3.5 out of 5 stars.
Write a review

Primark Employee Reviews

Review this company
Job Title
Ireland461 reviews

Ratings by category

3.5Work-life balance

Search reviews

Sort by

Found 461 reviews matching the searchSee all 11,036 reviews

perfect for students

Indeed featured review

The most useful review selected by Indeed
Never ask too much of you, the work isn’t overwhelming or difficult. Professional management and good coworkers. It can be difficult to get holidays or more hours. The pay is very good.
Was this review helpful?

Not great

If you want to be sad everyday work here. I used to spend everyday dreading to go into the building and see what I’d have to be faced with on the day.
Was this review helpful?

Insights into Primark

Based on 133 survey responses
What people like
  • Fair pay for job
Areas for improvement
  • Energising work tasks
  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager

Decent job

Above average wage, hypocritical and unsupportive management that play favourites. Extremely busy and little to no understanding from managers if you were unable to finish your zone if it’s busy.
Was this review helpful?


Great place to work I really enjoy working here , work colleagues and managers are nice and approachable money is good for a college job and they are very catering to students
Was this review helpful?

Very fun place to work

Great place to work. Would recommend for a first or second job. The experience you get is quite good. Management are fair and understanding. You don’t do the same thing in an 8 hour shift - so you are never bored and the day goes quickly.




Was this review helpful?

Rate your recent company

Share your experience to help others

cliquey and messy

Working here made me feel dehumanized. The supervisors give extra hours to their own favourites but when I asked for extra hours, I was told no---always. Also, the shoppers are constantly tossing around clothes and just leaving stuff on the floor, no manners or respect, and then I had to clean it up all the time. Sick of it, so I quit.
Was this review helpful?

Great coworkers, good training, flexible with my hours

Very happy working here, coworkers are great! Managers are grand! Pay is good. You learn to order stock and your till trained. You get to work in different departments which is great to keep up on your knowledge of stock.
Was this review helpful?

Do not work in Penneys Tralee!!

If you can get somewhere else to work I strongly advise to AVOID Penneys (specifically Tralee) for multiple reasons.1.) HOURSThey cut all of the part-time workers hours with absolutely no warning and lied and said that it was only temporarily. I went from 30 hours a week to 12!!! 2.) WORK-LIFE BALANCEDespite the severe hour cuts, the work-life balance remained poor. They scheduled only four-hour shifts, resulting in five shifts a week for part-time staff working 20 hours, causing disruptions to personal life and limited time for other commitments.3.) MANAGEMENTThis is perhaps the biggest reason of all. The managers are passive aggressive and condescending. There are far too many of them and they don't do anything besides talk to each other. They are extremely biased and only enforce the rules on workers they're not fond of (ex. the no talking rule). They also over hired by about 60 workers which led to all the part-time workers hours being cut. It was obvious they were being difficult about holidays or time off as a way to push out employees due to their over hiring problem. The management have a system were they review your work every 3, 5 and 10 weeks. They failed everyone ( all the part-time) on the most recent assessments at the end of summer over ridiculous non-issues such as talking and not looking happy. This further demonstrates them trying to save themselves on the over-hiring problem and is also frustrating to get a bad review from them when you do your work well.4.) NO TALKING (absurd rule implemented by management)What is incredibly frustrating and extremely - 
Was this review helpful?

Great Pay and Busy Workplace

Pay is excellent for the type of work. Secure job once you're permanent.Management appreciate a good work/life balance. Management also expect the work to be done but the work is easy and busy! It's boring alot of the time, but what job isn't after a while. Most customers nice. Can have a good laugh at work too with coworkers and the nice customers! You're left alone when you just get on with the job and do your best. Short staffed sometimes but that's life! You always get your breaks on time no matter how busy it is.


Great Pay, Christmas bonus, work/life balance


Lots of complainers
Was this review helpful?


started as a part time job to pay for college. Friendly and helpful staff. Simple and fun job. Great place to work. Fold and hang clothes. Ensure items picked up off floor and in correct location. Help customers find a size.
Was this review helpful?

Fun workplace

Good place and lovely peopel very good first job I enjoyed working there as it was welcoming community and safe wokr environment woudl recommended to anyone
Was this review helpful?

Fun and supportive

You are paid well for basic work, very inclusive environment and possibilities for progression. Always had fun here. Keep up the good work O'Connell St :)
Was this review helpful?

Handy work time off difficult to get

Easy work folding tshirts etc but impossible to get time off and say goodbye to any sports/ hobbies you have at the weekends if you have them. you also do not get to choose when you take your holidays if you are new as it is all seniorority based.
Was this review helpful?

Great career path / Very fast paced

Very fast paced working environment, large workload and understaffed. Aside from the above theres a great career path with plenty of learning opportunities.
Was this review helpful?

Poor Management

Management very poor and training provided was inadequate. They expect you to do the work of an 8hr shift jammed into a 4 hour shift but refuse to give anyone extra hours and just hire extra staff (existing staff get reviewed yearly to move up to higher band contract (more hours)). God forbid you are ever sick because you are constantly questioned about it and are made to feel like you are a liar when you are genuinely ill. Some senior Management talk to their staff like there kids. Not a nice place to work at all.


Does not pay the bills
Was this review helpful?

Flexible Workplace for Students

Good job for a college/school student. Lovely management and staff. A wide availability of hours and part time contracts. Gets a bit repetitive but days are busy and fast!
Was this review helpful?

Extremely stressful environment

This job can be extremely stressful or extremely boring - no in between. When on the floor you can be made walk around the same small section for hours doing absolutely nothing. You are not allowed to talk to fellow staff members either. There is a hierarchy when it comes to staff, older staff treat newer staff horribly and will take advantage. Holiday times are extremely stressful.
Was this review helpful?

Great enviornment

people are great to work with, flexy hours to give you back some personal time .no clear path for progression-very much dependant on the team you have been put on.
Was this review helpful?

Fun and manageable

Positive energy and culture Fun workplace Good payExcellent management Growth opportunities Inclusive and diverse workforce in terms of all ages and backgrounds
Was this review helpful?

Fair pay

The pay is good, and most of the managers are very approachable and friendly. Tasks are assigned fairly and clearly, and is overall quite organised. The shop floor however was incredibly hard to keep on top of. Most of the staff were quite friendly and helpful, but some were incredibly cliquey.
Was this review helpful?

Big changes recently

Penneys recently removed all employee benefits - they wrote the Christmas Bonus out of the staff contract/significantly reduced the pay increase each year/have become extremely and irritatingly strict on changing shifts/your availability. The company seems to purposely creating a toxic work environment to only keep 16-18 year olds employed on minimum wages. They are waiting for their older staff on high income contracts to retire.


Pay is slightly over minimum wage


No free lunch/not flexible working hours/strict management
Was this review helpful?

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Primark. Our community is ready to answer.Ask a Question

Overall rating

Based on 11,036 reviews

Ratings by category

3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

Compare Primark with

  • Companies
  • Primark
  • Employee reviews
Tell us how to improve this page
What would you add or change?