hard work that we as a team continuously put in to the company.
Open 24 hours a day I start between 5am - 6am preparing all the fresh savouries, cakes and breads. Once labelled and bagged the coffee rush starts at approx. 6.30 when everyone starts going to work. A small pause. Restock then its school rush. Restock and change from breakfast menu to lunch.
Whilst doing the above I assist on tills selling all M&S products,cigarettes and fuel. main queue should not exceed 1 person waiting so up to 5 tills can be opened with all coffee orders being shouted down.
There is very little time for chit chat and I am busy from the minute I clock on till I leave. The most enjoyable part is dealing with customers and there friendly smiling faces when they leave
a typical day at work was working behind the till the customers were brilliant but rest of the staff and managers were ridiculous i was let go from my job here for asking for a day off for a hospital appointment as i was deemed unreliable
always stuck on tills dealing with RUDE "customers"
hardly ever on shop floor, tills were dull, boring & repetitive & I HATE standing around all day and I have always been better on the shop floor
my back started playing up and I couldn't move as quick/hardly at all as everyone else & my store manager KNEW this and asked me to do the crisps so i did & because I couldn't get it done within half an hour he snapped
"it should be done by now! your plodding at your speed, if your not going to go at our speed then i'm not paying you!"
I didn't fit in and it always felt like everyone had been talking about me when I appeared, they would look at me, smile and walk off
I never learnt anything as I as always on tills
There was no enjoyable part of working there
jobsworth manager, constantly on tills, RUDE "customers" constantly
With many new faces being met every shift and many life orientated jobs to be done throughout the store, you can ensure that it can be an enjoyable job if you want it to be.
The hourly rate is very reasonable especially for a first job.
Management and co-workers are very friendly and helpful.
Typical day would be, if you were doing the morning shift, then it would be delivery and shop floor work, otherwise it would be tills.
Evening would consist of doing date-checks, reductions, stock replenishment & the rest would be all tills.
One person would have to take a lot responsibilities during a nightshift as I did, it is a decent job to be working for nothing amazing, pretty good organisation or timetables etc. sometimes its really fast paced which is stress but its good, other days like weekends are slow.
Free hot beverages
team members at some branches are not that friendly, night shift pay is not good enough compared to other rates