Culina Group
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They good people to work with, professional and listen to your work concerns. So far my working experience I haven't had any problem. Somedays are long and other are nice and quick

Pros

Listen to your concerns

Cons

Long hours
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Great place money great pension great

Been here for nearly 18 months. Management are great certainly have your back if you need them there on it .my advice if you want to fit in do your job and shine. Go the extra mile .I don't mean be a muppet or jobsworth but just crack on with no drama and you'll be fine

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Overtime .uniform .pension .management support

Cons

None
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Class 1 C + E Artic Chilled driver CML Telford

Very rude people works here in Transport department. Very stressed Class 1 ( C+E) driving hours. They don't like talking to their drivers on the phone. They look down at their drivers who are doing a very highly skilled job compared to them in the office. Expect to work 15 hours days/night work, 5 days a week. They pretend to follow the Tachograph/working times rules but don't. They don't appear to maintain their HGV's or trailer very well as they have high turnover of drivers that appears to damage them on the regular basis. They employ a lot of Agency drivers but they don't follow the rules of tachograph so they gets a lot of infringements that could cause a lot of problems with VOSA DVSA if stopped by them. Warehouse loading the lorry/trailers with chilled food were regularly loading them with broken pallets/goods to German supermarket Distribution Centres that Drivers were expected to replace the goods onto new pallets everyday. Everyday you had to go in a different lorry Scania, Mercedes, Volvo. Too long with the debriefing twice everyday where the office staff makes you feel bad every day with the waiting and derogating have we done this or not! Recently they had a lot of drivers and workforce with Flu illness, but they didn't allow the workforce to have time off to recover properly. In fact they sack them as they did with me. A lot of emails or mobile ringing is needed every day? Collecting food from the suppliers was a slow job as they weren't always aware we were coming for the collection as the office haven't told them so had quite a few cancelled - 

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Salary.

Cons

Long Hours, stressful job, Bad office and transport department.
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Poor place to work

At the Stafford depot transport and planning Office staff , very very ignorant, Always pushing you to do more , go faster , paperwork is a nightmare , they don’t just let you get on with the job they are always on ur case , they break their own rules often and when it suits them . Hey give u a job and say when ur done your done but this is not the case . Most drivers on different wages
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Management bad

Good company but very bad management. There way is law. Good kit different shift patterns. Can be long hours. No real home time when on shift. And don't do anything wrong and if your face fits you should be okay

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Good pay

Cons

Stress
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Fantastic company to work for

Fantastic company to work for, with excellent Management and work culture. Career prospects are also encouraged with adequate support wherever needed.
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Rather have diarrhea into my hands and clap

Agency been here 3weeks (ish) and my god i cant wait to be put elsewhere. Lets start from the beginning. Trucks share the carpark so trucks are hard to get out and park up. The interview was simple, fill a few pages in, then a 4 page questionare while they copy your licences. They take you to a room for drug and alcohol testing. Pass that then you go out with the inteeviewer for a shifr.ge then assess your driving then start next day. Evry day you have to hand over all 3 licences to bevscanned with dvla licence check codea and repeat this every shift. Working houra can ne 8 hours, 15 or night out but dont tel you. The teucks range from 17 to 69 pla Tes, but you cant just get in and go, you have to be assessed on each truck, so 1 for merca, 1 for mann, 1 for daf etc. You then have 1 defect sheet to do your truck to show damage (which is alot of) then ypure expected to pull 4 different trailors in a shift but only 1 diagram to highlight damage. Trailors are battered, covered in gouges and sxrapes. The runs are simple BUT youre either waiting about for hours to be loaded or tipped or sent on runs that push you to uour time linits. I regularly do 11 to 15 hour shifts. The people can be nice, but really dont care about uou. They moan when you have time off. I really cant qait to leave.
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Morons

I worked for these idiots for 6 years through the last recesion , i would of left a lot sooner if there were more jobs around. Treat you like scum , always on your back , no set start time, no sick pay no canteens no decent pension , no benifits to working there what so ever, oh and another reason they always want drivers is because there is 5000 on the banned list for minor infringements , offences or just telling them what they think about things. Typical german dictators! AH would of been proud!

Pros

None

Cons

Lots
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There are worse places to work.

Been here at Stafford for nearly 3 years. Once you get to know the job it’s fine. Expect a 12 hour day and you won’t have any problems. Most days work average is around 10 hours. Very easy work just driving very rarely have to use a pump truck. Office staff are fare. Place is strict but that’s a good thing. Follow the rules and ultimately stay legal. Work both for you and Culina. Take the good day with the bad. Overall loving it and hope to retire here at Stafford.

Pros

Good kit to work with. Clean work.

Cons

Sometimes have longer days but with average out over the week.
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Working for the gestapo

Pay ok management benefits ok morale is really low,left after 12 years as it was getting worse by the day ,i ran out of the stafford depot and you are now being told that they can change your job start times by up to12 hours so not family orientated and you are just a number, the slightest thing that you do wrong or accused of doing wrong you will be sacked so good luck if anybody wants to work here best thing i did when i left

Pros

Good pay if you can finish early

Cons

Long hours
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Over worked

I recently done a very briefe stint with them. Easy job it’s self main reason I left was they were sending me back out after 9 hours, always getting back with barely any working time left so always nearly a night out. Wouldn’t of minded so much if it was paid hourly but your constantly doing 12 hour days for 31500. There’s a lot better out there. Rules and regs also abit military. Nice trucks tho!

Pros

Expierience

Cons

Long hours
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Management are busking it oppressive culture shameful morals

I tried god knows i tried but so oppressive the culture and naive management structure leads to terrible staff bullying and a massive blame culture. My father died i was given 3 days off and asked to provide a death certificate,dont go near this shower.

Pros

non at all

Cons

Draconian practices and low grade management
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Poor

Have not got a clue on how to look after staff. High turn over of staff anyone who's good at there job will leave within months. For such a large company they are clueless.Don't listen to staffs concerns. STEER WELL CLEAR!!!!!!!!!!

Pros

3 days off

Cons

To many to list
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deer park

The place has become a popularity contest. Discrimination is rife, no matter how hard you work, there are no rewards unless you are part of the clique. Promotions and perks are only for the "liked" ones they do not even have to ask or be qualified

Pros

job security, a range of shift patterns to choose from

Cons

too much discrimination
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