Allied Bakeries
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It’s a family affair. Having worked here for several years, I would say recruitment is a joke. The best candidates don’t get the job unless you are a relation to the managers or employees. i.e man know man.( in my local parlance)They put up job adverts just for formalities. They already know the son or daughter of whose manager or employee that would get the job offer.Main reason why company always struggling. Things/ processes not done rightly.
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Massive blame culture from managmentVery aggressive HR department.

No respect between employees or managment.Massive blame culture.Lack of trainingManagment change your shift times, hours, breaks at a whim, Lack of empathy and support from managment.

Pros

Pay is above industry average

Cons

Irregular hours. Nasty blame culture.
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  • Support from manager
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Good place to work

Good place to work good people to get on with management easy to get on with good breaks easygoing with time off for illness good pension good pay and holidays
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Family and friends workplace

You will fit in well but only if you are family or friends with the management. If you are not you will get treated like dirt !!!! Stay away for the good of your sanity.

Pros

None

Cons

Everthing but especially office staff who think they the boss!!! Common catchphrase is, ‘you are just a driver’.
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Enjoyable

Bit of a local legend round my area, everyone wants to be there. The pay is good, my favourite part is the work life balance and theres always overtime available if you need to earn abit extra money
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Employees not appreciated

It used to be a fun, collaborative place to work under previous management prior to redundancy, great team work. Worked together to get results. NOT NOW, you are just a number, your opinions don't count, no collaboration, managers way or no way, it says something about the culture when asked for volunteers for redundancy 90% of drivers jumped at the chance. It is a dictatorship with management that creep around national managers whilst backstabbing them. Manager not interested in people just horses. Worst manager ever worked for

Pros

Ì left

Cons

Current Manager ruined a good site
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Easy

Management ok job is easy,pay is ok ,vans are ok newish fleet but some are poor early starts but that can mean anytime between 02.30 and 05.30.

Pros

Early finishing

Cons

Early starts
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Some.good people, but very unionised and living in the past.

Was really excited to work here. Had a great team, bit unfortunately each department and higher management is put for themselves. Will throw you under the bus in a moments notice. Living in the past and not upto speed with current life. Watched alot of good people loose these jobs. The General Manager had given up and was counting down the days till he retired. No formal training and left to Try and vend, then questioned when items were taking a while

Pros

Good pay, cheap bread.

Cons

Poor management and structure
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Do not work here. There are much better jobs elsewhere.

Over worked and unappreciated. No chance of advancement as there is already someone in place who gets all the opportunities that are available. For the extra hours you’ll work and not get paid for them the money isn’t great. And forget about getting any help from the so called management team as they do not care about anything other than getting home to play horsey at 3 o’clock. Be prepared to wait for a truck rescue team to sort you out. The trucks are all old and the VMU team are under too much pressure to be able to sort out the vehicles correctly.

Pros

The fact that you don’t have to work here.

Cons

The people on site except the management are great. Sadly they can’t help you out.
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If your looking time off for family forget about

If you wanna live to work this is a job for you they basically tell you when you can take your holidays can’t even book a day off they’ll tell you it’s fully booked if if you give them 6 months in advance couldn’t even get a day off for a family wedding

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Unsociable hours
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A place to learn and move on

Not a job for life , use it as a place to learn gain experience and move on to the next level .The people are Great but the pay is awful and conditions worse
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Disloyal, blame culture, unsupportive

Horrid company, have over numerous years created a blame culture, no support and rushed training. Managers that lie and cost you a good image to better themselves.

Pros

Good pay, good work hours

Cons

Management, no support, no progression oppurtunity
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Not too bad, could be better

Worked here for 7 years, colleagues are ok, some management staff could be better. I only left because after 7 years with no recognition or promotion I finally realised that I was just going nowhere here. It’s ok if you just want your bills paying.

Pros

It pays the bills

Cons

Zero work life balance
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Managed extremely badly

I do not recommend anyone who wants a career with this very badly managed company. You are never appreciated or thanked for the long hours you are given. There is no overtime on the hour's you go over. Management are rude and unhelpful and don't give you the time of day. They treat you like you're something of the bottom of your shoe. Unsociable hour's are part of your day's work. So anybody with a young family are advised not to think about working at this poorly run company. The salary is average for a delivery driver considering what the job entails. But unfortunately Allied bakeries are full of health and safety . But when it comes to it only when something happens they always try to brush it under the carpet. They are living in the dark ages with how you should carry out your daily work. The equipment they expect you to use is dangerous and years out of date. If anyone has any sense please don't even consider this cowboy outfit.

