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Toxic and stressful working environment

If you value your mental health, avoid working for this toxic company at all costs. The pay is good, the hours they expect from you though on the gardening team are insane in the summer periods. Some of the staff pride themselves on the amount of hours they do in soaring heat, like it’s a badge of honour.They will exploit you, lie to you, manipulate you and make you lose your passion for horticulture. The company keep taking on more properties, but can’t bring enough staff in through the door, while more leave the company because they’ve had enough of it.You don’t get valued for your qualifications, or your experience, but for being a yes man and doing what you’re told, even if it’s wrong. If you don’t toe the line, forget about a promotion. The gardening hierarchy protect bullies, while getting rid of anyone who raises anything bad about the company.The first aid kits are never checked or updated, and the majority of the gardeners don’t have first aid training which is really poor working practice. The health and safety at the company is a complete joke.If you’re passionate about gardening, go somewhere else.


Good salary, bonuses, overtime


Long hours in the summer, poor management, a toxic working environment, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, racism, bad health and safety

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1.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
1.0 out of 5 stars for Management
1.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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From day one the job was a shambles. Very over staffed. Was stood around looking for work as most of the time didn't know who was doing what and no manager telling me what to do. A lack of organising skills, no communication between managers to staff and overall atmosphere of people wanting to leave the job. The uniform I was issued was in such a bad state that I felt ashamed to wear it! Three days In a row I was made to turn over and edge the same flower beds for no point other than to me made to "look busy" The staff canteen rooms were I was suppose to eat were disgusting, no seating for all staff and the facilities were dirty. I think the office staff that done my application were a lovely bunch and very helpful overall. Personally I would never recommend anyone to work in the garden side of the company!


Okay hours, plenty of overtime available


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Based on 43 reviews

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3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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