St Vincent de Paul Society Employee Reviews
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I have very good memories of working in the shop, the employees were nice and I was happy to work with them. I gladly went to work, the manager allowed me to pursue my love of decorating, I have never had any complaints about this job
working at nice amosfere, meeting new people
I really enjoyed the job but the management structure left a lot to be desired. Promotions were made without adhering to agreed structures and procedures. A very high level of nepotism existed in the branch which led to promotions being implemented on a who you know basis rather than suitability for the job. A high level of interference was made by shop committee members who totally ignored chain of command and established HR procedures.
Proximity to home
Weak and unprofessional management structure
I spent time volunteering at the St. Vincent De Paul Charity shop in Dun Laoghaire as part of my Community Care placement for Transition Year. During my time at the shop I was responsible for accepting and sorting through donations made by the public. I was required to communicate directly with members of the public and also with other volunteers. I had to ensure that all stock was labelled, priced and well displayed.
Found the time volunteering there very enjoyable and learned alot. It is what made me want to go into the retail business.
Dealing with difficult customers was the hardest part of the job and the most enjoyable part of the job was meeting so many different people with so many different personalities
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St Vincent de paul was volunteering for me because i couldnt get any work so i worked 3 days a week to improve on my jobs skills. It was a great shop it was always busy, always donations coming in, i had to go through all the bags and see what to keep and what not to keep. I would always be pricing up the clothes shoes teddy bears tables etc i would also be dealing with cash.
A typical day at work would be taking in stock from donators and analysing then to see if they are worth to put on sale. I learned loads from this shop. It taught me loads about teamwork. It was an eye opening experience. Management was lovely. We always chatted and had a great laugh. Not only were they lovely to their volunteers but they were importantly lovely to the customers. It was a friendly environment. The workplace culture was lively. There wasn't many hard elements to the job. The most enjoyable part was the easy paced atmosphere. Pros Great to get work experience. Lovely thing to do for Summer volunteering. Cons Can't think of any
I worked in their local shop in Crumlin and in their Head Office in Sean McDermott Street. I sorted out stock arriving in and arranging it in the shop so that it was in a presentable condition for sale. The shop was busy. I also worked up the their administration office where I did some filing, stock control.
A typical day would consist of labelling and organising the donations , placing them out on display and keeping everything tidy and organised and visually pleasing. I learned how to deal with customers and be considerate and helpful to them .
It was fun but I got tired so easily and I also got bored. I didn't get paid as I only went there for work experience. It was good to work in retail .
My time in Oznam meant the world to me because I learned alot from each and every one of my colleagues,I grew as person because they took me as one of the team.