Bradfords Building Supplies Employee Reviews
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Expected to work stupidly hard whilst constantly overloading the delivery vehicle with no thought for the driver or their licence. Constantly annoying the customer but leaving the driver to face the consequences and having to apologise. Don't bother applying for any jobs here as any hard work won't be appreciated
Going home at 5pm
Leaving for another job
Having worked in other industries and companies, Bradfords truly is a fantastic place to work. Everyone is friendly and supportive and whilst you are expected to work hard, you are valued for your efforts. What I love is the fact that you have a say and your opinions matter. You can email the CEO at any time with an idea or problem and he personally will take the time to respond - not many other companies would encourage this, but Bradfords do. The company has been around for 250 years and is still 100% family owned by the Bradfords family. This is amazing and is reflected in their family feel and supportive culture. I have been surprised by the number of staff who have been in the company for over 20 years and even those who do decide to leave often come back. That says an awful lot. Quite simply the best company I have ever worked for.
Friendly and Supportive Management
This is a very supportive company. Yes it can be long hours and yes there are times when you work bloody hard but the people you work with and the support they offer if you have any problems are just great. It’s a really good balance if you can find a job that you enjoy and people you enjoy working with and I think Bradfords offers that.
I was one of the first apprentices that Bradfords took on as a company. I thoroughly enjoyed working in a small branch and I learned a substantial amount in a really short space of time. They helped me develop skills and I was then able to move up within the company. Would recommend this job to any willing person, of any gender or background.
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Busy and fast paced company to work for. Learned many skills including vast product knowledge Good Management team A lot of deadlines to meet Enjoyable part of the job was achieving branch targets and receiving reward.
Expectations on the Branch Manager from a higher level
They are welcoming, the branches have great solidarity, the employees have been improved over the years so that they do really try to provide excellent customer service and there are some genuinely good people and teams trying their utmost to serve all and please their superiors. The company has genuine benefits and a pleasant culture nurtured by HR and many employees. The experience is potentially really great with several massive drawbacks: Head office have their heads stuck in a 9-5 world and seemingly few clues in how to make things simpler and easier to support their 07:00-17:00 teams who EARN the money for the company. Some don't perceive that they are there to support branches and so instead branches can become micro managed at the cost of customer service with lost business. Some support departments are still run by self congratulatory incompetents who make poor decisions on high wages over their teams that perform poorly as such. The employee package and discounts benefit head office waged people, not lower paid staff. The holidays are generous and with early finishes BUT with no cover so the rest of you work your absolute backsides off running around looking like a bunch of imbeciles trying to complete a day's operation efficiently and maintain any sense of service to customers. This lack of staffing really undermines everything you try to do. One of the worst things that puts pressure on all branch staff and costs the company thousands per branch each month in lost sales and quotes and mistakes and wasted trips. Lorry maintenance and fuel. Its horrendous. - more...
Lack of support and staff.
This company are an enjoyable company to work for; they have boosted my confidence and gave me great opportunities to develop and increase my knowledge.
Enjoyable work atmosphere
More communication required between all areas of staff to ensure everyone is kept in the loop.
Worked for this company for 15+ years. My manager was one of the best (even though they are trying to make his work life as uncomfortable as possible but it's not working) CEO made his friends directors forcing long standing directors to leave. Shame as this company was one of the most enjoyable to work for, was so proud to say I worked there at the time.
if you are a friend of the CEO you will be fine
I have found Bradfords to be a really welcoming business. The team I work with are really helpful and friendly and really do want to help the business be successful. Every day is different and when I don't know the answer to questions, there are people around me who do. The management are around a lot - they talk to you and seem interested in what we do. The staff benefits have really improved and they seem to be introducing more and more, which is great. I also get a staff discount which is really helpful when carrying out the diy! Yes, the hours can be a little longer but again, they have done things to address this and people now have a long weekend every other week. I would really recommend this company as a great place to work.
Great working team
I have worked for a number of company’s in the past but have never felt valued, that was until I moved to Bradfords. My Manager and the rest of the team are determined to do the best for the customer whilst always looking after the staff. I’ve had the opportunity to attend training and have even been recommended for a Fast Track Management programme, all within a short time. The Directors know me by name, not just a faceless number on a payroll sheet. I’ve read the negative comments and can’t even recognise the organisation they’re talking about. If you want to get on and prepared to work hard? Bradfords is the right company for you. The company rewards hard work and effort.
Supportive Manager and great opportunities
Working outside in all weathers (but I don’t really mind)