Thomas Cook Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
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  1. Not the easiest environment to work in

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is in a transformation stage and definitely on the right track. New senior management have defined a vision for the future and are committed to delivering it.

    Cons

    Business units tend to work in silos and frequently display "sibling rivalry' traits. There is a constant power battle at middle and senior management levels.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the concerns of your people. They genuinely want to embark on this journey with you but need to feel they are part of the team.

  2. To achieve, you need to know the right people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomas Cook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, therefore provides great experience. Can move into different areas, including tour operating, retail, online, airline, cabin crew, or even overseas representation.

    Cons

    The company mindset is difficult to break. They operate on a 'you do it our way' only mentality, which limits creativity, and can be un-motivational.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with your staff more. There are a lot of Board members, Directors and people in high powered positions, yet the people on the ground do not know who they are.

  3. They have the right vision; just don't understand how to get there!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook 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

    Nice place to work at; a lot of the people know what they have to do and what is expected out of them.

    Cons

    Compensation and Benefits are not that great and never clearly explained. No working from home option as management do not trust anyone. Majority of the office is filled with out-sourced people who know how to estimate and demonstrate 3 times more efforts and costs to the management. No collaboration between teams. 5 meetings happen simultaneously to discuss the same topic and the team that screams louder get their way in regardless if its the wrong solution and will take a lot longer to implement.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes see where your money is going. Surely your largest competitor who has a team of not more than 50 are doing something right to be on-track with a company that has been around for such a long-time.

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  5. Good people but huge divide between management and lower level staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Yield Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Yield Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, relaxed atmosphere, good travel perks, big company with lots of job opportunities

    Cons

    Clueless management, takes a long time to earn decent travel perks, old IT systems, poor levels of pay

    Advice to Management

    Involve ground staff more in decision-making process

  6. Too much pressure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Thomas Cook part-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great travel benefits
    Good name in company
    Great product to sell

    Cons

    Too much pressure on individuals, esp when shops are short staffed and not replaced. There is too much you are expected to focus on at any one time and then they change the information they give you something completely different to focus on

    Observations and mystery shops staff do not like these and don't perform the best when they know they are being "watched" the introduction of video mystery shops will be the final straw for many staff and when you can't do you job from worrying if you will be caught on camera or scrutinised no one will perform to the best of ability.

    Targets stretching and over stretching and new performance objectives now brought in which once agin will probably get scrapped and something else brought in.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your long term staff on the fact they will do their job and not have to be continually monitored/ observed and have to live in fear of the mystery shopper.

    Support stores where they need extra staff and not give to much information to focus on.

  7. Very good colleagues. Good pay, really good lay overs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Cook

    Pros

    Experiencing places I might never been able to go to. Travelling the world.

    Cons

    No full te employment. Contracts only.

    Advice to Management

    Start giving younger people full time employment.

  8. Sears Travel Service operated by Thomas Cook Canada

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Cook (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers,
    Great Customers
    Good suppliers

    Cons

    Too numbers focused
    Not enough marketing support
    No support from Senior Management
    Threats if performance is not at their perceived level. $50.00 revenue per hour is not a realistic goal in this economy or marketing place.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, unorganized management and systems.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Litigation Support Executive in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Litigation Support Executive in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people that work there are amazing! Everyone works as a team and tries to make it work.

    Cons

    The business does not always make the best decisions. The programs they use are horrible. Business structure is a bit odd.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline programs and work structure.

  10. Mediocre at best

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people, decent travel perks, AGMs

    Cons

    It's in Peterborough which is a bit of a hole

    Advice to Management

    Setup an ecommerce office in London.

  11. A nice working experience, if you're under 30

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great initial training, both for sales as well as for destinations. Pleasant working environment, average salaries, not based on experience

    Cons

    Ideal for people coming out of school, or with an HND. Unsuitable for people over 30.

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