Pros

Cheap bread

Cons

Unsociable long hours
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Jobs ok

Jobs ok, everything is loaded for you, all you have to do is strap it down, the runs are the same every shift, Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Aldi, then you have to do a collection, Management are a waste of time, the lads are ok, but DON’T take this job if you don’t like working every weekend & not seeing your friends or family, trucks are a shambles and a disgrace dirty inside & out limited to 52mph & done over 1.5 million km’s, if your a good boy you might get one with a decent stereo, if not have a back up plan (iPod), Money isn’t that brilliant either to say you have to work every weekend, There’s better jobs & better paid jobs out there than allied bakery’s.

Pros

Free bread as much as you can pinch

Cons

Trucks need scrapping & burning
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Miserable

Boring .manager in hygiene was excellent ,but under a lot of pressure. Managers of other departments seem to think the you are second class citizens .

Pros

Breaks

Cons

None
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If you want to be treated badly join them

I worked there for nearly a decade the only reason i stayed after the good times was i knew the writing was on the wall and redundancy was certianly coming. The last year or so when i worked there it went downhill fast. Once the bakery went to a depot management were pushing to give out warnings right left and center. If your face doesn't fit expect to have the worst route possible. If you do have a good route expect extra calls added to you. Back when i started all new staff had 9 hour routes on the coffin dodgers had 8 hour routes. About 3 years was when 75% of the routes were under 8 hours. Everyone seemed to be happy. Then came a 2% payraise and 20% increase in work this kept happening right till we were hiting 9-10 hours a day. senior management were on a hunt how to make your day worse. lower management (the ones who had a clue) would tell senior management it is not possible and stand up for the drivers but they didn't care. If you had a suggestion about how to makes some routes more efficient they would not take it on board. If a certian manager A was in you knew what ever you asked would be a straight no even if it was for something simple. The other managers would always try to help providing they can work in a way manage A would not notice. the attuide of manage A is there is a door if you dont like it. Manage A should never of been promoted from driver to manager. Manage A's attendance as a Driver was appauling on the weekends constantly phoning in sick as well as amount of customer complaints coming into the office from his customers. that manager is the reason - 

Pros

pension is really good but going home is better

Cons

everything else
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great place to work

really enjoyed my time at allied. liked the fact that days were different personally dont like being stuck in too much routine. once out on the road they just let you get on with it. i done a few driving job before i started here and to be honest as driving goes it dont get much more simple.

Pros

never really worked my hours- usually got round quicker and went home

Cons

none really- you get used to unloading stacks of bread
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Official response from Allied Bakeries

11 October 2021
Hi there – great to hear! Thanks for sharing your experience. Best regards, Jess, HR Business Partner.

Avoid working here!!!!!

Very poorly managed Very unorganised Job itself is okManagement are a waste of life If you like being ignored, unappreciated underpaid not respected and treated like rubbish then this is the job for you!If your a nice relaxed person don’t come here cos allied bakeries will turn you into a monster!!!

Pros

Job and finish

Cons

Managers are incapable of actually managing ANY situation
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Official response from Allied Bakeries

11 October 2021
Hello. I’m sorry to read that you are not enjoying your time at Allied Bakeries. We’re committed that each of our Bakeries is a great place to work, and with that in mind we’re looking into the issues you’ve raised. Best regards, Jess, HR Business Partner.

Great place to work

The workplace culture is very much everybody is in it together and works together to get the job done from senior management downwards. There is a real team atmosphere and management care about their staff. Depending on your aspirations the company really looks to promote from within and offers multiple pathways for improvement. Having been with the company now for a couple of years I would recommend it to anybody looking for a challenge in a fast paced environment where every day is different.
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Official response from Allied Bakeries

11 October 2021
Hello – thanks for sharing this. It’s always great to hear good things about life here at Allied Bakeries. I’ll pass your comments on! Regards, Jess, HR Business Partner.

Great place to work

Fast paced with lots of opportunities for learning and developmentManagement is good and you get lots of holidaysAlways provide training and put safety first for employeesI always recommend to friends
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Overall rating

Based on 228 reviews

Ratings by category

2.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.9 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.6 out of 5 stars for Management
2.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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