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Good pay, work environment depends on store and senior managers in the store, lots of changes happening and not always clearly communicated. Overall okay but the hours are far too long
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Great workplace overall

Good place to work with good opportunities for progression, sometimes the hours don't really allow for you to do much with the rest of the day so if you're doing full time hours it can feel like you're too tired to do anything on your days off

Pros

Pay

Cons

Long hours
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Fun

Great place to advance if your looking to go for a management position Busy working hours but the day flies Possibility to travel to other stores Pick your store wisely
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Zero appreciation or support

every day you are understaffed, no support from store managers or HR. no good or hard work goes noticed or appreciated by store managers who are so out of touch with the reality of day to day running of the store. head office treat new managers so badly, constantly extending temporary contracts to the point that you can be a manager for 2+ years and still not be given a permanent contract. salary is nowhere near high enough for the work you are expected to do, although it is much higher than managers at other companies. hours are extremely unsociable you will probably work 50 hour weeks most of the time. it’s a shame because the staff are for the most part so hard working and lovely, but they too are under appreciated by the company- ESPECIALLY if you are part time staff.
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Fast placed

Fast paced Good for person starting out in retailGood work environment Good change in departments so not on same department Tills are fast paced but makes the day go faster
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Stressful and busy

Managers were very rude and strict but you get along with most of the coworkers but it was very busy and during christmas time takes up almost all of your time
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wouldn't work in penneys waterford again

no one talks to you when your new ! very long days .majority of wages went on buses to work as i didn't drive at the time .called last minute to go in .
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Managers are cruel

I worked there over Christmas and the abuse I got from managers was unbelievable I never felt so intimidated in my life . There was so many problems I had while working there thag never got resolved

Pros

None

Cons

Everything
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Friendly staff at all levels.

I worked here as seasonal staff over Christmas/New Year. There was enough training given to get you started and management continued to check in and help you if and when required. It was very busy but you never felt overwhelmed as all staff worked together and helped out where needed. Many of the staff have been employed here for many years and others return to work seasonally which demonstrates a healthy work environment. Very organised delegation of duties throughout the shift. I enjoyed my brief time here.

Pros

Team spirit, staff discount, Nice atmosphere.

Cons

I didn't experience any but I was only there for a few weeks.
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Nice staff

Face paced.. great team to work with...wage isn't the best.. grand if you're a student....long hours..... management always approcable... good grounding for experience in retail

Pros

Nice staff

Cons

Wage isn't the best
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Fast paced

Varied and fast paced , stressful at times , no two days are the same , work with a great team , meet great people , fantastic opportunities to advance in your career both at home and abroad

Pros

Great Salary, pension, healthcare, staff discount from time to time

Cons

Long hours in particular leading up to Christmas
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Good pay, terrible management and atmosphere

I’ve worked at Penneys for two years. The pay is great and it goes up every year you’re working there. Good holidays and sick leave. However, the work is so long and draining. The hours are long, and the work is fast paced, especially around the holidays. The worst thing is the management. The managers are on a power trip and don’t care about the staff or treat them with any respect, they only respect the staff that have been there for 10+ years. A particular manager has made me cry on multiple occasions and has had a terrible affect on my mental health. Not worth the money at all.

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Great pay

Cons

Terrible management
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It is great but also a lot of downfalls

I’ve worked here more than once, in different Penney’s, I did enjoy it and some days I’d be so exited to go in. But the management make it not great. They don’t know what they are doing majority of the time and sometimes would just stand around chatting while being horrible to staff if they need to ask questions or go to the bathroom. Some of the management would openly talk badly about other staff to each other and even to staff, it created a very hostile environment. If it was anyone wanted a job 17-21 id 100% recommend. But if your any older I wouldn’t and this is just because they barely keep anyone on! So it can be a waste of time and energy

Pros

Good pay

Cons

Unsociable hours
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It’s okay

It’s a good place to work except for the fact that customers are extremely rude and management doesn’t help by breathing down your neck every second
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Fast paced dynamic enviroment

Working for Penneys is generally a good experience. It is hard work but exciting and fun. I have met some life long friends there. You will learn a lot and will progress if you are open to it and put the work in.

Pros

Sporadic staff discount 10%

Cons

Poor Work life balance, not progressive to working parents
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Great place as a first job!

My first proper job and it was one of the best career experiences while studying. Staff were really nice and salary perks were amazing. There were stressful working seasons like Christmas and Summer times but it was manageable.
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as a manager you have to provide security for the store, you are given a store phone at night to be on call

You are given a mobile phone at night if the alarm goes off. You have to be a key holder and go to the shop alone if the alarm goes off during the night unpaid. You work a 10 hours a day with one hour lunch and 15 min tea break.

Pros

nice staff non management

Cons

would be given out to if you help to tidy the store
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Faced paced environment

Good company to work for. Interesting job if you like working with people and fashion. Customers are lovely most of the time but you do get some difficult people but I expect that's the same in all retail environments. Staff discount but only a couple of times a year not all the time. Staff are really nice to work with.

Pros

Exciting, dynamic

Cons

Very little opportunity for putting your own mark on things
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Great place to work

Fast pace but fun. Managers very engaging Do great work quietly for good causes both in communities and globally Change fairly quickly to cater for customers’ needs.
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Not the best

I was hired as a Christmas temp and that’s all that I was looked at as. Staff and management couldn’t care less about any opinions or issues because your not permanent and will be gone soon. Permanent staff seem to put the jobs that they don’t want to do on the temp staff which isn’t fair. Management can be rude and seem to have favourites.

Pros

Good pay, easy work

Cons

Management unfair
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Enjoyed my time working for Primark.

My time in Primark was enjoyable. Staff were friendly and helpful. I would work there again. There was a positive work environment. I did an average of 6 hours shifts and I liked the morning shifts.
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