Olleco
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Salary looks good on paper but expect to work for it, 50 to 60 hour a week! Bonus is never paid in full, trucks are ok, be prepared to get dirty, especially with waste oil that you collect, big routes, food waste, not bad, smells bad in summer months, no progression, management couldn't even run a bath, no support, work all Bank Holidays, part of your working week, heavy work.
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Salary not bad!
Cons
Long working hours, impossible routes, be prepared to work hard and to smell of waste oil!
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What can I say about this place, I left a good job to come here.worst decision of my life, I see why people leave on a regular basis. It's physically demanding, unrealistic job 25 upwards. Central London traffic, you have to work your breaks in order not to do a 13+ hour day.You are responsible for cash handling, cleaning any oil that may have leaked from to he heavy barrel. Plan your own routes, unload your heavy load of oil when you go. Two drivers have been sacked for minor things in the last couple of weeks. They cannot retain their staff, I lasted 8 weeks before I reached my limit.You will work for your money, and have serious health issues if you are here for years on end. The longest serving driver I know who has worked here is 2 years. What about the rest of them?I am glad I experienced what I did, money is not everything. Gave me a better understanding of London, some decent drivers there.
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Going home
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None
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Avoid working here like the plague. I was part of transport management and the pressure the drivers are put under is immense. Long hours and dirty product, vans/wagons always covered in oil.The sales team do not understand driving laws and want transport to push the drivers over their hours - both driving and working.Toxic culture and management, use only as a stop-gap
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too many to list
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Terrible place to work they have you pulling heavy wheelie bins down stairs at Aldi stores some bins you can’t even move you tell them the problem and you get sent back to pick it up
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Extra work
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None
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Treated like a numberManagement terrible & ran terriblyWork load far to heavyLoad & unload truck, collect as much as you deliver then unload that load tooDirty jobWash truck everyday
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Decent salary but still not worth the money
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List too long
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I started at Olleco in February and found fellow colleagues very helpful and nice people. The management was painting a negative picture of the job straight away from the interview saying the job was very hard and not many stuck at the job which I saw as challenge to prove them wrong! I like other was placed on furlough in April then in July the company decided to make redundancies which was fine and I understood why but what has confused me and infuriated me is that less that 7 days after being made redundant they are advertising my job! The manager at Newton Abbot is very patronising and will always doubt your ability! Pay is not great you can get better elsewhere the work is hard on your body and worth it for the money your paid
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Fellow drivers are good blokes
Cons
Heavy work load, poor management, poor pay
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Basically the money is good but you have to work none stop off for it you will work 50/60 hour week with no overtime pay the work load is just too much to complete properly without cutting corners like dodgy tacho breaks and no heath and safety I would say if you need a job for a stop gap then this is for you it’s not a long term job. They ask too much from there drivers and it’s a toxic atmosphere and management are ruthless always the drivers fault and you get no support.
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Good pay
Cons
Too many to pick from, no support, be prepared To get rolled over.
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At the very start, the business were not too bad, it was doable, then it rapidly got worse.Senior management - not got a clue ! Diectors - very poor leadership skills, don't care about your input, demand it be done their way !Management at depot level - 1 very good decent bloke, based in mosstodloch, listens and cares for his drivers, all others, well ...... don't give a monkeys, they just care about bonuses, even if it means sending trucks out illegally !!!How would i know this ? Well i was a driver trainer / operations trainer, the chap i was working under was terrible, he would take all the credit for the work that i and my counterpart did. If it was'nt for us, then there would have been numerous sites shut down !! He also openly admitted he would take credit for our work. Was more interested in his job title, and car, he also made a huge plea for his own salry increase, over a 12 month period he threatned to leave twice and was given a 30k hike !!!!! The company work backwards, they would spend 10k to save pennies, it does not work. The director in charge at head office is shocking !! HR are clueless ......... they even pay for a 3rd party HR company to do all the work ???? The so called HR Business partners, don't know how to speak to people, they ruin everything, the business has gone through 2 redundancy programmes in the last 12 months, they even managed to mess that up, telling people who were staying before meetings were held. They also told the same people who were getting shoved out the door before their meetings, and said they were just going through the motions - more...
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none
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Lots
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Hardest part of the job was to deal with the management. Expectations changed all the time, one can't make a difference there. Place was filthy, rats on the site, surprised it has valid Environmental Permit. Food waste on floor, the place reeks. Fluctuation of people was high. A place where I saw tough guys humiliated to crying. They weed out your self-esteem over time.
Pros
competitive salary
Cons
Ptsd
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Job was enjoyable. Pay good. Management really poor. Bullying mentality and poor leadership with no support and little training. Lots of broken promises. Toxic atmosphere.
