Menzies Distribution
2.9 out of 5 stars.
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Whilst the job is classed as unskilled manual labour, it is fast paced and physically demanding and minimum wage sometimes doesn't feel like a fair reward. The working environment is dirty and dusty and there is very little investment in machinery and equipment. Management and supervision is not of the highest standard. On the plus side, a 4 day working week always leaves the weekends free for some personal time. There are trade offs in most jobs these days.
Pros
4 day week (weekends off)
Cons
Long hours, dirty environment, physically demanding and minimum wage.
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Will go all out to cover there own back and throw you under the bus in the process regardless of the problem management can be friendly at first wolf in sheep's clothing attitude never trust any management member
Pros
Leaving
Cons
Management
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Worked for them for about 20 years no probs friendly staff can phone you out of the blue sometimes and redirect you but only in an emergency or someone phoneing in sick
Pros
New trucks good working environment
Cons
Night shifts
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Night shift work with poor unsociable hours, expected to work overtime constantly for basic rate. Pay is 9.21 an hour and 10.50 on sundays. Haven't had a pay rise since april 2019 which was blamed on covid but company is doing more work in other areas. Also if you damage a company vehicle you're expected to pay for it or lose your job.
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None
Cons
Unsociable hours, poor salary and terrible management
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no two days are alike no set routinealthough it is possible to further your career this only happens if your face fits and enjoy a culture of bullying and lack of appreciationthe hardest part of the job is not the work itself but dealing with impossible deadlines and unacheiveable goalsthe best part of the job was when out on the road doing deliveries as you were away from management
Pros
none that i could find
Cons
poor management
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Worked throughout the pandemic Covid-19 to be made redundant & not their looking for staff! The place is a joke & got good for your mental health. Management were a joke
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Absolute shambles of a workplace hated every second the management at the time treated staff like they were something on the bottom of their shoe wanted everything with nothing in return. Hated whole experience.. What a weight off my shoulders when I left
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None
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Everything
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The worst company you could ever work for.The poorest paid delivery company in the country at less than the living wage, overtime rate is time and a tenth so after tax your working overtime for flat rate!They expect/demand you to work overtime, even though overtime is NOT compulsory! Hours is 9.5 per day with 30 mins unpaid lunch break. They scrutinise every minute by your van tracker and your scanner delivery times.
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None
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Wages, overtime rate, hours, bosses
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I worked as a self employed contractor for Menzies for 4 years delivering parcels on behalf of their client who is an online retailer. I was paid a good set daily rate. As I was self employed I was in control of my costs. I hired a van from a company that didn't charge any excesses for high mileage or charge an arm and a leg for deposit. This meant I was free to deliver all over for the company and in turn boosted my profits for my business. As Menzies don't provide a van for doing the deliveries you are free to buy one and cut your costs which boosts your profits even more and in turn bumps up your hourly rate. Anyone earning less than £11 per hour has clearly gone to the wrong hire company and signed an agreement that cost them too much. That is not Menzies fault as it is up to the self employed contractor to source a van. I was so successful at this job that I was able to get a mortgage for a house and then progress my career into management. This particular branch of Menzies has some long service contractors because the pay is good, the work is good and the management ensures fairness for all. It is not a job for someone who doesn't want to work hard or work 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. There are also increases in the Daily Rate at Peak times which really boosts earnings and also a bonus scheme which I made over £3000 extra on when I was a driver. I do miss being out on road but being a supervisor now is great for me as I can pass my knowledge onto the new drivers and give them a great experience of the job.
Pros
Great Pay and the ability to handle all your own costs.
Cons
Fast paced, hard work so not for everyone.
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It is a ok to work during lockdown, but I wouldn’t recommend for long term. The job itself is easy, just like any multi drop role but now it is getting stressful because the management adding more drop to the route and you never finish on time. The pay could be better, especially you working unsociable hour, but If you looking for something to do during lockdown or you out of work and want to keep fit and don’t mind unsociable hour work than I would recommend it.
Pros
Keep fit
Cons
Never finish on time, pay is bad for working this hour.
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Wish i had never went and started there.they are always short on staff and dont get breaks most days.management never seem to know wats going on half the time.
