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Depends on the store and the co-workers you're gonna have.

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Management tries to hire wisely, there's diversity and they aren't biased, now, the pay is okay, and is retail, so expect no bank holidays, and lots of gossip, teasing, drama, clannish behaviour, lies, and no-sense.If you're cool with this go ahead baby, you had born to be here!If not and you still need the money maybe they hire you, feel free to apply, but you ain't gonna last.
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Good place to work

Good place to work. Ok pay. Good people. Advancement opportunity for some roles. Overall if you have any interest in optics would recommend.
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Avoid tallaght at all costs!!

Stressful & toxic place to work. Management don’t care and turn a blind eye to the toxic behaviour going on under their nose. All money money money. Too much wrong with the company that it out ways the small benefits.
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Bad Pay, Easy Work

Bad pay, no opportunity to progress or for salary increase. Workload was easy and colleagues were nice. Wish there was opportunities to progress as enjoyed working there.
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Ok place to work

Ok for a starter job but salary is very low. Weekend work is needed and you seem to be rostered every Saturday. Free glasses once a year which is good.

Pros

Free glasses

Cons

Low salary
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Most staff great to work with

Nice place to work but wages not great. Pay rises are non existent. Management need a little bit more work as they feel the need to constantly leave the shop when under pressure.
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Toxic and stressful

Hugely stressful. It's all about the hard sell. Very difficult job. All about hitting targets. Every day was a massive struggle to get through. Avoid at all costs

Pros

None

Cons

Poor pay, rude customers, constant pressure from directors
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Fun work place

Great staff and great environment. I starred off on work experience and gain a job at specsavers through that. Has alot of future carer optertunities. If want furture as d.o i recommend
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Toxic

Management was very toxic we’re not allowed to be sick at all, not sympathetic to staff, A lot of favoritism and if you weren’t in there circle you were outcasted

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Not flexible didn’t not listen to staff
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Just avoid working here

Management is the worst part about working here. Staff come and go every couple of weeks. Training is non existent; other staff members take it into their own hands to help newcomers learn how to do anything in the store. Extremely stressful work for minimum wage. Director does not ask questions about why staff don't want to work there anymore. It's all very money-in-money-out. Management not very approachable especially as a newbie, yet they complain that you don't ask enough questions and that you keep making mistakes. And if you do ask a question they react as if helping you is the last thing they want to do. Talking to colleagues when store is quiet is apparently the worst thing you can do, yet you look over and the managers are doing the same thing. Overall a miserable place to work.
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Don't work at the Dundrum branch

- Colleagues are ok for the most part- Management is very poor- Expected to do everything all the time- Very very bad work hours/days (rotational)- No sick pay- Low pay

Pros

I don't know

Cons

Low pay, rotational shifts, expect to do everything at once while others look
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Poor experience

To be honest and brief don't try to waste your time, the management is all over the place and constantly pressures about meeting sales. Almost always understaffed and left by your own to cover different roles in the shop, the less you know the better in my opinion. They only care about their own profit the greed in this company is another level.

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Long hours, work life balance poor, low wage
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Constant pressure

Very little training given, you are thrown into the deep end.Supposed to be a clinical environment but no training given. Very clique between longer serving staff.
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Specsavers

Great place to work. Fast paced but customer focused and lots of support from experienced staff members. Great training both in store and online and professional certificates to work towards.
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Very stressful

Minimum wage if your lucky if not your put on "trainee wages" Very unpleasant and unprofessional directorsWould not recommend your mental health is not worth it
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Excellent place to work

Lovely staff, excellent img motivation from managers! Wonderful work life balance. Excellent targets and rewards for meeting targets. Really lovely place to work
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Minimum wage inexperienced unqualified management

Minimum wage with no benefits or bonus. Extremely poor, inexperienced unqualified management which fosters a culture of bullying. As a result a high turn over of staff.

Pros

A pair of free glasses per year

Cons

As above.
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Underpaid, underappreciated

Started off on ‘training wage’ less than €8.50 , after 3 years was still on minimum wage after completing online training and courses. Requested to do cert 3 - was not given opportunity as had to wait for other colleagues to finish it (they didn’t want to) . Worked hard met and achieved and exceeded all targets put in place with no appreciation.Continue to treat colleagues unfairly. Do not work here unless you want to be stressed, under paid, under appreciated.

Pros

Christmas bonus

Cons

Low pay
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Great team, Inconsiderate upper management

Okay job, but you are going to work at complicated tasks which require a lot of effort and training, for the same basic wage as you would get stacking shelves. The catch 22 about being there for a long time is that the more experienced you become on the shop floor, the more various tasks you are asked to perform. As a result, you will end up doing lots of things and being taken away from the sales role and moving towards a more supervisory role. But they will not increase your basic wage in accordance with this. So you are working harder and doing more for them, yet you are not making so much commission at that stage. So yes, for part time work okay, but very frustrating if you do your best and you will not be promoted or recognised and actually make less money the longer you are there.

Pros

Great team, sometimes free lunch, challenging position

Cons

Inexperienced upper management, payroll handled badly, empty promises about promotion
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Productive ,exciting and fulfilling.

I have worked for 2 years in Specsavers ,I have to say they are a company to be reckoned with, they are always looking for ways to improve our patients eye health. Now with the huge advancements in technology they have come along way from the conventional trail frame to the Eye Refract and OCT known as Optical Coherence Technology.I was fortunate to be a big part in leading this change with huge recognition from the company to be part of the big stage at the Convention in Birmingham.

Pros

Innovation

Cons

Workaholic
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Staff are treated terribly

Working at Spec Savers is nothing but toxic. You are constantly forced to make sale targets and as an employee you are totally under appreciated. There is always work you have to do at home after a day of work which makes it hard to switch off. Don’t waste you time applying.

Cons

Underpaid, under appreciated, over worked
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3.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture
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