A.F.Blakemore & Son Ltd
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Expect to work for money, like you should do anywhere you go.Worked with a great bunch of people, which helps helps you get through the longer days.Good earning potential if your willing to do the extra hours.
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Varied work

Varied work assisting managing a convenience store with multiple departments - area managers visit frequently to ensure smooth operation of the store l
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Terrible Company

Management always pick a d choose when they want to turn up for shift and are ridiculously over paid. As the Assistant manager in one of the stores i am getting paid less than the supervisors due to a lack in organisation from head office, meaning every one else gets a pay rise in April and we don’t get one for a few more months
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Unproductive and very unprofessional

Place is a poo tip no matter what department. Managers are useless and you have to be a yes man to go anywhere further then a basic worker. All the managers were yes men but were absolutely dreadful at the basic job before taking a managerial role. Strongly advise not to work for them unless u want ur mental health to be at the bottom of the abyss by the end of it. You do 2000 favours for them and not a single thing or even a bit of appreciation back for you. Constantly employing and sacking people which tells you that they can’t hold on to staff longer then half a year. Their turn over in staff is just as bas as their turn over in profits. Company going desperately downhill. Not one good thing to actually say about them.
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Encouraging you if you work hard to do more

I think management should improve upon their supervision by making sure that team leaders play their roles efficiently and effectively . I am happy working with the company. One is encourage to be trained in other areas of work that will improve the business of the company




Long hours
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Fast paced

Fast paced work environment. Advertised wage is performance based and the pick rates can be a bit unrealistic. Management generally leave you to get on with your job.


kept busy


performance based pay
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Jobs easy.. Management is poor

The management is bad.. Amazes me how a company this big is able to function.. The pay is ok and there are some decent people here but it seems the worse you are at your job the more likely you are to be promoted.
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Horrible place to work

Due to poor management this job is by far the worse place I have worked , the Rotas are constantly changed and you never know what you going to be workin
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Do not waste your time.

The Sales assistants are nice as they are in the same shoes you are, but the management are lazy and have a very do as i say not as i do mentaility, not to mention that they will treat you like dirt they have scraped of their shoes if you let them and then if you dont let them do that they will either just not talk to you or will slag you off and be horrible to others behind your back.Add on the fact that they pay the absulute minimum wage they can get away with as far as they care well thats just it they dont care.After 2 years in this Posistion i can say that i wish i could go back and never even applied.You mean nothing to the people above you nothing this goes from just the store manager to the top, if you happen to apply for this company be prepared to give up all social life, including family life.
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Dreadful place to work

People are nice but the managers are awful. Only ever one or two that do anything right. Always missing money out of my wages so i would have to nag for them to do anything about it.
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Terrible management

Horrible manager, everything else was fine but the manager is soul destroying.Everything will be your fault and you are made to feel worthless and useless.
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Good company

I worked for Blakemore between the ages of 16 and 20 , pay was poor as you got minimum wage for your age while doing the same job , staff were friendly and you got looked after , lots of support from central and possibility of progression
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Bonus system is capped

You're treated like a work mule. Everything is timed so you have to work towards the bonus for a decent wage. But the bonus is capped so if you continue working hard they show you what you could have earnt if the bonus wasn't capped.. You've earnt the money but company doesn't pay you it...


Free car park


Bonus is rigged in companies favour
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Don’t recommend

Had to isolate due to covid and then was ‘let go’ due to excessive days off through probationary period rang hr and was told managers disgression Rota changed all time was on a 16 hour contract and doing 40 hours a week not asked
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good lads to work with.

good place to work. can be long hours at times, however not too bad as the people you work with and the nature of the work makes time fly by. management can be strict at times


good breaks


long hours and weekends
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Can be a graft

Worked hear for few years main issue was handball drops but now only 13 stores handball.Issues now are pickers load cages poorly and cages damaged or wrap in wheels.Load damaged or collapsed when get to a drop and over floor just need more care when picking and shrink wrap cages and secure properly when loading.Some runs timed wrong especially London areas


Nice fleet


Can be hard work some cages overstocked get wet if poor wethet
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No fun. Too much backstabbing.

Not worth all the hassle. Do not recommend. Management is poor and they tell everyone confidential things and moan about everything. Bad place to work after being there for nearly 5yrs. It just isn't worth it. Pay is dreadful. Everyone jumps on you like a pack of wolves just for 1 mistake.




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Great if you want to be out every hour of the day, bad if you want new lorry and good management.

Management have not got a clue how to run a transport company, office staff don't care about drivers. Fleet is old and out of date whereas other depots fleet is brand new. Routes can be long and impossible to finish.


New warehouse and site


Long hours, bad management, old fleet
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i enjoyed working here the entire time that I was.

although I was only doing a paper round, I was respected and treated as I was a full-time employee. the management was fantastic and I would highly recommend this company to others.




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Bsd management

Not a good place to work, to get anywhere you have to be close with the manager, so don't expect to get anywhere in the work place, always expected to do more then what you bargain for and people are toxic to eachother.


Free hot drinks


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terrible place to work, training is poor and little to no help given to help you settle in. on top of them not paying me right by missing out a full weeks worth of wages




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Overall rating

Based on 299 reviews

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2.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.4 out of 5 stars for Management
2.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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