Refresco
Happiness score is 38 out of 100
2.8 out of 5 stars.
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So so, little room for improvement.

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Always consider production before warehouse as they are paid more due to being more "technical". Overall, just do bare minimum as that's all is needed to succeed.
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Awful place to work

The managers are clueless clowns and will stab you in the back at any given chance. The culture in the office is cliquey and snakey.Do NOT work at Refresco if you care about your own mental wellbeing.
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good people to work with

my shift manager is firm but fair. i work with a good team during the shifts can have a laugh with each other. hardest part is waiting around for work, but it can get busy very busy at times.
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Not productive clueless

So management are absolute clueless on what they are doing to many mangers for a one department They had me doing all sorts of hard labour for half the wage Management don’t get along with workers
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Secure employment

A managable work schedule and fair.Salary and work / life ratio is average. People are good to work with , canteen could be improved and lunch options
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Good place to work

Good place to work, every day is something different and a good set of people that you work with. Money is fair and overtime helps. Would recommend working there

Pros

OT and shift pattern

Cons

Not much
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Bad place to work

In my experience the operatives and some of the office staff were ok and friendly but working within the quality department was one of the worse places i have worked, the manager didnt have a clue about any of the quality systems or processes etc and there was no training only a blame culture, the staff in the department were too busy back stabbing instead of helping each other.

Pros

Free pop

Cons

Bad staff in Quality department
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Rubbish

Worked there for 17 years .managers treat staff like rubbish worst job ever.if looking for a job don't get a job here as the managers don't know what they are doing
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work at refresco, you will be exploited and devalued.

This company doesn't value it's employees long term or new. It pays below average in the areas and wonders why it struggles to recruit. Their inability to recruit causes stress and unnecessary pressure on workers still there, with no unique incentives.The company signed up to a benefit scheme, but if you have cashback accounts they're just the same.Holidays are standard as other businesses. Pension contributions are minimal at low levels and moderate at higher levels.A percentage bonus scheme is in place but even by doing everything there's no guarantee of achieving as this is subject to face fitting with manager.The decision making by the board of directors or "Leadership Team" is slow, behind the times, and for their own vested self interests where all decisions are based on their needs not the needs of their employees.The business globally completed an employee survey the results of which doesn't get communicated.The problems listed are across all site's, with all site's struggling to recruit and experiencing an incredibly high turnover of employees.
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Great company for progression as management recognise talent and promote within regularly.

A fantastic company to work for who really value staff and progress internally which is great, very fair management team who strike a great balance of being professional and at the same time allow flexibility in the right areas, lots of very long serving employees which indicates it must be a great place to work for a long lasting career.

Pros

Great facilities, friendly happy environment

Cons

Not any
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A complete Bozo management team

The management team are horrible only care about themselves and there targets to get there bonus ,rude and unable to do there own jobs well and expect the Team leaders to do all there work and run lines , avoid this company.

Pros

Good canteen which f2 and f3 are able to have 3 or 4 1hr breaks again great control

Cons

Long hrs working weekends Management style No camaraderie
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Do not work here. Previous supervisor.

Do not work here!!! Atmosphere I'd terrible can't trust anyone. From a previous supervisorHorrible staff not helpful Poor. Management who don't care Bad environment

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Everything is bad no good points
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Avoid at all cost

Avoid this company at all cost,no job security at all and wages are going down. No pay rise in bridgwater for 7 years and management treat you like rubbish.so many have already left because of this. 4 have just been made redundant even though they are still advertising for workers. Joke of a company. When it was gerber it was the place to work in town now its refresco its the lowest of the low and your be mad to take a job there.

Pros

Not a lot

Cons

Long hours, no hot food, low wages
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All you’ll do is firefight all shift (for good money though)

Amazing set of lads in the engineering department however there are not enough people to achieve what the management expect.Morale is dreadful due to multiple redundancies in the last 5 years. Can’t hold on to experienced engineers but the management are never questioning why.Machines are very old and lack of people mean the maintenance strategies aren’t effective. Feel free to work here if you like money but running around for 12 hours to earn it.A lot of the team are legacy people who’ve been with the business for a long time and are resistant to change - allowing a poor work ethic to continue.

Pros

Free coffee via vending machines, good continental shift pattern

Cons

No training support. Over worked engineering department.
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Joke of a Company

If you are an unambitious person with no self confidence, pride or honor, this is definitely a place for you. But if you show any of the former mentioned characteristics this will be a very unpleasant experience for you. A company full of adults that act like children. No freedom, once you're inside, it's like you're their property. Definitely was the worst experience of my life, glad I left, every job I had after was better by far.
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Disrespectful management

This is the last company in the town where you would like to work... Poor management, salary's going down... What else i can say... Years ago was one of the best places to work, and now its the one of the worst...

Pros

Nothing at all

Cons

Salary, management
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Good lads but poor management

Management don’t have a clue as to what is going on. They don’t support you as you are an agency worker and will fob you off. They only support workers which are employed by Refresco. You can only go through an agency and they treat you like your nothing because they can just replace you whenever they want. You have targets and even if you are trying your hardest you will still get performance strikes and sacked. They say in the job description that they will offer you permanent role but that is never the case hardly anyone is given a contract by refresco. Management and supervisors will use any excuse to get rid of you if they have too many workers. You do more than your job role and never get appraised or appreciation by your supervisor.

Pros

40 minute break

Cons

Poor management and supervisors
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Hilariously incompetent management

The people here are okay, and it's a friendly atmosphere. Sadly that's as far as any positives stretch though. The senior management sit in their ivory towers and make decisions on things that they have no experience of. Occasionally they take a break from this to figure out how they can justify a pay cut for the workers, and a reduction in their perks too. Win win. During the rare occasion where there is a quarterly brief, if you ask a question, they shout at you and tell you that you can't ask that question.The lower tier of management are largely unqualified and seem to struggle with composing a comprehensible email, their only expertise seems to be fobbing people off.. This is probably why most of the projects result in catastrophic failure, although this could be a result of a reluctance to spend what they need to, and get lower costs at all costs, even if this is a cost to productivity..

Pros

Free parking there

Cons

Working there
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Soul destroying

The management are utterly useless and they are all bullies. They love making people feel scared and they don't care at all. The machines and lines only get thoroughly cleaned when they are due a visit, which they normally stop production for. Other wise you are asked to cut corners to make it look clean enough to start production again. It's outrageous.

Pros

Free coffee machine

Cons

Management
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Bad place to work

They are changing grades but not telling that to people as well as not mentioning that at their adverts! Be careful, because management are lying to you about the salary on your interwiev! Once you here, youll find out that your wages will be much lower! Managers are liars! This company dont care about their people!

Pros

Days off

Cons

Night shifts, bad management
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Poor poor poor

Floor bouncy for vnas to work, management never around when you need them. Don't tell you where the Fire Assembly Point is, leave battery charges on the floor with trailing cables. Warehouse not complete with workers still walking round everywhere. Full of dust! When you do the online training they tell you to cheat and take pictures of the answers with your phone so that you get 100%

Pros

None clowns everywhere

Cons

None clowns everywhere
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Overall rating

Based on 647 reviews

Ratings by category

2.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.4 out of 5 stars for Management
2.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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