Pros
Good wage and shift pattern.
Cons
Management !!
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At first it was a challenge and enjoyable to an extent. There was a direction and initial aim which as a team we strived to achieve this. Then the cracks started to show!!! Changes were made in management and then things started to become more apparent on how the place was run!!! People put into positions because they are “manageable” and only follow instruction no matter if it’s right or wrong! Basically a dictatorship. Some good staff not utilised or appreciated and suppressed whilst others are pushed on even though incompetencies were plain to see. If you want a job for life and security then this is not the place. Met some great people though and some not so great and most of the good people leave or are got rid off. If you want job security and to be appreciated then this is not the place to be which is a shame as it could be so much better it let down by poor higher management.i hope for the sake of the people left there that this changes but I’m not optimistic.
Pros
Can gain experience to take to another job with more security.
Cons
Poor higher management who don’t utilise their staffs talent.
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I worked in the processing side of the work In my eyes were under staffed and under paid . Under staff reasons : For it to run smooth you need at least 1 man at every station ideally you need 2 on some stations You can’t get days off if 1 other person is off If someone is sick there is no cover to help out Under paid : For the work we were doing we should be on more than 9 pound a hour it’s hard really hard work on your body Mainly the the people that were in the office sales were on less money per hour but made more money than us at the end of the month due to getting bonuses On the upside all the staff were great really nice people and to be fair the managers really are spot on and they do try to help you out as much as they can
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The hours are good and a good company to work for but the work load can be a bit heavy from time to time, delivering new and used cooking oil can be a bit of a smelly. job on times. Pay
Pros
Early start and early finish
Cons
Pay structure (bonus)
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A very hard job on the oil side, a messy job with a lot of lifting, the company expects 24 calls a day minimum but you will get more like 28-30 drops and if on a London route 35-40.. if you live local to the area great but anywhere else it’s rubbish as location of branch means finishing after 4pm can mean a 2hr journey home on top of a 12/13hr day
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worked in olleco for a year, i had to endure racist and sexist comments all the day from workers and managers, they "teach" you safety ways to work but when the meeting finish and you go out of the office, the same manager tells you to don't follow that because you will be slow. i saw there using forklift with faulty brakes, big paddles of oil everywhere, they have a deposit for the oil leak, but when its raining they trow oil to the sewers saying that is water rain, they walk over pallets lifted with the forklift to unload trucks
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Never had the misfortune to work for such a terrible organisation. No consideration for Mental Health issues amongst staff despite being made aware. So much so the GM managed to oust out two female staff members in the space of one month Neither had more than 2 years service so all very very underhanded
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Erith olleco is the worst job you could ever have I’m glad I got out of there , management don’t give a c*** about you, caked in dirty oil 24/7, work you to death. Even I’ll in hospital they expect you to work. Disgusting place should be shut down
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Job could be fast or slow paced, depending on season. The lead-up to Christmas is the most stressful time of the year (which is quite normal), but then January tended to be slow starting. The only thing I would say is having been told in my interview that cold calling wouldn't be compulsory, it was then made so not long after I started and cold calling isn't for me. Its a good team to work with though overall and despite the normal office disagreements, I miss it.
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Fair wage
Cons
Cold calling
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Would go back if I could best transport manager I've ever worked for easy to get on to pressure just a bit to far to travel lorrys always serviced well
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If I could give zero stars this company would have it glady, Best thing about my job was leaving the nutters behind at the office everyday not a brain cell between them, They can work a computer though great at looking up Google interview questions and daily quotes off there 🤣 to dull to think of thier own. Lorry stank job stank car stank I stank, no shower facilities at Newport branch? Ridiculous work load for 56 mph truck they wouldn't and couldn't understand the 45hr per week max hours set by our government and vosa👍 they expect you to get points on your license for them not having breaks etc 🤣 some rockstar drivers did a normal 6 till 2 shift but they were very special and were right up the GM's passage. I had to leave 10 12 hour shifts in a lorry everyday are illegal and I am not risking my license for idiots. The pay was appalling too minimum wage worked out £8 ph
Pros
Getting a real job and leaving
Cons
Everything is bad so bad stay away
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Spent a year in credit control here. Quite a few people came and went in that time and understandably so. The incessant ringing of the telephone, the seniors shouting at you to answer it and the pressure of work loads prove all too much for many. The salary is low compared to other Credit Control roles and your ledgers are random - little chance to create customer rapport. Ultimately, the final nail in the coffin for me was being spoken down to one too many times by my immediate manager, but the senior manager was the glue that held this department together and the reason I was able to stay as long as I did. And It's not all doom and gloom. There are some truely lovely people here, at times it could be a fun and playful atmosphere in the office and almost a pleasure to be there.
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