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Middle management think they are running the factory, egos and unprofessionalism ruins what could potentially be a good place to work. The longer term staff get treated poorly and the lack of opportunities for growth is apparent.
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Productive and fun workplace.

What is the best part of working at the company?The environment is excellent. Training provided, good payment and several shifts. Transport provided with low cost.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?I can not say any stressful part in there. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Every sector have the orientation for the day work.
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Not a pleasant place to work.

The company is becoming very greedy on its staff. No respect or encouragement to progress. Shouted out like kids if a human error is made. Morale is so low in the factory. Even people who have been there years have had enough. It used to be a good factory to work for, not anymore. Also it’s about quantity not quality. You can be the worst worker, not checking codes or quality but as long as you turn up every day, your job is safe.


2 goody boxes a year, after 6 month’s employment


Shouted at like kids from management & other staff members who think they are the big bosses, back stabbing
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Depends what you’re after

If you want an easy paycheck then by all means work here but if you hope to join a company that cares for you and your wellbeing whilst offering progression then do not work here.


On site canteen


Management don’t listen. Toxic environment.
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Fun workplace

Fantastic company to work for! If you’re looking for somewhere to knuckle down and progress then look no further! Plenty of opportunities in various departments providing you show some willingness
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  • Ability to learn new things
  • Sense of belonging
  • Fair pay for job
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  • Overall satisfaction
  • Trust in colleagues

Decent paying

Good paying job and good people to work with the boys to work out what to work with the kids to 1 hour to 1 hour and good stuff and I have to work out how much I have a lot to 1 interviews with
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Great place to work, great benefits

Best company I ever worked for, caring, considerate, helpful and really look after the welfare of their staff. I made a huge mistake in my working life when I left


Lots of company benefits


No cons
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Great company with bad management

Had a great time working at estee the job is easy and the pay is good. But Management are very unprofessional and are all gang up and collaborate together to make you life hard if you get on the wrong side of one of many managers there.


Work life balance


People in senior rolls
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A Real Low Point

Fast paced , Stressful , cliques....the management ( team leaders , supervisors ) do not speak to any of the workers with even the slightest bit of respect...which leaves most people feeling dehumanized ( after witnessing this on the factory floor numerous times, to the point where some female members of staff were reduced to tears) , I was relieved on my last day there ...that we were told our contract was Ending that morning as all outstanding orders were completed.All in All.... A Real Low PointThey say experience teaches and it taught me to never work at or take these kinds of jobs ever again.


None Really


All of the above
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Busy and fast paced on factory floor. In office, nice people and always helpful. Admin assistants always available to help and advise on problems. pay good
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Great place to work and many opportunities to climb different branch

The Working environment can be very fast pace someday, and some other time it can be slow. This is all depending on the job you will be running. You you will have many support from both service op, your crews and management to speak to, if there's any problem. There are always opportunity to grow within the company, such as going into serviced op, line leader, then zone manager and so on, so on. There's also the Mechanical side to it, Machinist and Technical operator to being an engineer. All and all this is a great place to work,if you wish to join. The only downside to this job can be the colleague you work with. There are some better than other, but you will meet some that are hard to work with and this can be quite stressful at the end of the day, but then again there's your zone manager and other to speak to, if problems persist.
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The worst on all ends

This place is a corporate disaster. Employees are rude, love to gossip, talk about you behind your back, most are on drugs or do drugs on site. Favoritism on all ends, they pick and choose favorites and these so called favorites get to pick the jobs they like and get away with mischief no matter how bad. Management and those pathetic line leaders don't have the adequate knowledge or skills to properly discipline or handle employee concerns and behaviors. Line leaders especially from lines 16 and 18 tend to go off the line to gossip and chit chat not really demonstrating any team leadership. Oftentimes you can find them in the locker rooms having a chat while their lines are running! Employees are so intertwined with each other and have relationships with each other. You are forced to keep up with numbers and work you like literal robots. You must fend on your own and are called out when you can't keep up. There is no discipline and respect in this place, everyone seems to be two faced. They are sexist and discriminate against you based on your hat colour.


cheap drinks and food, bus shuttle


long hours, time management, power trip, accountability
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Wouldn’t recommend

Managers are rude and very cliquey. The environment is quite depressing and staff are not allowed to talk during their shift. It’s a fast paced environment and the job itself is not complicated.
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Fast paced environment.

Time management is key as there is zero tolerance to lateness. Some of the work can be challenging and physically demanding. Whereas some of the jobs are relatively easy. There is always rotation of job so you do not get bored. Fellow colleagues are easy to get on with.


Cheap lunches


Unsociable hours
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A fast paced job

Working at Whitman’s can be quite the challenge day in day out but can be very beneficial with good pay rate, goody bags, bonus and 22 holidays including bank holidays
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Not for the feint hearted

Management corrupt If you are a brown nose you will go far If you cant stand any injustice its not for you If your face fits you will be offered everything if not you will be treated like dirt The job its self is fairly easy but boring and repetative. Good money for the work but not worth it for the atmosphere


Paid lunch break, Excellent discounts


So much bitchiness and cliques
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Major health and safety issues!

First of all getting permanent is extremely difficult, there are people working through agencies and applying for a permanent position every year for 10+ years. The agency is useless, messed up wages 3 weeks in a row, underpaid most of the staff, you can't get in touch with them as they're busy all the time. They train you on good manual handling and they say it's your responsibility to lift properly but if you do take the time that's required to lift a shipper properly you'll end up having a massive pile up and you'll mess up the work flow ( and get everyone on the line angry ) Line leaders are stressed and they'll run the line at faster speed to make their numbers up, they don't care if you're a new starter and you can't keep up from first week. You're pressed to do bad manual handling all the time because you have to be extremely fast. You're not human, you're just a robot doing robotic repetitive work every day. Depending on the line you're on, you can work with fun and friendly people, or extremely rude and privileged people. Also, they mention "career progression" haha, don't even need to talk about that.


2 or 3 friendly people to work with


Too many.
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Good place to work

Good clean environment to work in. Well equipped workshop and good work ethic. Work is varied and relatively challenging with a good mix of busy days on breakdowns and more planned days doing maintenance.


good bonuses and perks


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Ok to work for

The salary and hours were good. The most enjoyable part of the job was the employees. Management were not helpful and stood talkin whilst workers got the job done.
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busy and fun

The time i spent working at Whitmans was a fun and productive time. I was always kept busy and would be offered help on any work i couldn't keep up with.
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The company is a highly productive factory. Most days were enjoyable but the lack of people skills from management was a big downfall. Because of this reason a lot of staff lost motivation and it became less enjoyable to work there.




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Based on 38 reviews

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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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