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If you can sell, and you don't value your soul you can make a good living working for Hammonds. You are not given appointments till the night before so it is imossible to plan unless you book out of the diary a month in advance. It used to be a good company but a recent change in Director means a return to the 80s style of working and it's just a poor version of Sharps now. Turnover of management is high so there is no consistency. They take on too many new designers who are not trained well enough and are not given enough appointments. They fall by the wayside with no care that they will invest a couple of months before realising they won't earn. In the meantime, the existing designers sit around doing nothing waiting for a return to normal when the new ones drop off again. Dealing with customers is heartbreaking as so many of the jobs go wrong because of stupid mistakes and poor quality control. They then have to wait an hour to get through to anyone and struggle to get anyone to dela with their complaint. In the January sales, the trainers get to cherry pick the appointments and although you can earn good money in January, you will deal with more rubbish than usual as the mantra is, 'if it walks, book it'. They will not care that you are out wasting your time driving to 'no sits' and poor quality appointments.
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Creative and Professional

It's a beautiful place to work It offers you the opportunity to explore your creative side and also to exercise your closing skills in a very good prospect lead base built over almost a century of passion and commitment. Trainign is very torough and cover everything you need to know about their products with support for 6 months just to make your professional life easier to excel, create and deliver what the name of HAMMONDS promised.


Very good number of leads, professional training


Only commision based earnings, no reinbursement for any expenditure
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Rewarding, you get what you put in

I work hard for Hammonds, designing rooms with customers in their own homes. I work long hours at times to get a good return but earnings are good. They don't pressurise you to work longer hours and managers and trainers are really supportive. Even mistakes and errors are met with understanding and help to fix, not judgment. There are opportunities to progress. Hammonds is a company who deliver what they promise in my experience.


Flexible hours, great support, good money


Work can be quiet at certain times, late nights
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Great Ethics Great Product.

No typical days. Meet nice people in their homes. Management are democratic and trust their designers. Hardest part being a lone worker and not being able to see co workers very often.


Self management


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Personal Profile: I am at presently employed as a Kitchen Designer on a Self Employed basis and a Property Administration Manager for an Estate Home in Surrey.  My experience as an Interior Designer both in South Africa and the UK has allowed me to maintain a very high standard with regard to Interior Layouts / Fabrics and Finishes and managing my projects from initial customer vision to completion, ensuring excellent customer and contractor liaison. I have 10 years experience as a Design Office Manager, working in both corporate and retail design industry. Initially meeting with the client to discuss the design concept and on site survey, the interpretation of all design concepts in the drawing and presentation stage, sourcing all products fabrics and finishes for presentation and approval by the client. Meeting with all contractors and supplying all working and detail drawings. Supervising the Design Projects from initial on site meeting to completion stage.  Attending all site meetings, liaising with clients, contractors and  suppliers.


Passionate about Design


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Training was very good, two weeks at Head office and very thorough and professional. A typical day would be one evening appointment each day at first while you are just settling in the job. You will usually be given upto 3 appointments on a Saturday and Sunday. If you are a good closer you will be given more appointments as they tend to look after their long established designers and good closers. The management was OK and you are requested to call them after every sales pitch made to keep them in the loop. The hardest part of the job for me was travelling long distance to find that the customer wasn't in or that the house was empty or wouldn't answer the door ? The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting the prospective customers and having made the sale you would be paid about two weeks later.


Good Training And Freedom To Work When Yu Wanted To


Long distances at times and turning up to no shows.
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Productive and fun workplace

• Maximising all sales opportunities, Bedroom and Home Office, through a consultative selling style. • Attending pre booked appointments at customer's houses • Taking measurements of rooms, and discussing requirements. • Designing rooms to customer specification on ArtiCAD. • Presenting designs and estimating costs. • Booking surveyors/fitting dates to complete room installation. • Completing follow up sales calls.
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Enjoyable To Spend Time With Customers

Face to face customer visits with clients in their own homes.
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2.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.4 out of 5 stars for Management
2.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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