Olleco
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Pretty relaxed atmosphere but hours can be long. Very smelly/dirty and bins are very heavy at times. A lot of back covering goes on with management and customer service. Friendly but persurised atmosphere.

Pros

Relaxed

Cons

Long hours
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Stay well away

This is a terrible place to workSalaried so you don't get paid for any extra hours you do. You get treated like a child and there is no home/work life balance.You have to take your route paperwork home with you to route it as it is not done for you so you spend more time working when you get home.It has recently become a revolving door employer as nobody can stick it out for long. There are so many better jobs and most are paid a lot more than this one.

Pros

None

Cons

Poor management, no overtime
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Awful!!! Stay away!!!

TERRIBLE PLACE TO WORK!!!You’ll be doing more than 48 hours a week. You may as well be a class one driver with the hours you’ll be working. Stay away

Pros

Good work lads

Cons

Long hours. You’ll be spoken to like rubbish, no support for mental health, too much to do in one day
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No work life balance

If you enjoy working long days, having no social life, not being paid extra for hours worked over your contracted time, planning your own route in your own time after work well this is the job for you
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Fast paced, dirty and expect too much

The job is pretty fast paced if you want to finish early or on time as it’s physically demanding and non stop even working through legally required taco breaks to achieve getting round the deliveries More or less expected o speed, and drive without due care and attention. Obviously all drivers feel pressured to drive like this (they won’t admit this obviously but the amount of deliveries some days does show this is the culture and they don’t care if YOU get points )Management couldn’t run a bathIf you get back early you might be expected to go back out and to do adhoc work even if it would make you finish past your finish time !?It’s a thankless job from managers and most customers/chefs, Pros areIt’s unofficially job and finish but expect to work for itThe team in general are nice decent peopleIt’s a easy enough job but you will be over worked not a job for a lazy person lol
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Good starting Job

Really liked my team and I learnt a lot which has set me in good stead for tmy future career.Pro: training, teamCons: not many holidays, safety could be improved
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food waste division

I had my own route, and had full days yet they still kept adding more, they favoured some drivers and gave them easy runs finishing mid-afternoon, yet my runs finished early evening and as it is salary my wage equated at not much over living wage. Management exists of a clique per area. I left because of a bad knee injury caused by Olleco's neglect and inconsideration, yet they still didn't acknowledge that in the claim payment. stay unemployed rather than work for these amateurs

Pros

none, even ALL new vehicles for London, other depot's get London cast-offs

Cons

long hours, impossible workload, office will NOT act on overweight bin policy
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Avoid

Over worked do more than 48 hour contract but don’t they don’t pay overtime. Routes are a mess been promised a big reroute for 2+ years keeps getting delayed. Expected use own phone to call office which happens several times a day and will be on hold each time. Only care until there’s a problem then it’s all on you! Don’t work bank holidays so expected to work the Saturday after or do 5 days work in 4. Only apply if you’re desperate for a job and only stay until you get yourself something else there’s a reason they always have a vacancy and it’s not expansion!

Pros

None

Cons

Unorganised, overworked, never clean
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Excellent

A great place to work - fun, exciting, supportive. The teams are great, the management really involving and encouraging individual and group success.

Pros

Great place to work, being able to make a difference

Cons

Hard work but rewarding
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Don’t waste your time.

When you first start it’s great, your out with an experienced driver who knows exactly where every drop is and where everything goes/where the waste oil is kept etc then you get finished at a decent time but don’t expect to get your breaks as you are fully expected to put your breaks on while doing drops, you must use your own personal phone for work purposes and get no compensation for this! You don’t get paid for breaks nor do you ever get paid overtime as contracted 48 hours and their reasoning is that the hours all works out throughout the year, this is a lie!!! Once your out on your own after about a month fully expect to do at least 53 hours a week and that’s without taking any breaks ! You may think your getting an early finish but once back at the yard you are expected to take your card even though you need to wait to unload your vehicle which can take anything from 30 minutes especially if other vehicles are in front of you then you also need to reload and fully wash the vehicle every day and deep clean it once a week even when your using a totally different vehicle. Don’t expect any kind of sick pay even if you get injured at week. If your unlucky enough to get covid fully expect to have to use your holidays to cover your period of absence but they’ll be on your back constantly when off to find out when you’ll be back!! The place is full of playground b*tching i.e people talking about you behind your back and management micro managing every little thing..