Pros
Get away early if you can finish the work fast.
Cons
No breaks
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I was recruited to deliver pallets, at time I was taking my class2 test, but asked to start immediately with the 7.5t lorry which I already had a license for. To start with things were great. I had good relations with my immediate supervisors. Things seemed to change around winter 2019/20 - a greater focus on cutting accident costs has made the job un-doable, particularly given the roads in Argyll and the nature of the places that we were expected to drive and deliver to, management above depot level have proved to be unsympathetic and unsupportive to the point that most HGV drivers have left, depot managers have also gone back to driving vans as they feel they what is being asked is impossible, high staff turnover generally and poor pay. I have to say that although I thought this was a great job at first, it has been spoilt by poor and bullying management (-you may be asked to pay for repairs!) therefore would be wary of recommending it to anyone, especially with an HGV licence, there are better employers out there.
Pros
Good hours no weekends
Cons
Poor support when things go outside your own depot
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Hours suited me but after a year hours were constantly being cut I went from earning £11000 a year to £7000 a year by the time I left ,poor management and poor work ethics
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Human exploration, very poor management and planing, very poor pay(huge promises £120per shift but actually after all costost £5.40ph). I am professional and work for them on COVID period. That was my worst experience in my life. I can proof with all evidence that this company is nothing else that modern slavery business. Avoid Avoid Avoid
Pros
None
Cons
Avoid at all cost
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An absolute joke of a company more interested in paperwork management than man to man management Don't dare try to give them your advice for unless it comes from management or a uni grad it doesn't count Doesn't matter the experience you have you are not even a number Poor pay horrible hours with no benefits whatsoever Want to work in a place where management nearly outnumber the workers and sit and just watch by all means apply Otherwise steer clear A modern day sweat house
Pros
None
Cons
Everything poor management
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Worst company to work for. The decide company policy as they go along. They don't want to hire anyone with half a brain due to the fact they may W question the moral compass of the company Managers please themselves. Rampant nephitisim
Pros
None
Cons
Too many to write!
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I have worked for menzies for so long that i am used to the high demands of the job but feel now is the time to cut back my hours of work & try my hand elsewhere
Pros
I only work a 3 day week
Cons
Very early start & long very busy days with not enough staff
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I would recommend it as it's fast pace and multiple tasks that need too be achieve in a day, brilliant team building and able to form great bonds with your colleagues
Pros
Great work environment
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Got hired straight away as it is warehouse based. No respect throughout the whole workplace. Depot was based in Wakefield, if I ever had an issue, supervisors would dismiss it and managers treated everyone poorly. Probably the only thing good about it was had opportunities to do VNA training keeping yourself away from the supervisor's attitude towards all staff. Highly recommend all supervisors and Managers to be reviewed as overall not a bad job, just the people who work there. Had one supervisor (a bully as it will) used to verbally abuse colleagues and get away with it even after complaints to managers. As I was literate with computers and writing, I was put on administration for one of the machines to be then be told my job is not important (this was one of the main roles when stock came into the warehouse, VERY IMPORTANT). Overall, Menzies was an average company to work for, not many work benefits over the two years I worked there, they gradually took work benefits away 'to save money'. As a job itself, it was easy but very labour based for minimum wage. The work culture between workers was very good as we treated each other as family, mainly managers and supervisors made work life a misery. I have been to various other depots at Menzies and I can honestly say Wakefield needs a review in their work culture and the way staff are treated as other depots are great in comparison.
Pros
Easy Job, Simple, VNA training
Cons
Direspectful people, Not challenging, Only way to excel is if somone leaves, Minimum wage
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like a other jobs :) nothing to say, pay good, woek is easy, good collection, fun on work place,have to chance get better place there, i recommendr for the others
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Currently an employee at menzies in linwood. As an employer they are shocking at day to day management. Their treatment of agency staff an young workers is shocking. Treat like literal slaves. If you have an issue with your pay they take so long to sort it out. Basically they dont care as long as those wagons are getting filled Tldefinitelbullying culture in
Pros
Hard to think of any.
Cons
Lack of care to staff.
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