Advantages Best pay I've had, easy job, overtime opportunities.
Disadvantages General inflexibility, restricting, tedious job, tight-fistedness.
I applied for a part-time job at Tesco - a large 24 hour store in Paulton, Bristol in June. Initially I was sent a letter through the post saying they had no places, but would get in touch if there were.A few weeks afterwards, I was invited to an interview, which I attended. This involved spending half an hour doing the job I was being interviewed for (you didn't generally have a choice of what you did - I wanted to go on checkouts and was dismayed to find I'd be working on dairy - but if you're desperate, you're desperate.) and obviously sitting down for an oral interview.
To my discomfort, I was asked a couple of questions, that I just couldn't answer, I couldn't for the life of me think of what to say. Fortunately, when I received a letter saying that they couldn't fit me in on dairy, they offered me a job at checkouts instead! Result!***GETTING STARTED AND TRAINING***
Had to go for a FOUR HOUR induction one night, which was just lots of bureaucracy really. Being taught the Tesco values and mottos and stuff - it all seemed pretty unnecessary to be honest, and as I suspected, I didn't need to use any of it during my time there. We were given the opportunity to join the trade union USDAW, which I did for £1:20 a week.I was given my hours - not as many as I would have liked, and certainly not at ideal times (I like my evenings thank you very much, ESPECIALLY my Friday evenings), but there was little room for negotiation. Luckily, there was plenty of opportunity for overtime, with a book coming round the checkouts invariably every week and you could sign up for any various convenient slots, should you want to - there was no obligation.
Uniforms took a long time to arrive, so we just had to dress smart for the first few weeks. The first night consisted of standing for the duration, watching someone on the checkout as they taught you.***THE JOB***
It's a relatively simple job, but there's just a lot of buttons and occasionally some complicated situations can arise! But overall, the job was easy, monotonous and quite boring. There's no mind stimulation like a bit of product scanning, eh!
That's all it basically was. You didn't learn much, you didn't have many responsibilities (although you could say what responsibilities I did have, were quite important - handling money and all, Tesco like their money). You basically had to sit there in your chair all night, scan products, pack bags for people if they wanted (an awkward job due to lack of space. I didn't mind doing it for old people or single mothers/fathers etc, but I used to get really hacked off packing bags for mainly single men who would just stand and watch as probably yet another woman took care of them and made sure they didn't strain themselves). I mean, most people would at least help pack their own stuff - single men would just stand and watch you struggle with their huge crates of beers).
Pay seemed great to me - my previous job experiences have been with smaller-scale businesses and there's always less of a professional air about them.
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