Lidl Reviews

Updated 2 April 2015
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  1. Warehouse operative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operative in Weston-super-Mare, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operative in Weston-super-Mare, England (UK)

    I have been working at Lidl

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good rates of pay, Free car park

    Cons

    Over worked, Bad management No overtime rates

    Advice to Management

    Its not a boys club!! Get off your high horses, Speak to people properly

  2. A bad work XP...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lidl

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    there is no advantages working there

    Cons

    pressure, bad managers, low salary...

  3. Helpful (1)

    Feeling exploited and hugely violated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary not much else I'm afraid

    Cons

    No breaks. Unachievable targets and constant bullying by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they make a difference and THEY WILL!

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    Good compensation. Terrible work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Faro (Portugal)
    Former Employee - District Manager in Faro (Portugal)

    I worked at Lidl

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and car use. The nature of the job is challenging and building your own teams is exciting.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance. 80 hour weeks are considered good weeks. No positive reinforcement whatsoever. Micro management is the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Company stated values do not match the day to day operations and the way people manage. Most of the top management does not even understand what the stated values represent in real action and attitudes.

  6. Ungrateful, stressful and hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - General Assistant
    Current Contractor - General Assistant

    I have been working at Lidl as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company ethos to provide good ratio of price/quality for customers of all sorts, however at price of treating its employees badly

    Cons

    15 min breaks, when 30mins is in contract and not paid for, sometimes no breaks at all, 2 hours overtime on a daily basis, getting shouted at in front of customers, not many opportunities for career development, hard physical work which is unsustainable for a long period, working culture resulting in very high employee turnover, constantly understaffed but on purpose, counting every minute of over-time work and threating of being sacked if big overtimes continue (but dumping on employees an impossible workload to finish during 8 hours)

    Advice to Management

    Try more human approach!

  7. Disappointement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - District Manager in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Huge company with many opportunities
    - Goal oriented
    - Good salary + perks

    Cons

    - Managers treat bad their personel due to many pression they receive from their superiors
    - Everyone is very unhappy with their job
    - No team spirit
    - No evaluation methods, they fire people if they don't like your face
    - No work+life balance
    - Training is a joke, they put you in a store and forget about you

    Advice to Management

    Don't think that money can buy everything, start treating people well and this way you can retain talents in your company. Be more aware of how your directors and managers are treating their team. Make motivation the main word.

  8. I was told that they have a lot of problems getting talents, especially IT in Germany, due to poor working conditions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager Administration
    Former Employee - Project Manager Administration

    I worked at Lidl full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    international footprint, solid salary, good co-workers

    Cons

    Organisational climate is very bad (in Croatia at least, but heard it's the same elsewhere), people are intimidated by their superiors, they work very long hours and lots of them get sick.

    Advice to Management

    Get some young people on board and respect your workers

  9. Been a deputy store manager for six weeks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was attracted from another retail job by the management position, salary and prospects. Salary, what you actually get paid every month, is good.

    Cons

    Actual pay per hour if you ever have the guts to work it out is abysmal. Was told all the right things at interview and induction by the people who don't work in store. Mandatory breaks, take your time back the next day, 11 hour break between shifts. All bull when you actually get in store when your store manager gives you no sympathy because "I used to work 7am to 10pm every day mate..!"

    Taking this job was one of my worst decisions as I now feel depressed all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Get real.

  10. German system, overdemanding, countrys treated like slaves

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lidl full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, good local management (if you are lucky)

    Cons

    Rules of the company MUST be regarded in every country, regardless of the laws. More the pitty that the rules are written by people with no experience (outside) of Lidl, processes are 10 years overdated and down right antique, all support only one: total control of employees.. Workdays run normaly between 10-12 hour days leadership style is in practice different than on paper (worse), hierarchy rules.

  11. Terrible company!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - General Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Lidl as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent wage, providing the hours are there.

    Cons

    Signed a 30 hour contact and got told that they are the minimum hours I would get. Two months down the line i have never done that, only have been given 16-23 hours per week.
    I have not been trained, got thrown in at the deep end. Got told to do jobs i have not been shown how to do and got pulled up for doing it wrong?!
    Too much work for the amount of time given.
    The place is not organised, even customers moan about no prices being shown. Shop floor untidy.
    Some management are lazy and give out tasks to store assistants because they cant be bothered to do it.
    Procedures are crazy, nothing makes sense.
    Breaks are not always given and are too short. Half hour for a 10/12 hour shift?!
    Also, they pay is never right, I have been underpaid. How can there be such a thing as undertime? it doesnt make sense. I have been given a contract, therefore should get paid for it no matter what. If i dont do the hours of the contract then that is illegal. Why employ someone and give them a contract knowing that the hours are not there?!

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff like they are human beings,
    Pay them properly!
    Sort out the hours and contracts. Do not promise someone who has bills to pay and keep a roof over there head that they will get their contract and then not give it!

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