Pros

None

Cons

Everything/ constant false promises!!!
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Not for the faint hearted

Salary is good on paper but expect to work on average 50-60 hours per week. Some drivers has an easier routes than others. No time for break unless you want to go home at night. Sales team is abysmal, working from home and don’t do their jobs properly. Expect to learn on the job. 2days of e-learning on computer and boom out you go. Experienced drivers only help the new ones (routing)only if it benefits them. 30 jobs per day on average delivering 20L container oil to customers and taking away dirty oil up and down the stairs to the truck. If you are not fit you are basically f*cked. The job list is done by computer and expect to drive half an hour to each job(not every time). Management only care about numbers. Security is big concern as things and personal belongings can disappear into thin air. This job is NOT for the faint hearted.

Pros

Can go home early if you finish early

Cons

Long hours No guidance
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Olleco is an absolute rubbish company to work for.

No one in the office or management listens to you when there's too much on your round or when jobs need sorting out, like when you need a key to get in to do the delivery, the office don't get off their backside to sort it out. The guys in the yard are also useless, as they can never load the lorries properly. You can end up with too much oil and empty containers on the lorry or they load the wrong oil or don't load the oil you need at all. This place is diabolical.

Pros

The money and going home.

Cons

Everything else.
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Decent place to work

As the title says decent place to work could do with a bit more route for progression but able to pick up different tickets lots of opportunity for overtime and decent pay
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Brilliant work colleagues

Worst management I have ever encountered, manager/director is the most arrogant man ever graced earth. He doesn’t have any manners , look down on most employees and really really rude at best. I wouldn’t recommend working there . Stay away at any cost. You will regret it . The boss lacks social skills , he doesn’t have a clue how to interact with employees, severely lack man management.

Pros

Brilliant workmates

Cons

Shamble of a manager. Arrogant, rude and lack man management
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Stay away from this company

Manager will tell you to not calculate the weight of oil you put in the truck so you can go over weight as all they see is more oil more money.They have deals with CPC instructors meaning you turn up get a tick in the box and learn nothing in the 1/2 hour you are there.They don’t give a monkeys if you are running late as soon as it’s knock off time for them they are gone and leave you to deal with unloading etc.

Pros

None

Cons

Long stinking hours
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All the staff are really friendly.

Really hard work. You must be physically fit. Out delivering you are your own boss most of the day. Good support and plenty of training opportunities.

Pros

Well paid, good support.

Cons

Physically hard going, You are delivering cooking oil and picking up waste oil, Double the work than other company delivery drivers.
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Abysmal

Please please please do not take a job here. Yeah the money is good but you would have to pay me close to 80k to do this again. Impossible daily routes with no allowance for London traffic. Just set out to fail from the start. Very very heavy work. Up and down stairs and down into tight basements with 20kg in each hand. Unbelievably dirty work. Salary looks good but expect on average 13-14 hour days. So hourly rate when you work it out is actually shocking. Take a job else ware with overtime. Potential to earn much more. Be warned. Do not work here

Pros

Leaving

Cons

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Absoultly the worst job ive ever had

Wow We're do I start I thought I could turn my hand to anything probably the worst job I've ever done money decent if you work the 48 hours not 60 to 70 with 30 calls a day 5 am starts late finishes running driving with no breaks because you have so many calls to make heavy dirty work on your own!!!! every day a different round!! management absoultly clueless they think you can just work all day until every call is done which is not possible they really need 2nd men for the heavy lifting you have to do but management won't do it and they wounder why it's a revolving door of drivers stay away from this job I can not stress enough for your own sanity and mental health

Pros

Clean toilets

Cons

Long long hours heavy lifting cluless management
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Diabolical, Stressful, Hardest Job I ever had

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.

Pros

Going home

Cons

None
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It's only about sales

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

Pros

None

Cons

too many to list
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Not good

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

Pros

Extra work

Cons

None
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Overall rating

Based on 88 reviews

Ratings by category

2.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.1 out of 5 stars for Management
2.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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